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State of the State to focus on streamlining government

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKTV/AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo will use his first State of the State speech to cast himself as the hard-fisted manager needed to lead New York in a fiscal crisis.

In Wednesday's speech the Democrat will call for what he considers bold action to create a rejuvenated Empire State.

Cuomo faces the worst economic slump since the recession that helped throw his father, Gov. Mario Cuomo, out of the job in 1994.

Andrew Cuomo's first major address will be before nearly 2,000 politicians and other guests. He relocated it from its traditional venue in the Assembly chamber to a large conference center in downtown Albany.

The key to his success will be the Legislature, which has derailed past governors' efforts.

Cuomo is also providing time for speeches by the leaders of the Assembly and Senate.

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