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A Democrat hopeful for Assembly

June 5, 2010
LEGISLATOR DAN KOZUB
 
RECEIVES DEMOCRATIC AND CONSERVATIVE ENDORSEMENTS IN RACE FOR STATE ASSEMBLY
 
Democratic Erie County Legislator Daniel M. Kozub (Buffalo, Lackawanna, Blasdell and Hamburg), is pleased and honored to receive the endorsements of both the Democratic Party and Conservative Party in his run for the 146th Assembly seat currently held by Assembly Member Jack Quinn, who is not running for re-election as Assembly Member.

 

“This Assembly seat, which encompasses my childhood home in Lackawanna and my current residence in Hamburg, provides a strong motivation to make a difference in order to reform state government. As a fiscal conservative and a common sense Democrat, I can do that,” Kozub said.

 

Kozub noted that during his brief tenure in the County Legislature, he observed, up close, that nearly 90% of county policies stem from the nearly 90% of the county budget that is mandated by Albany.

 

“To make real change in New York State in the policy area I am most passionate about, job retention, innovation, creation and retraining, we need to invest time and energy where these economic policy changes can be made – in Albany,” Kozub continued.

 

According to Kozub, state economic policy currently favors tax breaks for the big corporate players who have the greatest lobbying influence, often at the expense of small businesses that are the backbone of our regional economy.

 

“I know if you give a tax break or regulation reform to small businesses, they will hire new workers,” Kozub added. “That is not always the case with bigger firms who increase their profit margins instead of adding the jobs for our out-of-work residents here in Erie County.”

 

Another area of keen interest to Kozub is property tax relief, particularly school taxes, which are the largest portion of local property tax bills. Kozub asks why the state forces such a heavy reliance on property taxes, which are not a current reflection of the economic vitality of a household or business, especially for our seniors, unemployed and underemployed work force and struggling small businesses during challenging economic times like these.

 

“Yet, I’m an optimist. Out of every crisis comes the opportunity to make a change for the better. Perhaps the state’s deficit and worst recession since the Great Depression will force a dramatic shift in what the state mandates and how the mandates are funded, especially in public education. I’d really like to bring my ideas, which came from talking to my constituents, to the level of government that needs them most,” Kozub concluded.

WE’LL SEE IF HE IS THE RARE BREED OF DEMOCRAT (A DECENT, TRADITIONAL ONE) HE SAYS HE IS, AND WHETHER THE CONSERVATIVES MADE A MISTAKE ON THIS ONE.
SO FAR HE HAS STAYED AWAY FROM THE W.F.P. ENDORSEMENT WHICH IS A GOOD SIGN. WE’LL ALSO SEE HOW MOST OF HIS FELLOW DEMOCRATS (THE NOT SO DECENT – LEFTIST ONES) PLAY WITH HIM.
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