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State of the State

North Country officials are mulling over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech and the more than 300-page book that details the Democrat’s proposals.  As WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, there are a number of policies that area officials are optimistic about.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones
Assemblyman D. Billy Jones

On January 8th the New York state legislature convenes and Governor Andrew Cuomo will deliver his State of the State address. The executive office has been releasing key proposals of the 2020 State of the State in advance of the Democratic governor’s speech.  115th District Assemblyman D. Billy Jones says he has been reviewing the proposals. The Democrat tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he is taking a wait and see approach toward the governor’s proposals.

NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos discusses 2018 State of the State while in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week, members of his cabinet are being dispatched across New York to review the plan before local and regional officials and field questions.  On Monday, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos was in Plattsburgh.  Following the presentation he said the governor and his administration will continue to aggressively address the issue of storing rail cars in the Adirondacks.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

In the week following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, members of the administration are fanning out across New York to deliver smaller, regional presentations of the Democrat’s priorities for 2018. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended one in Glens Falls this morning.

Governor Phil Scott
Governor's office

Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his second State of the State address to a joint session of the Vermont House and Senate this afternoon.  He renewed his call to keep the state affordable but tasked legislators to do that without raising taxes or fees.

Assemblyman James Skoufis
Allison Dunne

A lot of plans and programs were laid out in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Wednesday, but many lawmakers are waiting to see the details that will be coming when the governor releases his state budget later this month. Assemblyman James Skoufis, a Democrat from the 99th district, which includes Rockland and Orange Counties, says he is glad to see the governor will work to counter the effects of the GOP tax plan recently signed by President Trump, but Skoufis says his constituents, many of whom commute to New York City, could be hurt by another of the governor's proposals. 

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones
Assemblyman D. Billy Jones

Now that Governor Andrew Cuomo has laid out his vision for the 2018 legislative session in Albany, lawmakers around the state are weighing in. New York Assemblyman D. Billy Jones represents the 115th district in northern New York, which includes Clinton and Franklin counties and four towns in St. Lawrence County.  The first-term Democrat says he is still mulling over the speech and wants to see how the proposals mesh with the governor’s upcoming budget proposal, which is due in two weeks.

State Of The State: Business Council Reacts

Jan 4, 2018
Zack Hutchins of The Business Council
Zack Hutchins of The Business Council

A payroll tax mentioned in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech Wednesday, is raising red flags among New York's business community. The details are not in, but the tax would be a response to the tax plan recently signed by President Trump. Zack Hutchins, the director of communications for The Business Council of New York, says while the payroll tax is a concern, the organization was glad to hear some of Cuomo's economic development plan.

Plattsburgh International Airport
Plattsburgh International Airport

During his State of the State address in Albany Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new funding to enhance and revitalize the Plattsburgh International Airport. The new funds will be used to enhance aerospace and general aviation facilities as a separate terminal upgrade is completed.

Budget Experts Say Not All Of Cuomo's Numbers Add Up

Jan 15, 2016
The state capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been touting a massive infrastructure plan, but budget experts say much of the funding for the projects, estimated to cost $100 billion, remains unresolved, even with the release of Cuomo’s new budget plan. They also question what they say is a cost-shift from the state to New York City.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

  Alan Chartock and Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2016 combined State of the State and Executive Budget address. 

North Country business and municipal officials gathered at a local manufacturing plant Thursday morning to praise New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development proposals and call on the legislature to expedite their passage.

In his state of the state, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo laid out plans for new agricultural summits, but some environmental advocates feel ignored.

Pat Arnow

Many of the initiatives in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State are being welcomed by officials in New York’s North Country.

1/9/14 Panel

Jan 9, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus, Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include:
Christie Bridge Controversy
State of the State - NY
Gates on Biden
Baseball Hall of Fame
Zero Tolerance in Schools

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin focused on a single issue during his State of the State speech Wednesday afternoon.

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered a broad election-year agenda in a State of the State speech promoting a property tax freeze, tougher anti-corruption laws and modernizing New York City's airports.