Guest Blog by: C. Ulanowski

New York residents must realize that actions speaks louder than words. We often complain about how dysfunctional the NYS government is, and how we as taxpayers face economic distress, because of inaction by Albany on real problem solving.  However, we as residents and taxpayers, have a long tradition of accepting the status quo and returning incumbents to office by not individually engaging our elected leaders.  We are divergent in our beliefs and opinions.  There is a solid agreement that the current system no longer works.  Special interests have won the day by surpassing the role of the electorate. Leaders and their minions are easily led astray by the power of money.  We must act individually and also look for common ground with our friends, relatives and neighbors to demand reforms that remove the influence of money on our government system.