New Year's Resolutions 2018





A Legislative Column by Assemblyman Raymond Walter


            Another exciting and eventful year has come and gone, and while there is always more to be done, we certainly enjoyed our share of successes in 2017. I am privileged and honored to represent the hardworking men and women of the 146th Assembly District here at home and in our state Capitol. As we approach the start of a new legislative session, I am looking forward to continuing to fight for your best interests and work to ensure that our voices are heard in Albany.


            Now, as we prepare to turn our calendars to 2018, I’d like to take this opportunity to list my “New Year’s Resolutions,” which include some significant issues that I intend to focus on in Albany this year. As always, my focus is on ways that we can make New York a better place to live, work and raise a family.


            First and foremost, I will continue my push for accountability and transparency in the funding and execution of Gov. Cuomo’s economic development programs. We all deserve an ethical government, but our state’s leadership seems content to maintain the status quo.  In a few weeks, several of the governor’s top aides will stand trial after being indicted on corruption charges associated with the Buffalo Billion and other “job creation” programs. We’ve also seen other highly touted schemes like START-UP NY continuously fall short of promised job creation and growth numbers. This system is flawed at best and unethical at worst, and it’s high time we took measures to ensure that New Yorkers know exactly how the governor is spending billions of our hard-earned tax dollars.


            On a similar note, I will continue fighting to amend New York’s oppressive tax and regulatory climate in an effort to make our state a more attractive destination for both families and businesses. It’s no secret that our state’s over-burdensome tax system is a reason employers and residents continue to leave in search of greener pastures. In fact, since 2010, more than one million people have fled NY to other states. In 2018, let’s hope my legislative colleagues join me in recognizing that major changes are necessary if we ever want to see our state’s economy reach its full potential.


            In addition, I will continue to advocate for significant investments in our state’s education system. Whether it is grade school or the SUNY system, we have an obligation to provide the resources needed to ensure our children and grandchildren receive a world class education.  Investing in education is an investment in our state’s future.


            By no means will these be my only areas of focus during session this year, and I’m always open to hearing from you. If you’d like to share a thought, idea or concern you have for the New Year, please do not hesitate to contact my district office at 716-634-1895. I am confident that together we can make a truly positive impact.


            I wish you all a happy, healthy and productive New Year.       


Raymond Walter
NYS Assembly, 146th District

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