Rochester Senator Joe Robach had the privilege and honor to introduce New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo during his recent visit to Rochester to give a regional speech on the New York State Budget. The speech given at the University of Rochester’s Kilburn Hall at the Eastman Theater focused on the Governor budget priorities and proposal for 2013-14 as well as his legislative goals for the 2013 legislative session.
In his opening remarks, Senator Joe Robach stated his respect for Governor Cuomo as a leader who means what he says and works to great ends to seek those aims. While Senator Robach may not agree with the Governor’s positions on everything, he stated that he will always be thankful that Governor Cuomo, moreso then recent New York State chief executives has made upstate and western New York a priority and actually meant it. For instance, when the Finger Lakes region was the recipient of the most economic development aid across the state. Senator Robach stated that he is proud to work with the Governor on many of their common goals, especially the important work of ensuring that Rochester remains a vibrant and pivotal part of New York State and that he is glad to be able to call the Governor a friend.
Also, at the Governor’s budget speech was Lieutenant Governor, former City of Rochester mayor and Rochester police chief Bob Duffy. Lieutenant Governor Duffy and Senator attended Rochester’s Aquinas Institute together and naturally engaged in some light hearted kidding as old friends do to the amusement of the Governor and the large audience.