The pitch for a 12 week paid family leave by Gov. Andrew Cuomo was a personal one in the State of the State.

Cuomo lamented the decline in his father’s health, and wanted to be there.

“I could have taken off work, I could have cut days in half, I could have spent more time with him,” Cuomo told lawmakers at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. “It was a mistake and a mistake I blame myself for everyday.”

But questions remain over how the program will work.

“Paid family leave is something we’ve passed for a while,” Heastie told reporters after the governor’s speech. “I want to see the details. It’s hard for me to comment before I’ve seen the details.”

In the Demcoratic-led Assembly, lawmakers there have paid family leave legislation multiple times over the years. Last year, the Assembly backed a bill that would expand the temporary disability insurance fund in order to pay for it.

Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein last year backed a different measure with the same goal in mind: Paid leave would be covered by the state, which was estimated to cost $125 million.

Cuomo’s proposal, which if enacted would be the longest paid leave program in the country administered by a state, would be paid for with a $1 deduction from an employee pay check.

Cuomo last year had initially indicated there was “no appetite” for the passage of paid leave legislation in the Legislature. Later in the session, the administration signaled it was taking a second look at the issue, but the measure never passed.

Senate Republicans still have little desire to see the legislation approved, with some comparing it to the governor’s push on increasing the state’s minimum wage to $15 over the next several years.

“It’s wonderful to promise things to many, many people,” said Sen. John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican. “It’s wonderful to invite them to the State of the State so they can cheer the proposal. But it’s got to be weighed against the cost.”