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Governor Andrew Cuomo addresses two important state issues in Rochester: a Henrietta casino and college classes for prison inmates.

Cuomo was in the Flower City today to discuss his budget proposal, but took questions from media about pertinent issues.

Multiple municipalities have formally opposed a proposed Seneca nation in Henrietta, including the City of Batavia and Genesee County. He said he has had no talks about reopening the gaming compact with the Seneca Nation.

The casino must be approved by the state and the federal government to come to fruition.

Also, regarding college classes for inmates, the governor said that it will actually save taxpayer money. New York spends $60,000 to house a single inmate a year. One year of college classes to put toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree for that inmate costs $5,000 a year.

Several Republican lawmakers have been outspoken in their opposition calling it an “insult” or a “slap in the face” to hardworking middle class families.

New York’s recidivism rate is estimated at about 40 percent.

“You want to save money? Get the inmate educational skills -- the recidivism rate goes down to 4 percent," Cuomo told reporters.

Cuomo is expected to include the proposal in his amended budget this week.

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