Albany’s Empty Gesture to Small Businesses

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor

For Immediate Release June 17, 2013

Contact: Chris Covucci – (845) 309-2654

Albany’s Empty Gesture for Small Businesses

Albany, NY – (6/17/13) – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – Fishkill) today criticized the Assembly Democrats’ Small Business Week resolution as an empty, hypocritical gesture.

“New York is consistently rated among the worst states for businesses,” said Lalor. “In my first six months in Albany, I’ve watched the legislature continue down an anti-small business path. The Assembly Democrats are blocking Scaffold Law reform. Today, they’re voting on a bill that would set how much a utility can pay workers to maintain buildings. It’s about as anti-free market as laws can get. Electricity prices will go up for individuals and businesses. It’s a job killer opposed by the Business Council, Associated Builders and Contractors, multiple Chambers of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Businesses, New York State Association for Affordable Housing, and General Contractors Association of New York. A ‘Small Business Week’ resolution is an empty gesture when Albany continues to block needed reform and base more unneeded  regulations.”

Assemblyman William Scarborough introduced today’s resolution memorializing Governor Cuomo to proclaim the week of June 17 as Small Business Week in the State of New York.

Lalor continued, “Small businesses need more than a congratulatory resolution from Albany. They need real tax and regulation relief. Ball State University just released a study that gave New York an ‘F’ for manufacturing climate, particularly pointing to high taxes. Let’s fix our business climate instead of passing empty resolutions.”


Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and founder of the Dutchess County based consulting firm KML Strategies, LLC.  Lalor is the founder of Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

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