State Leaders Respond To State Of The State Address [VIDEO]
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says he is excited about New York State's future.
In the video below you can see Skelos' reaction to Governor Cuomo's State of the State address.
Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi says Governor Cuomo unveiled an ambitious agenda that builds on progress and accomplishments to further strengthen the Mohawk Valley’s economy and improve the infrastructure.
He says it's encouraging that many of the governor’s priorities are in line with the needs of our community, especially his commitment to provide additional tax relief.
Brindisi also says he's eager to hit the ground running and he stands committed to working with the governor and his colleagues to keep the positive momentum going.
State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli says Governor Cuomo's State of the State address set forth a strong agenda for New York State in 2014.
Dinapoli says his office has found more than $5 billion in temporary resources to support state spending.
He also says it's time to tackle reforms to the state's budget process, debt and campaign finance reform.
Senator James Seward said he feels the Governor's plan is a positive for Upstate New York.
"I was pleased with the governor's discussion on education," Seward said. "Universal pre-kindergarten statewide, along with expanded after-school programs are attainable goals. But I will also be fighting for a fair and equitable school aid increase that will help provide our students with the tools they need to succeed while keeping property taxes in check. Along those lines, we must deal with the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has put upstate schools in a deep budgetary hole."
"Overall, we start 2014 from a better financial position than in the recent past," Seward continued. "We also have a positive track record of working cooperatively, producing three straight on-time budgets, a streak I will work to continue. I look forward to maintaining our momentum and producing positive results for the people of upstate New York and the state as a whole."