Local officials like what they heard from the governor


MID-HUDSON – Democrats and Republicans
– local elected officials in the region – liked what they
heard from Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in his state of the state
message on Wednesday.

Cuomo’s “Opportunity Agenda” covers many bases, including education

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus, a Republican, is on the same page as far as priorities go.
“Number one on my list is the property tax reform,” Neuhaus said. “The biggest burden in New York State for people, for businesses, is property tax, and now we are having an actual conversation about throttling back the taxes, so it’s the beginning of the conversation.”
Middletown Mayor Joseph DeStefano, a Democrat, said the governor continues to make progress in moving the state forward.
“He has stabilized property taxes. He has reduced spending, kept state spending under two percent,” DeStefano said.  “I think the only thing lacking is some mandate relief on the local level, but that will come, I think, over time.”
Newburgh’s Democrat Mayor Judy Kennedy said the governor’s Opportunity Agenda “demonstrates his continues commitment to New York’s hardworking families.”
Rockland County Executive Edwin Day, a Republican, was pleased to hear the governor will use $1.2 million in state bank settlement funds to keep Tappan Zee Bridge tolls down, but Day said “it’s time for Governor Cuomo and the legislature to deliver immediate mandate relief to our communities.”
Scott Samuelson, the Democratic leader of the Sullivan County Legislature,
said the agenda set forth by the governor “is a practical, ambitiouys
and much-needed plan for Sullivan County and statewide.”
Yonkers Mayor Michael Spano, a Republican turned Democrat, applauded
Cuomo for his “pro-job, pro-growth Opportunity Agenda.”
Cuomo also reiterated his proposal to make Stewart Airport a tax-free zone and develop the Newburgh area facility as a regional cargo distribution hub.

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