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County Executive Statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address

January 03, 2018

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State presents a thoughtfully designed strategy for protecting democracy, improving government operations and continuing New York’s progressive motto of Excelsior and fighting the scourge of opioids. At the heart of the Governor’s address, he renewed his call to reduce costs to taxpayers through enhancing shared services across the state. Albany County has a long-standing commitment to working collaboratively with our municipalities, and the Governor’s Shared Services plan provides an excellent opportunity to expand our efforts with support from the state.

I am also encouraged by the Governor’s call of enhanced protection for New Yorker’s right to democratic elections. The right to vote is one of the most sacred rights for our citizens, and I applaud efforts such as same day voting to remove voter discrimination. Unfortunately, we have seen in recent election cycles, specifically at the federal level, campaign activity that is simply disrespectful to the spirit of electoral freedom. Any initiative to increase this level of transparency is a big campaign win for all New Yorkers. 

Protecting New Yorkers from the increasing damage that opioid addiction and overdoses has caused is critical. Governor Cuomo has pledged to confront drug companies. Albany County will go a step further and I will announce our latest step in battling this epidemic on Friday, January 5 at 10am in the Cahill room at the Albany County Office Building.

I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo, the Senate, and the Assembly in 2018 on these and the many other positive initiatives that will benefit the people and businesses that call New York home. I commend the Governor for his 2018 State of the State as a confident well-designed vision.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy