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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cuomo's 7-Point Plan

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A look at the governor's criminal justice reform plan, as we continue to dig in on his State of the State address.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Speaker Silver Accused of Taking Over $6M in Bribes and Kickbacks

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested this morning on charges that he received millions in undisclosed income from two law firms. Here's what we know so far. 

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Schoolbook

Cuomo Proposes Tying School Aid to Specific Education Reforms

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants changes to the teacher evaluation and disciplinary systems, despite opposition from Democrats and the unions. But he's using school aid for leverage.
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WNYC News

Live Now: Gov. Cuomo Delivers State of the State Address

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In his first State of the State address since his reelection in November, Gov. Cuomo is expected to address education, infrastructure and property tax reform. Watch it here.

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The Christie Tracker Podcast

The 'Likely' Candidate: On the Precipice

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Gov. Christie's recent State of the State address sounded more like a presidential campaign speech than a policy road map for New Jersey. Will his brand appeal to a national audience?

The Brian Lehrer Show

Steve Sweeney: New Jersey State of the State

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney takes us through New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's State of the State address, and discusses what's ahead for New Jersey in the coming year.

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WNYC News

Christie Tries to Steer Conversation Away from Bridgegate in State of the State Speech

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

In his State of the State Address Tuesday, Governor Christie addressed the G.W. Bridge traffic scandal that has engulfed his inner circle and threatens to undermine his second-term and national ambitions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NY State of the State

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Yesterday's State of the State address saw New York Governor Andrew Cuomo champion progressive causes like gun control, campaign finance, and women's rights. WNYC reporter Anna Sale discusses the policy and politics of the speech.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Big Ideas

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney discusses recovery along the state's coast, and whether or not he's planning a gubernatorial run this year. Plus: Eliot Spitzer on AIG's decision not to join a lawsuit over the federal bailout; analysis of Governor Cuomo's State of the State address; and the decline in international adoptions.

WNYC News

In State of State, Cuomo Makes Progressive Pivot

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

WNYC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made the case for a progressive policy agenda in his third annual state of the state, pivoting towards issues such as women’s equality, raising the minimum wage, campaign finance reform, reducing greenhouse gases emissions and enacting gun control.

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WNYC News

Watch: Gov. Cuomo State of the State Address

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to lay out an ambitious agenda for 2013, including major gun-control legislation. Watch the speech live and Tweet us your thoughts @WNYC.

+ Since Last State of the State, A Mixed Bag for Cuomo 
Cuomo to Propose Gun Control Measures

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Assessing Christie's 2013 State of State

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave his annual State of the State address yesterday. WNYC's Bob Hennelly discusses how Christie addressed the policy response to Sandy, and kicked off his 2013 re-election campaign.

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New Jersey News

Christie State of the State Focuses on Re-Building

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

WNYC

Gov. Chris Christie kicked off his 2013 re-election campaign with a State of the State address that viewed his governorship through his own rosy lens and repeated his campaign mantra that everything the state needs – including a massive rebuilding effort after Sandy – can be achieved without raising taxes.

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WNYC News

Cuomo To Include Disaster Preparedness Plans in State of the State Address

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Governor Cuomo says he intends to propose several recommendations from a disaster preparedness commission in his State of the State message, to help the state better cope with major storms in the future.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The State of the State of New Jersey

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

John Mooney, education writer and co-founder of njspotlight.com, reviews the highlights from yesterday's State of the State address by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. 

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WNYC News

Late Assemblyman Alex DeCroce Got Governor Chris Christie His Start in Politics

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The New Jersey Assemblyman who died at the statehouse Monday night helped Governor Chris Christie get his start in politics nearly two decades ago and was a close friend and mentor, the governor said Tuesday.

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Transportation Nation

New York Governor Cuomo Proposes $15 Billion Infrastructure Plan

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

UPDATED WITH TRANSCRIPT: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to build, build, build.   In his state of the state address Wednesday, he put forth a $15 billion plan to repair roads, bridges,  parks, flood control, and municipal water systems. (Transcript of his actual remarks below)

Cuomo did not specifically refer to transit projects, (in fact, the word "transit" wasn't uttered during the speech) though he did discuss capital construction by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which he controls.

Cuomo said all the investment would come under one umbrella "New York Works" fund.

"Right now, believe it or not, agencies and authorities do their own construction, their own development,  their own master plan – all  disconnected one from the other, without even any conversation."

In a speech that veered wildly from prepared remarks, Cuomo said:  "So the MTA has a capital plan that they are pursuing different that the Port Authority, which has a capital plan which it's pursuing , different from the Department of Transportation which has a capital plan which its pursuing , different from the Department Of Housing which has a capital plan that it’ pursuing.  It makes no sense.  It never did. This is not the time to be squandering resources. "

The idea of having one entity make funding decisions won praise from planners: "The state has really been substandard in capital construction," said the Citizens' Budget Commissions Elizabeth Lynam.  "It's a long time coming that they tried to orchestrate that."

"In the long run if you put together a board that looks to state infrastructure interests--  not just political interests -- that can be very strong," added City College of New York Professor Robert "Buz" Paaswell.  But Paaswell said setting up a fund would be very complex -- since authorities can legally borrow, while the state DOT cannot.

But transit advocates were dismayed by Cuomo's glancing over public transportation.

“While the Governor is right to call for greater investment in infrastructure, Albany cannot continue to give short shrift to funding transit across our state,” said Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White. “Public transit projects create a jobs dividend that stretches from the five-boroughs to Upstate New York. From manufacturing jobs in the North Country to construction jobs in the metropolitan area, fully funding public transit not only helps get millions of people to work every day, it creates good-paying jobs for New Yorkers.”

Cuomo first introduced the idea of an infrastructure bank during his tax proposal, which passed last month.  In his state of the state he offered more details, but the governor has yet to release a full-blown plan.

"We want to find a  20 to 1 leverage in these projects so we maximize the impact of the state money," Cuomo said.

Among the fund's uses:  "We are planning to improve more than 100 bridges which will include finally building a new Tappan Zee bridge, because 15 years of planning and talking and commiserating is too long. It is time to build and to act and to perform."

"We are going to repair 2000 miles of roads," he added.  "That’s from Buffalo to New York City 5 times. We are going finance upgrades to 90 municipal water systems,  improve 48 parks and historic sites that are visited by 37 million people per year.  And after hurricane Irene and storm Lee repair 114 flood control projects across this state."

Cuomo also proposed a $2 billion "energy highway" from Quebec to New York City.

"We have a tremendous need for power in downstate New York.  Let's connect the supply dots to the need what Eisenhower did in the 50s by building an interstate system is what this energy highway can be to the next generation."

TRANSCRIPT OF CUOMO'S REMARKS FOLLOWS:

I’m proposing setting up the New York works fund and task force.  This task force will be made up of leading public and private3 sector experts and members of the legislature.  It will coordinate for the first time all the states capital construction,

 

Right now, believe it or not, agencies and authorities do their own construction, their own development,  their own master plan – all  disconnected one from the other, without even any conversation.

 

So the MTA has a capital plan that they are pursuing different that the Port Authority which has a capital plan which its pursuing , different from the Department of Transportation which has a capital plan which its pursuing , different from the Department Of Housing which has a capital plan that it’ pursuing.

 

It makes no sense it never did.   This is not the time to be squandering resources.  You can’t have that many agencies and authorities coming up with their own vision for the state -- we need a comprehensive vision and we need the expertise frankly to help us get it done. It’s not the state’s forte.

 

There are people in the private sector who are expert at this who want to be helpful. We want to invite them in, put together a task force, and actually lead this effort.

 

We want a comprehensive master plan of all of the state’s construction over the next few years and how we can coordinate and maximize that work that work to have a positive synergy among the projects.   We also want to accelerate the construction.

 

We cant do this on government time -- this has to happen on real time. It can’t take 3 years to put a shovel in the ground, it just can’t work that way any more.  And it’s not going to.

 

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As I said in the beginning the task for us is to find leverage with private sector partners. We want to find a  20 to 1 leverage in these projects so we maximize the impact of the state money.

 

We are planning to improve more than 100 bridges which will include finally building a new Tappan Zee bridge, because 15 years of planning and talking and commiserating is too long.  I is time to build and to act and to perform.

 

We are going to repair 2000 miles of roads.  That’s from Buffalo to New York City 5 times. We are going finance upgrades to 90 municipal water systems,  improve 48 parks and historic sites that are visited by 37 million people per year.  And after hurricane Irene and storm Lee repair 114 flood control projects across this state.

 

Let’s build an energy highway system that doesn’t exist now…we have supply of power in northern New York, Quebec, we have power supply in western ny we have a tremendous need for power in downstate ny lets connect the supply dots to the need what Eisenhower did in the 50s by building an interstate system is what this energy highway can be to the next generation.

 

If we want the state to develop and we need the job and we need the businesses,  we’re going to need the power this is the way we’re going to do it.

 

The state can master plan a system, issue an ftp  allow private sector companies to come to in to bid it  build it we believe it can generate $2 billion in infrastructure. This is no doubt a comprehensive and ambitious jobs program, 15 billion in infrastructure,  4 billion for a convention center, 2 billion for Javits transformation, 2 billion for energy, 1 billion for gaming,  1 billion for buffalo that we believe will generate additional money for the private sector.  This program will make a major impact on the of this state’s economy if we get it done.

 

 

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Schoolbook

Cuomo Calls for Education Commission, But Is Vague on Details

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

In a speech that only touched on educational matters -- and when it did was very short on details -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo did not say whom he would appoint to a new bipartisan education commission, or whether he would look to outside education groups rather than state agencies. But he did say that commission members would be jointly appointed by himself and the Legislature.

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Transportation Nation

Transportation Nation Livechatting Cuomo's State of the State

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Want an early peak at the Presidential campaign 2016?  Okay, now that we have your attention, join us at 1:30 EST here as join a team live-chatting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address, with a particular eye towards what he has to say on transit and transportation.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

State of New York State Preview

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly looks ahead to Governor Andrew Cuomo's speech on the State of the State, and discusses the implications of last night's Iowa results on the local area.

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