Cuomo lays out his agenda for NY in election year

Posted at: 01/08/2014 9:17 AM
Updated at: 01/08/2014 9:37 PM
By: WNYT Staff / AP

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address.
Photo: WNYT

ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is delivering a broad election-year agenda in a State of the State speech promoting a property tax freeze, tougher anti-corruption laws and modernizing New York City's airports.

Cuomo is seeking a second term this year and the speech Wednesday gives him a high-profile forum to promote his first three years while unveiling an agenda with elements that will please both social progressives and financial conservatives.

The governor thanked his partners in the legislature for everything they accomplished in the last year, but showed the state how much more needs to get done.

He gave an early look at a sweeping $2 billion tax relief proposal that includes property tax rebates for homeowners in municipalities that meet tax thresholds and a cut in corporate tax rates.

With a series of public corruption cases roiling the Legislature, Cuomo is calling for increased penalties for official misconduct and tighter disclosure rules on lawmakers' conflicts of interest.

On the subject of education, he is proposing a potential bonus of up to $20,000 for teachers who get the highest evaluations.

The governor also wants to make sure that every school has access to the most current technology.

He also proposed significant tax relief, especially when it comes to property taxes.

Gov. Cuomo also says the legislature needs to clean itself up when it comes to ethics reform.

Here are some highlights from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2014 State of the State address: