“With a new year comes a new legislative session in Albany. Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech is an opportunity for us to build upon the accomplishments of 2011 and keep the momentum going to accomplish more in 2012.
“During this legislative session, it is of the utmost importance that we get New Yorkers back to work, provide meaningful mandate relief for our local school districts and governments, and reform our state’s top cost-driver, Medicaid.
“I applaud Governor Cuomo for holding the line against new taxes and fees. Maintaining fiscal discipline will be extremely important this year, as we face an estimated $3.5 billion deficit that can be closed if we do not spend or borrow irresponsibly.
“Today was a good start toward a productive session; this year, we should focus on what New Yorkers need now. I hope we all can work in a bipartisan fashion without facing political gridlock that will slow down our work and endanger the future of our state.”