Statement from Democratic Westchester BOL Members on Gov. Cuomo’s Announced 2013-2014 Budget Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 22, 2013

Contact: Tom Staudter | ThomasS@westchesterlegislators.com | 914-995-2819 (office) | 914-815-4462 (cell)

Statement from the Democratic Members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators Concerning Governor Cuomo’s Announced 2013 – 2014 Budget Plan

White Plains, NY – The Democratic members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL)—Chairman Ken Jenkins, Vice Chair Lyndon Williams, Majority Leader Pete Harckham, Majority Whip MaryJane Shimsky, Bill Ryan, Judy Myers, Alfreda Williams and Catherine Borgia—released the following statement today concerning Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announced 2013 – 2014 budget plan:

“Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has balanced fiscal responsibility and smart spending initiatives with efforts to spur economic growth and create jobs. The 2013 – 2014 State Budget that he presented today maintains this course, and we’re heartened the Governor’s focused on lessening state mandates on local and municipal governments while avoiding an increase in state taxes.

“The challenges ahead are significant, but we must stay committed to investing in our infrastructure, which Governor Cuomo certainly understands and recognizes in this budget. The Governor’s decision to increase funding for education—to better our human infrastructure—deserves support and approbation as it will help many school districts struggling with their budgets.

“Governor Cuomo is putting greater attention on building up tourism in the state, and this will bring new jobs to Westchester, which has yet to realize its full potential as a tourist destination. The impact of the Governor’s 2013 – 2014 State Budget will be a positive one for county residents and business owners, who will benefit both in the short- and long-term from a plan that cuts costs and makes investments in the right places.”

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=Bazzo ,01/23/13

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