Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, said becoming a more business-friendly state and creating jobs is vital to economic recovery.
"For too long, New York has been one of the worst business climates in the nation, and it is keeping business from growing in our state," said Farley. "By focusing on community, rather than using a generic approach, the councils can set priorities and tailor a long-term strategy to fit the specific regions across our state."
During the beginning of the event, SCCC President Quintin Bullock highlighted how the college is trying to prepare students for the local job markets.
"New York institutions of higher education train the next generation of our workforce, create good jobs for our local citizens, develop the innovation that will drive our industries into the future and forge partnerships with businesses to make sure what we teach in the classroom is preparing our students for the real world careers that will keep them here in New York state," said Bullock.
Farley praised the Democratic governor, speaking highly of Cuomo and his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo.
"Gov. Cuomo is recognized nationally as one of the most successful and dynamic governors in the United States of America," said Farley. "We were able to pass an on-time budget with no new taxes. This young man knows how to work with the Legislature, how to work with people."
Creating the councils is phase two of Cuomo's economic development plan. He said there isn't a single approach for all of the regions, and even within each region there could be different approaches.
"You are 10 different reasons. You are 10 different economies and each one is a little different," said Cuomo. "Each region has its own strengths, its own challenges, its own opportunities, its own dynamic, and the solution is within that reason. We can help, we can incentivize but it is about you to make it happen."