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Tedisco opposes Cuomo's State of State plans

Tedisco opposes Cuomo's State of State plans

Assemblyman wants one address in Albany
Tedisco opposes Cuomo's State of State plans
Assemblyman James Tedisco votes at the Glenville Senior Center on Sept. 13.
Photographer: Gazette file photo

On the heels of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that he will take this year’s State of the State Address on the road, state Sen.-elect Jim Tedisco says he will introduce legislation requiring the speech to be delivered annually on the first day of session in the Assembly chamber.

The governor has given the speech at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center since taking office in 2011, moving it from its historic location in the Assembly chamber.

This year’s State of the State will be given the week of Jan. 9 at a series of venues in New York City, Western New York, the Hudson Valley, Long Island, the Capital Region and Central New York, the governor announced this week.

“He not only moved it from the Assembly chambers — he’s going to rewrite history — now he says there’s no need to confer with the Senate or the Assembly, ‘I’m going to go directly to the people,’” said Tedisco, a Glenville Republican who is concluding a 34-year Assembly career. “We don’t need a dog and pony show for a State of the State.”

In explaining the move, Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s chief of staff, said in a news release: “Our efforts have focused on regional development strategies across the state and we want the opportunity to lay out regional accomplishments, goals and challenges.”

Tedisco said he thinks the governor wants to avoid protests from Assembly members and senators amid growing tensions between the executive and legislative branches.

“He doesn’t want to have to say to Mr. Barron, ‘We hear you,’” he said, referring to Assemblyman Charles Barron, D-Brooklyn, heckling the governor during last year’s State of the State. “He’s going to have a lot of Mr. Barrons standing up, and he doesn’t want to let people speak out or walk out of the room and be embarrassed.”

Tedisco said he will introduce the bill “right out of the gates” when legislators return to session Wednesday, Jan. 4.
“I don’t think I’ll have problems finding a sponsor,” he said.

While the address has been given as a speech to the Legislature for nearly 100 years, there is no constitutional requirement on the timing or location of the governor’s message, only that it be shared annually.


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