Reaction from local lawmakers to Gov. Cuomo’s 90-minute State of the State speech ranged from downright negative to moderately pleased.
Sen. John DeFrancisco, who is considering a run against Cuomo in November, called it a hypocritical political speech. Sen. Jim Seward called for a review of economic development programs. He said, “(the) state is faced with some tough fiscal challenges, and in my estimation the best way to clear those hurdles is through economic growth. The governor failed to detail any concrete plans to lead us in that direction. I am hopeful that his state budget will include workable ideas to strengthen our upstate economy.”
Assemblyman Bob Oaks said it’s going to be a difficult budget season.
He added it’s time for Albany to remove unfunded burdens on local governments and other entities
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is scheduled to be at Auburn City Hall at 3:00pm this afternoon to talk about the Governor’s spending plan. She will likely address Cuomo’s announcement that the state will sue the federal government in an effort to overturn the recently passed tax reform bill. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is skeptical about Cuomo’s plan, telling reporters Cuomo is too focused on Trump policies instead of improving the state’s business climate.
Speaking of mandates on school districts, officials are gearing up for another round of funding battles. Auburn Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo will join other small city school district representatives in Albany next Wednesday.
The CNY School Boards Association will hold its annual NY State Budget Forum at the Cayuga Onondaga BOCES on Saturday, January 27 from 9:00am until 11:00am.