Listening to You...
The most effective way to learn the issues and hear what people are saying in
Skaneateles is to come right to the source. I recently hosted a community forum where
I responded to many questions that were raised.
We recapped some of the successes that came from the 2007 Legislative Session. We
talked about reforms to the workers’ compensation system and reduction of taxes on
businesses that will yield a significant cost savings for local employers. Other
important changes this year came in the way of government transparency. In Albany
we have gone from "three men in a room" to televised meetings between the governor
and legislative leaders of both conferences in each house.
Assemblyman Barclay speaks with constituents at a town meeting.
A great deal of the discussion centered on property taxes and working to ensure
Skaneateles remains an affordable community, an issue that has always been my top
priority. We talked about how state government can help reduce the tax burden by
reducing unfunded mandates on municipalities and how this year’s increased state aid
for schools will help provide the funds necessary to provide a quality education,
without having to look to local homeowners to foot the bill. If you were unable to
attend my community meeting, I encourage you to sign up for my e-legislative update
mailings. Simply send me an e-mail to
and ask to be added to the list!