Reaction to governor’s State of the State address

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State Address in Albany Wednesday. The governor said there will be no new taxes this year.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State Address in Albany Wednesday. The governor said there will be no new taxes this year.

by Andrew Henderson

Local representatives in state government responded to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address with the same theme: jobs, jobs, and more jobs.

Cuomo delivered the 2013 State of the State address Wednesday, outlining an agenda that builds on the progress of the past two years.

In addition, the governor said there will be no new taxes this year.

“New York is on its way, coming back stronger than ever before, rising to meet some of the biggest challenges in our history, remaining as a progressive beacon of light to the rest of the nation, and standing out as a model of effective government,” Cuomo said.

“Gone are the anti-business, obstructionist, tax capital, and gridlock mentalities, replaced with an entrepreneurial government that collaboratively works together for the people and partners with the private sector to create jobs and get the economy back on track,” he added. “Our accomplishments over the past two years show us that one thing is clear: We can defy the odds and deny the naysayers, and we can accomplish anything together.”

Senator Patty Ritchie applauded Cuomo’s call for building on the progress of the past two years.

“In 2013, my focus is jobs and I was thrilled to hear that Governor Cuomo is making that one of his priorities as well,” said Ritchie.

“We have made some great strides recently when it comes to getting our state’s economy back on track, but there’s a lot more we can do,” she added. “I’m eager to get to work and continue to collaborate with the governor and my fellow colleagues in an effort to put more New Yorkers back to work.”

In his address, the governor laid out plans to focus on upstate economic development with “Market NY,” a new multifaceted marketing plan to bolster upstate growth.

“I’m excited to join with the governor in promoting products that are unique to New York — specifically, Upstate New York,” said Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. “Farming is the cornerstone of our state’s economy and anything we can do to help grow this industry and support our hardworking farmers will certainly benefit our state as a whole.”

Assemblyman Will Barclay said he was happy that the governor talked about the needs of Upstate New York.

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