Big Ugly Review

Thursday, April 03, 2014

(New York State Office of the Governor/flickr)

Larry Schwartz, secretary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), goes through the details of the "Big Ugly" -- New York's annual budget for the fiscal year that started 4/1 -- plus what's expected before the end of the legislative session.


Larry Schwartz

Comments [25]

Nick from Bay Shore, NY

Brian = "Isn't that classic Reaganomics?"
Larry = (After explaining classic Reaganomics) "No, it's not"

Apr. 03 2014 11:43 AM
kk from Brooklyn

This guy is condescending and infuriating.

Have critics of the teacher evaluation law said that teacher evaluation PER SE is a bad idea? No!

What we are saying is that we do not want to base teacher evaluations on or largely on students' test score growth. Some kids can't grow that much by these measures--they are already starting very high. Others have such tremendous deficits, whether from language barriers, homelessness, lack of parental support, etc that it is tremendously difficult for them to improve unless their schooling is solely focused on test score improvement (i.e. tons of test prep).

But more to the point: only 2 subjects are tested and only in certain grades! Music teachers are judged on math scores! Kindergarten teachers on 4th graders' scores! And scores cannot reflect some of the most important qualities of teachers: caring, flexibility, responsiveness, etc. Look into the peer eval system in Montgomery County MD if you want to learn how to do it!

Apr. 03 2014 11:29 AM
Sredni Vashtar from the Shed Out Back

I find political spin that much more annoying when it's delivered in such a grating accent.

Apr. 03 2014 11:26 AM
Katherine from Brooklyn

It's truly frightening that this guy is Governor Cuomo's "right-hand" man, but then Cuomo is a Republican disguising himself as a Democrat. Larry Schwartz clearly favors the 1%ers as does Cuomo. He spouts the same old philosophy of a "rising tide lifts all boats" as Reagan to justify not raising taxes on corporations. He's as dismissive of critics as Bloomberg. They're "silly" (ie, the smart and informed Working Families Party), or he doesn't "know where they come from." Give me a break.

Apr. 03 2014 11:14 AM

Does anyone know when the Democratic primary is? Someone needs to run against Cuomo, so we can have the choice of a real Democrat. If he's on the ballot, I'll vote third party--he stands only for corruption and himself.

Apr. 03 2014 11:11 AM
Antonio from Bayside

Hear, hear Migraine!

The governor is the best candidate the republicans have!

Apr. 03 2014 11:10 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Every time the state gives big businesses tax cuts, it says that will motivate them to create/save jobs. Than the businesses don't hold up their end. Why expect anything different this time?

Apr. 03 2014 11:09 AM

All of the comments above are on target!! Mr. Schwarz has failed to answer any of Brian's well put questions. This guy can't go off script.He's a schill. e.g. Did he answer the question about after school programs--so vital to our kids?? All he keeps saying is so manny dollars were given to the public school system translate: (not to Fiscal Equity due but to charters where we have to fin dmore school space which is already limited real estate).

Apr. 03 2014 11:08 AM

If you missed any of the interview this is the upshot of what Larry Schwartz said:

The governor is great, all-wise and all-knowing; the budget is great; and anyone who disagrees with that doesn't know what s/he is talking about.

Apr. 03 2014 11:07 AM
RJ from prospect hts

This is so much lipstick on a pig. Targeting DiNapoli in only one election year--this one--when it's too late to implement meaningful change is just useless and a waste of all the paper its printed on. What Mr. Schwartz is not mentioning is the investigations still in progress that the Moreland Commission now has to halt. Shock! Shock! Closing down integrity investigations in Albany! Yes, gambling at Rick's.

Apr. 03 2014 11:06 AM
Steve from Manhattan

Whoa -- did I understand Larry Schwarz correctly, that the governor didn't include speed cameras for NYC in the budget because they only heard about Mayor De Blasio wanting them on the day before the budget was to be put forward?? Every citizen who vaguely pays attention to the news knew since day 1 of the DeBlasio administration that this was an important request of the new Mayor. Is Mr. Schwarz suggesting that the governor's office is hopelessly out of the loop, or that we the people will believe such nonesense???

Apr. 03 2014 11:05 AM

Govs friend?
Douches of a feather flock together I guess...

Apr. 03 2014 11:04 AM

If you're going to give political hacks like this -- Andrew Cuomo is the 2nd coming, he practices Reaganonics but a Cuomo trickle isn't a Reagan trickle! -- air time, you really do need another side to be heard.

How about some rigorous criticism of government on WNYC?

Apr. 03 2014 11:04 AM
Sue from Manhattan

Yes, getting rid of the Moreland (sp?) Commission was a huge mistake, considering the corruption endemic in Albany and the relatively lax reforms enacted. Much more was needed and not done.

Corruption has not gone away; the Commission should not have.

And now your guest is crapping all over Common Cause? Not winning any votes here, pal.

Apr. 03 2014 11:04 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

I love Cuomo for hiring one of the Jerky Boys to be his secretary !


POTUS = Not in this lifetime, sizzle-chest, tell your boss... ROFL.

Apr. 03 2014 11:03 AM
Rachel from Lower East Side

This guy is a spinmeister with menacing under and overtones, pure spin, not to say lies. Not reflecting well on Cuomo such a goonish flack, and we are paying him.

Apr. 03 2014 11:03 AM

Why was the Moreland Commission disbanded? Why were the ethics reforms abandoned? None of this inspires confidence in the gov.

Apr. 03 2014 11:02 AM
Migraine from Park Slope

Voted for Cuomo once, and will NEVER vote for him again. Never before have I seen a democrat act so much like a republican.

Apr. 03 2014 11:00 AM
Jeff from New York

Brian: *Please* ask your guest to justify the huge giveaway to the rich in the form of an estate tax cut for the wealthiest New Yorkers.

Apr. 03 2014 11:00 AM

Please ask what programs have been eliminated or cut.

Apr. 03 2014 10:59 AM
sp from nyc

So does Cuomo insist this "helpful" teacher evaluation based on tests of material kids haven't been taught apply equally to charter schools, which, against all evidence, Cuomo claims are public schools?

Apr. 03 2014 10:56 AM
josh karan from Washington Heights

Michael Rebell, lead litigator for the Campaign For Fiscal Equity lawsuit, has filed a new lawsuit, asserting that the State ii unConstitutionally not complying with the CFE settlement, and that to do so would require providing an additional $ 4-5 billion per year of school aid in order to provide each student with a "meaningful, sound, basic education".

Anything less will not allow students to meet those standards as mandated by Judge Leland Degrasse.

The Governor has stood in the way of fulfilling these standards.
One can say that he is standing in the schoolhouse door.

Apr. 03 2014 10:56 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Yes, we should be proud of 4 men in a room, making us the highest taxed State in the Union, even with the billions we get from Wall Street. Yay!!!

Apr. 03 2014 10:53 AM
Sue from Manhattan

I can no longer support Gov. Cuomo, after these tax breaks for the wealthy, the failure of public financing of elections in NYS, and milquetoast ethical "reforms."

Yes, the Gov. has done some good things. But the larger picture is he's a traitor to the progressive ideals he supposedly supports.

Apr. 03 2014 10:52 AM
Scott from Soho

Who is holding our trusted politicians in Albany accountable for their corrupt activities now that the crack watchdog Moreland commission is no longer in place?

Apr. 03 2014 10:51 AM

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