The same big thing is true for Cuomo, who enters 2014 gearing up to run for a second term after a year that saw his push to reform Albany and revive faith in state government take a tumble. The honeymoon ended abruptly with a backlash over the SAFE Act gun law, and his efforts to pass ethics reform stalled despite a flood of corruption scandals.
Leader Joseph Bruno, a Rensselaer County Republican, is scheduled to go on trial on May 12 on separate corruption charges. He was convicted once already, but that verdict was thrown out. He is accused of taking favors and money from a businessman seeking influence.
The two former Democratic leaders under indictment are Senators Malcolm Smith and John Sampson, both of New York City and both facing theft and bribery charges.
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raise taxes, and focused on one big thing: Winning re election in November.
is enough, Cuomo said, following the latest reports on wrongdoing, this time by members Micah Kellner and Dennis Gabrysak, Democrats respectively from Manhattan and Lackawanna. a new year. Let start with a clean slate.
But last week brought a reminder of the difficulty a governor faces in bending the Legislature to his will. Cuomo could only plead with his fellow Democrats in the Assembly to expel two veteran lawmakers accused of sexually harassing their young aides.
De Blasio, a former Bill and Hillary Clinton aide who was elected New York City Public Advocate, ran on a platform that sprouted from the Occupy Wall Street protests against the growing gap between rich and poor and shrinking opportunity for the middle class.
The session that begins Wednesday with Cuomo fourth State of the State speech, the governor annual laundry list of accomplishments and challenges, has a new dynamic in play as a result of the landslide victory of de Blasio.
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With the start of the session just days away, legislators Friday still had not produced a calendar of the days when the Senate and Assembly will meet, prompting online ridicule and a Twitter hashtag whythelegislativecalendarislate. Gabryszak was Mr. October, tweeted New York Daily News columnist Bill Hammond, a sharp critic of the Legislature.
and so far has held off calls for his ouster.
The outlook for ethics reform is less clear. Senate leaders went back and forth this week after Democratic leader Andrew Stewart Cousins of Yonkers went on the radio to blame the majority coalition of Republicans and breakaway Democrats for blocking ethics reform in New York.
He has promised to seek legislative approval of a tax hike on high earners in New York City to pay for universal pre Kindergarten preschools. earning between $500,000 and $1 million a year, for instance, would see their taxes increase by an average of $973 a year, de Blasio said in his inaugural speech. less than three bucks a day about the cost of a small soy latte at your local Starbucks.
Beside re election, Cuomo 2014 agenda includes acting on $2 billion in tax cuts recommended by his reform commission, mostly addressing property taxes; and enacting the final recommendations of the Moreland Commission he formed in response to the Senate and Assembly scandals. He is not expected to make Common Core and school reform a big issue, having already achieved teacher performance reviews and put in place new programs tying extra school aid to reforms.
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