Assemblyman Schmitt ‘deserves admiration and respect, not empty criticism that fails to be rooted in fact’

Goshen /
| 19 Oct 2020 | 06:24

    I write to counter a recent opinion by a Goshen Town Councilman that criticized the leadership of Assemblyman Colin Schmitt.

    Here are some examples of the important legislative work that Assemblyman Schmitt has done on our behalf:

    As a member of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Water Quality, Assemblyman Schmitt has secured more than $2 million in grants for municipalities in his district to improve water quality and protect public health.

    As a result, Assemblyman Schmitt received a 100 percent rating on the 2020 New York State Environmental Scorecard.

    Moreover, Assemblyman Schmitt co-sponsored legislation that increased accessibility to healthcare for women (A.02836A). That legislation was passed.

    And finally, the belief that Assemblyman Schmitt is incapable of working across the aisle is simply a partisan lie.

    Governor Cuomo recently signed a bill that makes Juneteenth a public holiday. (Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day – is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States on June 19, 1865.)

    Assemblyman Schmitt was the only Republican co-sponsor of that bill in the entire Assembly, and he also happened to be one of only a few co-sponsors of that bill in the Mid-Hudson Region of any party.

    Assemblyman Schmitt’s consistent ability to work across the aisle deserves admiration and respect, not empty criticism that fails to be rooted in fact.

    Joy Palazzola