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Scozzafava talks ‘state’

Dede Scozzafava, a member of the Cuomo administration, stopped in Plattsburgh at the North Country Chamber of Commerce to relay the governor’s vision for the state.

Dede Scozzafava, a member of the Cuomo administration, stopped in Plattsburgh at the North Country Chamber of Commerce to relay the governor’s vision for the state. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes everyone has a role to play in setting the agenda for New York, says Dede Scozzafava.

The Deputy Secretary for Local Government at the Department of State delivered this message during a stop in Plattsburgh Jan. 6. The visit was part of the Cuomo administration’s Regional State of the State message.

“We are all New Yorkers,” Scozzafava said at the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

She started by saying 2011 began with true leadership at the helm.

That leadership closed $10 billion in deficit without gimmicks and on time, it enacted the first ever property-tax cap, closed 3,800 prison beds and launched the New York open for business campaign. It also enacted an affordable energy policy, provided flood relief, restored the state’s reputation as the progressive capital of the nation, ended marriage inequality and more.

“We finally brought fairness to New York,” Scozzafava said. “The more you make the higher rate you pay.”

Under Cuomo, the middle class paid the lowest tax rate in 58 years.

“We’ve accomplished a lot,” Scozzafava said. “But we’ve only just begun.”

She discussed a three-part plan for New York.

Part one brings the next phase of an economic blueprint for growth.

New York must remain ahead of the competition, Scozzafava said.

Cuomo believes convention centers are an important economic generator, and New York must capture more conventions within its borders. A goal is to build the largest convention center in the country.

“He believes New York can become the number one convention site,” Scozzafava said.

She detailed launching the second round of regional councils for $200 million and honing in on casino gambling. No one likes to talk about gambling, she said, but it is happening and New York cannot be beat by other states.

“We have 29,000 electronic gaming machines,” Scozzafava said. “We are in competition with other states. It’s about jobs. We want to amend the constitution and do gaming right.”

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