Business leaders from across the lower Hudson Valley today praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal, hailing it as a bold plan that puts New York on a new trajectory.
The Westchester County Association, whose president, William Mooney, was on Cuomo’s Mandate Relief Team, said it was pleased with the governor’s proposal because “it continues along the fiscally responsible path initiated last year.”
“We are hopeful that the policies put in place will launch major job creating projects here in Westchester and across the state,” according to a statement released by the business group. “We agree with Governor Cuomo that it takes a strong private sector to ensure a secure future for New York State.”
The group also liked the plans for pension and mandate relief, which they said will help local governments “control costs and balance budgets.”
“This is the right relief at the right time for the people of Westchester.”
The Business Council of Westchester also liked what they heard, particularly points on mandate relief and pension reform.
“The entire tone of Governor Cuomo’s budget presentation today was indicative of a major shift in priorities,” the council wrote in an emailed statement. “Instead of a reactive government focused on financial crisis management, we see a responsible government delivering an on-time budget that closes a $3.5 billion gap without any gimmicks, and without any new fees or taxes. Finally, we have pro-active, business-friendly leadership focused on reform, economic development, and progress.”