Early on in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2018 State of the State address, he touched on the topic many Western New Yorker's have been talking about since Sunday.
"We ended the drought in Buffalo, returning to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Go Bills. Go Bills. Go Bills," Cuomo (D) said.
But the speech, in general, took a turn away from upstate regions following the cheer.
Instead, the governor spoke mostly in broad strokes about New York's statewide and federal issues.
"What you saw was a preview of the governor's 2020 run for office. There was very little in there for hardworking Upstate New Yorkers though," said Ray Walter, (R) Assembly – Amherst.
"Obviously this was less a laundry list of what we're going to do for each region and more sort of setting the table for what I think will be an exciting year but one that touches all New Yorkers," said Joe Morelle, (D) Assembly majority leader.
Compared to when he announced the Buffalo Billion, Cuomo spoke less about region specific initiatives this year-—but Upstate Mayors Byron Brown and Lovely Warren say the governor's focus on things like education funding, infrastructure and economic development remain important to their cities.
“While there were some very broad things, there were also some very specific things that will focus on the needs that we have in the city of Buffalo,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (D) said.
"Taxes, criminal justice, jobs, all of that applies across the board, so no matter which region you live in, no matter which city you live in, those are challenges that the entire state faces," Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren (D) said.
Meanwhile, the governor continues to look to local governments to reduce spending and help lower property taxes, but Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says she's concerned about how much Cuomo's agenda will cost.
“We owe it to all of the residents, whether the residents of Monroe and throughout the state of New York, to really hold our governments accountable for spending,” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo (R) said. "I'm certainly looking forward to a more robust discussion about how the state government is helping to relieve the burden on local governments."
Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes points out, Wednesday was the State of the State and budget details should come later.
"Then he'll lay out all of those policy pieces that call for dollars in the budget and we'll get the specificity with that, but today is laying out what the condition of the state is and what his proposal is in order to remedy that and I think he did a good job with that,” said Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D) Assembly – Buffalo.