Governor Andrew Cuomo took his "People First Campaign" to the Olympic region Wednesday, where he continued to rally support for his legislative agenda.
Before the current session ends June 20, Cuomo wants to enact meaningful ethics reform, cap property taxes, and pass marriage equality legislation.
Cuomo says he has the people on his side - and what happens in the next several weeks will reveal what side lawmakers in Albany are on.
More than 200 people packed the brand new Conference Center at Lake Placid to hear Governor Cuomo lay out his agenda and his goals for the current legislative session.
Before Cuomo took to the podium, Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau told onlookers that the North Country hasn't received this much attention from Albany since another Cuomo was in office decades ago.
"Here in the North Country, we're not really used to getting a lot of attention from Albany, much less than the governor himself," he said. "Unless of course we reflect upon the first Governor [Mario] Cuomo - who visited the North Country many times and was a tremendous partner and ally in our economic development."
North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi also heaped praise upon Cuomo, noting that he has strong support among taxpayers, business owners, and elected officials as he looks to capitalize on the momentum he began building during the budget season.
"The politicians in Albany may not want to do it, but we know, and the governor knows, that this agenda is what this state needs to get back on the right track," he said.
And it was that apparent disconnect between lawmakers and the people that underscored Cuomo's presentation. At every turn, Cuomo seemed to draw a line in the sand - with him and the people of New York on one side, the state Legislature on the other.