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Local Lawmakers React to Budget Address

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Rochester: Local Lawmakers React to Budget Address
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From Albany, to Rochester, many local leaders are looking at how state funds will trickle down and impact our area.

"Of course the things we are looking for Upstate that I've been most concerned about are tax relief, particularly tax relief," said state Sen. Ted O'Brien, D-Irondequoit.

O'Brien says it was encouraging to hear Governor Cuomo wants to put a freeze on property taxes.

Cuomo also wants to put an end to corporate taxes, which directly impacts upstate manufacturers.

"I am very pleased with the Upstate elimination from 7.5 to zero for Upstate manufacturing in the Rochester/Monroe County area. What we have left in the state much of it is in our area," said state Sen. Joe Robach, R-Greece.

Our area's manufacturing business made out well in the proposed budget. The state wants to invest $40 million into Eastman Business Park. They want to turn it into a hub for hight tech manufacturing.

"Finger Lakes/Rochester we are investing $40 million in the Eastman Business Park, which has been a problem for the Rochester area and we believe we are going to convert it into an asset," said Gov. Cuomo, D-New York.

"We became the Empire State because we manufactured things. When you make things, you created good paying jobs and I'm most hopeful about that aspect of the budget," said Assemblyman Mark Johns, R-Airport.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says she also welcomes the funds, but was looking for more when it comes to Cuomo's plan to consolidate local governments. Her response came in a statement saying she will be making a case to the governor, saying it is simply unfair for Rochester to be shut out of funding that is available to municipalities.

Local lawmakers say while the budget address seemed encouraging, they can't wait to get their hands on the details.

"Of course, we are going to look through the whole thing now, a little bit more concisely, to see all the details," said Robach.

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