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Misleading ‘Sanctuary State’ Risks Federal Funding

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 would essentially turn New York into a “sanctuary...

February 10, 2017
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The Case for a Constitutional Convention

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 of this on the issue of a Constitutional Convention. A...

February 3, 2017
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Kolb: Assembly Majority Clings To Status-Quo, Rejects Common-Sense Reforms

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua) today criticized the Majority Conference for blocking 12 common-sense reform proposals aimed at creating more transparent, fair and effective Assembly procedures. “The Assembly...

February 1, 2017
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Start-Up NY Weakens & Business Anxiety Remains Strong

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, theatrical presentations, and gimmick...

February 1, 2017
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After A False Start, Budget Process Gets Underway

New Yorkers are finally getting a glimpse of the governor’s 2017-18 Executive Budget proposal after a curious and chaotic rollout that established a new low for transparency. With a Tuesday deadline to present his spending plan, the governor spent...

January 20, 2017
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