Wednesday Governor Cuomo gave his second State of the State address.  We can all agree we want New York to succeed.  Last year the legislature successfully passed the 2% tax cap and new tax reforms.  This year the Governor hopes to balance the budget, reform public pensions, and promote economic development, including a second round of regional economic development awards.  No one can cover everything in one speech, but there are worse things we could have heard.  Take a look at some of the responses from our Leadership Team, Partner Organizations, and Let NY Work Coalition Members:

Unshackle Upstate Executive Director Brian Sampson: “Unshackle Upstate is pleased to see Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State address reflect many of the issues that we have long pushed for in our agendas – particularly his call for fiscal discipline, the need to balance the state budget without new taxes or gimmicks, and his advocacy for pension reform and essential mandate relief.”

Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) President Randy Wolken: “I applaud Governor Cuomo in his continued mission to lead New York State out of fiscal distress and transform New York State’s economy. One of the key focus areas outlined by the Governor was his commitment to not raise taxes on the hardworking people of New York. MACNY has long advocated for tax relief on manufacturers and businesses and is pleased to see that the new administration understands the importance of this critical issue.”

Buffalo Niagara Partnership CEO Andrew J. Rudnick: “There still are a lot of devilish details to be addressed in order to understand precisely what this means and precisely how the community can best take advantage of these resources.  But it’s easy to get lost in those details and miss the enormous commitment from the highest level of state government this is for Buffalo’s future.  It’s an exciting opportunity.”

National Federation of Small Business (NFIB): “Today’s State of the State address reaffirms Governor Cuomo’s commitment to revitalizing New York’s economy and reigning in state spending, a message that is encouraging to both small business owners and taxpayers alike.  Through bipartisan cooperation, great strides were made in 2011, but the work is not finished.  The agenda brought forth today aims to continue the positive momentum and position New York as a national leader in these difficult economic times.”

The Business Council of NY:   “Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address shows his strong commitment to creating jobs and reviving New York’s economy. After years of overspending and overtaxing in Albany, it is clear that this Governor ‘gets it.’ Governor Cuomo and business leaders are on the same page when it comes to creating business opportunities, retaining skilled workers, encouraging private-sector jobs and investment, as well as reducing the cost of doing business in New York.”

Associate General Contractors of NYS CEO Mike Elmendorf:   “Governor Cuomo’s continued focus on infrastructure and his clear understanding that investing in infrastructure creates jobs and sustains our economy is very good news for all New Yorkers.”

State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy Kremer:
“Governor Cuomo and school boards certainly agree on one thing: The future of our state depends on our public schools … The first place to start is mandate relief.  For too long, meaningful mandate relief has stalled in Albany, as powerful special interests have stymied every attempt to change the status quo.”

New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYCOSS) Deputy Director Robert Lowry: “There are a lot of people who would disagree with the governor’s rhetoric and parts of his analysis, but would agree with the big picture.  How do we produce more learning for students with the resources our taxpayers can provide?”