New Yorkers Start Writing Cuomo's To-Do List

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Democratic supporters are waving signs for the new governor, Andrew Cuomo (Karen Frillman/WNYC)

It's the day after Andrew Cuomo was elected Governor of New York State, and New Yorkers are hoping he'll hit the ground running. On the Brian Lehrer Show, listeners flooded the phones with '30 second postcards' for the Governor-Elect. Popular issues were hydrofracking, gerrymandering, marriage equality, and job creation. Here's a selection:

"Congratulations and I'd like to recommend that he continue his efforts to fully repeal the Rockerfeller drug laws." —Peter in Flushing.

"The system is systemically broken. If necessary, convene a constitutional convention and fix gerrymandering." —Lee in Scarsdale.

"I would like to urge him to take a stand against hydrofracking in upstate NY, to protect the drinking water of NY, and the water table of NY. He refused to take a stand while he was running, I would like him to do so now that he is our governor elect."  —Lisa in Manhattan.

I'd like to congratulate Governor Cuomo and call on him to put into place an energy solution for NYS that will allow us to finally take our aging nuclear power point on the Hudson, Indian Point, offline. —Tracy in Sleepy Hollow.

I also want Governor Cuomo to be a leader in the environmental community in NYS. I want him to ensure that there's a moratorium on the hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale until a complete environmental review can be done, and to beef up the DEC and the environmental protection fund as it was originally designed, so we have enough oversight and keep our air and water safe. —Paddy in Yorktown Heights.

Please do what you think is right, don't necessarily listen to the polls. Listen to your heart and listen to what you know.  —Sam in Forest Hills.

I want him to allow the sale of wine in all grocery stores. I want those franchise fees to help balance our budget. —Melanie in Manhattan.

To allow for ballot referendums, like they do propositions in other states, and let the people tell him what to do every now and again. —Andy on Long Island.

When in doubt, please have a good long talk with your father, a much admired man.  —Doris in Manhattan.

Governor, the world has moved on. So don't be like your father, we can't afford his policies today. —Bob in Manhattan.

Andy, Governor Cuomo, I wish you the very best, but you must tax the rich the way you tax me and everyone that's a middle class working person in NYS, so that we can have equitable tax payers. —James in Manhattan.

I look forward to perhaps bringing your attention to the tenants in rent stabilized apartments in the city, I think we're suffering a great deal from the power that the landlords hold over us and the conditions that we're forced to live in. —Rick in Chelsea.

I was really thoroughly underwhelmed by him as a candidate, in fact Carl Paladino excited me and that's all the more reason why I went out and voted for Cuomo. But I want you Cuomo to govern with the kind of verve and enthusiasm that this state so desperately needs, and I look forward to being excited by you as a governor. —Deforrest in Yonkers.

Keep CUNY affordable, and work on some sort of recruitment and retention for young black males in CUNY.  —Frank in Queens.

Please advocate for marriage equality rights for gays in NYS. NY is a leader and it's about time that we were a leader in these human rights. —Elspeth in Astoria.

On the Brian Lehrer Show, a caller named Johnny had the last word:

"I would like to ask him to create new jobs for the people, because most of these people who voted for him don't have jobs, so it is very important for him to create new jobs for New Yorkers."

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Comments [4]

Sharon K. Bland from Buffalo, NY

Please please please look at Workers' Compensation. I am a disabled worker (educated, previously senior management) disabled for two years while attempting to get disability (not a penny). My claims are affirmed, but I can't get medical help, and my condiiton is rare, so no attorney will take it because they get paid a set fee and it doesn't pay for them to have to work so hard to fight my case. Worker's Compensation victims are probably clogging up a huge chunk of the welfare benefits because big business OWNS Worker's Comp. I could tell you stories that would make you cry. Please help NY injured workers. The new code (eff. 12/1) is even worse, and is cutting of pain medication and therapy for millions of disabled people (which will force them onto the poverty rolls if they aren't there already). Please, mercy starts at home.

Jan. 25 2011 12:13 PM

Leave income taxes is not the time to raise anyone's taxes. And everyone ahs to pay taxes... no exceptions. Everyone has to have skin in the game. That's how we got into this Real Estate mess. What nonsense... people buying homes using adjustable rate mortgages, no money down, and inadequate income to handle the inevitable future rate increases.

Eliminate gerrymandering...designate districts based on neighboorhoods, irrespective of political party voting patterns/registrations.

Get pension costs under control. Defined benefit plans are OK, but compute it based on the person's base salary... not base plus overtime. And set a maximum limit. No one should be able to retire on 100% of their annual salary. Three fourths should be the absolute maximum.

Enforce the laws equally. Why is it that Charlie Sheen can use cocaine, and his only penalty is that he has to pay for the damage he did to his hotel room. Creeps like him are just as responsible for the drug problem in this country as are the low-lifes tha sell the stuff. The same goes for politicians. How the heck can Charlie Rangel be re-elected after what he has done ? What hypocracy?

Nov. 07 2010 05:44 PM

>I would like to urge him to take a stand against hydrofracking in upstate NY

Yes! There's a new urgency. University at Buffalo researchers have now found that the process causes uranium that is naturally trapped inside Marcellus shale to be released. Uranium is a toxic and deadly. (Google "uranium poisoning" if unconvinced.) The research was presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver on Nov. 2 2010

Nov. 04 2010 08:52 AM
Kevin from Brooklyn, NY

Be principled and stand against your party when you need to, especially if you have to fight special interests including the powerful unions in New York. If you look at our neighbor New Jersey, Gov Chris Christie has been a very successful reformer in the fight against the teachers union. Also, don't dismiss what Gov Paterson has done. As an outgoing governor, he was able to make many tough and unpopular decisions that are right for the state's long term fiscal and economic viability. And last, don't let the legislature distort your reform goals.

Nov. 03 2010 04:25 PM

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