Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that he and his commissioners will be deployed across the state to push his legislative agenda, which includes a property-tax cap, ethics reform and marriage equality.
Following a cabinet meeting, Cuomo brought in reporters to tell them of the plans. Aides said Cuomo’s team will hit the road next week to try to build public support for his agenda.
“If the people express their desires, the politicians will follow or they won’t be politicians for long, Cuomo said. “Ultimately, there is a logic to the system. But you have to bring the message to the people –- and they have to be mobilized, they have to be educated and they have to be supportive of the position.”
Cuomo hit the road after his State of the State address and after his budget proposal was released Feb. 1. It was successful, he believes, in winning an on-time budget.
The Legislature has so far not reached an agreement with the Democratic governor on his top priorities. On the tax cap, the Democratic-led Assembly is poised to introduce its own plan, while Senate Republicans are being blamed by Assembly Democrats for stalling on ethics reform. Legalizing same-sex marriage has passed the Assembly twice, but was defeated in the Senate in 2009.
Updated: Video from the start of the meeting below.