Governor Cuomo took to the stage after pro forma remarks from the Assembly and Senate leadership...Nothing new in what they had to say....
The Governor tried to start upbeat by shouting "good afternoon, New York" and insisting it's a bright day in New York.
High school students from each of the state's 62 counties joined the Governor on stage as a symbol of the furture of the state.
"This state is at a crossroads...there are two paths" the Governor said as he said the state is going broke and the public has lost trust in its government.
Mr. Cuomo says crisis can be turned to opportunity calling for a transformation of government to make the state progressive once again.
"What we do today will determine the direction of the state for decades to come."
"We need change in Albany," Mr. Cuomo said.
The address is being given to a crowd of 2200 guests.