Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives his annual State of the State address at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Albany, but you can watch it live online here.
Among the items the governor is expected to list as his agenda for his third year in office:
Gun control. Sen. Jeffrey Klein, D-Bronx, said he’s seen Cuomo’s bill and if approved it’d be the “strongest assault-weapons ban in the country.” State Democrats and Republicans each are pitching their own gun plans, as are politicians across the country, after a gunman opened fire last month at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people before taking his own life. Our Dec. 29 editorial, “State must make a stand on guns,” encourages the governor in this regard.
Storm recovery. Rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy is expected to impact the state budget significantly this year.
The minimum wage.
Not expected to be part of the speech: fracking, writes Albany reporter Jon Campbell.
Join the State of the State conversation
Follow @GannettAlbany, @JonCampbellGAN and @JessicaBakeman on Twitter and tweet with the hashtag #nysos during the speech. The governor’s office tweets from @NYGovCuomo, and he’s using the hashtag #NYSOS13.
Follow our Twitter list of lawmakers representing New York and the lower Hudson Valley for reaction to the speech.
Cuomo in 2012
Cuomo’s second year in office, outlined in his 2012 State of the State address, was largely successful judging by the passage of most of his agenda. Campbell wrote this assessment for the Dec. 22 edition of The Journal News:
Nearly one year after delivering it, a review of Cuomo’s address shows the Democratic governor was able to systematically cross dozens of items off that list: a second-straight on-time budget, a step toward legalizing up to seven Las Vegas-style casinos, a plan to repave 2,000 miles of road, and an expansion of the state’s DNA database, to name a few.
Photo: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a Jan. 3 meeting in the Red Room at the Capitol in Albany. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)