Posted by on January 24, 2015

Votes in leadership election, outlines priorities for upcoming session

Yesterday, Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport) made his first return to the Capitol since securing re-election November 4.

The Assistant Minority Leader of the Republican Assembly Conference joined the vast majority of his colleagues in re-electing Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb. Finch was effusive in his praise for Kolb following the conference meeting.

“Leader Kolb’s vision and savvy are indispensable to our conference. He is a talented legislator and a public servant of sterling character. I was pleased to cast my vote for him, and I’m glad that my friends in the conference supported him with such enthusiasm,” remarked Finch.

Finch also met with his Albany-based staff and outlined his legislative priorities for the coming year.

“I’m eagerly anticipating working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to catalyze our upstate economy,” said Finch. “Our legislature needs to capitalize on the tax-cutting momentum we built last session. Fostering an energized commercial climate that helps small business owners stay here and encourages forward-thinking entrepreneurs to set up shop in our neighborhoods is my biggest priority next session. It all comes back to creating good jobs.”

Finch also espoused the need for education reform. He has called for instructional mentors to ease the burden on teachers as they curtail their instructional methods to the Common Core standards.

“As always, I will be fighting for our schools in the 126th District. We need to provide our children with the resources they need to explore an ever-changing world,” said Finch.

With a new legislative session around the corner, Finch finds himself energized and ready to work.

“Coming back to Albany in preparation for a new session is always exciting. I still love this job. I’m passionate about it, and I’m looking forward to crafting legislation that creates new opportunities for the hardworking families of the 126th District,” he said.

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