ALBANY, N.Y. — “For far too long, the men and women across New York State have felt ignored by Albany. In Western New York, my neighbors and constituents feel like they’ve lost their voice in the state Capitol,” said Senator Tim Kennedy.
And the Senate Democrats recruited one of their newest members to respond to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address.
“The Governor is off to a great start, focusing on the issues that matter to all of our families. Governor Cuomo, the democrats look forward to working with you to fix our stumbling economy,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy’s remarks, largely complimentary, echoed what most upstate elected officials had to say.
“I’m very enthused about his speech and I look forward to working with him to accomplish some of these goals,” said Assemblyman Clifford Crouch.
“He’s embracing change, but he’s also embracing cooperation and working together to get through the crisis we’re facing in New York is a very important one,” said Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito.
And while the reviews of the speech were mostly positive, not everyone was prepared to sign off on the governor’s plans just yet.
“We heard his recommendations, but we’ll have to look at them. The devil is always in the detail,” Destito said.
“When the budget comes out, we’ll have to look specifically at how our region will be impacted in Central and Northern New York, as well as the specifics in many of the programs, but conceptually he hit on many of the general themes,” said Senator Joseph Griffo.
And that’s when we will hear the real specifics about how he plans to close the state’s $10 billion budget hole. Governor Cuomo’s first budget address is slated for February 1st, just 27 days from now.