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January 18, 2013

JACKIE DAVIS: Take a moment to be Inspired

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The year 2013 is off to a pivotal start. There is so much to overcome in the aftermath of last year. Our governor unveiled an incredible list of things to accomplish in his State of the State address last week. Our president addressed the somber issue of gun reform this week, and celebrations will take place this weekend in honor of the birthday of Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This week, I had the privilege of attending a recap of the State of the State address at the Lockport Town Hall. The recap of the address was brilliantly presented by Leecia Eve, Deputy Secretary for Economic Development, and chief economic development advisor to Governor Cuomo.

I had watched the governor’s address, and read a copy of the transcript, and I could have easily felt cynical or overwhelmed. Given all that occurred at the end of 2012 in our nation as a whole, any one of us could easily respond with the “attitude of the impossible.” Before sharing his vision for the state of New York, Governor Cuomo said in his opening remarks:

“The past few weeks and few months have been a blizzard of emotion — from the unimaginable to the unforgettable; from acts of cowardice to acts of heroism; from cause for despair to cause for celebration. It’s almost hard to get your bearings in the midst of all of it…”

How many of us could echo that sentiment? Just two years earlier in that same state address, Governor Cuomo said, “In government, as in life, you can never solve a problem if you refuse to acknowledge it.” It was very apparent to me that a lot of time, energy and research went in to acknowledging the problems in New York State, in order to devise such an immense plan of action to address them.

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