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Cuomo’s Vision For 2019: Legislative Agenda Takes Shape

Cuomo’s Vision For 2019: Legislative Agenda Takes Shape

Governor Cuomo’s third inaugural Tuesday on Ellis Island was viewed nationally. While he has denied interest in running for president in 2020, he is now one of the longest tenured governors in the nation and holds high-profile leadership roles at the National Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association. Speaking after Attorney General James, Lt. Gov. Hochul and Comptroller DiNapoli were sworn in, he promised the “most progressive agenda this state has ever seen, period.” 

With Democrats now in firm control of both chambers, legislative action may well start early. Interestingly, Assembly Speaker Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins skipped the inaugural. Heastie is at odds with the Governor concerning a legislative payraise. Both Heastie and Stewart-Cousins have indicated a willingness to work together in dealing with Cuomo.  The Governor previously unveiled his agenda for the first 100 days of the new session to outline his view of Albany’s path until the budget is approved. In addition to the priorities noted above, it includes:

  • Keeping the millionaires’ tax;
  • Cutting taxes for working families;
  • Getting the Equal Rights law passed in New York;
  • Opposing the $10,000 annual limit on the federal deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) provisions, which have hit New York taxpayers harder than in many other states;
  • Keeping the property tax cap and make it permanent next year. It limits the amount school districts and local governments can raise their property tax levy to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower;
  • Advancing climate change; and
  • “Countering the impact of the policies of the Trump administration and the federal government”.

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