Cuomo to deliver regional State of the State addresses

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New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ditching the traditional State of the State address to lawmakers in Albany, and instead will lay out his plans for 2017 across the state.

The speech has traditionally been in the State Capitol.

The governor will deliver six speeches in different parts of the state during the week of January 9.

The regions include:

– New York City
– Western New York
– The Hudson Valley
– Long Island
– Capital Region
– Central New York

Specific times and locations have not yet been released.

Cuomo’s office says it allows them to focus on regional initiatives and bring the governor’s message directly to the people.

“The State of the State is an opportunity for the Governor to lay out the state’s priorities for the upcoming year, and this year we plan to do it a little differently,” said Melissa DeRosa, Governor Cuomo’s Chief of Staff. “Our efforts have focused on regional development strategies across the state and we want the opportunity to lay out regional accomplishments, goals and challenges. Next month, the Governor will bring his message directly to communities statewide, announcing regional initiatives and groundbreaking proposals he will advance in 2017. The Governor looks forward to articulating his vision for a stronger, brighter New York in the weeks ahead.”

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