[November 3rd’s] historic election was the culmination of a truly remarkable effort from representatives at every level of government. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, an enormous number of voters in New York state were able to safely cast their ballot and participate in our democratic process. Residents in New York should be proud of their civic participation and commitment to shaping their communities through the important act of voting.
Here in the 120th Assembly District, I am again truly honored for the support and confidence the voters have placed in me. Representing the people of my home region will always be a distinct privilege, and one I will never take for granted. This has been an unprecedented year. Together we have overcome a great deal, we have accomplished a great deal, and I look forward to our continued work moving forward.
I am also extremely pleased with the turnout from supporters of the Assembly Minority Conference and our candidates. Our conference continues to grow and we will welcome at least 11 new members to our ranks. This was a tremendous accomplishment, especially considering the fact that our conference is typically out-spent by a 4-to-1 margin. I extend my congratulations to all of our new members, as well as all the other candidates and winners in this year’s election.
The results from this Election Day speak to the outstanding quality of character of our candidates, the great campaigns they ran, and all the hard work of their supporters and numerous volunteers. Results in districts across New York have reinforced what we already knew: our platform of lowering the cost of living in the state, reducing the tax burden on small business and middle-class families, fiscal responsibility, and a steadfast dedication to keeping our residents safe has resonated with voters in New York.
Now, more than ever, we must recommit to fiscal discipline and common-sense spending. As the state faces unprecedented fiscal challenges in the short and long-term, developing a transparent, prudent financial plan is the only way we will come out of the current economic climate solvent.
Further, as we move past the contentious election season, it is time to refocus and come together to do the people’s work. New members on both sides of the aisle must now get up to speed on the many issues facing New York. Our state is still marred by major economic uncertainties and the impact of COVID-19 is substantial. There is no shortage of work to do. I am confident, though, that together we will find workable solutions that account for the interests of all New Yorkers.
William (Will) A. Barclay, Republican, is the New York Assembly Minority Leader and represents the 120th New York Assembly District, which encompasses most of Oswego County, including the cities of Oswego and Fulton, as well as the town of Lysander in Onondaga County and town of Ellisburg in Jefferson County. Contact Barclay at firstname.lastname@example.org