Gov. Cuomo to Wrap up State of the State Tour in Syracuse and Albany

What to Know

  • Gov. Cuomo finishes wraps up his statewide tour in Syracuse and Albany on Wednesday
  • On Monday, the governor launched his road trip at the World Trace Center, where he said New York State must counterbalance President Trump
  • Cuomo was in Westchester and on Long Island on Tuesday; top lawmakers are skipping his speeches amid tense relations in Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is traveling to Syracuse and Albany to wrap up his six-stop state of the state tour.

The Democratic governor skipped the usual tradition of delivering a single state of the state address to lawmakers this year, instead scheduling speeches in New York City, Buffalo, Westchester and Long Island.

He's used the events to talk about proposals to make state college tuition free to middle class students, expand a child-care tax credit, shut down Indian Point nuclear plant and reform state voting laws to make it easier to cast a ballot.

On Tuesday, Cuomo said he wants to complete and connect two greenway trails crisscrossing the state from Manhattan to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo to create a 750-mile paved biking and hiking route that will be marketed as a national tourist destination.

Speaking at the World Trade Center Monday, the governor said that New York state must stand as an alternative to the policies and pronouncements of President-elect Donald Trump and show the nation progressive achievements, racial and religious tolerance and that big investments in education and infrastructure can create a dynamic economy that works for all.

Lawmakers are still waiting for the details behind many of the proposals, which will come with Cuomo's proposed state budget later this winter.

Governors traditionally deliver the address to lawmakers in the state Capitol, but Cuomo's administration said this year's approach is an effort to communicate directly with New Yorkers. 

Top lawmakers are skipping the speeches in a sign of the tense relationship between lawmakers and Cuomo. Many lawmakers blame the governor for killing their first pay raise in 18 years last month.

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