At Somos, A Promise on Language Access, A 'Deported' Joke About Steve Levy and Talk of Redistricting [Video]

Here are some of the highlights from the Somos conference in Albany this weekend. 

Andrew Cuomo, 3:15:

“I never had any new immigrant come to me and say to me, you know what I want Andrew, I want help with Medicaid, I want help getting welfare. You know what they say they want help with? Get me a job. Let me work. Let me earn.”

Andrew Cuomo, 4:31:

“One of the barriers is a language barrier. When I was attorney general we did cases against pharmacy companies where people couldn’t even read the prescription on the medicine bottle. Well, this state government isn’t much better. When we are finished here over the next four years, every state agency will be accessible to languages that New Yorkers speak, because it’s their government. And it should be accessible.”

 

Chuck Schumer, 8:50:

“Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor and Kevin McCarthy attacked me for calling them extreme. Guess what? If the shoe fits, wear it.”

Kirsten Gillibrand, 5:22:

“I also want to recognize my senior citizen senator, Senator Schumer. Senior senator. I love that joke.”

Assemblyman Phil Ramos, 0:43:

“We gained a very special milestone. Ladies and gentlemen, the Latino community of Long Island has deported Steve Levy. We are very proud of that.”

State Senator Adriano Espaillat, 1:10:

“Redistricting reform. With the numbers that we saw in the census we can have much more representation in this house here, both in the Assembly and in the Senate. Significant larger numbers of representatives could come from places like Freeport, Long Island and the Bronx, and Brooklyn, and Northern Manhattan, and all over the State of New York. We’ve seen a significant growth in the Latino population. That must translate into political representation. And finally the rent is too damn high.”