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NY State of the State
Written By: Nick Quattrini
ALBANY, NY - [WENY] Governor Cuomo made his 4th State of the Address earlier today in Albany. The Governor talked about what happened in 2013, and what he has planned for 2014.
During Governor Cuomo's address, he focused on Upstate New York's lagging economy. While citing job growth of 380,000 new private sector jobs since 2010, Cuomo wants to take it a step further - proposing a 0% corporate tax.
Cuomo also wants to give his 2013 Start Up New York program another boost, showcasing the program on a global scale, to entice foreign industry to come to New York.
The Governor also proposed tougher drinking and driving laws. Offenders with 2 DWI convictions within a 3 year period, could lose their license for 5 years, and the third conviction would take away your license permanently. And adding onto last year's new Distracted Driving laws, the Governor proposes drivers under 21 caught texting and driving would lose their license for 1 year.
Governor Cuomo said, "We said we would make New York safer, and we did. We passed common sense gun reform with the New York Safe Act, we established the All Crimes DNA database, we enacted new texting while driving laws."
State Senator Tom O'Mara of Elmira had this reaction to the Governor's agenda. Senator O'Mara said, "I was very pleased to see his focus on the upstate economy, the general acknowledgment that the upstate economy still needs help to get going again, with the main focus being on manufacturing."
Governor Cuomo also touted that the state's budget has been passed 3 years in a row on time, transforming a $10 billion deficit, to a $2 billion surplus.