Chief economic developer stops in North Country

PLATTSBURGH - Gov. Andrew E. Cuomo's chief economic developer, Ken Adams, paid a visit to Plattsburgh May 17 to stump for the governor's "People First Campaign."

During his visit last week, Adams noted getting New York State's budget passed on time this year was a major step in the right direction, setting the state on the path for fiscal responsibility. Adams stressed it's important for the state to build trust and credibility with the business community for them to have faith to invest in its economy.

"Despite those saying the sky would fall, the budget passed closing a $10 billion deficit. The state needed to make the statement that it can't continue to live beyond its means," said Adams.

Adams focused his presentation on three key initiatives the governor would like to see the legislature take action on before the summer break - to return New York's legacy of social program by establishing marriage equality for all; cleaning up Albany with ethics reforms in order to restore faith in government by having greater disclosure by both elected officials and lobbyists, including the rescission of pension for those convicted of wrongdoing while in office and the need for establishing a new oversight body; and getting the economy running by insuring no new taxes, establishing a property tax cap of 2 percent, removing unnecessary mandates and sending a signal around the world that New York is open for business once again.

At the conclusion of the meeting, it was noted Adams was heading over to the Bombardier plant in Plattsburgh for a tour of the facility and to receive an update on transportation contracts for the facility.

Adams is no stranger to the Plattsburgh area. In his prior role as president of the New York Business Council, and before that as executive director of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Adams has assisted the North Country Chamber of Commerce on several occasions as a facilitator of retreats and adviser on common issues.

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