Senator Seward Responds to Governors State of the State Address
Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his priorities for the year in his third State of the State Address Wednesday afternoon in Albany.
Cuomo outlined an ambitious agenda that includes a renewed ban on assault rifles, an increase in the minimum wage, and ongoing efforts to revive the still-slow economy. Cuomo's other priorities include plans to legalize casinos off Indian land to boost jobs and tax revenues and restricting the New York City Police Department's stop-and-frisk procedures.
Cuomo wants to make possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana seen in "open view" to be punishable by only a violation.
Republican State Senator Jim Seward who represents Cortland and surrounding counties said he found a lot of proposals he can support in the Governors agenda including plans to hold the line on taxes.
Seward says he supports the Governors plan to create 10 tax free innovation hot spots across the state and felt that this area would be prime for one of those designations which is aimed at spurring business growth, job creation, and new high tech ideas.
Seward also applauded the Governors push to increase upstate tourism to help bolster local economies.
Seward was disappointed that the Governor did not mention mandate relief for local governments and schools in his speech.
Seward’s district includes gun maker Remington Arms, the Senator is concerned about the Governor’s assault weapons ban. Cuomo’s proposal calls for a state ban on assault weapons and ammunition clips that carry more than 10 bullets.
Cuomo also proposes that when a mental health professional determines a person is dangerous that their firearm license be revoked and their weapons seized. The governor calls for a uniform state gun licensing plan, tough penalties for illegal gun activities, and regular review of a gun owner’s firearms licenses.
Seward is urging a more what he calls a more common sense approach to gun control.
Seward says he looks forward to the upcoming budget development process and will push for a cap on state spending to help ease burdens on property tax payers.