Local lawmakers respond to Cuomo's address

Politicians favor message, but share concerns over implementation

Gov. Andrew Cuomo might be worrying about the state of New York, but municipal leaders are concerned with how state initiatives will affect their communities.

Cuomo delivered his State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 5, speaking about reform and improvement of state government, but local representatives now must prepare for Cuomo's initiative and goals. Response to Cuomo's message in his speech seemed to be positive overall, but some lawmakers were worried about how initiatives would be implemented and what the effect the governor's goals will have locally.

I have attended or watched at least 20 state of the state address, and I think that this was the best address that I have witnessed, said Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature Susan Savage, D-Niskayuna. "I expected it to be kind of a downer, but it was actually inspirational, and at the same time realistic. I think what it provided is a road map to be able to get where we need to be, which is to cap property taxes, to reduce mandates on county and local governments and to make government work more efficiently."

Republican Christopher Koetzle, supervisor for the Town of Glenville agreed Cuomo's message was on target.

"I think it was a good realization of the issues facing New Yorkers, and I think it certainly set the tone going forward," said Koetzle. "Government has to spend less and figure out how to deliver services with less spending."

Rotterdam Town Supervisor Frank Del Gallo said he thought the speech was good, and Cuomo is the person to lead the state forward.

"I think [Cuomo] is going to do a great job, and I think that this is the guy that we have all been waiting for," said Del Gallo. "The state needs to be turned around; it is just way out of hand. I know that in my heart I feel he is the right man for the job."

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