As state officials are dispatched across New York State this month to promote Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State proposals, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was on hand in Schenectady to evangelize the governor’s Albany agenda.

Before a crowd of about 80 at Schenectady County Community College – including Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy and several political and business leaders, Hochul discussed a wide variety of topics that focus on the “Capital Region agenda.”

One major component of this agenda is the proposed Mother Nature bond act, a proposed $3 billion bond measure that will go before voters this November.

“This will restore the natural habitat to back to Mother Nature intended. This is an investment that future generations will say they did the right thing, we’re glad they did it,” said Hochul.

Hochul discussed electric vehicle manufacturing, the ban of single-use styrofoam food containers, and cutting small business taxes.

“This will make life a little bit easier for our businesses,” Hochul continued – alluding to her past working with her mother managing their family small business.

Hochul also talked about deductibility of state and local taxes, otherwise known as SALT. Hochul says that SALT has cost New York State $15 billion.

On the topic of college education, the threshold for qualified students for the state’s Excelsior scholarship. According to Hochul, 9,000 more residents in the Capital Region will be eligible.

Hochul, who mentioned she was in Auburn – nearby Seneca Falls, the historic site of the woman’s suffrage movement, said the state will advance the nation’s “strongest women’s agenda.” 

“On this (100th) anniversary, let’s pass the first in the nation Equal Rights Amendment.”

Hochul said the state will roll out Round 2 of the Upstate Airport and Economic Development Revitalization Competition. Albany International Airport had received funds through this competition in the first round, allowing for the airport to renovate it’s lobby areas and the construction of a new 1,000 parking space garage.

On the topic of high speed rail, Hochul said that the governor is convening a team experts to look into the issue. Hochul mentioned that the average speed of passenger rail in New York State is 51 m.p.h.