Assembly Republican Leader James Tedisco (R,C-I-Schenectady-Saratoga) and his colleagues today announced the formation of RemaiNY, a series of regional forums charged with studying the reasons for the exodus of young people from the state and ways to make New York a more attractive place for them to find jobs, buy homes and raise their families.
Tedisco has appointed three young assemblymen, Rob Walker (R,C,I,WF-Hicksville), Marc Molinaro (R,C,I-Red Hook), and Jack Quinn (R,C,I-Hamburg) to examine some of the obstacles facing young people in New York such as lack of affordable housing, high property taxes, availability of quality jobs and the overall high cost of living. Their goal, Tedisco noted, is to stop the out-migration by providing solutions that will restore New York’s promise for this generation and generations to come.
“It is my honor to be able to chair RemaiNY,” said Walker. “Throughout my own assembly district, I have met hundreds of young college-aged people and those who are entering the work force who are choosing to leave the state because the opportunities do not exist or the costs are too high. We must find solutions to broaden the appeal of staying in New York for our young professionals and find ways to improve finding jobs, raising families and addressing the high costs of our post-secondary education. I believe that this is the ultimate goal of this listening tour and I am eager to begin the numerous forums planned throughout the state.”
“For far too long, New York State has been hemorrhaging young people,” Molinaro said. “In droves, these young people are packing up and moving to other states because they are less expensive places to live, work and raise families. The need for a productive dialogue on how to stop the ‘brain drain’ is clear. I commend Leader Tedisco for implementing these regional forums and thank him for my appointment as vice-chair. As we travel the state, I look forward to listening to young New Yorkers – my peers – and using their ideas to draft legislation that will make New York State great again.”
"I am proud to have been appointed vice-chair of RemaiNY, because as a life-long resident of Western New York
, I know what makes this state great,” said Quinn. “Having graduated from college less than 10 years ago, I recognize the importance of keeping our home-grown talent in New York
and stopping the ‘brain drain’ to states with greener economic pastures. This series of forums will help educate all legislators on what we can do to both continue to raise and educate New York
’s children today, and also to retain those children while attracting new families into the state.”
According to Census data, a full 22 percent of all New Yorkers aged 20-34 moved out of the state between 1990 and 2000. This statistic has really hit home for our families and businesses, many of which have a relative, co-worker or friend who has left New York. Young families in particular are faced with choosing between moving out of state to pursue their careers or remaining in their hometowns to preserve family ties that have endured for generations.
“I am honored to appoint these fine public servants to head up this much-needed exploration of the problems facing young people in our state,” Tedisco said. “Many communities throughout New York
have been struggling from the loss of students, young professionals and families to North Carolina
and other states. Assemblymen Walker, Molinaro and Quinn are some of our Conference’s best and brightest. I fully am confident they will effectively lead this effort to develop solutions to keep our young people right here in New York State
The first RemaiNY discussion will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2008 in Elmira. Over the next two years, Walker, Molinaro and Quinn plan to travel throughout the state seeking ways to keep young New Yorkers here at home. Future events are planned for the Capital District, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Watertown and New York City.