In an op/ed posted on the Times Union’s Observation Deck blog, Gov. Andrew Cuomo lays out 10 agenda items he would like to see the new majority coalition in the state Senate support in the coming legislative session.

The Independent Democratic Conference and the Senate Republicans announced Tuesday it would form a majority coalition to govern the chamber, a move that is being called unprecendented in modern state history, though there was a coalition in the chamber in 1965.

Cuomo writes that the items are a “litmus test” for his support of individual lawmakers.

They are:
1. The property tax cap that has finally imposed fiscal discipline
on local governments and provided relief to taxpayers
2. Campaign finance reform
3. Increasing the minimum wage
4. Reform of New York City’s “stop and frisk” policy
5. Environmental protection and initiatives that address our
changing climate
6. The education and Medicaid budget rate formulas that provided
fiscal predictability and sustainability
7. The tax cuts that brought taxes on the middle class tax to the
lowest rates in 58 years
8. Education reforms – like teacher evaluations – that bring more
accountability to our schools and continued improvement to our SUNY
9. Protecting a woman’s right to choose
10. Limited and highly regulated casinos introduced as economic
development generators

Cuomo also uses the op/ed to sound off on the Senate Democrats, who says “squandered” their opportunity when they were in the majority between 2009 and 2011.

“The Democratic Conference dysfunction was legendary and the current leadership has failed to come to a cooperative agreement with Mr. Klein’s IDC faction,” he writes.

But the governor, who did not endorse a full Democratic takeover of the chamber, also notes that the Senate GOP doesn’t have “clean hands” as well.