Governor Andrew Cuomo has been promising the state tough decisions.  The budget he unveiled today offers difficult choices but opportunities if we work together.

    My staff and I have begun studying the budget to examine how it treats Central New York and Northern New York, our schools, our state agencies and our communities. 

    I want to work with the governor and my colleagues to put  together a budget that puts taxpayers first and treats our region fairly and equitably.

    I believe the steps we have taken by adopting a spending cap and a property tax cap are good first steps, but in the days ahead, I will be listening closely to the people of the 48th Senate District to hear how this budget affects them.

    I believe that if we work together we can help our state become more innovative, more focused and a leader in our nation.