Cuomo: ‘A Banner Session’
Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted a radio interview on Thursday morning that the a number of important measures were accomplished at the end of the 2014 legislative session even as the more controversial and hot-button issues fell by the wayside.
“The last four weeks were a banner session of accomplishment,” Cuomo said on The Capitol Pressroom.
Lawmakers this week approved changes to the state’s teacher evaluation law and nearly a dozen measures aimed at stemming heroin abuse and addiction in the state.
A measure that would create a system of medical marijuana tightly regulated and overseen by the Department of Health.
“I feel good,” the governor said. “We got a lot of important legislation done in a political time.”
Cuomo was pleased, too, the the state’s bond rating was boosted by Moody’s.
“Forget all of the political chatter and what the blogs say, Moody’s is really an objective standard of performance,” Cuomo said.
But more complex matters with political overtones failed to pass both chambers of the Legislature.
The Dream Act, which would provide tuition assistance to undocumented immigrants, failed to pass the state Senate.
Parts of the 10-point women’s agenda was approved in piecemeal fashion by the state Senate, but it did take up the controversial abortion component. Senate leaders called on the Democratic-led Assembly to pass bills in which there is consensus, including an anti-human trafficking measure.
And the public financing of political campaigns, one of the most sought-after measures for liberals that is the source of a well-funded lobbying campaign, did not come up for a vote.
In the interview this morning, Cuomo pointed to those measures as overtly “political” ones that will be reconciled once the results of Election Day are made clear.
“It is appropriate they are resolved in a political context,” Cuomo said.
Asked if the lack of progress on those issues signaled a breakdown of the coalition of the five-member Independent Democratic Conference and Senate Republicans who lead the chamber, Cuomo said, “I consider it a failure from my political view.”
Cuomo last month vowed to help Democrats retake majority control of the state Senate as he received the endorsement of the liberal, union-aligned Working Families Party.
But the governor has dialed back that endorsement in recent weeks as the legislative session started to wind down.
Cuomo has embraced Senate Republicans for their willingness to compromise with him on key issues, preferring to not get into the weeds of what he plans to do to help Democrats.
Meanwhile, he’s cautioned multiple times — including this morning — that he won’t offer a blanket endorsement of all Democrats, saying they must back his platform in order to gain his support.
“I am going to do everything I can to elect people who support the agenda I support,” Cuomo said.
He added: “Some Democrats don’t support those issues. Some Republicans may support those issues.”
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