Local Legislators React to Governor Cuomo's Address

By Matt Porter

January 9, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 12:23 PM EDT

Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local leaders react widely to Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address.

Senator Thomas Libous (R-52nd) agreed with the Governor's proposals on organizing better state disaster plans:
"I think the governor is being very smart at looking at where the future may be when it comes to disaster preparedness and I'm all for working with him on that."

Senator James Seward (R-51st) pressed patience on the Governor's aggressive policy on assault weapons and better gun control:
"We need a balanced approach here and were certainly willing to sit down, talk with the governor, and work out a plan that would infact stop this violence."

Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R-122nd) said Cuomo could face challenges with parts of his progressive agenda:
"He'll have some push back in certain areas. Again, probably the gun control and areas like that, but I think it's going to be key on how it's couched, some of the details of the legislation."

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-123rd) was excited about Cuomo's economic agenda:
"He was talking about the entire gamut from job training, to taking the innovations that are being developed in our research facilities, to try to bring tourists up from New York City, casino development, agricultural promotion, it's fantastic."

Assemblyman Peter Lopez (R-102nd) said he thinks the governor needs to be careful as he lays out his ambitious progressive agenda to the legislature:
"The issue would be, does everybody with all the steps, with all the paces that are in his package. And have to look at that carefully. Because we want to be thoughtful about it."

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