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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
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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
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Op-Ed: A Difficult Task: Realizing Who Our Military Veterans Are

A Difficult Task: Realizing Who Our Military Veterans Are Who or what is a United States military veteran? The answer depends upon who you ask and how you phrase the question. According to a 2012 Congressional Research Service Report, “a […]

by · February 12, 2017 · Op Ed, Veterans
Op-Ed: MISLEADING SANCTUARY STATE RISKS FEDERAL FUNDING

Op-Ed: MISLEADING SANCTUARY STATE RISKS FEDERAL FUNDING

by Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua) Defying federal policy by attempting to shield illegal immigrants from the law does not protect the interests of New Yorkers. Earlier this week, the Assembly Majority proposed a number of bills that […]

by · February 12, 2017 · Immigration Issues, Op Ed
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Vernuccio’s View: A Look Back At The Obama Era

The extraordinary crises in U.S. foreign affairs, and the plight of human rights around  the world had failed to gain attention in much of the mainstream media during President Barack Obama’s eight years in office. The reasons are clear.  It was […]

by · February 12, 2017 · Op Ed, Vernuccio's View
Op-Ed: Governor’s Budget Proposal Puts 6,000 Seniors at Risk

Op-Ed: Governor’s Budget Proposal Puts 6,000 Seniors at Risk

Op-Ed Contact: Lindsay Perry lperry@unhny.org 212-967-0322 x311 Cell: 203-382-4052   Governor’s Budget Proposal Puts 6,000 Seniors at Risk If nothing changes in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal, 65 senior centers in New York City will close this year due to a […]

Opinion: Bronx Kids Need Access to Quality Charters and G&T Programs

Opinion: Bronx Kids Need Access to Quality Charters and G&T Programs

By Leah Binyamin   Whenever I talk to my friends and neighbors about all the change that’s come to the Bronx, I notice a few common refrains. Everyone I know in my home borough is thrilled to see major revitalization […]

by · February 6, 2017 · Education, Op Ed
Op-Ed: THE CASE FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

Op-Ed: THE CASE FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

by Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua) One of the many lessons I’ve learned in Albany is this: when those who have harvested most of the power oppose an idea, it’s probably something worth considering. We see a prime example […]

by · February 5, 2017 · Op Ed
Affordable Care Act Deadline Looms  — Sign up today

Affordable Care Act Deadline Looms — Sign up today

We can help you sign up for health insurance By Mayor Bill de Blasio A few weeks ago I met a man from the South Bronx named Wellington. He was diagnosed with cancer and lost his health insurance. The City […]

by · January 30, 2017 · Government, Health, Op Ed
Boxing Survives Last Round:  New York Action Resumes

Boxing Survives Last Round: New York Action Resumes

By Rich Mancuso/ Sports Editor Boxing has been revived and has survived another round in New York and the fighters are content. So are the promoters, matchmakers, managers, and trainers. Most of all the venues, including Madison Square Garden and […]

by · January 30, 2017 · Op Ed, Sports
Op-Ed: Start-Up NY Weakens, Business Anxiety Remains Strong

Op-Ed: Start-Up NY Weakens, Business Anxiety Remains Strong

By Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb When it comes to the business of Albany, it is essential to draw a distinction between rhetoric and reality. In no area is that more apparent than the state’s economic-development efforts. Lofty promises, […]