State of the State Reaction

Thursday, January 05, 2012

New York State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant) and New York State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C, Brooklyn/Staten Island) react to Governor Cuomo's State of the State speech last night.  


Hakeem Jeffries and Nicole Malliotakis

Comments [23]

Teresa from New York

The students don't have a lobbyist? Um, I believe their titles are Mom and Dad.

Jan. 06 2012 12:23 AM

Alice is correct that Brian was mistaken re fracking "in our area." OUR WATERSHED IS NOT PROTECTED. Read the testimonies of the NYC DEP commissioner & deputy commissioner:
Paul Rush on 10-30-12:
Carter Strickland on 10-6-12:

Fracking should be banned throughout NY and everywhere else. We City residents should not feel immune from the consequences. Even now, the food we eat from PA could be contaminated from the open pits of toxic fracking flowback in the midst of farmland.

If you care about this, please urge The Brian Lehrer Show & other pgms to cover fracking more thoroughly and accurately.

Jan. 05 2012 05:21 PM
Alice Zinnes from Park Slope, Brooklyn

Although on today's show Brian Lehrer stated that everyone feels NYC's watershed will not be fracked, in fact most grassroots organizations working against fracking disagree. The "buffer" of 4,000 feet from our reservoirs is less than the length of a fracking horizontal lateral - meaning a shale gas well could be drilled under the watershed from a well pad located outside the watershed. Plus, the protection for these reservoirs could be changed by the DEC at any time. The SGEIS does not ban fracking in our reservoirs.

The 1000-foot setback from our aging and fragile aqueducts is far from adequate. With fracking and injection wells known to have caused earthquakes, clearly fracking can move the earth. Even without such violent underground activity, fracking vibrations might damage our water tunnels. The rock upstate is the among the oldest in the world, and as such is brittle and full of pre-existing fractures and fissures. No one knows how contaminants will travel underground. Cracks, let alone an outright collapse, in our tunnels create obvious pathways to these toxins. An accident near the Delaware/Catskill Watershed could wipe out 50% of New York City's water within 24 hours.

Please note that the deadline to comment on the NY State dSGEIS (draft Supplement Environmental Impact Statement) on fracking is Jan. 11. A thorough show on the SGEIS might be very helpful to our audience. In addition to our water, NYC is threatened by fracking in many ways: loss of our local and organic food supply; contamination to our air (polluted air travels 200 miles); economic threats such as increases in taxes to pay for health and environmental costs; threats to our pension plan which is heavily invested in fracking, to name just a few threats to NYC. Converting to sustainable energy, as in being down in Germany, is a much wiser investment strategy. A quick overview to the "500 Towns" in Germany can be found in this Wall Street Journal article:

Jan. 05 2012 12:43 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Why should Gov. Cuomo have to agree or disagree w/the teacher's union on everything? It's not a q. of their being enemies & having to be at odds on every issue, & while I have my problems w/the governor, I'm glad he doesn't take that approach. There's too much of that in politics today as it is.

Jan. 05 2012 11:21 AM
David from Stuyvesant Town

Not once did he mention TRANSIT. For a governor of NY not to make specific mention of transit--especially when no other single thing is more important to the entire state's--and entire region's--economic and environmental health than reliable, affordable NYC mass transit--is TERRIBLE.

Jan. 05 2012 11:06 AM
Renter from East Village

One of Governor Cuomo’s claims of success in 2011 was the passage of the rent laws last spring, as they were, for another four years and the promise to enforce tenant protections. This gesture was seen in the tenant movement more as a slap in the face than a pat on the back. Politician as he is, he spun this as a pro tenant position because he did not throw NY regulated tenants to the lions for a speculator feeding frenzy. His statement that landlord harassment will not be tolerated is hollow since he let the very sections of the rent laws stand- vacancy decontrol and deregulation- that motivates and enables landlords to harass tenants out of their apartments. This is a main cause of the loss of affordable housing and the increase of homelessness in NYC. How does he plan to enforce landlord compliance and fight fraud with inspector staff cut back and agency budget cuts? Where was affordable housing in his infrastructure plan?
NYC tenants are not fooled by his hollow gestures but do see him as bowing down to the power of real estate money. The tenant movement is not placated by his words alone. Go to to sign a petition urging Gov.Cuomo to take radical action to confront homelessness and create affordable housing.

Jan. 05 2012 11:04 AM

Interesting coverage, thank you.

I expect Cuomo's State of the State Address will be the antithesis of Chris Christie's address for NJ, which should be coming within two weeks.

Where Cuomo spoke of public-private partnerships for big ideas, big plans, and big solutions to New York's upstate-downstate economic divide... Christie will speak of shrinking government, eliminating government bloat, smashing labor coalitions and unions, etc. (While soft-pedaling his minimal impact thus far).

Jan. 05 2012 10:50 AM
lcruz from brooklyn

I must say stopping the finger printing program to stop outright theft is bad idea, the guy is basically promoting fraud, what a douche bag.

Jan. 05 2012 10:39 AM
Nick from UWS

Once again we have pundits attempting to "interpret" the meaning of a politician's smoke and mirrors gobbledyg-ok. If you have to "interpret" the meaning of what someone is saying who is talking in the same language as you, then he's not saying anything. Why is so much time wasted trying to figure out the meaning of the statements of politicians; people who lie for a living? Politicians should be continuously and brutally taken to task for not being specific.

Jan. 05 2012 10:38 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Bob - Tourists coming to NYC to see a broadway show and business people coming for conventions, are two separate things. There is a lot of money in hosting conventions. Aqueduct may seem like a long way from the City but compared to other parts of the country, it is relatively convenient.

Jan. 05 2012 10:32 AM
Theresa from Brooklyn

So so so sick of left and right using teachers as their whipping boys.

Jan. 05 2012 10:26 AM
Bob from Pelham, NY (Westchester)

The morning news said NYC just announced that 2011 was a record year for tourists -- 25 million, a huge increase in the last 5 years. Why do we need to spend so much money building another white elephant convention center when we are so successful without it? Most of the tourists come for the theater, museums, historic sites, restaurants,etc., centered in Manhattan (at least according to Greg David, your frequent guest expert on NYC economics), none of which are easily accessible from Aqueduct The Aqueduct location would make it easy for all these convention attendees and presenters to fly in/out without ever setting foot in any other part of the city -- where's the economic development sense in that?

Jan. 05 2012 10:23 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Buffalo should be developed - It's a shame that a City by a lake is so second rate, compared to Toronto and Chicago; it should start with high speed rail from NYC to Upstate.

Jan. 05 2012 10:23 AM

Excuse me, Governor Cuomo...student's do have lobby-ists. They're called parents.

Jan. 05 2012 10:23 AM
John from NYC

Maybe the Governor and Mayor Bloomberg can coordinate and build this proposed engineering campus for Cornell University at this location in Queens instead of Roosevelt Island. This sounds like a preferred option in terms of the location for a university and instead of a casino.

Jan. 05 2012 10:20 AM
Bobby G from East Village

If the MTA is so broke, why are they spending $700 billion (before cost over runs) to take some LIRR riders a few blocks in Midtown (Eastside Capital Project)

Jan. 05 2012 10:18 AM
Larry from Williamsburg

Sorry but the Verrazano Bridge is NOT the most expensive bridge in NYC. It costs the SAME as all of the other interborough toll bridges. It seems more because all of the toll is paid one way instead of half each way as for the other bridges. I hear it from my Staten Island co-workers all the time and it is just wrong.

Jan. 05 2012 10:16 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

Move the convention center from Jacob Javits in Manhattan to Aqueduct Racetrack? Is he out of his mind? When people attend conventions at Jacob Javits, they're highly influenced in attending by being in the heart of Manhattan, with all of it's cultural and retail offerings. Attendees can walk around, and if it's a technology-based convention, attendees can also check out suppliers who are located in Manhattan.

Having just attended and enjoying attending a convention at Jacob Javits in the fall, I would be discouraged from attending a trade show way out in the middle of nowhere that will feel no more specific to New York City than a convention in a suburban mall. This is not a step in the right direction. We have to stop harping on quibbles like parking opportunities as a reason to promote a suburbanization our culture here in NYC.

Jan. 05 2012 10:16 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

When will he consider building speed rail from NYC to upstate?

Jan. 05 2012 10:15 AM
John from NYC

Good ideas.

Now let's DO IT !!!!!

The guy has been gov for a year -- where is the planning -- when will we get started???

As a student of Edmund Bacon and a fan of Robert Moses (sorry, WNYC libs), I understand that there is a way to actually do this -- let's see it ACTUALLY HAPPEN.

Jan. 05 2012 10:12 AM
Yosif from Manhattan

Great speech. Just don't frack with our water supply.

Jan. 05 2012 10:10 AM

Cuomo's speech sounds forced, phony and hollow.

Jan. 05 2012 10:09 AM
Tom from Toronto

", women, and mules"

Cuomo has the weirdest public speaking style I think I've ever heard. Its bizarre and simultaneously hilarious.

Jan. 05 2012 10:09 AM

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