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Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to marshal his forces for a battle over a new state budget plan. YNN's Bill Carey says the strategy is following the playbook the Governor used effectively in 2011.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- “Good morning, Syracuse,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

It has become a common sight for New Yorkers. Andrew Cuomo on the road, pitching a new proposal.

The pattern was set in his first year as Governor. Develop a plan, take to the road, along with a host of cabinet officers, and build public support to strengthen your hand headed into some tough negotiations.

Cuomo said, “ Last year, it worked because the people stood up and made their voice heard. And I'm going to ask them to do the same thing this year.”

This time around, it's all about a budget plan for the state. A plan that Cuomo says includes key steps to get the costs of government under control. He finds himself arguing that the fight is to push through change, over the objections of well funded lobbies.

“So, they go to that legislature and they say, resist the change. Support us. Support the special interests. And you know what I need? I need you to say no,” Cuomo said.

Among his supporters, the tactic is called "smart." That if they can fire up voters, the changes will be made.

“People know that, ultimately, we work for the voters. And when the voters ask, in great numbers, for something to happen, it usually happens,” said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

And others, watchdogs of the state government, say they have noticed a growing level of interest among those voters. A feeling, they claim, that they can make a difference. They worry, though, that a return to stalemate in the capital could change all of that.

“If we let go of it, it's going to go away. So it's imperative that we, as voters, continue to reach out to our Senators, our Assembly members and say, hey, I like what the governor's proposed. I want a Tier 6. I want Medicaid taken care of. I want my taxes to continue to go down,” said Unshackle Upstate Executive Director Brian Sampson.

Cuomo will keep traveling, keep exhorting, keep prodding the public to stay involved. It's an approach he says is working.

“When the people support something, if you, by definition, believe in democracy, the people's will will have an effect,” Cuomo said.

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