Many New Yorkers are fleeing upstate, families and young adults alike. What will you do to encourage them and/or give them a reason to stay here?
New Yorkers need to see that their government is committed to policies that promote economic growth, support job creation, and reduce the crushing burden of taxes, fees and mandates.
Does anything need to change with the way state government functions? If so, what would you do to bring about change?
There are many problems with state government, and I support a number of reform initiatives. But one very basic issue is that government officials need to work together and remain focused on improving the economy and making it more affordable to live and work in this state.
Occupation: Chairwoman, Schenectady County Legislature
Political Affiliation: Democrat
Since 2004 I have served as Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature where I have focused county government's efforts on creating jobs, rebuilding the economic base, and cutting county property taxes. When I became Chair, county government was as dysfunctional as the State Senate is today. We needed to make significant changes. We made job creation our priority and replaced a dysfunctional economic development effort consisting of 32 competing programs with one effective program, which has created 3,500 private sector jobs and attracted over $400 million in new investment. We also focused on identifying innovative ways to save taxpayers money and make government operate more efficiently, enabling us to cut county property taxes 4 of the last 6 years. I want to be a strong voice for the 44th Senate District and help the state legislature can get back to work doing what is important creating jobs and cutting taxes.
Why do you want to sit on the New York Senate?