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Voters say Cuomo must focus on jobs, jobs, jobs

ALBANY -– Like they told pollsters before the election, the burning issue for New Yorkers is job creation, a post-election poll out this morning has found.

A poll by the Siena College Research Institute found 48 percent of registered voters said the incoming governor, Andrew Cuomo, should focus on job creation as his top priority, followed by 31 percent who say it should be about keeping the upcoming budget in balance.

Down the list are two issues Cuomo has made his own priorities: establishing a property tax cap and adopting a new series of ethics laws to try to clean up the image of Albany. In the new Siena poll, only 9 percent statewide cited property taxes as the top priority while just 6 percent want the top issue to be ethics reform.

Cuomo’s favorability rating stands at 64 percent –- within the margin of error for the 62 percent of the vote the Democrat received in his gubernatorial run against Republican Carl Paladino. For the Buffalo businessman, his favorability rating has only gotten lower since the election two weeks ago, and 58 percent say he should not remain active in New York politics.

As for the State Senate –- whose control is up in the air with three contested seats facing possibly long recount processes -– 53 percent of voters believe the house should be evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats through some sort of power-sharing agreement.

-- Tom Precious

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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