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New Majority Leader Pledges Support for WNY

By Joyce Kryszak

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Buffalo, NY – In a visit to Buffalo Wednesday, New York's new senate majority leader said Western New York can look forward to his support for revitalizing the region.

Dean Skelos took over for Joseph Bruno as majority leader only a week ago. The Long Island Republican said his early visit here shows his commitment to the region. He pointed to the waterfront and school reconstruction projects as proof the senate will work for all parts of the state.

But he said there is at least one problem the regions all have in common- high property taxes.

Skelos predicts the senate will have an important ally in the state's new governor for tackling these issues. He said his initial conversation with David Patterson was a good one. But even before he took on his new leadership role, Skelos said his experience working with the new governor gives him hope for real change in Albany.

Skelos said he wants to take advantage of that improved environment to work on his number one priority - reigning in property taxes. Skelos said he is optimistic the legislature will be able to work out something to provide relief soon.

Skelos was flanked at Wednesday's press conference by Erie County Executive Chris Collins, and Republican members of the Western New york delegation. He said he will work closely with all of them to address issues most critical to the western new york region.

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