(UPDATE) State of the State: Cuomo Calls for 'Toughest Assault Weapon Ban in the Nation'

Cuomo calls for longer school day or longer school year, along with new women's rights laws.

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m.

In his State of the State message in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for significant steps in New York State to safeguard residents from continued gun violence that has come with high-volume ammunition assault weapons.

"We must stop the madness," Cuomo said. "It has been enough. We need a gun policy that is reasonable, balanced and respects hunters. It's about ending the unecessary risk of high-capacity assault rifles."

Cuomo called for the "toughest assault weapon ban in the nation" in New York, along with new laws that would close private gun sale loopholes, keep weapons out of hands of the mentally ill and regulate ammunition purchases.

Cuomo said gun regulation leadership is not new to New York, citing the 1911 Sullivan Act, which required registration of handguns.

Making a emotionally-charged plea to lawmakers, Cuomo asked them to set aside politics 

"What we are proposing today are common sense measures," Cuomo said. "No one needs to hunt with an assault weapon. No one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer."

Click here to read the full text of Cuomo's address.

UPDATE: 3 p.m.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today called for the state Legislature to again pass an on-time state budget and not to create any new taxes.

"We can accomplish anything we want when we work together," Cuomo said.

Cuomo said the state has made major progress in the way it does business, becoming more business-friendly and ending the "politics as usual" mentality that created years of deadlock among lawmakers in Albany.

As an example of the change in the state, Cuomo cited the planned replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge connecting Westchester and Rockland.

"We put it together in one year after they talked about it for 10," Cuomo said.

Among the steps Cuomo has called for in his address:

- Reduce the burden of unemployment insurance and workmen's compenstation insurance on employers in the state.

- Extend the state's solar jobs program.

- Put a new focus fixing the terrible economic climate in upstate New York.

To help the upstate economy, Cuomo called for expanding casinos. He said casinos in upstate New York would boost that region's economy. Step one: Three casinos upstate to bring downstate residents upstate.

This would require a referendum in November.

On education, Cuomo said we need more education.

"We need more learning time my friends if we are really serious about improving education," Cuomo said.


- Longer school days.

- A longer school year.

- Or, a combination of both.

"Our proposal is that we make it an option for every school district in the state and how they would want to opt in," said Cuomo, noting the state would pay for the additional costs related to longer school days/years.

He also called for more early childhood education. Cuomo called for full-day Pre-K programs, especially in poorest communities.

For teachers, Cuomo said New York must reward high-performing teachers, calling for a master teachers programs in which those teachers would see extra pay. He also praised the state's school districts for following through with formalized teacher evaluation plans.

On minimum wage, Cuomo said the state's current minimum wage of $14,000 is not a living wage.

"My friends, it does not add up," Cuomo said, urging a raise of the minimum wage.

Stop and frisk

In New York City, Cuomo called for an end to the city's "stop and frisk" methods, calling the technique unfair. "It's unfair, it's not right and it must end now," Cuomo said.

He called for changes in the law so that minor marijuana possession does not become a misdemeanor - keeping it at the violation level.

Affordable housing

Cuomo said New York State will step in with a $1 billion effort over the next five years to boost affordable housing.

Campaign reform

Cuomo called for significant changes in the state's political campaign financing laws.

He called for faster reporting of political and lobbying campaign contributions. And, he called for lowering limits on contributions.


Cuomo called for reducing C02 output in New York.

"Climate change is real," Cuomo said.

Also, he called for the "Recreate NY-Smart Home" to help homeowners in storm-prone areas to avoid rebuilding homes only to have them destroyed a few years later.

In New York City, Cuomo called for steps to safeguard underground facilities, utilities and the subway system. On Long Island, he called for eliminating the LIPA system of providing power.

UPDATE: 2:20 p.m.

After lengthy introductions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken the podium to begin his State of the State address.

Among those noted before the speech were the familiy members of two Webster, NY, volunteer firefighters who were slain in an abush.

In noting major incidents in New York in 2012 from Hurricane Sandy to the deadly incident in Webster, Cuomo said, "We saw New York at its worst and we saw new york at its best. You saw unparalleled heroism ...."

UPDATE: 1:58 p.m.

State lawmakers have filed into the state's convention center in Albany and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is about to deliver his State of the State address. 

Watch the speech live online at http://www.governor.ny.gov/NY/2013-State-of-the-State


Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to deliver is State of the State message today at 1:30 p.m., when he will outline his goals for New York in 2013.

The message can be seen live online from Albany via the state government's web site, http://www.governor.ny.gov/NY/2013-State-of-the-State

In previous messages, Cuomo has targeted school reform an efforts to make government smaller and more efficient. Today, Cuomo is expected to discuss gun control in the wake for the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Cuomo is also expected to discuss the state's minimum wage and the economy.

After his speech, share your reaction to his proposal here on Patch. Tell us what you think should be the state's priorities for 2013.

About the State of the State message:

- The State of the State address allows the Governor to lay out his yearly agenda for the legislators and the people of New York.

- The Governor is required to give the State of the State by Article IV Section 3 of the New York State Constitution.

- The State of the State message is not only a message from the Governor to the Legislature but is also the beginning of the Legislative year.

- Only three governors, Charles Poletti, John Tayler and Horace White, have never given a State of the State message.

- The State of the State address was traditionally held in the Assembly Chamber until Gov. Andrew Cuomo moved it to the Convention Center.

- Article XIII section 4 of the State Constitution sets the day for the beginning of the legislative term as the first Wednesday after the first Monday in the month of January.

- Colonial governors gave speeches, but our first governors after winning Independence thought that was too pretentious and so instead delivered a written message to the Legislature.

- Even today, the actual State of the State is a document given by the Governor to the legislative leaders and not the speech that accompanies it.


John Gruber January 13, 2013 at 05:55 PM
The idea that guns are there to prevent the government from taking citizens over is so idiotic. If you think you can put up a fight against tanks, fighter jets and fully automatic weapons than by all means use that stupidity to get yourselves killed
Adrian Berezowsky January 13, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Ann, For once can you actually address just one of the questions posed to you as opposed to spewing out ridiculous comments such as the above? What does your reference to McMansions have to do with ANYTHING? Please, please, please answer this.... Hell, with JN's map which started this whole debate, you now have the means to actually ridicule your own comment without actually having to do any real research.
Issy January 14, 2013 at 10:27 AM
your side" you paint yourself as a political hack not open to debate and rational discourse. I come about my opinions based on my experiences, education and research not because some hack tells me what I should believe like apparently you do. There are no sides just good people with good intentions trying to solve a epidemic problem and groups like the NRA who refuse to consider any common sense polices that could make our country safer. And my point was that your right to own a machine gun is already infringed, so any nonsense about 2nd amendment rights being restricted is nonsense, because by your own statement, they already are.
Aintthatascam January 14, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Seems like Obama's hope and change isn't doing so well. A record number of people committed suicide last year by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Eighteen people plunged to their deaths from the 212-foot-high span in 2012, compared with the previous high of 13 jumpers in 2010, Port Authority records reveal. There also were 43 attempted suicides from the bridge last year — an all-time high, too, law-enforcement sources said.
Aintthatascam January 14, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Right George, and they were riding horses, not BMW's, your point is? Things change, should I get a musket George?
amerpatriot January 14, 2013 at 03:45 PM
The idea that the government would put up "...tanks, fighter jets and fully automatic weapons..." against it's citizens seems a bit stupid to me. Actually, a lot stupid. The takeover of this country by a derelict oligarchy - even our own - would occur much more easily with the full cooperation of fools like you. I wouldn't expect you to fight for liberty and freedom. But I would hope that you stay the hell out of the way while other American citizens do the fighting for you in Washington DC. You may be very willing to give away your freedoms and liberties. But you have NO right to put everyone else's on the block also. An armed American is a Free American.
amerpatriot January 14, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Issy I don't doubt that your opinions come about your experience, research and education. I have no idea how you form your opinions. How do you know where my opinions come from. I'll tell you: experience, research and education. And I might add one other: common sense. We are addressing a violence problem. We are addressing why people with mental issues do bad things to others, like kill them, hold them prisoner for 15 years in their backyard, kill their spouses, etc. You have apparently turned the issue into a war on law-abiding Americans. You want to address the problem in a public forum? We expect that you come to the forum knowing what the topic is. Not come trying to make the topic something else that you don't like.
Adrian Berezowsky January 14, 2013 at 05:06 PM
SRT, The fact that the Bill of Rights originally applied only to white property owning males is immaterial since other Amendments have since addressed that inequality through the process set forth in the Constitution. However, you are mistaken in your understanding of what exactly the Bill of Rights was and is. They are a list of freedoms that the government is not allowed to infringe upon. Putting these rights down on paper was not a means of establishing these rights, rather these rights were assumed at the time and were written down in order to appease public sentiment at the time. The argument at the time was not whether these freedoms were to be granted, rather the argument was whether there was a need to spell them out in the first place or if there were other ways in which to protect them. In other words, the freedoms listed in the Bill of Rights were generally already in place at the time and assumed to be granted as part of being "free". The Bill of Rights simply put this down on paper as a means of ratifying the Constitution and garnering public support.
Walden Macnair January 14, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Must be tough getting old and seeing your "good old days" slipping away. Women on the Supreme Court! OMG! Next thing you know, they'll want the vote.
Todd Hannon January 14, 2013 at 11:01 PM
The idea that you think Americans in our military are going to roll in on tanks or fly by in fighter jets to drop bombs and shoot rockets at their defenseless Grandparents, Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Sons, Daughters, Neices, Nephews, or any other family member for that matter is obsurd. The government knows that they cannot use the military against their citizens (Posse Comitatus Act) unless they propagandize the masses into believing that the law abiding gun owners, are somehow terrorists for standing up for their Second Ammendment rights. Which were specifically written to protect the citizens from the very same government which seeks to disarm them. Throughout history, every civilization that has laid down their arms for their ever so "benevolent" government has faced significant repercussions and losses of their freedom. Ask youself, why are we following in the same footsteps of Hitler and Stalin, among many other dictators?
Todd Hannon January 14, 2013 at 11:14 PM
It has been my observation, through education and research, that those who feel the need to resort to name calling are typically the least observant and educated. Had "someone" taken the time to research you would know that it took the police over 20 minutes to respond. In 20 minutes, someone could easily fire the same ammount of bullets using a bolt action rifle as were used by the media dubbed "assault weapon." Why is it that we are not debating the use of pistols aswelI? What happened was a tragedy. A tragedy that could have been prevented if we didnt have laws creating gun free zones, where a deranged mass murderer can go, knowing full well that there will be no one there to stop him when he arrives.
Issy January 15, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Clearly you do doubt where my opinions come from as you seem to reject the notion that others are capable of forming opinions and using common sense and instead have to choose "sides".or follow talking-heads . The topic is gun control as listed in the title ("toughest assault weapon ban in the nation" ) " We expect that you come to the forum knowing what the topic is". Sorry but this means that it is common sense that people do not need to have 100 round magazines or assault style weapons or to cross borders and buy guns without background checks or use loopholes in gun registration. I do not oppose the right to bear arms, but there must be common sense applied and right now there is not. Guns and gun control are just one aspect of this but it like mental health needs to be address and that is common sense.
Dan Seidel January 15, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Maybe Nazis was too strong a word (maybe not) - how about Stalinists? I know them well...... the stink of Stalin and Hitler rises anew. never thought I'd live to see this in America. Well, 225 years of Constitution - we had a time, eh? 1000 years of new Dark Ages coming. Cry for the children.
Francis T McVetty January 15, 2013 at 03:44 PM
@Aintthatascam, you may as well get a musket it will probably be the ONLY one NOT banned by our " Communist Governor".
Francis T McVetty January 15, 2013 at 04:04 PM
So now we ban weapons because the "look" menacing? [The language specifically targeted the military-style rifle used in the Newtown shootings.] This IDIOT,[“This is not about taking anyone’s rights away,” said Sen. Jeffrey Klein, a Bronx Democrat. “It’s about a safe society ... today we are setting the mark for the rest of the county to do what’s right.”] Like that is going to happen. It hasn't worked in Australia, what makes him think it will work here?
Abby Normal January 15, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Well one thing is for sure and it took me a while to figure it out. This Country should never do anything about gun violence if it even mentions guns. Sure, we've reduced the number of DWI deaths by about two thirds but that wasn't guns. Yes, we've reduced the amount of cancer deaths, but that wasn't guns. Sure we've increased life expectancy through education, diet, exercise but that wasn't guns. Guns are special. Guns should never be touched or referred to in connection with gun violence, it hurts their feelings. Gun violence is the fault of video games, movies and crazy people. Just look at the facts. There's very little gun violence in Canada and that's because they don't have movies, video games and crazy people. In fact the world, with the exception of the USA doesn't have these things with the one other exception being Mexico who apparently has even more crazy people then we do as they use their American made assault rifles to expand their drug cartels. No; guns should never be touched because their special. There used to be a saying in the Army,"this is my rifle, this is my gun. One is for shooting, the other for fun". Somewhere along the way, the two have gotten confused. Make love not war,
amerpatriot January 15, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Do you mean the US-made guns that Eric Holder, the United States Attorney General authorized to be secretly sold to the Mexican drug cartels so that he could blame gun violence on America's so-called "gun culture"? Oh, that illegal fiasco. Seems that the law doesn't apply to him, because he is one of the Communist Left. Or David Gregory, a puppet in the Communist Left controlled state-run television. Check your facts, Abby. I will gladly help you with that. The first thing a dictatorship will do is disarm the people. Next is take over mass communication.
amerpatriot January 15, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Issy, sorry but you're wrong. The topic is gun violence, as the first paragraph indicates as well. Gun control is in the title because there are some, including the Governor as well as the communist-run media, that believe he can get elected if he seems to address gun violence by headling it as gun control. The top is indeed, gun violence. You obviously did not read the story. Are you an elected official? To your credit, though, at least you identified some of the real causes of gun violence. See? Maybe there is hope for you after all. Next, you'll be addressing the reasons why are young crazies in the country do bad things to people. Well, maybe.
Francis T McVetty January 15, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Abby, like a lamb to slaughter. Dream on.
John Gruber January 17, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Amerpatriot, you don't make any sense and in your zeal you completely misread what I said. did I ever say ANYTHING pertaining to the right to own a gun? No, I said the argument that citizens should own guns to protect themselves from the government and then compare it to Nazi Germany is incredibly stupid. If what happened there would happen here, no ak47 of AR-15 is going to prevent a dictator from taking over. That's the moronic argument
chris albertelli January 19, 2013 at 05:27 PM
You go Frank: Unfortunately too many people don't get it at all. Gov. Cuomo is more interested in his career, with sights on D.C. ,than he pretends to be for NewYorkers. Blommberg is just a putz. The ending of the Second Amendment clearly states "without infringement". I am so sick and tired of flimsy attempts by politicians to conviently skirt around this point. People will never give up their guns for fear of government gone awry. That was the purpose our forefathers wrote the Const. Look what happened in Nazi Germany and other countries who took arms away from citizens.
John Gruber January 20, 2013 at 04:31 PM
right, you've reduced DWI deaths WITHOUT BANNING ALCOHOL. I can still drink it even if I'm driving, I just have to drink it RESPONSIBLY. Also, everyone in Israel is trained and able to use weapons and yet you don't see them killing each other like we do. Also, guns are outright illegal in Mexico, so how come gun crimes have INCREASED since the ban took place?
Dan Seidel January 21, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Project Veritas exposes hypocrisy : http://youtu.be/wt1Zy_ASNyA pure gold!
amerpatriot January 23, 2013 at 09:27 PM
JG - see above comment re Eric Holder.
frank vecchione January 26, 2013 at 09:59 PM
this so-called law cries for civil disobedience
Issy January 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM
So the killing of 20 first graders does not cry for civil disobedience, but taking away your toys does?
Dan Seidel January 29, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Issy: you are free to occupy a place in the street with a sign. Better yet, go a free speech zone and protest. Get a permit first though, unless you wish to be subject to arrest for blocking the sidewalk or street. I'll keep my eye on the Constitution and laws - you can be the mourner. Sorry - it's cold, I know. c'est la guerre.
Aintthatascam January 29, 2013 at 02:11 PM
So So sorry, the topic is VIOLENCE and the breakdown of our social status in this Country. Watching TV last night, I saw about 3 commercials showing new Movies, all of the clips involved shooting. One new movie is called "Bullet to the head". Other wonderful movies showing actors holding guns; "Gangster squad", "Broken City", "The Last Stand", "Hansel & Gretel" and "Parker". This are just a few I found here> http://www.moviefone.com/new-movie-releases I can not believe no one has put emphasis on the shooter, Adam. He was a mental case, we know that, how can we stop this from happening again. Take away guns, these people will find another way. These people tend to be well educated and although social misfits, geniuses in their own way. You have to be careful threatening to take away peoples guns because all it takes is for one person to think it is a conspiracy and they will snap, again, again, and again. Laws do have to be passed, however, making it the gun owners responsibility to keeps all guns, pistols, rifles, etc. locked up. Had Adam's mother had the guns he used in the killing locked up without him being able to gain access, this tragedy might not have happened, but remember, some say he felt the "kids" took his mother away and were getting to much attention. Again, his mental condition came into play.
amerpatriot January 29, 2013 at 05:25 PM
It's so obvious that the Communist Left is using the deaths of school kids to further their extremist beliefs. Nobody seemed to care about the 235 dead youngsters who died in the nightclub fire a few nights ago. More dead than all of the mass shootings everywhere in the last five years. So it's not the deaths, or even the ages. It's the rule of Communism - everyone must do as they say or else. And right now they're saying to hell with the US Constitution. That's why true Patriots are saying to hell with them. The whole "gun thing" is a smoke screen. Blatant ignorance in the face of facts. Fear-mongering and hand-wringing. All so that you see the REAL goal: control by the Communist Leftist Extremists. Al-Kaida is exactly the same. They operate the same way.
amerpatriot January 29, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Just watched the YouTube video. It is nothing short of outrageous and astonishing. What stupid hypocritical people.


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