Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that voters don’t blame him for the scandals sweeping Albany, joking that nobody could have expected him to ban sex.
Speaking during an appearance on WCNY’s “Capitol Pressroom” earlier today, Mr. Cuomo was asked about a new poll that shows that, despite the recent scandals–including Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s resignation following sexual harassment allegations–his numbers have ticked slightly up.
A new poll today out from Quinnipiac University shows strong support for both a property tax cap and ethics reform.
Over 80 percent of voters say that ethics reform is “very” or “somewhat” important, and 79 percent give the answers for a property tax cap. Meanwhile a little over half of those surveyed list same-sex marriage as an urgent priority, even thought support for the measure inched up from 56 percent in favor to 58 percent in favor.
“New Yorkers support same-sex marriage, but their top priorities are the property tax cap and ethics reform,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “In three Quinnipiac University polls earlier this year, we asked New Yorkers about a property tax cap in a simple question with no conditions or qualifiers. Support was at about 80 percent. Now that we’ve got a real piece of legislation, with some limits as the result of compromise between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, support drops to 60 percent. But 60 percent is not chopped liver.”
In other results, 52 percent of New Yorkers things legislators that double as lawyers should be required to name their clients, while 46 percent favor an purely independent redistricting commission.
SYRACUSE — Governor Cuomo says he is fighting for “control of the state government” and said it will be determined by the legislature’s ability to pass sweeping disclosure rules, a 2-percent cap on property taxes and a bill to legalize same-sex marriage by the end of the legislative session on June 20 — “D-Day,” he called it. Continue reading “In Outlining Agenda, Cuomo Declares ‘D-Day’ for Albany”→