The Geneva Finger Lakes Times wrote a story on reactions to Gov. Pataki's State of the State address. Among those interviewed were Mike Black, general manager of WEOS, and Iva Deutchman, professor of political science.
Black said unfunded state mandates are troubling the counties, questioned Pataki’s devotion to tax cuts while the state has a huge deficit, and said he felt Pataki’s speech was very optimistic and commended him for having many plans although he felt the Democratic response, delivered by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of Manhattan, was more realistic.
Deutchman said Pataki made several contradictions, such as pledging to avoid layoffs of state workers while working with their unions to reduce the state workforce and promising to deliver tax cuts without cutting services, despite the state deficit. Deutchman also said she was offended by the numerous references to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as being largely responsible for the state’s financial problems. “Let’s face it, Osama bin Laden is not responsible for Global Crossing or Enron.”
Read the story “Lack of details bothers many” from the Thursday, Jan. 9, issue.