Lawmaker says State of State address ‘wasn’t rooted in reality’

State lawmakers attend the State of the State address
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Published: Jan. 10, 2023 at 2:34 PM EST
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Lawmakers who represent the north country in Albany are reacting to Governor Hochul’s State of the State address.

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R. 117th District) issued the following statement:

“Today, Gov. Hochul delivered a State of the State address that wasn’t rooted in reality. Unfortunately, single-party rule is failing New York residents. Look no further than a recent Times Union report detailing another 180,000 people leaving our state from July 2021 to July 2022. Crime continues to go unchecked, taxes remain the highest in the nation, regulations are crushing small-business owners and we now have a radical climate plan coming down the pike.

“With this being said, I stand ready to work with this governor if we are going to take an earnest look at our out-migration problem. The only way to reverse the trend is to address the root causes of why people are leaving. The past election showed us that New York voters are ready for a new direction—it’s time for Albany to read the room.”

Assemblyman Scott Gray (R. - 116th) issued this statement:

“I again want to congratulate Gov. Hochul for her historic election as New York’s first female governor. With that said, her speech today to the state Legislature was a good first step in recognizing the state’s most pressing issues—crime, housing, out-migration and the rising cost of living. However, more work needs to be done on these issues. Crime continues to plague our communities. As our status as the highest-taxed state in the nation also continues, the rising cost of groceries and high gas prices are forcing North Country residents to make difficult decisions. We need to address these issues, along with job opportunities and education, to stem the mass exodus of our residents. I appreciated her comments on mental health and look forward to working with her and my legislative colleagues in improving mental health services across our state.

“I came to Albany to find solutions to the challenges facing northern New Yorkers, and I will work with anyone, on either side of the aisle, to accomplish that. We must reverse course, and now the real work begins. We must find solutions to our challenges, and from today forward, we need more details on the initiatives put forward by the governor in her State of the State address.”

North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released this statement:

“New York State has suffered because of failed one-party Democrat rule in Albany under the leadership of Corrupt Kathy Hochul. Today, Hochul continued to shred our Constitution as she touted her unconstitutional gun ban even after the United States Supreme Court struck down her illegal gun grab. Even though public safety is the number one concern of New Yorkers, she chose to attack our Second Amendment rights, instead of ending failed bail reform that releases violent criminals back on our streets. As she doubled down on failed Far Left policies from Albany that have hurt our small businesses and Green New Deal policies that prioritize big cities over the needs of rural communities in Upstate New York, it is obvious that failed Far Left single party Democrat rule is why New York is experiencing the largest population exodus than any other state. New Yorkers deserve a new direction. I am working tirelessly in the new Republican majority in Congress to provide a critical check on these failed policies, restore the Constitutional Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers, support our law enforcement to restore public safety, implement pro-growth economic policies, and shine a light on the corruption in Albany.”