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Cuomo has regional lawmakers feeling optimistic

"He talked about his 10 regional councils, I'm anxious to see where they are going to be located - I hope there will be one in the North Country," she said. "And I particularly liked his comments on public, private creation of jobs - there has to be collaboration between the public and the private. And get rid of the mandates the state imposes on small business - the taxes and the fees."

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward called Cuomo's address - quote - "encouraging," adding she looks forward to working with the new governor.

Speaking on the floor of the Empire State Convention Center following the speech, Sayward said New Yorkers can be proud of their new governor.

"He spokes about all of the things that we've been hearing about in our districts - that the people want to have happen," she said. "He talked about retooling government, getting back to the basics - not making cuts for the sake of making cuts, but finding out how we can deliver services better for less money. He talked about rewarding schools with more money for performance. I could go on and on about what he said. I think his budget will be a good one and a good start to getting New York back on track."

Cuomo repeatedly called for lawmakers to put aside partisan politics and Sayward says that's exactly what needs to happen. She was pleased with Cuomo's emphasis on easing the tax burden on New Yorkers.

"The best way to do that is to rein in spending and I am confident that we are headed in the right direction," she said.

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