Attorney General Andrew Cuomo took the stage in Rye today to accept the nomination of the New York Democratic Party. Read highlight's from his acceptance speech:
"We are going to clean up Albany. We have to pass ethics reform. We need an independent redistricting commission. We need independent monitoring. We need a Constituional Convention – a people’s convention – to rewrite the rules, and make this state a better state, a fairer state, and cleaner state, a safer state than ever before."
"You can go to a school on one side of town, and they’ll show you that they have new Pentium processors. And you can go to school on another side of town, and the most sophisticated piece of electronic equipment is the metal detector that you walk through on the way to the classrooms."
"If we believe children are the future, then let's educate them like they are the future."
On social justice:
"[T]he sad truth is that discrimination is still alive and well in this country and this state today...
"Let’s make a statement as the state of New York, and say no place in this state for discrimination. We will stand up to it, wherever we see it. We will fight it, whenever we see it."
"With all our progress, women still make seventy-eight cents to every man’s dollar. A grosser injustice, we will not rest until the glass ceiling is shattered for my daughters, for your daughters, for equality in this state."
"We will steadfastly protect a woman’s right to choose."
"[W]e will achieve marriage equality in the State of New York."
On building a coalition for change:
"I will visit all 62 counties during the campaign. I will be enlisting citizens to sign up to the New NY. We will be putting together an army that is ready not just to win an election in November, but to turn this state around in January. Are you with me?"
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 »