‘The Proof Is in the Pudding’: Cuomo Takes Victory Lap in State of the State Speech

One of Andrew Cuomo's slides during his speech today.
One of Andrew Cuomo’s slides during his speech today.

Today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo not only presented his agenda for the final year of his first term–he declared the first three years of his tenure an overwhelming success.

“It’s a year that’s going to be a banner year for the State of New York,” Mr. Cuomo told the attendees at the beginning of his annual State of the State address in Albany. “But there’s an old saying that you don’t really know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” Continue reading “‘The Proof Is in the Pudding’: Cuomo Takes Victory Lap in State of the State Speech”

‘It Was a Fight Worth Having’: Lhota Concedes the Mayor’s Race to de Blasio

Joe Lhota gives his concession speech next to his family.
Joe Lhota gives his concession speech next to his family.

After one of the most tumultuous election cycles in New York City history, Joe Lhota took the stage tonight to concede the mayor’s race to Democrat Bill de Blasio, who will be the city’s next mayor after 12 years of Michael Bloomberg leading City Hall. Continue reading “‘It Was a Fight Worth Having’: Lhota Concedes the Mayor’s Race to de Blasio”

Carolyn Maloney: ‘Right Now, We’re Marching Towards Sequestration’

Carolyn Maloney
Carolyn Maloney

New York City Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney was quite pleased with President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night, but she’s not optimistic about Congress heeding the president’s call to to avoid the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts known as the “sequester” that are scheduled to go into effect March 1.

“I love his speech he came out swinging,” Ms. Maloney told Politicker about the president’s speech last night.  Continue reading “Carolyn Maloney: ‘Right Now, We’re Marching Towards Sequestration’”

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”

Mayor Bloomberg Cheers Obama’s ‘Call to Fix the Nation’s Broken Gun Laws’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has emerged as one of the nation’s loudest gun control advocates in recent months. Unsurprisingly, in his response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night, the mayor focused on the Commander in Chief’s push for stronger gun control laws including background checks and a ban on high-capacity magazines.

“Tonight, President Obama made a clarion call to fix the nation’s broken gun laws,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement. “In a chamber filled with both survivors of gun violence and the men and women of the United States Congress who have the power to improve our gun laws, President Obama implored both parties to come together on an issue that has the support of the vast majority of Americans: keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people.” Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Cheers Obama’s ‘Call to Fix the Nation’s Broken Gun Laws’”

In State of the Union, Obama Makes Controversial Issues All About the Benjamins

President Barack Obama delivering his State of the Union address this evening. (Photo: Getty)
President Barack Obama delivering his State of the Union address this evening. (Photo: Getty)
In his State of the Union address this evening, President Barack Obama addressed several hot-button political issues including climate change, immigration reform and gun control. Overall, the president’s speech struck a populist tone, but when bringing up his proposals to address some of these more controversial issues, he characterized them as making good business sense. Continue reading “In State of the Union, Obama Makes Controversial Issues All About the Benjamins”

Bill Thompson Accuses Quinn of Not Acknowledging Communities Hit by Sandy in State of the City Speech

Bill Thompson
Bill Thompson

This afternoon City Council Speaker Christine Quinn gave her annual State of the City address, which seemed like a stump speech for her assumed mayoral campaign. Accordingly, her rivals who have already launched their mayoral bids issued rebuttals criticizing Ms. Quinn’s address. Bill de Blasio was first out of the gate with a statement blasting Ms. Quinn for failing to live up to her main promise of “creating even greater opportunity for the middle class and those striving to get there.” Bill Thompson followed that with a statement that took Ms. Quinn to task for failing to specifically address the needs of outer borough communities that were most heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

“Speaker Quinn’s State of the City speech today contained a number of very interesting proposals that are worthy of further study,” Mr. Thompson began. “However, it’s important to acknowledge and recognize communities across New York that have been devastated by Sandy, including Rockaway, Red Hook, Coney or Midland Beach, as well as Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Brighton Beach, Breezy Point, Gerritsen Beach, Coney Island, Tottenville, South Beach, Canarsie, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Sea Gate, Manhattan Beach, and City Island. We need a mayor with the leadership and vision to support every community in every corner of New York City.” Continue reading “Bill Thompson Accuses Quinn of Not Acknowledging Communities Hit by Sandy in State of the City Speech”