LAKE PLACID -New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his vision in several areas of state politics during a visit to Lake Placid May 19.
Here are comments on several of the topics that Cuomo covered:
Conference Center of Lake Placid - "I want to congratulate you on this fine new conference center that came in on time and on budget."
The Tri Lakes - "It's great to come up and play hookey when I don't feel like being governor for a day."
Budget reform - "Now we must look to local governments and the taxation that comes from them. We have some of the highest property taxes in the nation; and the top 15 property taxing counties in the nation are here... Businesses will leave, and people will leave, and we know this because we are experiencing it."
Spending - "We need to have a new attitude about spending. We spend more in education spending than any other state, and we are 34th in results."
Ethics reform - "It's better and more effective to stop the wrong-doing in the first place by changing the rules... It's a simple issue of trust. Until the state government reforms, they are not going to have that trust."
Social issues - "We have been a leader in social progress... We will look back 5-to-10 years from now and say that we cannot believe that there were states that did not have marriage equality."
His legislative agenda - "Tell your representative to pass these bills or do not come home... We are making progress that we have not made in years."
Prison closures - "We are going through the process and will be making announcements on that within the next several weeks."
Flooding - "We are working with the local governments and I have traveled some of the areas myself."