Local Lawmakers React To Cuomo's Budget Plan

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The governor's budget presentation drew mixed reaction from north country representatives in Albany.

They liked the tone of the "no new taxes" commitment.

"It's been a priority for me to make job creation and New York state more business friendly. I'm glad to see the governor's budget holds true to what we've done over the past two years," said Senator Patty Ritchie (R. - 48th District).

"We need to create jobs and attract new businesses. By not raising taxes and being very fiscally responsible, I think that sends loud messages to all sorts of businesses," said Assemblywoman Addie Russell (D. - 116th District).

However, Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush says he wanted to see more detail in the spending plan - especially when it comes to education aid.

"There was still not a discussion or a mention about the school aid formula and I still think that if we get a 4 percent increase, that's not really going to help the north country," said Blankenbush (R. - 117th District).

See our report on how school districts fare under the plan.
 

Saturday, August 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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