Gov. Andrew Cuomo discusses budget with Westchester business leaders

The governor is promoting development, tax reform and creating an entrepreneurial culture. (4/9/14)

TARRYTOWN - Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in the Hudson Valley Wednesday to discuss his 2014 budget.

Cuomo spoke with the Westchester County Association at the Westchester Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown.

The governor has not yet formally announced his plans to seek re-election, but his address touched on what will likely be his campaign themes. He visited topics such as development, tax reform and creating an entrepreneurial culture in New York.

Cuomo spent more than an hour outlining his accomplishments over the past four years, and also took credit for finally getting work started on replacing the aging Tappan Zee Bridge. He claims his efforts have reduced the expected costs of the project.

The governor also cited his accomplishments in cutting the state government workforce to its lowest level in 50 years, and pushed tax credits for property owners in communities sticking to the state's 2 percent tax cap. All of this was welcome news to the Westchester County Association, which pushes to help Westchester businesses.

A small group of people were outside the hotel protesting natural gas fracking. Protesters complained that Cuomo is not really doing much to help small businesses and the state's economy.

Gary Murphy, of Chappaqua, organized the group of about a dozen Cuomo opponents.

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