Niagara Gazette — And what of the Falls?
Cuomo mentioned the mighty cataracts as part of his discussion, at first drawing little reaction from the crowd assembled for his address in Albany.
To his credit, Cuomo prodded the audience to show more enthusiasm, reminding them that New York is home to one of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders, hinting once again that the mighty Falls are deserving of the state’s respect and attention.
It’s too early to tell whether Cuomo’s plan to boost tourism and revenue through legalized gaming statewide by developing three upstate casinos will prove beneficial to the Western New York area where the Seneca Nation of Indians currently holds exclusive rights to operate Class III gaming facilities.
We do, however, look forward to the successful implementation of some of the governor’s other proposals, including efforts to promote the development of high-tech and environmentally friendly industries, steps to reform education through extended school days and stronger evaluation systems for teachers and plans to reform the state’s archaic system of campaign finance. We also strongly endorse his 10-point Women Equality Act aimed at breaking down barriers that perpetuate discrimination and inequality based on gender.
As for the most controversial element of Cuomo’s speech - his call for New York lawmakers to enact the strongest gun control laws in the nation - we’ll wait to see the details of the final proposals before rendering judgment while noting that, in light of recent shootings like the one in Newtown, Conn., it’s clear the time has come for a robust discussion about the future of firearms and assault weapons in New York, and elsewhere.
As Cuomo suggested, it’s time once again for the Empire State to take the lead, not just on gun rights, but so much more.