Andrew Cuomo on Local Issues
Buffalo Billion: make up for 50 years of state inattention
We put together Regional Economic Development Councils. And it is working. We have invested $4.6B in these Regional Economic Development Councils. In Western New York we made a special commitment. Why? We had a commitment to make up for years of
abandonment and years of inaction.
I first came to Buffalo when my father was Governor. Buffalo got caught in an economic transition & really, state government was never there to help. The economic transition has been going on since the 50's, the 60's,
70's, 80's, 90's. And when I became Governor I committed myself making up for the lack of state investment in Buffalo. And we did and that's what the Buffalo Billion was all about. It was a billion dollars. Why a billion? A billion to say to people,
this is not just another plan.
So we said "a Buffalo billion, ohh." Not only did it rhyme, billion is a serious number. And it got people's attention. And then we went to work. You can't reverse 50 years of economic decline in five years. But we did.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to New York Legislature
, Jan 9, 2017
$1.5 billion Upstate NY Economic Revitalization Competition
2015 Opportunity Agenda involving local issues:
Source: State of the State address to 2015 New York Legislature
, Jan 21, 2015
- Proposal #11: Double the NY State Venture Capital Fund
- Proposal #13: Continue the progress of the Regional Economic Development Councils
- Proposal #14: Launch a $1.5 billion Upstate New
York Economic Revitalization Competition
- Proposal #23: Continue to bring international attention to Upstate NY with our challenges and $25 million investment in our "I LOVE NY" campaign
- Proposal #26: Create the Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force
$700 million in aid to localities; make consolidation easier
10,500 local governments, these are towns, villages, and sewage districts. We have a proliferation of government that is exceedingly expensive and costly. Now the state has been very aggressive in trying to alleviate the burden from local governments. We
have assumed more local costs than the state government has ever done in modern political history. We are funding $700 million in aid to localities, plus the Tier VI pension reforms. We also offered local governments that are functionally insolvent
financial assistance if they worked with our financial restructuring board. When I was Attorney General, we actually passed a law that made consolidations easier for local governments. Since we passed that law how many local governments have actually
It is time to stop making excuse it is time to start making progress: if the locality wants the state property tax credit it must perform. We have seen that linking state funding to performance works.
Source: 2014 New York State of the State speech
, Jan 8, 2014
Replace Indian Point nuclear facility; it is too dangerous
New York is home to some of the greatest natural resources in the world. We need to protect our environment to make sure that we leave our State clean and inhabitable for generations to come. As Governor,
Andrew Cuomo will continue to be an environmental champion, by pushing to find alternative sources of energy generation to replace Indian Point nuclear facility because it is too dangerous to continue operating.
Source: 2010 gubernatorial campaign website, andrewcuomo.com
, Nov 1, 2010
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