Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-I-Lewiston, emphasized Wednesday the need to create private-sector jobs and promote economic development following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address.
"I applaud Governor Cuomo for expanding New York state's commitment to economic development in our region. By contributing an additional $1 billion in targeted economic development to the Buffalo-Niagara region, the governor is laying the foundation for a new and more innovative employment climate for Western New York.
"This funding, coupled with the jobs programs lawmakers passed last year and new investments to the state's energy sector, will greatly help to revitalize Niagara County's economy and provide for long-term job growth and prosperity.
"For too long, Western New York's needs have been overlooked by Albany and I am pleased that Governor Cuomo is committed to investing in our region by enhancing economic development and job growth.
"I look forward to working with the governor and my legislative colleagues, from both parties, to make 2012 a year of economic growth in order to transform Niagara County into an epicenter of new technology and long-term job opportunities."