January 20, 2012 - Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales and other members of the Governor’s Cabinet are delivering Governor Cuomo’s 2012-2013 Executive Budget to communities across the state. At the John Duke Senior Center in Niagara Falls, Secretary Perales discussed the Governor’s plan to expand on the historic reforms enacted last year and the continuing efforts to build a new New York.
The Secretary discussed the Governor’s proposals for the upcoming budget and his plans for overall reform of state government. Secretary Perales highlighted the fact that the Governor's Executive Budget closes the current $2 billion budget deficit with no new taxes or new fees. He also detailed proposals to provide sweeping mandate relief and pension reform that will save taxpayers and local governments billions of dollars and the launch of historic education reform to put students ahead of the education bureaucracy. Additionally, the Secretary pointed out that the Executive Budget lays the groundwork for an innovative $25 billion economic development agenda, funded largely by leveraging billions in private sector investment rather than by taxpayer dollars. After the presentation Secretary Perales listened to feedback from members of the public and answered questions.
"It's a combination of building public support and hearing what people have to say," said Secretary Perales. "I think it's just as important that we hear from the community as well as informing them about what it is the Governor wants to do."
For more information on Governor Cuomo’s 2012-2013 Executive Budget proposal, please visit the Governor’s website.