FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2013
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Statement from Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins On Governor Cuomo’s “State of the State” Address
White Plains, NY – Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins released the following statement today on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “State of the State” address:
“Since he has taken office, Governor Andrew Cuomo has consistently put the people of New York at the forefront of his decision making. The broad and extensive agenda he delivered today in his State of the State address shows that the Governor remains focused on transforming New York into a model of economic growth and educational excellence while also strengthening safeguards and investing in infrastructure for the protection of our residents.
“Governor Cuomo’s commitment to rebuilding the parts of New York hard hit by Hurricane Sandy is exemplary. I also commend his willingness to ensure that public utilities improve their service for residents and business owners in the wake of severe weather events, and that all state agencies quicken their responses to those in need as such. Included in these improvements should be the burying of power lines in outage prone areas, for which I have proposed county legislation.
“When it comes to protecting our residents, public officials must do their utmost to eliminate risks and accentuate safety. There can be no halfway measures in this regard. Governor Cuomo’s strong call for new gun control measures will have a lasting impact on life in New York, and I will do everything possible to aid him in his efforts to vanquish gun violence here. Again, this is a good example of putting the people first.
“I fully appreciate Governor Cuomo’s visionary approach to getting things done in New York, and his tireless fight against inequality in all walks of life. He has brought all kinds of individuals and groups to the table on a number of initiatives, including the building of a new Tappan Zee Bridge, which many pundits said would not be possible. His verve for public service, forward thinking and a positive approach to problem solving are benefitting the residents of New York in so many ways. Westchester is ready to assist the Governor in increasing economic development for all of New York’s residents, and I am proud to be part of these endeavors with him.”
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