New year - new legislative session. What is on top of the priority list for local leaders?

By Hilary Lane

Oneonta, N.Y. (WKTV) - Now that 2013 has begun, elected leaders officially begin serving their districts.

What is on top of this year's agenda?

Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney of the 101st District said her focus is working to make New York State more business friendly.

"We need to work on trying to be more competitive as a state because if we raise the minimum wage and increase costs to business owners, we are going to find ourselves falling in competitiveness even to surrounding states," said Tenney.

Senator James Seward of the 51st district said one of his top priorities is helping to relieve local governments of the medicaid expenses.

"That is a huge mandate on local governments," said Seward. "In some cases, it is half of their budget and half their tax levy or more in their area. Starting there and having the state relieve some of that burden would be a big big step in the right direction."

For Assemblyman William Magee representing the 121st district, ensuring more funds for local schools is on top of the "to-do" list.

"Equitable distribution of state aid so the poorer districts should get what they deserve," said Magee.

On January 9th, Governor Andrew Cuomo will be laying out his agenda during the State of the State address in Albany.

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