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Governor puts presidential ambition ahead of NY taxpayers

Posted 11 January 2017 at 4:14 pm

Editor:

Gov. Cuomo’s theatrical and unnecessary State of the State Tour is an abuse of taxpayer money and alienates us as legislators who will be ultimately responsible for vetting and voting on important legislation.

It is shameful for the governor to ignore the Legislature and plan these speeches on session days due to a pay raise battle with members of the Assembly Majority, demeaning all legislators in the process.

Nearly 200,000 residents have left New York for more tax-friendly states in the past year and a half, and that is embarrassing. Still, Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State speeches so far have done virtually nothing to address our outrageous tax burden, failing infrastructure and struggling small-business community.

Clearly, Gov. Cuomo cares more about his 2020 presidential ambitions than his own constituents.

State Assembly Steve Hawley

Batavia

(Hawley represents the 139th Assembly District which includes most of Orleans, all of Genesee and a portion of Monroe counties.)