A day after announcing his candidacy for Governor of the State of New York, Andrew lays out his robust plan for reinventing New York in The New NY Agenda: A Plan for Action. Download the PDF of the book and sign the pledge for a New NY.
Check out his plan for making New York great again:
1. Clean Up Albany
The Cuomo Book offers detailed proposals that will restore trust and accountability in government. Cuomo calls for tough new ethics standards, expanded disclosure requirements, independent investigators to root out and punish corruption, and an overhaul of campaign finance laws, including public financing of campaigns. Cuomo supports reform of legislative redistricting by placing it in the hands of an independent commission that works only for the people. Cuomo’s book includes a call for a constitutional convention – A People’s Convention – to rewrite the Constitution and make these changes immediately, because we cannot wait any longer for the state legislature to act.
2. A Plan to Get Our Fiscal House in Order
Cuomo offers a comprehensive plan to get the State’s fiscal house in order. Cuomo proposes immediately imposing a cap on state spending and freezing salaries of state public employees as part of a one-year emergency financial plan, committing to no increase in personal or corporate income taxes or sales taxes and imposing a local property tax cap. Cuomo will propose a “sunset” bill requiring all unnecessary unfunded mandates be re-evaluated within a two-year period of time and automatically eliminated unless the mandate is affirmatively renewed because we must also eliminate mandates that make it impossible for school districts and localities to contain costs.
3. Rightsizing Government
Cuomo will call for the reduction of the more than 1,000 state agencies, authorities and commissions by 20 percent, in order to save taxpayers’ money, increase accountability, and improve the delivery of government services by establishing a Spending and Government Efficiency Commission—led by business leaders with experience in restructuring complex organizations.
4. NY Works
Cuomo's plan will make New York the jobs capital of the nation and get unemployed New Yorkers back to work. He will propose giving businesses a tax credit of up to $3,000 for each unemployed New Yorker hired for a new job; replace the Empire Zone program with an aggressive program that incentivizes businesses to move into New York for the first time, or expand their operations here by adding jobs. He will replace New York’s ineffective economic development efforts with a new strategy organized around regional industry clusters; reduce the high costs of doing business in the State; and support small businesses by increasing access to capital and streamlining regulatory barriers.
5. NY Leads
New York has been a national leader in protecting and advancing individual rights and safeguarding the future of its citizens. To remain so, Cuomo will protect a woman’s right to choose, achieve marriage equality, enact tough anti-discrimination laws, support fair regulation and oversight of Wall Street, attract the best and the brightest to government, leave our children a cleaner and greener world, and continue to oppose the death penalty. Cuomo supports increasing the cap on charter schools and the use of student performance data in the assessment of teachers.
Governor Cuomo today urged House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to block a proposal to slash federal homeland security funding given to the states by 50 percent. In his letter, Governor Cuomo said the dramatic cut would hamper New York's efforts to prevent terrorist attacks and protect New Yorkers.read more »