Cuomo to deliver first State of the State address

ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) will be laying out his plans for New York during his first State of the State address today.

Cuomo has announced that he is reducing his $179,000 salary by 5 percent. In addition, his top five aides and the lieutenant governor are also taking the same pay cut.

Cuomo has proposed a one-year salary freeze for all state employees. The moves are aimed at shrinking a projected $9 billion deficit.

State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) says he and his fellow Republicans are ready and willing to work with the new governor.

Political analysts say Cuomo probably will work with Senate Republicans to pass measures such as a property-tax cap, which Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has opposed.

Cuomo's State of the State address will be carried LIVE on News 12 Long Island and today at 1:30 p.m.

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