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Duffy Delivers Cuomo's Message to M-E

(Source: Jason Weinstein)

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy delivered the highlights from Governor Cuomo's State of the State address Monday to a crowd at Maine-Endwell High School.

But it was some of Cuomo's education proposals that spurred the interest of these students, namely a plan that would allow the top 10 percent of graduating seniors in the state get a full rude to a SUNY or CUNY school with a couple of conditions: they must pursue a science or math career and must agree to work in New York state for five years after graduation.

"The premise is to incentivize again these incredibly important courses for STEM. The technologies of the state are changing rapidly by the day and the opportunities we want to provide that our kids are ready for," said Duffy.

One student asked what would happen if she couldn't find a job in this state under this program after graduation.

"My sense is by that time I would imagine the state would be flexible and help that person find a job. I hope she wouldn't have a problem finding a job. But if she did, help her and keep her here as opposed to her leaving the state," said Duffy.

Another proposal to toughen texting and driving laws for teenagers  also got the students attention. It also prompted one of them to ask why only tougher penalties for teens who text and drive and not for those of all ages?

"I thought it was a point well taken. Whether it reaches the legislative chain this year I don't know. But it's something I'll carry back to the Governor and I think it makes all the sense in the world," said Duffy.

***In Endwell, Jason Weinstein, FOX 40 HD News***

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