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WNYC News

Cuomo Finishes First Year Strong But Biggest Challenges May Lie Ahead

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo will give his second State of the State address Wednesday afternoon. Judging by his poll numbers and his list of accomplishments, Cuomo appears to have strong momentum as he heads into his second year in office.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Errol Louis on the State of New York State

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Errol Louis, host of NY1’s “Inside City Hall,” joins us to talk about Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address.

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Broad Strokes and Uphill Battles in Christie's State of the State

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What these addresses usually become, he goes around the room and talks about the environment, law enforcement, transportation, and you can see the various lobbyists and interested parties perk up whenever he mentions their little cookie jar, so to speak. He didn't do that this time. He talked only about very specific issues: education, the pensions problem, taxes. And he was scarce on specifics with taxes, but he did say that he got through the two percent cap on property taxes, and that is an important achievement.

Mike Kelly, columnist at New Jersey's The Record, on The Brian Leher Show.

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Christie Lays Out Budget, Pension, and Education Reform in State of the State

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

On Tuesday afternoon, beginning his second year in office, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave his first State of the State address. The speech laid out his plans to reform the state's budget, pension system, and educational institutions, including promises not to raise taxes, and a proposal for merit-based pay for teachers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Snow Removal and the State of the State NJ

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bloomberg administration officials were grilled yesterday for hours by the New York City Council about the city's response to last month's blizzard. WNYC reporters Ailsa Chang and Bob Hennelly discuss what came out of that hearing and the lessons learned as we look ahead to another snow storm. Plus, Bob previews NJ Governor Christie's state of the state address today. 

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Andrew Cuomo's Hopeful Bad News

Thursday, January 06, 2011

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After the last four years of dysfunction and corruption and watching New York spin down the drain, there’s at least hope now — cautious hope, given what we’ve seen — but at least there’s some hope, which we didn’t have the last couple of years.

Ken LovettDaily News Albany bureau chief

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Transportation Nation

Cuomo's State of the State: Zero Mentions of Transportation

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

(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?

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Keeping Score for Cuomo

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Now that Governor Cuomo has taken office and given his first State of the State address, it's time to track what he does with his mandate. Here's a guide to the campaign promises Andrew Cuomo made as part of his "New NY Agenda." As he enacts these proposals, abandons them, or changes direction altogether, we'll be keeping score. For now, here's how the scorecard looks after the State of the State address.

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Cuomo Talks Rebuilding Empire at State of the State Address

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

In his first State of the State address on Wednesday afternoon, Govenor Andrew Cuomo laid out his plans for reorganizing New York state government, closing the $10 billion budget deficit, and acting on a host of progressive social issues.

He said streamlining government and taking on the deficit go hand in hand. "This is not just a budget exercise," Cuomo said. "This is a fundamental realignment for the state. You can't make up these savings over this period of time through a cutting or trimming exercise. We need to reorganize government agencies and redesign our approach, because the old way wasn't working anyway."

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WNYC News

Cuomo Calls for Smaller Government, 20 Percent Fewer Agencies

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo will announce a plan to reduce the size of state government by one fifth, according to a copy of the speech circulated to reporters. The governor will announce the formation of the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission, which, according to his office, will "reduce the number of agencies by 20 percent."

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WNYC News

Cuomo, in First State of State Speech, Vows Break From Tradition

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected use Wednesday's State of the State address to detail how he plans to tackle New York's fiscal crisis. Cuomo said he would use the address as a forum to discuss his specific plans for the state, including an expected call for a freeze in state worker salaries.

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Cuomo Details Decision to Move State of the State Address, Not Much Else

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo has been mostly silent lately about his plans for New York, but he's got a lot to say about his plan to present them. Today Cuomo announced that the annual State of the State address won't be held in the State Assembly Chamber, as it usually is. Due to exceedingly high demand for tickets, the governor has opted to host this year's event at the Empire State Plaza's Convention Center.

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WNYC News

Gov. Paterson's 'Winter of Reckoning' Speech

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Below is Gov. David Paterson's second State of the State speech delivered today in Albany:

Here is an analysis with WNYC's Bob Hennelly in Albany, and Amy Eddings:

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WNYC News

Albany Under Re-Construction? Paterson Aims for the High Ground

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

albanyWhile huge ice chunks float down the nearby mighty Hudson, frigid temperatures keep the construction scaffolding around the Capitol's East Wing empty. An ambitious East Wing project includes plans for a new skylight.

Meanwhile, inside the building, competing ethics reform proposals are the subject ...

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