WOODBURY - President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address tonight and Long Islanders are expecting the speech to focus on job creation.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is also hoping the president will concentrate on jobs in the address.
"We have a very high unemployment rate still, and we need to get the economy moving so that we can create jobs," she says.
Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) says job creation is important, but so is cutting the federal debt, which has reached a staggering $14 trillion.
"The main thing is for him to focus on a comprehensive plan of cutting back on spending," he says.
In a sign of non-partisanship, members of Congress will be forgoing their usual practice of sitting with their political parties during the State of the Union address. Democrats and Republicans will be mixed up and sitting together.
King says he'll be sitting next to a fellow New York congressman, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills). King says it won't be a "Kumbaya" moment, but rather a sign that he's willing to work with anyone.
You can watch the president's State of the Union address live on News 12 Long Island and News12.com tonight at 9 p.m.