Gov. Cuomo Takes ‘State of the State' Tour to Long Island, Westchester

What to Know

  • Gov. Cuomo continues his statewide tour on Long Island and in Westchester County on Tuesday
  • On Monday, the governor launched his road trip at the World Trace Center, where he said New York State must counterbalance President Trump
  • Cuomo will be in Syracuse and Albany later this week; top lawmakers are skipping his speeches amid tense relations in Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heading to the suburbs to deliver his latest state of the state address, a day after he kicked off his statewide tour in New York City.

The Democratic governor is scheduled to give twin speeches on Long Island and in Westchester County on Tuesday.

Instead of a single state of the state speech to lawmakers, Cuomo plans to deliver remarks at six locations around the state this week.

He started Monday with addresses in New York City and Buffalo, touching on proposals to give middle-class students free tuition to state universities, allow Uber to expand upstate and rewrite state voting laws to make it easier for citizens to cast a ballot.

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.

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. He'll travel to Syracue and Albany later this week. 

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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