June 18, 2016
ASSEMBLYMAN BILL NOJAY SENT OUT THIS STATEMENT ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON:
Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R,C) expressed his disappointment with the final days of the 2016 legislative Session in Albany. “Sadly today we end another legislative cycle and have little to show for it,” said Nojay. “Despite our repeated attempts throughout the year to pass legislation that would have made Upstate New York a more affordable place to live, get a job and start a business, the Governor and his majorities in the Legislature not only ignored all pro-growth legislation, they took actions which will kill more jobs and further weaken our economy.
“New York has a serious problem with a stagnant economy, and we need serious reforms to get back on track. For years we’ve watched as hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers leave the state, businesses of all sizes fire employees and close their doors and our family farms scale back and cut production. The governor and his Assembly and Senate allies rejoice in their Downstate agenda while Upstate suffers from those same policies. Real reform cannot come until there is a genuine effort to cut the taxes and anti-business regulations that have made New York the least hospitable economic climate in the country,” Nojay said.
“Worse, the final hours of this year’s Session brought us new rules for banks that hold the mortgages on so-called “zombie houses”, which are homes which have been abandoned by their owners, leaving the mortgage bank responsible for upkeep of the property. If the bank does not spend thousands of dollars on maintenance, it may be subject to thousands of dollars of fines. What the Governor and NYC-based politicians have done is to make mortgage lending more expensive and burdensome in New York. Potential homeowners will find it harder to get a mortgage, and the mortgages people get will be more expensive,” said Nojay.
“We are now done for the year, but I’m hopeful voters will take a hard look at their choices in the voting booth in November. If we all voted for what’s truly good for jobs and small business, next year’s legislature might be more jobs friendly. Until then we need to keep fighting to cut our highest in the nation taxes, job killing regulations and bloated State budget,” said Nojay.