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Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak: Western New York Won't Be Overlooked

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak: Western New York Won't Be Overlooked

Statement from Assemblyman Gabryszak on Governor Cuomo's Visit to Buffalo

 “Governor Cuomo is putting the taxpayer first. He and his administration are exploring creative and innovative ways of restructuring government. I support the Governor’s proposal for a reduction in spending, instituting a tax cap and the consolidation and merging of programs and agencies. I will work hard with Governor Cuomo and my colleagues in the legislature to adopt a budget on time.'

Governor Cuomo’s proposed creation of Regional Economic Development Councils, to be lead by Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, will benefit upstate vastly. A collaboration of local talent, experience and dedication from the private sector, local governments, state agencies and academic institutions will help restore economic prosperity to our region. 

Gabryszak: Cuomo’s Call For Rightsizing and Restructuring Can Revamp New York State

Gabryszak: Cuomo’s Call For Rightsizing and Restructuring Can Revamp New York State

ALBANY, NY -  “The Governor is taking a proactive, pay it forward approach to closing this budget deficit. I applaud Governor Cuomo and his administration’s decision to explore creative and innovative ways of restructuring government as a whole, through consolidation and merging of programs.

“New York State spent the most money on education but only ranked 34th.The Governor’s budget will reduce state aid to schools by $1.5 billion. By incentivizing education funding, it will encourage consolidation, reward achievement and reduce overall spending costs.

“No one wants to see cuts. My advice to any organization seeking funding is to put forth a detailed plan. It’s going to be a difficult year, however, we can work together to come up with a viable solution.”  

“An enormous amount of responsibility comes with being a public servant. That is why I believe in ethics reform.

Statement of Erie County Clerk on the Proposed NYS Budget

Statement of Erie County Clerk on the Proposed NYS Budget

BUFFALO, NY - Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul said she was relieved that the State budget proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo did not include new fees or major changes that would impact motorists. “Hopefully the days of balancing budgets on the backs of our drivers are over.  In the previous State budget, our residents endured 25% increases in DMV fees over our strong objections.  I am very pleased that the Governor understands that the cost of owning and maintaining vehicles, especially with the unconscionably high cost of gas these days, has meant too many hard-earned dollars drained from the pockets of our residents.  I give the Governor a great deal of credit for understanding the plight of our customers and as a result, is leaving them alone.

Senator Tim Kennedy Responds to Property Tax Cap Passing in Senate

Senator Tim Kennedy Responds to Property Tax Cap Passing in Senate

ALBANY, N.Y. – With Western New York families and businesses struggling under the largest tax burden in the nation, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, co-sponsored Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s property tax cap program bill – which caps the growth of property taxes at the lesser of two percent or the rate of inflation – to help push the tax cap through the Senate.  


It’s an important step forward in the bipartisan efforts of Senator Kennedy and his colleagues to combat the state’s skyrocketing taxes.  


“Western New York’s hardworking families and business owners have made it very clear that the time for property tax relief is now,” Senator Kennedy said. “Since 1977, New York has had the highest combined state-local tax burden in the nation for every year but three, and property taxes have continued to soar ever-higher, drastically outpacing wage growth and the rate of inflation. The unfortunate side effects have been economic decline and rapid population loss. During the last three decades, over 100,000 people have fled Erie County – that’s nearly 10 percent of our population. 

Congressman Higgins’ Response to the State of the Union Address

Congressman Higgins’ Response to the State of the Union Address

“In today’s 2011 State of the Union Address President Obama outlined the United States’ game plan toward winning the future, and first up is job creation and economic growth.  Americans are justifiably impatient and we need to fuel that urgency with opportunities for success for our businesses, for our innovators and for our children.

“America can compete against any nation in the world when given the tools to do so. We should start by preparing our children for greatness with an unmatched quality education and preparing our businesses for prosperity by leveling the playing field impacted by China’s unfair economic policies and extending the Research and Development tax credits that feed the entrepreneurial hunger to develop cutting edge breakthroughs. 

Higgins Named to Homeland Security Committee

Higgins Named to Homeland Security Committee

Congressman to Continue Leadership on Border Issues, Security Funds in New Role

This week, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) was selected by the House Democratic Caucus to serve on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

“I am honored to have been appointed to serve on Homeland Security Committee, positioning our border community in the forefront of national discussions and helping to advance the Peace Bridge project and improve our border operations to strengthen economic ties with our Canadian neighbors,” said Higgins, a member of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus.  “Moreover, with a position on the Committee with jurisdiction over FEMA, I will continue to fight against unfair, outdated flood maps and for relief when communities like Silver Creek, devastated by flooding, and Buffalo, hit by the October Storm, are overwhelmed by natural disasters.”

Congressman Higgins Outlines: What Health Care Repeal Means for WNY

Congressman Higgins Outlines: What Health Care Repeal Means for WNY

“Today I will vote against the effort to repeal health care reform.   Health reform needed the start we gave it and we should be working together to build on that momentum.  No one thinks the Affordable Care Act is perfect, but tearing down what has been done is destructive not constructive.”

“Most would agree health care costs are devastating businesses and families but finding long-term solutions to complex problems doesn’t come when you press the delete key, it happens when we collectively put in the hard work necessary to continue the process of delivering meaningful change - that is what the American people want and that is what they deserve.”

 

What Does Repeal Mean for WNY?

Cutting Job Opportunities and Discovery Along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus