Local leaders concerned Cuomo's address didn't focus on Upstate NY

Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined the State of the State Tuesday and presented a $178 billion spending proposal.

Posted: Jan 15, 2019 5:46 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2019 6:17 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined the State of the State Tuesday and presented a $178 billion spending proposal.

Cuomo says debt is down, credit ratings are up, and unemployment has reached a record low.

Central New York elected leaders were in Albany Tuesday to hear the governor's address firsthand. NewsChannel 2’s Joleen Ferris spoke with them after about what they thought of the address, and if local concerns were being addressed.

While some lawmakers say the speech was rousing and progressive, there is still concern that the focus wasn’t on Upstate New York, but more New York City.

They say they wanted to hear more about job growth and the upstate economy, as well as an update on the growing infrastructure problem throughout the state. 

The governor's priorities for the year ahead were:

  1. Adding Roe v. Wade into the state constitution so it can't be changed
  2. Legalizing recreational marijuana
  3. Banning plastic bags
  4. Eliminating cash bail
  5. Making high-speed broadband available statewide

The legislature is controlled by Democrats for the first time in a decade.

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