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The Cuomo Agenda For 2019 Session

The Cuomo Agenda For 2019 Session

Andrea Stewart-Cousins

The 2019 session of the New York State Legislature convened today. Single-party rule returns to the state capitol as Democrats will formally assume control of the state senate. New Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) became the first African American to be sworn in to that office (by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore). Governor Cuomo, who decided not to deliver the traditional “State of the State” address on the first day of session, instead previously offered his agenda. (He plans to combine elements of that address with his 2019-20 state budget presentation later this month.) He also will include the bulk of his legislative agenda in his state budget proposal and said that w ithin the first 100 days of the session his goal is to see the passage of legislation to make it easier to vote in New York, strengthen abortion rights, reform gun control and campaign finance laws, and legalize recreational use of marijuana.  Some of these initiatives will likely be approved by the Legislature separately before the budget is due at the end of March, while others  will be included in the budget agreement.  Despite solid Democratic control of both chambers, there is some friction between Assembly Speaker Heastie and the Governor concerning a legislative pay raise. He and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins have signaled they may work together in dealing with the Governor.

As noted, the Governor has unveiled his agenda for the first 100 days of 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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