State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, stopped in Moravia Friday to share his agenda for the 2013 legislative session.
One of Seward's top priorities is mandate relief. While he acknowledged that the state enacted a property tax cap and has implemented other mandate relief measures, he believes more needs to be done to provide mandate relief for local governments and school districts.
"We need to help local governments and school districts manage their expenditures efficiently while maintaining vital services. That's why I supported $1 billion in mandate relief advanced by the state Senate when the property tax cap was first adopted," he said in a news release. "The Assembly and governor would only agree to $127 million worth of financial relief. Comprehensive mandate relief must be a priority moving forward."
Seward also listed job creation and education aid as key issues for him this session. He said the way education aid is distributed must be reformed.
"The inequities of New York's education aid formula have been exposed and partially repaired. A large portion of new aid provided in the 2012-2013 state budget was funneled to the schools that need it most," he said. "Further addressing the demographic differences that exist in our state must be part of a fully revised education aid formula."
The stop in Cayuga County was Seward's first this term. His district — the 51st Senate District — includes the Cayuga County towns of Locke, Moravia, Niles, Owasco, Sempronius and Summerhill.
Nozzolio recognized by business group
The National Federation of Independent Businesses honored state Sen. Michael Nozzolio with the Guardian of Small Business award.
Mike Durant, executive director of NFIB's New York chapter, said Nozzolio, R-Fayette, "has long been a friend of New York's small business owners, job creators, and entrepreneurs..."
Nozzolio thanked NFIB for the award in a statement released Friday.
“It is an honor to receive this award and I commend the NFIB and Mike Durant, New York’s executive director, for their unwavering support of our state’s job producing independent businesses," he said.
Poll: Most voters would re-elect Cuomo
If the election were held today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo would cruise to re-election.
According to Siena Research Institute's New York poll released Thursday, 60 percent of voters surveyed would vote to re-elect the governor. Only 32 percent said they prefer another candidate.
Among upstate voters, 52 percent said they would vote to re-elect Cuomo.
For more on the Siena poll, go to auburnpub.com/eyeonny.