Cuomo Launches Weekly ‘State of New York’ Video Series

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo: Getty).
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo: Getty).

It seems like the governor has gotten a little jealous of his TV star little brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.

Andrew Cuomo’s office today announced the launch of “The State of New York”–a Friday video series that recaps the state’s weekly news in video press release form. Continue reading “Cuomo Launches Weekly ‘State of New York’ Video Series”

Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo: A Tale of Two Instagrams

Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo, as seen on Instagram.
Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo, as seen on Instagram.

If their administrations could be summed by Instagram alone, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo would be a fascinating study in contrasts.  And one of the two top Empire State politicians is clearly much more at home on the popular photo sharing site. Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo: A Tale of Two Instagrams”

Governor Cuomo Praises Obama’s ‘Bold’ State of the Union Address

Governor Andrew Cuomo (Photo: Getty)
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Photo: Getty)

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a lengthy statement responding to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night commending the president’s education proposals, call to raise the minimum wage and commitment to gun control.

“President Obama put forward a bold, comprehensive agenda in his 2013 State of the Union Address that continues to rebuild our nation’s economy and strengthens the middle class,” the governor began. “The vision President Obama presented tonight is one we embrace here in New York. The President laid out an agenda for a vibrant American future, where we work together to bring jobs back from overseas, train our young people to have the skills they need to succeed in the workforce, and ensure those who work long and hard hours can provide for their families.” Continue reading “Governor Cuomo Praises Obama’s ‘Bold’ State of the Union Address”

Governor Cuomo’s ‘Thorough and Exhaustive’ Storm Briefing

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Governor Andrew Cuomo

At his Midtown office this afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo briefed reporters about the severe winter weather currently bearing down on the New York City area. Though the governor announced he declared a state of emergency “effective this afternoon” to give the state and local governments “more flexibility in dealing with this situation,” he said the storm is not expected to cause any major damage along the lines of what the region experienced during Hurricane Sandy.

“Well you’ve heard of Finding Nemo, it seems like Nemo has found us,” Governor Cuomo began, riffing off the Weather Channel’s name for the storm. “As everyone knows, we’re expecting a severe winter storm, but nothing more than a severe winter storm. We’ve been preparing for it for a number of days now.” Continue reading “Governor Cuomo’s ‘Thorough and Exhaustive’ Storm Briefing”

Religious Leaders Call for Divine Intervention in Fracking Debate

Catherine Skopic at the anti-fracking "pray-in." (Photo: Jordyn Taylor)
Catherine Skopic at the anti-fracking “pray-in.” (Photo: Jordyn Taylor)

A group of religious leaders are hoping divine intervention will force Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban the controversial natural gas drilling procedure known as hydrofracking in New York State. Today at noon, an interfaith group of around 15 religious figures gathered outside the governor’s office in Midtown Manhattan for an anti-fracking pray-in. With parkas draped over their ritual garb for warmth, the leaders adamantly spoke out against the controversial drilling process and invoked biblical imagery in their quest to convert the as-yet-undecided governor.

“When God created Adam and Eve, God led them by the hand around the garden of Eden,” preached Rabbi Marc Katz, of Congregation Beth Elohim. “We too have a garden: a beautiful, thriving Eden. Every time we pump chemicals into our water supply, every time we drill without knowing the consequences, we bring our garden closer to destruction.” Continue reading “Religious Leaders Call for Divine Intervention in Fracking Debate”

NRA President Fires Back at Cuomo

David Keene (Photo: Getty)
David Keene (Photo: Getty)

National Rifle Association President David Keene gave a rare post-Newtown interview on the Brooklyn GOP Radio podcast this evening in which he responded to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vow to bring New York some of the “toughest” gun control laws in the country. Mr. Keene began by taking issue with Governor Cuomo’s prediction that other states would follow New York’s example and pass similar laws.

“I was amazed that he said other states will follow New York,” Mr. Keene said. “They haven’t done that in the past, there’s no reason to believe that they will in the future.”

Mr. Keene continued by noting “New York already has very tough gun laws” and predicting Governor Cuomo’s gun control plan would not “make any difference one way or the other in terms of violence of any kind in the state.” Continue reading “NRA President Fires Back at Cuomo”

Cuomo Pushes House to Make Vote on Sandy Aid ‘A Slam Dunk’

Governor Andrew Cuomo (Photo: Getty)
Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Getty)

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement this afternoon urging the House of Representatives to quickly approve the White House-backed $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy supplemental aid package. The Senate is expected to vote on the recovery funds today, and Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he is optimistic it will be approved. Getting approval for the aid package from the GOP majority in the House, however, is expected to be more difficult. In his statement, Governor Cuomo urged the House to clear the funds without extended debate.

“The members of the House will be in Washington this weekend and, while a fiscal cliff deal remains elusive, passing the Sandy aid package should not be a matter impacted, much less stalled, by the same partisan contention or parliamentary process,” the governor said. “Our demonstrated need and the House’s past precedent should make this vote a slam dunk.” Continue reading “Cuomo Pushes House to Make Vote on Sandy Aid ‘A Slam Dunk’”