PLATTSBURGH — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address was exactly what some North Country leaders wanted to hear.
"He talked about tourism being an economic engine, and I don't think it has ever been addressed that way since I've been here," Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro) said.
"That is very significant for my district."
Sayward said she is excited to start another session under Cuomo, who took office last year. She believes much can be done.
"I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work. You can accomplish so much more when you have a leader with a clear vision and confidence like that."
Because Cuomo has seen positive numbers in his popularity rating, Sayward said, legislators will be more likely to work with him in their election year.
"We had a lot of successes last year, and I think we can build on that this year."
Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) also liked what the governor had to say, especially his expression of support for more public-private enterprises, which would help create jobs, and a greater emphasis on tourism.
"That works in with the need for the ACR (Adirondack Club and Resort) project in Tupper Lake," Duprey said, referring to a long-proposed development centered on Big Tupper Ski Area.
"That project absolutely fits in with his comments."
Duprey also said she hopes the governor can come through on his pledge to produce more mandate relief for municipalities. Local governments have cried out for that in the wake of last year's property-tax cap.
"We haven't really done any significant mandate relief, and the governor sounded like he was just as unhappy about that," she said.