Governor’s State of the State Message Brought to Regional Presentation at Daemen

January 10, 2014

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Sam Hoyt and Daemen President Gary A. OlsonSam Hoyt and Daemen President Gary A. Olson

AMHERST, N.Y. – Sam Hoyt, regional president of the New York State Economic Development Corp., presented an overview of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State Address before a near-capacity crowd at Daemen College on Jan. 9. The address outlined an ambitious agenda that includes a series of tax cuts and an effort to boost school technology.

“We are honored that the governor selected Daemen College as the local site to share his message with Western New York,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “This visit provided our college community and our distinguished Western New York legislators a snapshot of the governor’s vision for our region and for our state in the coming year.”

Stepping in to speak on behalf of the governor who had been scheduled to come to Daemen, Hoyt discussed highlights from the governor’s hour-long speech, “Building on Success,” which touched on his administration’s successes over the past three years while laying out an agenda for economic development plans, tax relief proposals and new initiatives in education and other areas.

“Bringing the governor’s State of the State message to all of you here today at Daemen, a college that has a vital role in educating our students and has made many contributions throughout our Western New York community, is important to ensuring this region feels a part of the process in reaching the goals set forth by the governor,” said Hoyt.

In the presentation, Hoyt emphasized the governor’s continued focused on restoring economic opportunity in the state and, in particular, in Western New York.

“New York State is number two in creating jobs since the recession and unemployment is down in every region in the state. To further job growth, the governor has proposed cutting the corporate tax rate to zero for upstate manufacturers,” explained Hoyt, who also discussed other tax relief efforts to grow the economy.

In addition, Hoyt talked about education as a priority in the governor’s agenda for 2014, including investments in transforming classrooms and improving the quality of education for students.

“At Daemen, we look forward to supporting and assisting in the success of initiatives that will help New York State remain strong and growing for all members of our college community who are educated, work and live in  Western New York,” said Olson.

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