Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I – Schoharie) today released the following statement in response to Governor Spitzer’s annual State of the State address in Albany.
“After hearing the governor’s address earlier today, I am glad that he has recognized the importance of creating jobs, increasing access to higher education, capping property taxes while addressing a host of other issues that are the daily focus of the people of the 127th Assembly District and across New York State. Although the governor spoke eloquently about these concerns, in many ways it echoed last year’s message with no real change for our upstate, rural economy. It is my hope that the governor will follow through with strong and decisive action which brings people together rather than splitting them apart.”
“I look forward to working with the governor to provide relief to the hardworking families, farms, and businesses financially squeezed by property taxes, mortgages, education costs, and health care costs. With that in mind, I look forward to the budget proposal to provide tax relief and support a sustainable economy while paying attention to education and healthcare.”
“Perhaps more importantly, I believe that the governor, state Assembly and Senate must show leadership and have the courage to tackle the issues that are most important to the people of Upstate New York, such as property taxes, job creation and rising fuel costs. Working together in a bipartisan manner is the only way we can truly help the people of New York.”