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Audio: Cuomo after his Buffalo address

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo touched on a variety of topics in his address this morning, as he did in a news conference afterwards.

Here's some of what the governor said in a conversation with reporters:

On the Buffalo Bills and getting a new stadium lease:

“The Bills are very important, not just to Western New York, but to the entire state. We want to keep the Bills here. I’m looking forward to being part of a cooperative effort to keep them here. Obviously, money is tight; we all know that. The taxpayers are not in a position to be shelling out more money, and we’re going to great lengths to bring efficiencies to this state budget, and I’ve cut the budget, but the Bills are important and I want to be a big part of keeping them here.”

On funding for Roswell Park Cancer Institute:

"We cross our fingers, we hope for the best and there's nothing immediate that's going to happen from the state's side. We're talking about two years, so we have two years to figure it out."

On funding for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority:

"We have some money for the NFTA in the budget and we're doing the best we can, but money is tight all over. And we need efficient partnerships all across the state where everyone is doing what they need to do."

Listen to the full audio of Cuomo's press conference:

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--Aaron Besecker
Follow me on Twitter: @BeseckerBN

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