It’s Time to Start Getting Back to Work
By NYS Assemblyman BRIAN M. KOLB

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A Column by Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Victor)

Brian M. Kolb is an American politician who serves as a member of the New York State Assembly and who served as Assembly Minority Leader from April 2009 to January 2020. A Republican / Conservative, Kolb represents the 131st Assembly District.

ALBANY, NY — April 25, 2020 —  Over the years, our Assembly Republican Conference has consistently warned against one-size-fits-all solutions for New York State, one of the most regionally diverse in the union. What works for the residents in Manhattan doesn’t necessarily work for us. It’s been true of countless economic issues before, and I believe that it’s true when it comes to dealing with the economic crisis our families are facing now.

This week, our Conference unveiled a plan to lift emergency economic restrictions on a regional basis. Our New York State “Regional Restart” initiative would bring together a bipartisan panel of private sector leaders and public health officials to develop a comprehensive plan to safely and gradually get more and more people back to work.

This week, the Empire Center released a report detailing the disproportionate toll the crisis has taken on downstate New York. 97% of Covid-19 fatalities were recorded in the five boroughs, on Long Island or in the suburbs immediately north of New York City. According to their report, upstate has only recorded 1.5 infections per 1,000 residents.

If the goal of the “New York State on PAUSE” Act was to prevent the spread of the virus from overwhelming the emergency capacity of our healthcare system, it seems as though we achieved that in our region. In fact, the Empire Center tells us that “many upstate hospitals have been furloughing employees for lack of business or revenue.”

Let me be clear, we still need to be vigilant about this virus. I’m pleased that President Trump and Gov. Cuomo had productive discussions about expanding testing, and I know that getting back to work means listening to the guidance of public health officials. But we need to begin that process now. Our families and our communities depend on it.

What do you think?  I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York State. You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, email me at, or find me by searching for Assemblyman Brian Kolb on Facebook.


SOURCE: Daniel LaFave | Communications | NYS Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb



TribuneIt’s Time to Start Getting Back to Work
By NYS Assemblyman BRIAN M. KOLB

Comments 1

  1. Governor Cuomo has already been talking about opening up on a regional basis, as well as using dates from each region as a guide to how to proceed. He has also asked for input from the business community with plans and suggestions for how a given business would proceed with a reopening. Cuomo’s daily briefings have been among the clearest and most detailed statements I have ever experienced coming from givernment officials. So I would ask you to stop framing this as a Republican caucus position, and simply speak about what ideas you have to contribute as a member of the Assembly. Feel free to present detailed plans, not just sound bites.

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