Turn around the state economy. Balance the budget. Act as a broker between Democratic and Republican legislators. Those are the top expectations city voters have for New York's next governor.
“Limit spending and create jobs. That will show his effectiveness,” said Tom Dangora, 31.
Robert Sexton, 43, said he voted for Democratic nominee Andrew Cuomo because of his pro-gay marriage stance. “He needs to address that and not treat it the way (President Barack) Obama has.”
The big test for the new governor and the other state lawmakers will be just working together and ending the gridlock in Albany, said Len Cutler, a Siena College political science professor.
“It’s got to be done more collaboratively and collegially,” he said.
Jeffrey Stonecash, a political science professor at Syracuse University, said the incoming governor must show his backbone, particularly when it comes to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan). Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, has said he would freeze salaries of state employees and cut spending, opposing Silver and union loyalists.
“There’s a big budget deficit. Medicare costs keep growing. People want property tax relief,” Stonecash said. “The pressure only builds on the governor to get this resolved."