Here And Now
The ink is still drying on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s third State of the State address, but he’s already deploying some members of his cabinet and Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy to various corners of the state to spread the message.
Duffy will be at the Brighton town hall to give a local version of the speech at 3 p.m.
The governor himself is in Albany with no public schedule for now.
Not surprisingly, a good portion of the analysis of the State of the State is leaning toward reading it as a document meant to boost Cuomo’s potential presidential run in 2016.
Ken Lovett writes that the speech had “echoes” of Cuomo’s father, Mario, who famously flirted with running for president several times.
The governor’s proposed equality act for women that drew the most attention on the national stage as Cuomo works to shore up some lost support among liberals.
Said Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long, “”This was not about New York. This was about his going home to his liberal roots in Washington, D.C.”
The Times Union sums it up the speech as being thematically built around the recovery from Hurricane Sandy and a mix of liberal social and economic proposals: “Cuomo Leans Left”
The speech was an “onslaught” of proposals that are favored by the base of the party.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican, acknowledged that the speech was a sign Cuomo is moving to the left.
After outlining a grand plan for casino gambling in last year’s State of the State, Cuomo presented a “scaled back” version for upstate casinos only.
Cuomo says the new casino proposal is meant to attract downstate residents to jobs-starved upstate.
Officials in the state’s North Country loved hearing the tourism talk in Cuomo’s address, which included a shout out for the Adirondack Balloon Festival.
Without making an overt nod to Speaker Sheldon Silver’s calls for a minimum wage increase last year, Cuomo yesterday acknowledged that the minimum wage increase should have been done last year.
Skelos described negotiations over gun control as “fruitful.”
The NRA is promising to be “fully engaged” in the gun control fight in New York.
The NYP’s editorial board read the speech as a sign of Cuomo’s presidential ambitions.
…While The DN praised the governor’s stance on gun control.
Cuomo’s tough talk on guns came the same day Vice President Joe Biden suggested President Obama would use his executive order power to impose some new limits on firearms.
The TU would have liked to have to seen more talk on how to relieve the financial burden on school districts and local governments.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, another potential 2016 aspirant, said yesterday there’s a good chance an assault weapons ban in his state will pass this year.
Fruitful or not, lawmakers are close, but not there yet, on forging an agreement on gun control (I was told last night that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver told lawmakers that they were released from staying in Albany the rest of this week for a potential special session day on gun control).
When it comes to Cuomo’s education agenda, he’s proposing a potentially expensive and politically tricky set of goals.
Providing some upstate balance to the Assembly leadership, Monroe County’s Joe Morelle, an ally of Cuomo’s, was named majority leader.
An appeals court is ordering that 99 ballots be counted in the still-unresolved 46th Senate District race between Republican George Amedore and Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk.
Instead of alternating every two weeks as initially describing, Skelos and IDC Leader Jeff Klein will trade the Senate presidency every two days.
The Times’ Michael Powell says Skleinos is a strange arrangement.
President Obama is expected to nominate his White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew to take over at treasury.
He has very bad handwriting.
Is Obama in need of some binders full of women?
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