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State of the State 2010

State of the State 2010

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1State of the State 2010
 A Time to Rebuild 
An Era of Reform & Recommitment
Governor David A. PatersonThis is a winter of reckoning for New York. Cultures of addictionto spending, power or approval have doomed empires, and theynow threaten the Empire State.The following plan lays out a blueprint to rebuild New York.Rebuild the State’s economy into a national model of ingenuity andstrength. Rebuild the people’s confidence in the stability of ourState. Rebuild manufacturing industries to meet the energystandards of this enlightened age. And most importantly, rebuildthe trust that the people of New York once had in theirgovernment.We must take firm and decisive steps to rebuild New York – withfiscal reform, ethics reform and an economic development plan thathelps businesses put our people back to work.
 FISCAL REFORM 
To rebuild New York, we need to enact fundamental fiscal reformthat makes government more accountable to taxpayers. For toomany years, Albany has spent recklessly and without any long-termstrategy – and the cost has been more than monetary. There is alack of confidence in government that stems in part from themishandling of public funds. Governor Paterson’s plan for fiscalreform includes real and lasting cuts to the bureaucracy; a mergingof agencies to improve efficiency and save money; the publictracking of agency performance; and a long-term strategy for fiscalplanning.
 
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Making Government Accountable
 Empire Stat
To help make government more accountable and transparent totaxpayers, Governor Paterson will deploy EmpireStat, a newprogram to track the progress of State agencies.
 
EmpireStat will be a critical tool for Governor Paterson andthe public to assess whether the State, its agencies andauthorities are making real progress in areas that matter toNew Yorkers.
 
Governor Paterson will use this tool to conduct agencyperformance reviews and to hold agencies accountable fortheir performance, as well as to provide direction forimprovement where necessary. Performance results will bepublished online so that they are accessible to New York State taxpayers.Implementation will begin by focusing on several categories of significant importance. Through EmpireStat, the PatersonAdministration will weigh how the State is performing and designsteps for improvement to ensure accountability to New Yorkers inthese important areas:
 
 
 Economic Development/Jobs:
The administration of theState’s two new economic development programs (“TheExcelsior Jobs Program” & “The Small Business RevolvingLoan Fund”), the State’s efforts on weatherization trainingfor potential workers as well as overall success withincreasing home weatherization, and the certification of new Minority & Women-Owned Businesses.
 
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 Health Care/Vulnerable Youth:
 
Expediently addressingcomplaints against physicians, addressing Medicaid fraudand abuse, monitoring the immunization of our youth, andthe prevention of lead poisoning in young children.
 
 Public Safety:
 
The policing of violent crimes committedwith a firearm and the removal of crime weapons from ourstreets.
 
 Road Safety:
 
The major causes of accidents on our Stateroadways and the State’s efforts to make these roads saferfor all drivers.
Office of Taxpayer Accountability
Through the Office of Taxpayer Accountability (OTA), GovernorPaterson is completely overhauling State government operations sothat government costs less and delivers better and faster service.
 
Since August, the OTA has generated savings of nearly$27 million and is working on several new initiatives thatwill result in further savings.
 
The OTA has issued directives to reduce printing and travelcosts that have helped agencies achieve their StateOperations savings targets.
 
Agencies report $1.7 million in savings related directly tothe elimination of printing equipment.
 
Agencies have reduced travel spending by $10.4 million asa result of a new OTA travel directive.
 
The State will aggressively oversee and monitor agencyinternal audit plans to ensure that audits are risk-based,protect taxpayer money, hold state officials accountable for

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