Senator Cooney on Governor Hochul's 2022 "State of the State" Address

“First, I want to share how proud I was to see a woman Governor deliver the State of the State Address for the first time in its history.

Rochester families will be glad to know that the Governor expressed a commitment to a $1.2 billion tax cut that will put more money into the pockets of middle class New Yorkers. She also promised property tax relief, which I hear about often from Monroe County homeowners.

Governor Hochul’s focus on economic development and growth in the Rochester region aligns with her acknowledgement of population decline in our state. Creating new jobs through new state investment in ‘shovel ready’ sites will attract employers to come into our region. 

Public safety is also a key component to attracting new investment in our community and growing our population. I support the Governor’s plans to increase resources for community-based initiatives to combat gun violence, and new funding to bring comprehensive pretrial services to localities outside of NYC, including supervision.

Finally, Governor Hochul’s strong commitment to a collaborative relationship between the executive and legislative branches is refreshing news for the residents of Rochester. This new environment will allow us to truly deliver for our residents and build a more prosperous state committed to creating a bright future for all.”

Senator Jeremy Cooney serves as chair of the Upstate Cities Committee and introduced 62 bills during the previous 2021 legislative session. He represents portions of the City of Rochester, Brighton, and the West Side suburbs of Clarkson, Gates, Greece, Hamlin, and Parma in the 56th Senate District.