New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a lot of big ideas. Some of these ideas would be incredible for our region, including the extension of light rail into Amherst. However, we first need to address how to pay for our current obligations before planning new investment ideas. Most importantly the state and its counties need to address how to pay for all the programs mandated by the state. These unfunded mandates from Albany decimate our budget and we have had to financially plan without any meaningful relief in years. Now the Governor’s recommends that counties consolidate services to cut these costs. Sorry but that’s a day late and a dollar short because it will not help this out of control problem.