“Governor Paterson’s first State of the State address put into service some very soaring language to tackle what remains the most daunting financial climate New York State has seen since the Great Depression,” said Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport). “I commend the governor for breaking tradition and issuing this speech after, and not before, his executive budget presentation in order to highlight the concerns so many middle-class New Yorkers now have about the future fiscal viability of the Empire State, as well as providing greater detail about the priorities contained within the $119 billion budget he introduced last month.
But make no mistake: Governor Paterson’s promise of changing the business-as-usual culture of Albany is no substitute for the hard work and tough choices required of us if we are to reduce a $15 billion budget deficit and shake off the negative effects of a nationwide economic recession. Long Islanders deserve action from their elected representatives, an end to our opaque budget process, and a commitment to reducing their taxes and controlling spending in Albany. Without these necessary actions, Governor Paterson’s State of the State address will remain only words in the air, while serious matters on the ground are ignored, avoided or left to future generations of New Yorkers to solve.”