Local Political Voices React To State Of The State

January 5, 2011 Updated Jan 5, 2011 at 8:24 PM EDT

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Local Political Voices React To State Of The State

January 5, 2011 Updated Jan 5, 2011 at 8:24 PM EDT

New York State Senator George D. Maziarz (R, C – Newfane- release) today gave high praise to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s inaugural State of the State Address. Cuomo’s speech, which was delivered in the Convention Center of Albany’s Empire State Plaza, focused on addressing the state’s current fiscal crisis, restructuring government operations, and bringing about comprehensive ethics reform.

“Governor Cuomo was right on point with his vision of what needs to be done to put New York back on a path to fiscal stability,” said Maziarz. “If New York is to regain its status as one of the best states in the country to live, work and raise a family, we must make fundamental changes in the way we do business. Governor Cuomo understands this and he seems prepared to act.”

Cuomo also outlined what he termed the “Emergency Fiscal Plan,” which includes a one-year pay freeze for the majority of state workers and a property tax cap set at two percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

“A tax cap is certainly a step in the right direction because New York State cannot continue to spend at the current levels,” said Maziarz. “That being said, a tax cap must be accompanied by mandate relief. The state cannot continue to push its unquenchable thirst for spending onto the backs of school districts, local governments, and other local taxing districts. I’ve voted for a tax cap twice already, and hopefully the third time will be the charm and it will become law.”

Maziarz vowed to work cooperatively with Cuomo, putting a tumultuous time in the state’s history behind.

“Governor Cuomo was very energetic and passionate during his speech,” said Maziarz. “At the same time, he expressed a great willingness to collaborate with legislators from both sides of the aisle. As we face our challenges, I look forward to working with him for the betterment of New York.”

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR PAT GALLIVAN (R, C, I – Elma) ON

GOVERNOR CUOMO’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

“After hearing Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address, I am optimistic that we will be able to work together to implement common sense solutions to fix our broken state government. For far too long out of control state spending and spiraling taxes have worked to smother Western New York’s economy. We can no longer sit idly by as families make an exodus from New York State for greener pastures elsewhere.

I am relieved that the governor concurs that we cannot balance our state budget by raising taxes. The only way to get our state on solid financial footing is through tough, and likely painful, decisions to cut state spending. Curbing spending, cutting taxes and reducing the regulatory burden on local governments and small businesses, will lead to an environment conducive to the creation of private sector jobs.

I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo to help him understand the unique challenges facing Western New York. It is my hope that he will support the UB 2020 initiative that will serve as a catalyst to the economic revitalization of Western New York. The best thing our state government can do is create an economic environment in which the private sector can provide good paying jobs. UB 2020 will do just that.

In the weeks and months ahead, I will work with the governor and my legislative colleagues to restore our rightful distinction as the Empire State. I know it won’t always be easy, but by working together, we can put New York State back on the right path.”

Albany, NY – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address:

“Today, the Governor’s State of the State address echoed opinions of so many New Yorkers, including myself – especially for the State to close the budget deficit, impose a property-tax cap, and create private-sector jobs.

I have been an outspoken advocate and introduced legislation on many of these issues during my first term and I am pleased to hear the Governor make them his major legislative priorities. More importantly, New Yorkers have been demanding property tax relief and a smaller and leaner State government over the past few years as well.

As the 2011 Legislative Session begins, the Governor and Legislature have an opportunity to turn our State’s fiscal and economic future around. I am eager to begin working with the Governor and my Senate and Assembly colleagues during the 2011 Legislative Session.”

/Statement from Assemblyman John Ceretto (R,I-Lewiston)/

“By laying out an aggressive agenda to restructure state government and put Albany’s fiscal and ethical houses in order in his State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo has offered Western New York the promise of revitalization. I look forward to working with the governor to enact changes necessary to fix state government and improve Western New York’s economy to create private sector jobs and attract business to our region of the state.”

Senator Mark Grisanti’s Statement on The State of the State Address

“ Governor Cuomo delivered an inspiring and moving State of the State Address this afternoon. Governor Cuomo has my support on reducing wasteful spending in New York, creating jobs and putting the people, not special interests groups, first. The people of the 60th District should be excited and motivated for changes that will put money back in their pockets.”

*HAWLEY RESPONDS TO **GOV**’S STATE OF STATE ADDRESS
*/Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, I, C – //Batavia//)
issued the following statement /

In today’s State of the State Address, the governor acknowledged the dark times ahead, but looked to a brighter future on the horizon. Many of his cornerstone proposals, from a property tax cap to an independent redistricting commission, have been advanced by the Assembly Minority Conference for years.

What we must do now as state legislators is change the way we operate in Albany and run state government like a private sector business. We need to find savings in the state budget through consolidating state agencies and ending optional Medicaid programs that other states do not offer. Unfunded mandates that force localities to raise property taxes and drive our families across state lines must be repealed immediately. Powerful job-creating programs like IDA’s need to be embraced, not ignored. I am eager to work with the governor to accomplish these goals that will improve the quality of life for Western New Yorkers.

GOODELL RESPONDS TO **GOV**’S STATE OF STATE ADDRESS* /Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R, C – Chautauqua County) issued the following statement /

The State of the State Address indicated Governor Cuomo’s willingness to work with the Legislature on vital matters that I made hallmarks of my campaign, such as reducing taxes, reining in spending and ending corruption in state government. Western New York families and businesses need tax relief, and they need it now. I am eager to join the governor in rightsizing state government and hitting the ground running in the upcoming legislative session.