‘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”

Cuomo Recruits Ray Kelly as ‘Special Adviser’ to New College

Ray Kelly. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)
Ray Kelly. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Ray Kelly, the longtime police chief under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, appears set to land another job in public service.

During Andrew Cuomo’s annual State of the State speech today, New York’s governor announced plans “to establish the nation’s first college on emergency preparedness and homeland security” and has “recruited Ray Kelly to be a special adviser to the state in setting up this school.” Continue reading “Cuomo Recruits Ray Kelly as ‘Special Adviser’ to New College”

Bill de Blasio Says Thanks but No Thanks to State Pre-K Funding

Bill de Blasio and labor leaders pressing the mayor's signature pre-k plan.
Bill de Blasio and labor leaders pressing the mayor’s signature pre-k plan.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today dismissed a report that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning to propose an alternate funding stream for Mr. de Blasio’s signature universal pre-K tax plan, and said any extra money in the state budget should be spent on other things. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Says Thanks but No Thanks to State Pre-K Funding”

Mayor Bloomberg and Christine Quinn Praise Cuomo’s State of the State

Bloomberg and Quinn (Photo: Spencer T Tucker)
Bloomberg and Quinn (Photo: Spencer T Tucker)

After Governor Andrew Cuomo issued his annual State of the State address today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn both released statements reacting to the remarks. Mayor Bloomberg was understandably pleased with the governor’s focus on strengthening gun control laws, which has been a pet issue for hizzoner.

“Governor Cuomo laid out a strong agenda in many areas for the year ahead, which will build on the progress he has led over the past two years. I was particularly struck by his passionate leadership on gun violence,” the mayor said. “New York State has led the nation with strong, common-sense gun laws, and the Governor’s new proposals will build on that tradition. They will help law enforcement keep guns out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous people and save lives. We strongly support his proposals to close loopholes and strengthen existing laws, and we look forward to working with him and the State Legislature to adopt them.”

Ms. Quinn gave a thumb’s up to the governor’s gun control plans as well as a whole host of his other proposals.

“Today’s proposals are smart, forward thinking ideas and I applaud Governor Cuomo for his tireless advocacy on behalf of all New Yorkers,” she said. Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg and Christine Quinn Praise Cuomo’s State of the State”

Governor Cuomo Sends New York’s Lawmakers Down the Rapids

Governor Cuomo's vessel.
Governor Cuomo’s vessel.

Earlier today, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his annual “State of the State” speech where he presented a broad plan to transform the state through various legislative measures and executive actions. Once such action that Mr. Cuomo seemed particularly pleased with was his plan for a new whitewater rafting challenge in the Upstate Adirondacks.

“I believe if they see Upstate New York, they will come back, but we need to make that happen,” Mr. Cuomo said of the region’s tourism capability. “For example, New York has some of the best whitewater rafting in the nation, I bet you maybe that you didn’t even know that. So this year, we’re going to sponsor a national rafting competition called, ‘The Adirondack Challenge.'”

While Mr. Cuomo didn’t elaborate on the event’s specifics, he did proceed to jokingly promise Albany’s legislative leaders will be getting in on the rafting action.

“We are going to have a special part of the Adirondack competition, which can be between government officials,” he continued. “And we’re going to start a politician division, actually. We’re going to have a set of rules that were very carefully drafted and reviewed by [the state’s] counsel.”

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Dean Skelos Responds to Cuomo’s State of the State

(Photo: Facebook)
(Photo: Facebook)

As liberals rejoiced over the parts of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address that promised tougher gun laws and campaign finance reform, the State Senate’s Republican Leader Dean Skelos released a video hinting at a legislative battle to come when he said he would not support the public financing of campaigns.

“I do not support taxpayer dollars to fund political campaigns,” Mr. Skelos said after explaining that Republicans did back increasing “transparency” and “accountability” in the campaign process. “If the public campaign finance system in New York City was applied statewide and to legislative campaigns, it would cost taxpayers more than 200 million dollars. That’s money that would be much better spent on property tax relief or investing more money in rural upstate school districts and underperforming school districts around the state.”

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Cuomo Vows to ‘Enact the Toughest Assault Weapon Ban in the Nation, Period!’

(photo: Getty)
(photo: Getty)

One of the most hotly anticipated elements of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s annual State of the State address today was his plan to enact “sweeping” gun control reforms in New York. In his speech, the governor outlined a seven-point gun control plan focused on “high-capacity assault rifles” that he promised would be one of the “toughest” in the nation and lead similar laws to spread beyond New York.

“Gun violence has been on a rampage as we know firsthand and as we know painfully,” said the governor. “We must stop the madness, my friends. In one word, it’s just ‘enough.’ It has been enough. We need a gun policy in this state that is reasonable, that is balanced, that is measured.”

The governor continued by saying his gun control proposals are not about “taking away people’s guns.”
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