Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D, I , C, WF – Cheektowaga) thought Governor Cuomo’s state of the state address sent a encouraging message yesterday, Cuomo addressed changes he hopes to implement in the state government and ways to get our upstate economy back on track.
During the State of the State, Cuomo outlined a plan in which he emphasized job creation, restoring integrity in state government, promoting economic competition throughout the state and increasing government transparency.
“The upstate economy is very different from the downstate economy,” Gabryszak said. “The governor’s plan to create regional economic boards would allow the different regions of the state to compete for business.”
Cuomo addressed the need for a tax cap, pointing out New York is the highest taxed state in the nation. According to a recent study done by the Tax Foundation, Erie County ranked 6th in the nation for having the highest property taxes as a percentage of home values1.
“Erie County has some of the highest property taxes in the entire country and a tax cap is absolutely necessary,” Gabryszak said. “This year, I will work with the governor and my colleagues to enact meaningful legislation to ease the tax burden on our hardworking families and ensure that our future generations will want to stay in New York and call this place home.”
Gabryszak also supports Cuomo’s plan to require legislator’s full disclosure of outside income. Out of 150 members in the Assembly, Gabryszak was one of only 43 legislators to give a complete financial disclosure of his income.
“Full financial disclosure will help eliminate the pay-to-play club,” Gabryszak said. “I have always believed transparency in government will root out corruption and I am ready to work with Governor Cuomo and my colleagues in both the Assembly and Senate, on both sides of the aisle, to ensure that government stays open, accountable and gains the trust of the people again.”