Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season
It is impossible to believe that 2019 is almost over, and that the holiday season is upon us. I have been thinking about this past year, and preparing myself for what will come in January 2020 when the legislative session will start again.
Overall, 2019 saw dramatic changes in Albany with the Senate, Assembly, governor, attorney general and comptroller all in the hands of one party. Without healthy checks and balances, there were a number of bills passed which were not thoughtfully considered, including sweeping changes to our criminal justice system and election process.
My colleagues, including Sen. Jim Tedisco, and I have called for a halt to these measures in order to take a closer look at them, but it appears that moderation is in short supply.
I imagine that after years of a Republican-led Senate, the prospect of complete legislative control could easily result in an immoderate reach for power and a strong desire to get bills done that were repeatedly blocked.
In fact, the concept of moderation itself appears to have been lost. The governor’s ill-conceived plan to require New Yorkers to purchase replacement license plates was in my view an unnecessary money grab, but I’m so relieved that the governor reconsidered and rolled back, due in part to intense pressure brought to bear by Sen. Tedisco and the Assembly Republican Conference.
As we head into the New Year, and a new legislative session, I sincerely pray that we can find moderation and civility again.
In a presidential and legislative election year, marked by impeachment inquiries and damaging rhetoric, let us behave respectfully and reasonably toward each other to achieve common goals. Let us promise to get outside of our own ideological “echo chambers” and listen to each other, considering other points of view.
Let us ask open-ended questions: who, what, where, why and how – so we can learn from each other.
Traveling throughout this beautiful community, I have met so many intelligent and impassioned people, and while I know we do not and will not always agree, I am privileged to represent everyone in the 112th Assembly District.
I wish you all a very safe and enjoyable time with your loved ones during the holiday season. Thank you for another great year and your continued support.
Mary Beth Walsh