An hour and 32 minutes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the podium, he wrapped up his eighth state of the state address.
During that time there were enthusiastic rounds of applause for the Buffalo Bills, social reform and new jobs. We caught up with local county and state officials afterward to find out what they thought of the speech, and what – if anything – they saw of us in it.
"I think that Danfoss is part of nano … I think that it’s going to be the catalyst that they’re going to be working on to bring somebody in,” said Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri, referring to the company Danfoss that now occupies the Quad C building on SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s campus.
“I’m hoping in 2018 there'll be some announcements,” Palmieri continued.
"I always look for the state budget to really find out what else is in the details of it and what we can expect on other things,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. “And I can’t diminish what we’ve received over the last couple of years, including the hospital, the auditorium, Danfoss, some of the other projects that are in play.”
"Overall, in terms of upstate New York, there was very little in the speech that really emphasized upstate concerns,” said state Sen. James Seward. “I think the governor was absolutely correct in saying that as we start the 2018 session, we’ve got some real challenges ahead of us, starting with a $4 billion budget deficit.”
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) released the following statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address:
"Since Governor Cuomo took office, New York has lost one million people, corruption in Albany has run rampant, the state's already bloated budget has grown to a crushing $163 billion, and landmark 'economic development programs' have brought abysmal results and nine federal corruption indictments. Cuomo's dangerous spending habits have driven New York's debt to the second-highest in the nation, and his mismanagement is clear as our state continues to lose jobs and people in record numbers.
The Governor's agenda continues to cater to wealthy, liberal New York City interests, not Upstate New York. Our once vibrant region has fallen behind under Governor Cuomo's lack of leadership and failed liberal policies. As the taxes in Upstate New York skyrocket, Cuomo continues to waste our hard-earned tax dollars—to the tune of $8 billion per year— on self-promotional gimmicks and schemes to lure in businesses that never come.
In Congress, instead of playing partisan political games like the Governor, I've stood up for New Yorkers by helping to pass landmark legislation to soften the blow of Albany's harmful agenda. On the issues that matter the most, Cuomo puts his personal aspirations above the needs of our state. Meanwhile, Congress been hard at work to deliver real solutions to address the growing opioid epidemic plaguing our communities, provide desperately needed resources to our servicemen and women and create a culture of accountability at the Department of Veterans affairs so all of our veterans have access to the care they need. Our sweeping tax reform legislation will finally provide relief to hardworking taxpayers who have been crushed under the Governor's oppressive tax burden.
In Washington, I've been a voice for the taxpayers, hardworking families, veterans, small businesses and family farmers who have been disrespected by Albany for too long. I'll continue to fight on the federal level to create a better quality of life for all in our state, to ensure that our businesses can compete on a level playing field and that all New Yorkers have the opportunity to succeed."