Late last year I read a headline in the New York Times that asked, “Does America Need Manufacturing?” For anyone who grew up anywhere in the Southern Tier during the region’s manufacturing heyday – whose fathers and grandfathers made a decent living in those factories -- the answer to that question is heartfelt and immediate: you better believe it.
The 2012 legislative session gets underway this Wednesday. Here's looking ahead to a new year that picks up where we left off in 2011 -- especially with an ongoing commitment to actions speaking louder than words.
One of the cornerstones of this year's state budget was the creation of 10 regional Economic Development Councils that have been working over the past several months to develop locally based, short- and long-term strategies for economic growth and job creation.
The 10 regional proposals, including plans for the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, have now been finalized and submitted.
The start of summer has so far been a season of victory laps for the Cuomo administration. In the wake of a 2011 legislative session that’s received many positive reviews, the governor and key members of his cabinet have been out and about across New York State touting this year’s achievements.
So it's a good time to remember that the Senate kicked off the 2011 legislative session with the approval of what we're calling the "Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act." It's aimed at jump-starting the upstate economy.
Now that Governor Cuomo has released his 2011-2012 proposed New York State budget, attention turns to the Legislature's efforts to carefully and deliberately examine the details of the plan and assess its impact on local communities.