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Cuomo's speech wins over WNY Republicans

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered a rousing first State of State Addre

By Joyce Kryszak

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Buffalo, NY – Cuomo's speech was met with equal parts of optimism and skepticism by some Western New York lawmakers and political observers.

Cuomo made an impassioned plea to lawmakers to help him turn around the dysfunctional of Albany. He says the citizens of New York are desperate for things to change.

At least for now, Cuomo's pleas are being met with cheers by some unlikely allies. Republican Assemblyman Jim Hayes of Williamsville said Cuomo's plan to reign in taxes and spending is something Republicans can support.

But getting his agenda through both chambers, and past the special interests, will require more than words and broad plans. That's according to UB associate professor of political science James Battista. He said reforms inevitably will mean cuts. And he said that is when lawmakers will start balking.

Battista said the support of legislative leaders for Cuomo's agenda will be the best indicator of whether or not he can win approval for his reforms.