Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to Buffalo Thursday to deliver his State of the State and budget message in person at a local school. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti was there as he spoke to an audience full of young New Yorkers about his plans.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A crowd of more than 1,000 welcomed Governor Andrew Cuomo to City Honors School in Buffalo, and one of the school's own introduced their special guest to the stage.
"On behalf of my fellow students, I thank the governor for his commitment and hard work," said Luis Castro, a student.
With that, I ask you to join me in providing an energetic City Honors welcome to the governor of the great State of New York, Andrew Cuomo."
Cuomo shared the initiatives he laid out in his State of the State address; from priorities like jobs and education to the new gun control law, Cuomo says it's important for him to deliver his message directly so the public knows what's happening with their government.
"I want you to hear my plans, I want you to hear what we're thinking, I want feedback from you, you tell me what makes sense, what doesn't make sense, and if you agree with it, then you get involved," Cuomo said.
Some of the areas local representatives highlighted key points.
"The governor has laid out a ground-breaking ten-point agenda to improve the lives of 51 percent of the state's population –New York women. This agenda aims to protect women's freedom of choice, eliminate discrimination, prevent sexual harassment, and promote quality in the workplace among other initiatives," said Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, (D) Buffalo.
"This year's budget will eliminate a 1.3 billion dollar budget gap, with no new taxes or fees and hold the line on spending for the third year in a row," said State Senator Tim Kennedy, (D) South Buffalo.
Those at City Honors say they're encouraged by the effort to improve education across the state, and say it was an honor to have Cuomo at their school.
"It makes the school feel more prestigious, it definitely shows that we stand out here," Castro said.
"The governor made a point of saying we are a state known for our progressive agenda and that we continue that commitment and make strides in that. I think our students really took that to heart," said William Kresse, City Honors School Principal.