“The budget contains the governor’s tax-reduction plan, including substantial relief in support of upstate manufacturing and business, but it also contains some other good news for the North Country,” North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said in a statement.
Douglas mentioned $24 million for transition projects in prison-closure communities such as Chateaugay; $9.4 million in capital funding for the Olympic Regional Development Authority, on top of the expected $12 million for the Whiteface Memorial Highway; the first $10 million for the new Trudeau-Clarkson Partnership; and a fourth round of funding for the Regional Economic Development competition.
“There are elements of the budget we definitely need to consider and know more about,” Douglas said.
“But we will actively support these components and the overall commitment to restrained growth.”
‘A LOT TO DIGEST’
Clinton County Administrator Michael Zurlo said the legislature and the New York State Association of Counties will be studying the budget proposal in the coming weeks to take a closer look at the details.
“There certainly is a lot to digest,” he said. “We’ve yet to fully digest it, and we will work closely with NYSAC to do a full analysis of the proposal.”
After watching the address, Wilmington Town Supervisor Randy Preston said the governor touched on many issues that will aid the North Country.
“The 2014 budget is further validation of why Governor Cuomo is the right governor at the time for the state of New York,” Preston said by email.
“This plan truly focuses on helping the everyday New Yorker through much-needed tax relief, a continued investment in education and a renewed focus on rebuilding the infrastructure that is so essential to the success of our state’s economy.”
Preston said state reconstruction of the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway, which had been in poor condition, is just one part of the governor’s support for tourism in the region.