With the 2013 legislative session over, Gov. Cuomo hit the road this week to tout “the major accomplishments that passed the State Legislature in the last days of the legislative session for New York’s economy.” The Governor traveled to Buffalo, Syracuse, Utica and Westchester. He also released an end of session report and an update on his 2013 job creation efforts.
Calling it “one of the most productive legislative sessions on record for communities across New York State,” the Governor highlighted the START-UP NY program, approval of a plan to site resort destinations with casino gaming Upstate, and the establishment of a Financial Restructuring Board to assist struggling local governments.
Unfortunately, we are not in complete agreement with the Governor on how successful the 2013 legislative session actually was. Efforts to fix the ailing Upstate economy largely stalled this year.
The bottom line is that while START UP NY could help job creation efforts, it is going to take much more to turn around the Upstate economy. We need to see a renewed commitment from the Governor in 2014 to provide tax and regulatory relief for hard-working Upstate New Yorkers. And the Legislature best become his willing partner to do what is best for our taxpayers and their employers. At this time next year, we do not want to be talking about what once again was NOT done in Albany. 2014 is about completing the unfinished business of years past.
Read more about Unshackle Upstate’s take on the 2013 session in this Rochester Democrat & Chronicle article.