"I think we need to now start planing years out," she said. "We came in as political novices...We've got severe problems here in New York state and in Albany County in particular. We need to fix the Republican Party, and that's what the Tea Party mission is going to be."
For McEneny, the coming year brings a new gubernatorial administration and a new Senate, the composition of which is still in question. He said he will try to stay focused on addressing the state's problems, including moving towards a "rational" tax cap with an incorporated circuit breaker.
"I think the No. 1 issue has always been the property tax in this area," he said. "We don't support either the schools or the county governments adequately, so they have to turn around and raise property tax.""