Newly Elected Representatives Should Focus On Bipartisanship During Upcoming Session

As election results are finalized across the state over the coming weeks, New Yorkers will have a clear picture of who will be representing them in Albany next session. Those leaders have a lot of work to do. The good news for citizens across the state- there are so many issues where Democrats and Republicans should be able to put philosophical differences aside and solve problems that don’t have to be contentious or political.

Here’s where they should start.

    Public Safety

Today, the governor said that Democrats lost a messaging war over policing and public safety on election day. He’s half right. Voters didn’t just reject progressive messages on criminal justice issues, though. They rejected the substance of bad policies they know have made their communities less safe. This session, Democrats and Republicans should repeal bail reform and start from scratch. They should make a common sense, pragmatic effort at criminal justice reform by consulting with experts like judges, law enforcement officials and prosecutors.

    Infrastructure

One in ten bridges across the state is in poor or structurally deficient condition. There are billions of dollars in unmet local infrastructure needs and thousands of miles of municipally owned roads that need repair and resurfacing. State investments in local infrastructure promote safe travel, create jobs, and make communities more attractive for private sector investment. Those are things every elected official should want to deliver.

    Budget Deficit

Our ballooning state budget deficit isn’t a political talking point- it’s a reality on our balance sheet. The time to move on from programs that don’t work, like the governor’s wasteful, ineffective economic development programs, is now. It’s time to root out the waste, fraud, and abuse in our Medicaid system. It’s time to make tough choices so we can protect what really counts- investing in public safety and law enforcement, investing in the education of our children, and protecting our friends and neighbors with developmental disabilities.

The rhetoric of the political season tends to get overheated. This fall was certainly no exception. My advice to every newly-elected representative is simple. Keep listening to your constituents. Always put their best interests first. Get to know all of our colleagues and see where you can find common ground. Most important, get to work!

What do you think? I want to hear from you. Please send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York state. You may always contact my district office at 315-781-2030 or email me at kolbb@nyassembly.gov

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