Republican State Sen. Mark Grisanti issued the following statement Wednesday:
"Gov. Andrew Cuomo has just delivered his State of the State message, helping to mark the official opening of the 2014 legislative session.
"I wanted to let you know that I will be working hard to ensure that the 2014 session is a successful and productive one - delivering real accomplishments that matter most for hardworking taxpayers across New York.
"Working in a historic bipartisan fashion has put New York on a better and more prosperous path forward. We've passed three consecutive early budgets and put the dysfunction of the past in our rearview mirror.
"Like many families, we've tightened our belts to deal with new economic realities. We've returned money to taxpayers by reducing income tax rates and enacting a property tax cap. And we've begun the hard work of rebuilding the state's economy.
"But despite our shared progress, there's more to be done.
"I will be supporting measures that will help make living in New York more affordable by making the property tax cap and middle-class tax cuts that we approved permanent.
"We also need to do more to create jobs and new opportunities in New York state. It's no secret that businesses locate and grow where they have the best opportunity to succeed. We need to stop overtaxing and over-regulating them and start working with them to create jobs and opportunity.
"In addition, I am looking forward to enacting a fourth consecutive early budget that controls spending and invests in the future.
"I will be focused on passing an agenda as good as our people, while keeping the focus on their priorities - cutting taxes, creating new jobs and balancing our budget for the future.
"Throughout the course of the 2014 legislative session, I will be sure to keep you well informed about my efforts on your behalf. As always, please feel free to contact my office at 716-854-8705 or at [email protected] if you have any ideas, questions or concerns.
Senator Grisanti currently represents the 60th Senate District, which includes parts of the City of Buffalo, the northtowns and the southtowns. Grisanti is chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee and currently sits on the finance, cities, cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation, higher education, infrastructure and capital investment, insurance, labor and veterans, homeland security and military affairs committees in the Senate as well as the MS Legislative Alliance for the Senate.