It’s a theme Gov. Andrew Cuomo has referenced repeatedly during his time in office: The middle class isn’t just frustrated, they’re angry.

“I am proposing in this session going forward what we call the middle class recovery act because the middle class is in many ways suffering still,” Cuomo said. “They’ve made progress, but not enough progress.”

Delivering the third of his six regional state of the state addresses on Tuesday, Cuomo took his show to the state university at Purchase, touting infrastructure investment and new spending proposals, such as a $200 million multi use trail that would run 750 miles.

“It would be a constant supply of tourism activity,” Cuomo said. “You know what walkway across the Hudson did. Nobody thought it would generate any activity. It became a phenomenal success. Imagine what the longest trail in the country could actually do.”

And Cuomo wants to spend $2 billion on bolstering the state’s drinking water as upstate communities deal with the fallout of chemical contaminations.

“We have to have clean drinking water getting into homes,” he said. “It’s becoming more and more of a problem. The time to address it is now.”

And in what could be a challenge to his potential 2018 opponents in next years race for governor, Cuomo’s property tax plan puts the onus on county executives to develop a proposal for shared services.

“The governor understands the way government functions so I have to assume some of this is politically driven,” said Marc Molinaro, the Republican Dutchess County executive who is considering a campaign for governor after watching the speech.
“But at the end of the day if we truly want to reduce property taxes the state is going to have to work with leaders. Not dictate or lecture but work with us.”

And New York Republican Chairman Ed Cox took a dim view of the speech, saying the tour is merely part of an effort by the governor to raise his national profile.

“He’s got real problems here in New York,” Cox said. “He’s running away from the Legislature and I think he’s running away from New York State.”

One issue not referenced by Cuomo in his remarks was the plan to close the Indian Point nuclear plant. It remains unclear how the power generated by the plant would be replaced and how the state will deal with the impact on taxes in the area.