Cuomo pushes broad agenda in State of the State
Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a broad platform for the coming year in his fourth State of the State address Wednesday.
Among the governor’s election-year proposals are a series of tax cuts and education initiatives, including statewide prekingergarten.
Cuomo pledged to cut $2.2 billion in taxes over the next three years. In a document accompanying the speech, he said, “it is time to fulfill the state’s goal,” of providing all-day prekindergarten, but didn’t elaborate on funding for the initiative.
The governor also proposed a $2 billion education bond referendum to upgrade technology and facilities in schools.
“We must transform our classrooms form the classrooms of yesterday to the classrooms of tomorrow,” he said.
Among other proposals in the address are plans to launch a program to research the feasibility of medial marijuana in the state.
He also said he would push several issues in the state legislature, including abortion rights and ethics reform, though bills on those were unsuccessful last session.
He urged legislators in the audience to “stop playing politics with women’s rights.”
The governor addressed the city’s notoriously poor airports, JFK and LaGuardia, proposing the state would assume management of the facilities.
“We’re going to redevelop those airports the way they should have been redeveloped years ago,” Cuomo said.
Up for reelection, he also used the address as a chance to outline his accomplishments.
“In three years, my friends, you have reversed decades of decline and made dramatic and undeniable progress,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo, who is up for reelection this year, touted accomplishments — everything from the state’s new gun control laws to same sex marriage — saying that “the proof is in the pudding.”
The speech was ultimately unifying, an attempt by Cuomo to bring together all New Yorkers.
“At the end of the day, we are one,” Cuomo said. “We are upstate, we are downstate, but we are one.”
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