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Mahan: Paterson sounds good, needs results

Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan said Gov. David Paterson had a poignant message in his Wednesday, Jan. 6, State of the State address, but ultimately results are all that matters.

The address covered jobs, ethics, tax incentives and a number of other issues facing the state.

We need to see plans that are actually going to make this work. That's what the public is looking for, she said. "The people ultimately decide."

Paterson discussed hopes to revitalize the state and highlighted a plan to replace the Empire Zone tax credit, which he said is no longer the best plan for New York.

"Unfortunately, the Empire Zone program has outlived its usefulness, which is why we are replacing it with a program that is focused, strategic, accountable, cost-effective and transparent," Paterson said. "To develop the Excelsior Jobs Program, we spent the last year reaching out to hundreds of businesses and communities across our state to find out how we can best build a program that delivers what it promises.

Paterson said the Excelsior program is the most aggressive job creation program in state history.

Mahan said she supports any initiative to bring high-tech, clean and green jobs to the Capital District, and recalled President Barack Obama's visit last year, where he spoke about how community colleges and two-year programs can be a good starting point to train people for those jobs.

"Upstate is becoming more and more attractive for that," Mahan said. "I think we're on the right path with technology jobs. We're in a whole new era here."

Paterson also said New York state has to rein in its spending, as it has not done in recent years.

"Cultures of addiction to spending, power and approval have ruined empires and now they threaten the Empire State," he said in the State of the State address.

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