Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Cuomo's State of the State: Zero Mentions of Transportation
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - 09:01 PM
(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) If you read the prepared text of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address (prepared remarks here), you'll find a mention of transportation -- roughly what we posted earlier: "Grants will be awarded to the best and most comprehensive regional plans that coordinate sustainability efforts in housing, transportation, emissions control, energy efficiency, and create jobs..."
But if you read what he actually said here, you'll find zero mentions of transportation. His staff tells WNYC he did not used a prepared text or teleprompter for his remarks. And, to be fair, his delivered speech was a lot more fluid than the wonky "address" his office published as his written message to the legislature.
Other than for former Governor David Paterson, who is blind, it has been the custom for Governors to deliver a single address, that is published in booklet form beforehand.
Meantime, what do you make of his lack of mention of transportation (or infrastructure, for that matter?