“The stakes have never been higher in New York State than they are right now. There are serious challenges that are hitting families at home, business owners in their shops and community leaders in local government. I am sensitive to New Yorkers’ current struggles to keep afloat in these uncertain economic times. We must resolve to reduce taxes, curb spending and strengthen our lagging economy in 2012.
“After listening to his speech, I was disappointed that the Governor did not talk more specifically about unfunded mandate relief, particularly Medicaid relief for our beleaguered counties.
“Nonetheless, amid trials and tribulations true opportunities often arise. This year, I will fight for unfunded mandate relief to reduce school and local government budgets and keep upstate an affordable place to live and work. I am calling on Governor Cuomo to make a serious commitment to this widely supported policy reform measure. Additionally, I will work to remove overregulation on small businesses, manufacturers and farmers – our job creators. I am eager to make 2012 a year of action that sets New York on a path to prosperity.”