Op Ed

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb

ETHICS REFORM: RESTORING THE PUBLIC’S TRUST

WE’RE A LONG WAY FROM RESTORING THE PUBLIC’S TRUST by Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua) Earlier this week, the governor indicated he doesn’t believe the Legislature has the “political will” to pass ethics reform. That assumption is simply […]

by · April 23, 2017 · Op Ed
First Lady Chirlane McCray formally releases her baby book “Love Is/El Amor Es.” The First Lady and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery visit three city libraries to greet New Yorkers and read the new book aloud to young children and babies.  Brooklyn Central Library.  Wednesday, July 15, 2015.  Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.

Opinion: Pulling Strings By Elites Isn’t Fair

By Patricia Huertas   When my oldest son, William, was entering first grade, I entered him in a lottery for one of New York City’s high performing public charter schools. I signed William up for a public charter school because […]

by · April 19, 2017 · Education, Op Ed
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Opinion: MOVING FORWARD ON PRIORITY POLICIES

By Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-C-Canandaigua) The final state spending plan left much to be desired, and Albany must now look at the measures needed to fill in the gaps during the remainder of the 2017 legislative session. […]

by · April 16, 2017 · Op Ed
Opinion: Kolb Speaks Out on State Budget

Opinion: Kolb Speaks Out on State Budget

“After an inexcusable delay, Albany has arrived at a 2017-18 State Budget. The entire process has been rife with dysfunction and clearly demonstrates the system is broken. In addition to being a week late, the 2017-18 spending plan was preceded […]

by · April 9, 2017 · Government, Op Ed
OPINION: By Millionaires, For Millionaires

OPINION: By Millionaires, For Millionaires

  By Scott M. Stringer We know from history that ‘trickle-down’ economics has never helped working families move up the economic ladder. It’s a sleight-of-hand that helps America’s millionaires and billionaires. But if candidate Trump’s tax plan is the blueprint […]

by · April 9, 2017 · Op Ed
Amanda Faris, Candidate, 18 CD

Op-Ed: The Women Who Dared Me to Lead

The Women Who Dared Me to Lead. “I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined.” Congresswoman Maxine Waters. As the only woman running for NYC Council District 18, in a race with six men, that quote hit me in the […]

by · April 4, 2017 · Op Ed
Op-Ed: AFFORDABLE COLLEGE FOR ALL

Op-Ed: AFFORDABLE COLLEGE FOR ALL

A special message from New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and the Assembly Minority Conference. The rising cost of college affects nearly every student and graduate in New York State. We need a comprehensive approach to properly address […]

Op-Ed: Mr. Mayor, Treat Charter Schools Fairly

Op-Ed: Mr. Mayor, Treat Charter Schools Fairly

By Lester Long Accountability is one of the core values we instill in every scholar who walks through the doors of a South Bronx Classical Charter School. We teach our students that they should hold themselves, and those around them, […]

by · March 29, 2017 · Education News, Op Ed
Op-Ed: Opportunity to Address Outmigration From New York State

Op-Ed: Opportunity to Address Outmigration From New York State

AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS OUTMIGRATION Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua) Not only are New York’s high taxes and suffocating regulations holding New Yorkers back, they’re driving them away. The insufferable business climate and nation’s worst tax burden have […]

by · March 27, 2017 · Op Ed
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Op-Ed: BUDGET MUST STOP THE BLEEDING FROM “1,000 CUTS”

BUDGET MUST STOP THE BLEEDING FROM “1,000 CUTS” by Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua) Earlier this week, I testified in front of the Albany County Legislature to urge its members to vote against expanding an unnecessary ban on polystyrene […]

by · March 19, 2017 · Op Ed
Why Federal Arts Funding Matters

Why Federal Arts Funding Matters

The arts are essential to New York City. Our cultural organizations enrich our neighborhoods, inspire and educate our youth, employ thousands of our residents, and attract millions of tourists to this city. And yet President Trump is threatening to turn […]

by · March 12, 2017 · Arts and Culture, Op Ed
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GETTING BUDGET PRIORITIES BACK IN FOCUS

by Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua) As we enter the middle of March, Albany’s notoriously secretive budget negotiations will gain momentum during the coming weeks. The governor presented his $152.3 billion proposal in January. Now the Assembly and Senate […]

by · March 12, 2017 · Op Ed
Op-Ed: A COLLEGE TUITION PLAN NEW YORK STUDENTS NEED

Op-Ed: A COLLEGE TUITION PLAN NEW YORK STUDENTS NEED

Legislative Column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua) College costs and student debt are reaching crisis levels. The expenses associated with higher education present a daunting reality that hundreds of thousands of New York families are dealing with […]

by · March 5, 2017 · Op Ed
Op-Ed: DOWNWARD PRESSURE FROM ALBANY CRUSHING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, DRIVING UP TAXES

Op-Ed: DOWNWARD PRESSURE FROM ALBANY CRUSHING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, DRIVING UP TAXES

By Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua) New Yorkers pay the highest property taxes in the nation. It’s a dubious distinction that has plagued the Empire State for years. It is almost certainly a key element in another harsh […]

by · February 26, 2017 · Government, Op Ed
NYS DOT Commissioner Matthew Driscoll released revised cost numbers. In November, he said $1.7 million had been spent on materials for the signs. Credit: WHEC.com

Op-Ed: “BLUE MEASLES” SIGNS POINT TO DYSFUNCTION

Legislative column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua) If you’ve driven on any portion of the New York State Thruway or major roadways across the state, you’ve seen them. Promotional “I Love NY” road signs have popped up […]

by · February 19, 2017 · Op Ed