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Cuomo changes plans for the annual State of the State Address

In a break with tradition, Governor Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to forgo the usual state of the state speech before the legislature and instead hold a series of regional addresses around New York.

The official note from Cuomo’s office, which came out Monday, notes that the state constitution requires an annual message from the Governor to the legislature on the condition of the state, but has no requirement on the timing or location of the Governor’s message.

As the New York Daily News first reported over the weekend, Cuomo’s office now confirms he will hold a series of six state of the state addresses around New York the week of January 9th, including one in Western New York.  There are no details yet where that address will be held.

Cuomo’s Chief of Staff Melissa DeRosa says their efforts are focused on regional development strategies and the Governor wants the opportunity to bring that message directly to communities across the state.

In recent years, Cuomo merged the state of the state address with the annual message on the budget, but there’s no word yet how that address will be handled this year.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.