2012 was a year of great progress in New York State and great tragedy. At the beginning of his State of the State address Governor Andrew Cuomo presented flags to the families of the two Webster fire fighters shot and killed in a pre-meditated Christmas Eve ambush.
Cuomo was particularly passionate when it came to his proposed gun policy.
"No one hunts with an assault rifle, no one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer and too many innocent people have died already!" exclaimed Cuomo.
His new policy would close loopholes on the current assault weapons ban, prevent private sales to people with criminal records or mental illnesses, strengthen penalties on illegal guns, allow mental health providers to report at risk gun-owners, more checks and balances for existing gun owners and implementing more programs in violent neighborhoods.
Cuomo also led the crowd in a moment of silence for the 60 people who lost their lives as a result of Hurricane Sandy and proposed a new statewide training for all emergency personnel to be administered through SUNY and CUNY.
The governor also has an agressive plan to tackle the state's poor education numbers. It includes a longer school day and/or year, pre-k for all children that would go from a two hour day to five hour day, incentives for high performing teachers and a mandatory "bar-exam" type test for teachers before they're placed in classrooms.
And when it comes to upstate New York Cuomo is proposing an ambitious marketing plan to promote products, casinos and tourism in an effort to create development and job growth.
Cuomo also wants to increase the minimum wage to $8.75 this year and continue to attract high tech companies by creating tax free zones.