January 08, 2008
By: by Ryan Peterson, Capital News 9
ALBANY, N.Y. -- With the State of the State address looming on the horizon, Governor Spitzer hosted a roundtable discussion about the future of higher education and its role in promoting a healthy economy after touring Albany's College of Nanoscale Science.
Governor Spitzer said, "The entire thrust of what this State of the State is going to be about is, how do we bring back and revitalize the economy of New York State? What are the inputs? What are the investments? What is the new strategic thinking we need to embrace? This is example 1A of how you do it."
Education and economy -- a preview of Wednesday's address. Referencing a report that was released by the Commission on Higher Education last month, Spitzer pledged to make the state's system of colleges and universities the strongest in the country.
"This very significant investment that we will make, we will make in our SUNY system, we will make in in K through 12. It will percolate out into the private universities as well to continue this enormous, combustible energy that I see in this room that is producing such wonderful things," Spitzer said.
Quite a different tone than that of the "steamroller" that had become all too familiar over the past year.
The saying goes, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. But Democrats hope, after hearing the governor's remarks at the Nano College, that that's exactly what the State of the State will be.
Assemblyman Jack McEneny, (D) Albany said, "I think if this is the tone that the State of the State is going to take, which is a very warm, personal, ideal communication type of tone, then I think we can look forward to a very positive and uplifting State of the State address."
McEneny remains optimistic that the strained relationship between the governor and the Legislature can be mended and that Wednesday's speech should be the first step in accomplishing that.