Cuomo takes aim at federal government in State of State

Here are some of the highlights from today’s State of the State address by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Albany. The tweets were posted by the OBSERVER during the address. Address begins at bottom of article, then work your way up:

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Wraps up presentation on optimistic note of having state “reaching higher.” Took shot at Trump for continuing to divide country, not bringing U.S. together.

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“New York follows a different path … Diversity is not a liability.” Says state focuses on what unites us. “It is the nation’s founding premise and enduring promise.”

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In emotional plea, Cuomo talks about division that continues to grow. “Anxiety is at a fever pitch. … It breeds a fear and an anger. … Our federal government is furthering the division. They govern by dividing.”

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National Comedy Center in Jamestown gets a mention as one of numerous projects the state is helping build.

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Calls his address the most “ambitious agenda” he has put forth.

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Governor says, since 2011, tourism spending has increased $18 billion.

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Upstate revival highlighted. Aiming to keep regional economic development councils going.

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On consolidating local governments: “It’s a matter of economic survival.” Calls property taxes “toxic to our sustainability.”

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Must continue to attack the local property tax. “Property tax is nearly three times what the state income tax is. … It is an economic cancer.”

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In New York, Cuomo says health care not just for the rich. “it’s a right.”

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Must dedicate more of state school aid “to poorer districts.”

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“We are up to the challenge,” Cuomo says of 2018. Says state must maintain social progress and economic growth.

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Plans to fight federal tax plan in court. Also developing plan to restructure tax code … adopt a statewide payroll tax system. “It is complicated. It is difficult. But it is clear we must protect New York taxpayers from this assault.”

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New York pays $48 billion more to Washington than any other state. Cuomo says tax plan uses New York, California to finance new tax plan. “It is divisive … it is an economic civil war. … This could cause people to leave New York.”

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Federal assault on New York: “It has shot an arrow aimed at New York’s economic heart.”

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Talks about terrorism and the threat it poses to Penn Station. Calls for upgrades.

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Social media must disclose who or what pays for political advertising, Cuomo says. “Disclosure must apply … anything else is a scam.”

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Notes that unions are under attack. Says there is still a need to protect worker rights. “We will protect union workers in the state of New York. … We will not lose.”

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Notes growing threats to drinking water, including the algal blooms found in Chautauqua Lake and Findley Lake. “Let’s resolve these issues and let’s do it this year.”

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Calls homelessness “part of our new normal. … But it is wrong.” Says it is our obligation to address needs of individual. Wants local governments to be part of the solution. “We must do more. We must do better.”

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Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise efforts need to improve among local municipalities, governor says.

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Calls for reform of bail system. Held if either significant flight risk or a danger to society. “Race and wealth should not be factors in our justice system.”

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Talks tough on sex harassment — in government and in publicly held companies. “It stops. It stops now.”

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Talks of opiod challenge as well as looming federal and economic challenges. Says D.C. is making New York “less competitive.”

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Women and minorities still face abuse. “We must stamp it out.”

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“No other state has done what we have done,” governor says of the progressive governing since he took office.

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Notes jobless rate is down across state, 2.9 percent in last eight years in Western New York. State has record 8 million jobs now.

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Celebrates end of long playoff drought by Buffalo. Proclaims: GO BILLS!

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Says Upstate New York no longer treated as “forgotten stepchild.”

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Gov Cuomo: “Proud of the help extended” by state to Puerto Rico after devastating hurricane in September.

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Cuomo salutes emergency and first responders as speech begins.

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