State of Cuomo
Rays of Sunshine
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.”
Mo' Money Mo' Problems
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.”
Planes Trains & Automobiles
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.
How did L.A. wind up taking our transportation lunch money? New Yorkers were so busy bullying each other, we didn’t even notice when they took it and beat us to the mass transit punch.
The Architect’s Newspaper had an interesting story earlier this week pointing out how back in November, Los Angeles launched its own congestion pricing system to speed traffic on some of its jammed, anything-but-free freeways, and it has been enjoying impressive results. This was, of course, “made possible by political gridlock in the New York State Assembly over congestion pricing,” as the paper points out. All the while, the MTA has been hemorrhaging cash, leading to reduced service (later restored through cuts elsewhere) and all those fare hikes.
After Albany failed to pass the congestion pricing measure, a portion of the hundreds of millions in federal funds that had been set aside to start our program were given over to L.A.
ALBANY—David Paterson's did not get any approval bump, or take a hit, since his State of the State address last week, a poll released today found.
A Quinnipiac University survey of over 1,600 voters found that the governor's approval rating is steady at around 53 percent – the same level as Read More
ALBANY—Some pro-pot protesters are at the Capitol today. They figured the State of the State address would be a good occasion to bring their case to David Paterson. I told them the speech had already happened.
"We thought today was State of the State," said Abigail Storm, leader of the dozen people from Read More
ALBANY—One of the things that struck Daniel Squadron, the 29-year-old freshman state senator who beat a 30-year incumbent in a primary, about David Paterson's State of the State address was that he didn't get a seat.
"It was very tiring to stand," said Squadron. (It wasn't just him, but several senators who walked in a Read More
ALBANY—Statements and spin are coming from every corner of the Capitol after David Paterson's first State of the State address:
"What is it they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?" said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on proposals to ban trans fat in foods, which he enacted in New York City.
"Governor Paterson Read More
ALBANY—The state of our state is "perilous," Governor David Paterson said during his first such speech to a joint gathering of the legislature, as he outlined programs to improve public health and the environment.
– Paterson unveiled a new goal of having 45 percent of the electricity generated in the state from "clean Read More
ALBANY—The first reception of the day was held by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, outside his office on the second floor of the Capitol.
Dean Skelos chatted with two of his members before heading in, with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, to see Cuomo.
The State Senate gavels in at 11:30 (half an hour earlier than originally Read More