Governor Cuomo’s job performance rating plummeted in the last month, and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer also saw a significant drop in how voters feel about him, according to a Siena Poll of New York State voters released yesterday.
President Trump’s ratings actually edged up a bit.
The governor’s favorability rating fell to negative 43-50 percent, down from 51-43 percent last month. His job performance rating fell to 35-64 percent, down from 43-56 percent. Schumer saw his favorability rating drop to 47-46 percent, down from 53-39 percent in January, the Siena pollsters found.
Editor’s Note: Governor Cuomo issued this statement after Amazon announced Thursday, Feb. 14, it is backing out of the 27,000-job HQ2 planned for Long Island City.
Amazon chose to come to New York because we are the capital of the world and the best place to do business.
We competed in and won the most hotly contested national economic development competition in the United States, resulting in at least 25,000-40,000 good-paying jobs for our state and nearly $30
billion dollars in new revenue to fund transit improvements, new housing, schools and countless other quality of life improvements.
Editor’s Note: With Democrats taking control of the state Senate Jan. 1, 2019, Governor Cuomo’s party now controls the state Legislature and his office for the first time in years, prompting him not to wait of the traditional State of the State message, but to issue a first-100-days “Justice Agenda,” a call to action for the state’s Democrats. Here are the 20 points:
►Ensure a Progressive Tax System, maintaining millionaire’s tax, permanently capping property-tax increases at 2 percent.
►Cut Middle-Class Taxes while Fighting to repeal SALT, the federal limits on state and local deductions.
►Protect Quality, Affordable Health Care by ensuring the health exchange and coverage of pre-existing conditions will be protected at state level.
►Codify Reproductive Rights by passing the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act within 30 days to protect Roe v. Wade protections.
►Enshrine Gender Equality into Law, by passing Equal Rights Amendment to add sex as a protected class.
►Combat Gun Violence, by passing bump-stock ban, extending waiting period to buy a gun from three to 10 days.
►Expand $150 Billion Infrastructure Plan, adding $50 billion for new airports, bridges, train stations across state.
►Ease Traffic in NYC Business District by overhauling Mass Transit Authority.
►Ensure Education Equity by
increasing funding for poor schools. (A coalition of public educations is seeking a $2 billion increase)
►Pass a Dream Act, to ensure a higher education system that opens the door of opportunity to everyone.
►Launch the Green New Deal,
to make New York’s electricity 100-percent carbon-neutral by 2040 and put state on path to eliminating carbon footprint.
►Ensure Clean, Safe Drinking Water for All, by investing in our water infrastructure and clean our water for our children and our children’s children.
►Improve Our Democracy, by enabling voting by mail, early voting, same-day and automatic voter registration, synchronizing federal and state elections, and make ►Election Day a state holiday to ensure as much participation as possible.
►Increase Trust in the Democratic System, by closing the LLC loophole, banning corporate campaign contributions, overhaul our campaign finance system and ending outside income for lawmakers.
►Protect Public Sector Unions, by expanding protections for public sector labor unions at the local level, and to ensure workers have labor rights in the gig economy.
►Keep Housing Affordable, by reforming rent regulations, including ending vacancy decontrol, repealing preferential rent and limiting capital improvement charges to protect affordable housing and respect tenants’ rights.
►Pass the Child Victims Act, to ensure those who abuse our children are accountable criminally and civilly.
►Protect LGBTQ Rights, by codify the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act into state law and end conversion therapy.
►Legalize Adult Use of Recreational Marijuana, ending the disproportionate criminalization of one race over another by regulating, legalizing and taxing adult use of recreational marijuana.
►Ensure Fairness in the Criminal Justice System, by ending cash bail and enacting speedy trial and discovery reforms.
As voters – in Otsego County, the 19th Congressional District and nationally – struggle to make the right decision in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, midterm elections, a study, “The Hidden Tribes of America,” surfaces with a conclusion that has been widely commented on nationally: “A majority of Americans (61 percent), whom we’ve called the ‘Exhausted Majority,’ are fed up by Americans’ polarization. They know we have more in common than that which divides us: our belief in freedom, equality and the pursuit of the American Dream. They share a deep sense of gratitude that they are citizens of the United States. They want us to move past our differences.”
It the past two years, those of us with that sensibility have been screamed at by two sides that, it turns out, are fringes. On the left, “Progressive Activists,” according to the study, are a mere 8 percent of the citizenry; on the right, “Devoted Conservatives” are only 6 percent.
If you consider yourself a centrist, you may believe your views will be overwhelmed at the ballot box. Not so, “Hidden Tribes” tells us; in effect, it’s the wish of a sizeable majority of Americans to find common ground.
This is by way of preamble to this newspaper’s endorsements, below, which are an effort to make recommendations based on the merits, not through any particular political prism.
Be sure to vote Nov. 6 – polls will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. – and vote your conscience. You may be surprised how much you are in sync with the majority of your
fellow Americans. So vote.
As usual, these endorsement editorials appear 10 days before Election Day, to allow you to agree or disagree in next week’s Letter to the Editor columns.
Send letters by noon Monday,
Oct. 29, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you agree or not, be of good cheer.
COOPERSTOWN – The New York Times is reporting Cynthia Nixon has beaten Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary in Otsego County.
The Times says Nixon, the “Sex In The City” TV star, beat Cuomo 1,592 to 1,485 votes here in Otsego County, or 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent.
Statewide, Cuomo was declared the winner more than an hour ago. Now, with 66 percent of precincts reporting, the governor leads his challenger, 837,870 to 444,398, or 65.3 percent of 34.7 percent, according to The Times.
FROM TODAY’S NEW YORK TIMES: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislative leaders announced on Thursday that they had reached a budget agreement that would raise the minimum wage in New York City to $15 by the end of 2018, but initiate slower increases elsewhere, even in the city’s wealthy suburbs.
For Mr. Cuomo, the wage agreement came with clear concessions, as some lawmakers outside the city won a softer phase-in period. Long Island and Westchester County will not reach a $15 wage for nearly six years; areas north of Westchester are assured only of reaching $12.50 by 2021…
Municipal and business leaders from across New York State have gathered at The Egg in Albany at this hour to learn which three of seven Regional Economic Development Council’s will share $1.5 billion from Governor Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative.
Otego County is in the six-county Mohawk Valley REDC, one of the seven contenders, and local officials attending include Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz and Caroline Lewis, SUNY Oneonta’s economic developer.
The winners of this year’s CFA grants will also be announced. Local projects seeking funding include the D&H yards revitalization in Oneonta and the restoration of 22 Main, Cooperstown’s Village Hall.
This competition will replicate the successful Buffalo Billion initiative, a program that focused on jumpstarting the economy of the entire Western New York region. The proposed competition uses the Buffalo Billion’s model in an effort to drive community revitalization, job growth, and population sustainability across upstate New York.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today said on WAMC’s “The Capitol Pressroom” he expects a decision on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas will be made before the end of the year, suggesting that the Department of Health’s fracking review will reach some sort of determinative conclusion, lohud.com is reporting.
SYRACUSE – Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo lost 43 Upstate counties, including Otsego. He won only eight, according to an analysis from the Syracuse Post-Standard. In 2010, he won 37 Upstate counties, including Otsego, and lost only 13.
“Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo ran for a second term as the first state leader in decades who paid attention to Upstate New York,” the Post-Standard reported. “But on Tuesday, Upstate voters did not love Cuomo back, according to unofficial returns.”