Westchester Reacts: Cuomo's State of the State Address

Astorino worried Cuomo plan for more casino operations could hurt Empire City in Yonkers.

Reaction started coming quickly following today's State of the State address in Albany by Gov. Andrew Cuomo:

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

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino:

“The Governor deserves high marks for the progress made on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The proposal to designate 10 tax-free Innovation Hot-Spots is an exciting one and we believe that our North 60 bio-tech project is an ideal candidate. But the most significant aspect of the speech was what was missing. There was no mention of mandate relief, which is the biggest and most urgent problem facing local communities and schools all across the state. Nine current state mandates already consume 85 cents of every Westchester county property tax levy dollar. We need real relief now and there was no sign of it in the speech. Lastly, I’m concerned that the Governor’s upstate casino proposal could harm Empire City in Yonkers.”

Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins:

"Since he has taken office, Governor Andrew Cuomo has consistently put the people of New York at the forefront of his decision making. The broad and extensive agenda he delivered today in his State of the State address shows that the Governor remains focused on transforming New York into a model of economic growth and educational excellence while also strengthening safeguards and investing in infrastructure for the protection of our residents.

"Governor Cuomo’s commitment to rebuilding the parts of New York hard hit by Hurricane Sandy is exemplary. I also commend his willingness to ensure that public utilities improve their service for residents and business owners in the wake of severe weather events, and that all state agencies quicken their responses to those in need as such. Included in these improvements should be the burying of power lines in outage prone areas, for which I have proposed county legislation.

"When it comes to protecting our residents, public officials must do their utmost to eliminate risks and accentuate safety. There can be no halfway measures in this regard. Governor Cuomo’s strong call for new gun control measures will have a lasting impact on life in New York, and I will do everything possible to aid him in his efforts to vanquish gun violence here. Again, this is a good example of putting the people first.

"I fully appreciate Governor Cuomo’s visionary approach to getting things done in New York, and his tireless fight against inequality in all walks of life. He has brought all kinds of individuals and groups to the table on a number of initiatives, including the building of a new Tappan Zee Bridge, which many pundits said would not be possible. His verve for public service, forward thinking and a positive approach to problem solving are benefitting the residents of New York in so many ways. Westchester is ready to assist the Governor in increasing economic development for all of New York’s residents, and I am proud to be part of these endeavors with him."

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman: 

“In the year ahead, New York faces many hurdles, including continued rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy, growing our economy, strengthening our democracy and protecting our communities from gun violence. In today’s State of the State speech, Governor Cuomo laid out important steps to address these challenges. I look forward to working with the governor and all of our state’s leaders to make New York safer and stronger for all our communities.”

New York Assemblyman David Buchwald, 93rd District:

“Ensuring that New York State continues to attract new businesses and create more good-paying, permanent jobs is essential to the welfare of our local economy,” Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester) said. “The agenda that the governor outlined today in his State of the State address is a significant step in the right direction towards improving the economy, controlling state spending and providing tax relief to hard-working Westchester families.”

“I look forward to working with the governor on these issues, as well as supporting important measures like an increase in the state’s minimum wage, a strong recovery from Hurricane Sandy and sensible gun safety legislation to keep our families and children safe.”

Aintthatascam January 12, 2013 at 01:27 PM
sorry > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ooa98FHuaU0
Aintthatascam January 12, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Ah yes, and the sperm banks walking with strollers and 3 kids in tow are much better. The ones who voted Obama into office. I say, you don't work for 3 years, you lose voting rights until working for 2 years.This past election was a total flaw.
bruiser January 12, 2013 at 04:28 PM
You are looking for a perfect world ray,i am sorry to report there isn't one libs want to make the world idiot proof and that is a task that can not be accomplished.
Aidan January 12, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Good stuff ... which the left doesn't want to hear.
SRT January 12, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Great! Nicely done scam. One link that doesn't work and one link that complains about organizations with agenda's spinning statistics While spinning statistics. Typical shallow, disingenuous simplistic blame the poor people right-wing tripe. The definitions for "violent crime" are very different in the US and Britain, and the methodologies of the two statistics he cites are also different. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports defines a violent crime as one of four specific offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The British definition includes all crimes against the person, including simple assaults, all robberies, and all sexual offenses.
bruiser January 12, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Stuy Guy you will have to explain about the ranting from the right,as most people are starting to see clearly it is the left who is the one ranting about guns.I don't see the right ranting,i see them defending their right to bear arms and giving indisputable facts which the liberal mind can not seem to wrap their minds around nor comprehend.
Billy January 14, 2013 at 06:01 PM
don't worry, he'll soon show his true colors & figure out how to put a tax on that. Its the Democratic way. Oops I forgot, the Dems don't control the state senate so we might be in for a break.
Larry Hodges January 15, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Call or e-mail Dean Skelos, call or e-mail your state Senator and Assemblyman/woman and make it known you want them to stand up to Governor Cuomo and stop demonizing the state's law abiding firearms owners. I just did it and it was no harder than writing in the webpage. If you care do it now. Let them know how you feel ! This is how representative government works. I know it won't change their minds, but you'll sleep better knowing you spoke your mind. When the state falls apart further you can move to CT or PA.
Gannicus January 15, 2013 at 09:07 AM
@Ray, open your eyes!!! The 2nd Amendment also protects us Americans from the tierney of our Government!! You can live in your bubble if you want too, but our leader seems to be becoming more and more like a dictatorship rule, not a democracy.
Gannicus January 15, 2013 at 09:26 AM
@Stunt Guy, really! Your kidding yourself. You DEMOCRATS have a spending problem. We're almost at 17 Trillion in dept. That's a legacey to be proud of! And last time I checked the Democrats are defunding and reducing our military. Your wrong " We are The People " and that's why Gov't is going after our 2nd Amendment. Taking our guns away makes it easy to enslave us. Foodt for thought...if the German Jews had the right to bear arms, do you believe they would have been so easily slaughtered!!! I don't think so!!!
Racman63 January 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Thank you Gov Cuomo! Not only did you just win my support for re-election, if you want it-but my support for President in 2016. The only I wish was that the bill required confiscation of existing weapons, but I'll take my victories as they come.
joe January 15, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Racman you forgot about something called the 2nd amendment
BG7 January 15, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Yes the Nazis were well known for their voting and democracy. Good name-calling hyperbole. That'll help your cause. Here, let me try some name-calling: adolecscent gun fantasist
Teleman January 15, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Its really a great thing that has been done here - isn't the definition of a criminal someone who doesn't obey laws? So magazine capacity has been reduced from 10 to 7 ? Please explain to me in detail what that will accomplish? So the government is going to tell me I have to sell magazines that I lawfully purchased? In heard Cuomo is going to pass a law banning cancer also. I hope he does it soon - we really need to stop the suffering.
Teleman January 15, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Its really a great thing that has been done here - isn't the definition of a criminal someone who doesn't obey laws? So magazine capacity has been reduced from 10 to 7 ? Please explain to me in detail what that will accomplish? So the government is going to tell me I have to sell magazines that I lawfully purchased? In heard Cuomo is going to pass a law banning cancer also. I hope he does it soon - we really need to stop the suffering.
SPK January 15, 2013 at 07:00 PM
The governor is going to turn millions of law abiding citizens into criminals in a years time...misdemeanors as a minimum The attacks on us continues.
Shaun McGuire January 15, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I'm not too bright, but as I understand it, this would be an ex post facto law; which would make it illegal, according to the Constitution.
john slivin January 15, 2013 at 07:11 PM
RIGHT ON!!!!!!
Adrian Berezowsky January 15, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Unfortunately that would only be the case if the law made it illegal prior to instituting the law. In this case, they are simply outlawing something. Too bad they can't outlaw politicians being stupid.....
Aintthatascam January 15, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Teleman, I'll explain to you what will happen. 30 and 20 round magazines will still be made, but a bend in the metal or a tab (that can be ground down) will be made to limit only 7 rounds to be able to be put in. it's basically a joke, but the gullible liberals will just look at his intentions and not at the fact that it is mental illness that creates these problems, not the guns themselves.
Aintthatascam January 15, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Racman, you're out of luck. While the slanted wrist men of NY might vote for him, the rest of the nation will not notice him for a presidential bid. The next president will be female or Hispanic, maybe both, SHAKIRA ?? Our country is being turned into something just like we used to be forced to watch in School as kids. you had the white kids, Black, Spanish and Asian. The Disney channel is pushing this too.
Stuy Guy January 28, 2013 at 05:15 AM
I cannot get over all the kooky right-wing malarkey on this blog. Thankfully, the majority of this state doesn't buy into this insanity. Aintthatascam says "our country is being turned into something...". No, AScam, our country is evolving like it always does. When the Catholics came, the existing Americans of that freaked out...and the same thing happened when Eastern European Jews came in the turn o the prior century. Every flow of new people were threatening to the people already here. In 1920, Warren Harding ran on "Back to Normalcy" (how'd that turn out?), and in the 60s and early 70s, Nixon ran to empower the Silent Majority (how'd that turn out?). There's ALWAYS a Conservative Chorus decrying change in the country as our downfall. What it is, is a change in who's calling the shots. When the groups that were in charge ain't dominant anymore, they're not happy: Socialism! Tyranny (I think you spelled it 'tierney')! Liberalism! Against the Second Amendment! This is a great country, made great by everyone, not just the right-wing, and it will continue to be great if we avoid radicalism of either extreme (right now, its the right that's going nutso).
Walden Macnair January 28, 2013 at 03:21 PM
#Aint, Here's a news flash. Being liberal does not equate to being dumb. We liberals out here understand that Mental Health is a part of the problem. We also understand that a Culture of Violence which is observable through our entertainment media is part of the problem. Where we differ from you, is that we understand that guns are also part of the problem. What I don't understand is how the pro-gun lobbyists can look at all these people being murdered by guns and actually believe that the gun had nothing to do with the murder. Seems like a serious case of denial.
John Gruber January 28, 2013 at 04:16 PM
so there's a problem with a hispanic female president?
John Gruber January 28, 2013 at 04:21 PM
The Romans kiled each other for sport and entertainment. Where were all of their mass murderers? And when people can' distinguish between TV and entertainment, that means they have a mental problem. Most people who kill with a gun would kill regardless if they had the gun or not. That's what makes them insane and/or criminals
John Gruber January 28, 2013 at 04:24 PM
it's a fact Britain may have lower gun crime rates but they still have higher total violent crime rates.
John Gruber January 28, 2013 at 04:28 PM
hate to break your bubble Gannicus, but since 1980, Republicans have increased entitlement spending by an average of $2 billion more per presidency than Democrats. And guess who raised that spending by the most in US history? W. Bush, maybe that had something to do with why the deficit went from 5.6 trillion to 11 trillion under him. Try doing some research before you just spew out talking points while not knowing anything about them http://www.usgovernmentdebt.us/spending_chart_1981_2017USb_09s1li111lcn_00f10f40f_Entitlement_Spending_Chart
John Gruber January 28, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Also, FRANCE couldn't beat the Germans, it took MULTIPLE COUNTRIES to beat the germans and you think if the German Jewish population had been armed, you think they would have stopped an army that entire COUNTRIES couldn't stop? That's one of the dumbest things I've ever heard and pretty much discredits any point you had to make
John Gruber January 28, 2013 at 04:32 PM
yea we'll see how long you last with your AR-15 when the national guard rolls in on their tanks and fully automatic LMGs...good luck, you're gonna need it...
leesther brown January 28, 2013 at 04:52 PM
@Ray then you and your "Chameleon" leader should encourage the folks down @ PHA to turn in their illegal guns..how about that for Gun Control...#startinyourownbackyard..


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