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Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy was in Batavia today and spoke at GCC about Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address.

While driving home the main messages about Upstate economic development, education reform, gun control legislation and women’s rights, Duffy also paused to discussed the issue of unfunded mandate relief, which was not addressed Wednesday by Cuomo

“There’s been a lot of work on the underpinnings of mandate relief," Duffy said. "I personally went to a lot of the mandate relief council meetings and listened firsthand. There’s work being done. There are not any big announcements to be made right now but there are a number of things happening."

Duffy insists the Governor is giving “a lot of time, energy and attention” to the issue, but says it’s not a unilateral effort. He says the Governor has a new local government initiative to look at structural issues with their finances to assist them.

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