tv New York State of the State Address CSPAN February 3, 2017 8:00pm-8:47pm EST
next, some of this year's state of the state addresses from around the country, beginning with new york and new jersey, followed by nebraska and alaska. now, new york governor andrew cuomo
delivers his 2017 state of the state address at the world trade center in new york city. it was the first of six state of the state addresses he gave as part of a three-day speaking tour. this is about 45 minutes. [ applause ]
>> thank you. thank you very much. thank you. thank you. thank you very much. thank you very much. thank you. thank you. first to our great madam secretary of state, who is doing just a fantastic job. let's
give her a round of applause. [ applause ] his eminence, thank you once again for your leadership and guidance. cardinal o'connor. [ applause ] we have our attorney general, who is doing great work with us. eric schneiderman, please stand. [ applause ] our new york state controller who is doing a great job, tom da
naply. [ applause ] we have mayor bill de blasio of new york city. the last time i was with the mayor, we were at new year's eve. we did a new year's eve party in a subway station at the second avenue subway. nobody had heard of it before. it went so well that the mta is now starting a catering service. you can have a party at the second avenue subway. they're specializing in marriages, and they will time the oncoming trains so the rumble happens right after the vows. but it was a great night. bill de blasio. let's give him a round of applause. [ applause ] we have new york city controller scott stringer, who is doing a magnificent job. [ applause ] the other local elected officials and members of our
court of appeals and our chief judge, janet defury. thank you very much for being here. thank you. [ applause ] for the past few days we've been talking about the state of the state. to put it shortly and concisely, the positive news is that the ship of state is doing very well and is stronger than it has been in decades. there are 49 are governors in this country that give this type of report, and i wouldn't change positions with any of them. new york has truly made remarkable economic and social progress. not since the time of fdr and robert moses has our government passed more impactful legislation, achieved more or built more for the people. but at the same time, the troubling reality is the sea upon which our ship of state sails is as rough and
tempest-tossed as it has been in over 50 years. our new york credo, indeed our american credo, our progressive philosophy in providing opportunity for all and welcoming immigrants and fostering community, providing for the poor, respecting individual and religious freedom -- it's all being questioned, blamed, and attacked. the generations of progress that we have made on women's rights, climate change, public education, and affordable health care are being threatened. there is a recent and powerful belief that america's diversity, openness, and acceptance is in conflict with the success of america's middle class working families. that belief is both misguided and incredibly dangerous. it tears at our social fabric, and it threatens to turn america's strength into a
weakness. now, we all heard the roar on election day, and we must respond. but we cannot lose ourselves in an apparent attempt to save ourselves. we must follow two paths forward. first, to admit, acknowledge, and address the very real economic problems of our struggling middle class, and, second, to prevent misdirected anger from doing damage to our country's core values. this year we will enact a new economic program, the middle class economic recovery act, and institute the new york promise agenda to protect and advance our progressive values and principles of social justice that are being challenged today. to begin, new york must continue to be strong and move forward. new york has maintained a level
of fiscal responsibility unknown in the post-war era. after years of spending more than we took in, we have finally done what every family in the state of new york has had to do. we set a budget, and we kept to it. our annual spending increases are lower than at any time since they've been keeping budget numbers. our credit rating is as high as it has been in 60 years. our unemployment is down from 8.4% six years ago to 5.1% today. and the good news is our economic success is felt all across the state. today new york has 7.95 private sector jobs, the most private sector jobs in the history of the state of new york. [ applause ]
and i would like to thank the state controller for his good work in helping us maintain the fiscal integrity and responsibility of this state. thank you, mr. controller. [ applause ] the state's increase in spending is down because we are governing smarter. we cut the waste, and we prioritized better. we've invested more in education than at any time in history and more than any state in the nation. suny, cuny, the master teacher program, and i'm proud to announce that this year we will increase funding for education to a new record level all-time high all across the state, and that new york city will receive more aid for education than it has ever received from the state
of new york in history. [ applause ] and we are building a new new york, for montauk point to niagara falls, from the long island rail road to penn station, from the second avenue subway to the -- from our harbor of liebl of lights bridges project to our new jones beach. we are not just starting projects, but we are getting them done, and that's government's responsibility. and we are performing for the people of the state of new york. and what makes our economic progress even sweeter is that it is matched by unprecedented social progress. at the same time we did all our economic work and our infrastructure work, we passed marriage equality. we passed paid family leave.
we passed common sense gun control. we passed a $15 minimum wage. new york once again is truly the progressive capital of the nation. e.b. white, my friends, would be pleased. the nation once again looks to new york to find the way up. [ applause ] i am proud of the work we have done and how far new york has come over the last six years. but this is not the time for self-congratulation. it is the time to prepare for the future because we will not stop working until the bright light of opportunity shines on all new yorkers. we still have two educational systems in this state, one for the rich and one for the poor, separate and unequal, and that, my friends, is simply
intolerable in 2017. [ applause ] we still have a judicial system that is supposed to be blind, but that all too often finds the scales of justice tipped by resources or race. we still have an electoral system that protects the prerogatives of politicians at the expense of voters. our country's economic transformation has made a handful rich and masses redundant. people still lack trust in government and for good cause. and i believe and understand that the government must do more to earn the people's trust. our safety net is tattered, and we have record numbers of homeless on our streets. our jails have become the mental health system of last resort,
and acts of discrimination, hate crimes, and racism are on the raise. most pervasive, our middle class is hurting and angry at their lack of progress. in terms of real wages, the earning potential of working families is less than it was 20 years ago. they are paying the bills, but they are lacking security. our middle class feels abused. they were collateral damage in the economic shift from the manufacturing economy to the high-tech economy, and they feel that their government did nothing to help. in the recession of 2007, the middle class saw their hard-earned equity in their homes stolen. nearly half the homes of our middle class are not yet back to their pre-recession value. just think of it. that home equity was their life's work. it was their security blanket,
the payment for their daughter's wedding. it was their business loan and their child's college tuition. it was taken through no fault of their own, but they never got it back, and no one ever went to jail, and justice was never done. and that is not the american way. the dream that their children is going to have a better life seems more and more elusive as the cost of college and housing goes up and up. student debt now surpasses credit card debt and consumer debt, and more college graduates are living at home than in decades. now, we can quote economic recovery numbers all day long. it is not their reality. talk to the people from my home county of queens. go to the gas station on hillside avenue where i worked. the pizzeria where we hung out.
it's not what they feel. it is not their reality. and this opposition and this conflict is what is causing the rough waters we see and feel all around us. we understand the anger, and we will address it. today i am proposing a middle class recovery act. it has three components -- jobs and infrastructure, access to education, and lower taxes. our top objective is to keep growing and attracting jobs to new york, especially middle class jobs. we must continue our investment in building the infrastructure that will support 21st century economies. new york has lived off its inheritance for too long. we must build for tomorrow, or other states and countries will continue to pass us by. mass transit will enable our
sustained growth. this year, we will build a faster and better subway system with 1,200 new cars, dozens of rehabbed and modernized subway stations, and 20 rebuilt commuter stops. and let's give tom prender gaft, chairman of the mta, a big round of applause for the good work that he's doing. please stand, tom. [ applause ] we are building a new laguardia, and last week we announced a $10 billion plan for a new john f. kennedy airport. we'll be announcing other important infrastructure projects statewide this week. at the same time, we must be ever mindful of the present threat of terrorism, especially in new york city.
our success breeds envy, and envy makes us a target. so when we build, we will be implementing new anti-terrorism prevention measures, increased police presence at our bridges, tunnels and airports. new electronic security and equipment that will read license plates both to move traffic faster but also afford police a new effective law enforcement tool they've never had before. and we must continue to invest in the industries of tomorrow. in this state with all our diversity, there is no one size fits all. so we work region by region in developing economies. in buffalo, a medical research industry is growing in combination with the u.b. medical school. in rochester, the engineering
legacy of kodak, xerox, and barb and laum is birthing the photonics industry. our redcs are doing great, great work. and i propose another $750 million in economic developments to keep the growth coming and the jobs being delivered. [ applause ] tid, i am excited to announce we are going to invest $650 million to help fuel the new life sciences economy starting right here in new york city. we are partnering with johnson and johnson and the genome center to advance cutting-edge genetic research that will save lives and create jobs, and new york is the place to do it. [ applause ]
we will also work to strengthen our outer boroughs. as i am a native outer borough boy as you can tell from my accent. we will invest in the king's bridge armory and orchard beach for more desperately needed urban recreation opportunities, and we will invest $50 million in montefiore hospital to preserve affordable health care. [ applause ] we will offer residents of staten island permanent verrazano toll reductions. [ applause ] queens will see two new airports, a new jfk and a new
laguardia because i'm from queens. [ applause ] and we want to make brooklyn a new model for health care, incorporating prevention strategies into lifestyle and community development. better food and diets with green markets offering new york certified organic products from farms and businesses in new york. we will be building more recreation facilities, more community-based clinics, and we will make brooklyn a model for wellness. [ applause ] we have an exciting opportunity to attract jobs because the economic cycle has turned. many corporations that went overseas for cheap labor have learned a very important lesson.
they learned that sometimes you get what you paid for, and they're coming back to the u.s., and we want them back in new york. the key to the jobs of tomorrow is having an education. advanced manufacturing requires skills and an education. the truth is that automation has taken american jobs far more than any immigrant has taken american jobs. [ applause ] but these economic changes have always been happening. during the industrial revolution, textile workers protested that machines and steam engines would destroy their livelihoods. in 1928, a "new york times" headline proclaimed, march of machines makes idle hands.
in 1961, president kennedy declared, the major domestic challenge of the 1960s was to maintain full employment when automation is replacing men. we have been through this before. technology takes jobs, but then it creates more jobs than it destroys. who gets them? people with an education get them. and at this time in history, as leaders of this state, it is our mission to lead the way and prepare our people for those jobs and bring those jobs back home to new york. and that's why in this session -- [ applause ]
and that is why in this session i am proposing tuition-free college at suny and cuny and our community colleges for students and families up to $125,000. that's 80% of our people, 1 million families. it will change lives. and it will restore hope for thousands of children who never believed they could make it to college. this program -- go ahead. look at it. [ applause ] that's only because you're my daughter. this program is a statement of new york values. education should be a right, not a privilege. it shouldn't be about your income or your zip code or your
ethnicity. and that's why i also propose the dream act, to help make all our children's dreams come true. [ applause ] to further level the playing field, we will offer additional help to children in schools with poor districts. in 2017, my friends, the p-word, poverty, is still a challenge we must address. we are proud that we pioneered our statewide pre-k, the first in the nation, but we need more. today we are announcing a new pilot afterschool program that will target new york city and other cities in the state with our poorest communities. it will provide extended school hours for afterschool mentoring tutoring, and recreation all in
a safe environment. [ applause ] creating a state that is economically competitive means keeping regulations sensible, the government entrepreneurial, and most importantly, taxes competitive. this year i will propose that we provide additional relief to working and middle class families with a middle class child care tax credit. the average annual child care cost for two is $25,000 per year. this year, we will double the child tax credit to help reduce the child care costs for more than 200,000 hard-working new york families, and that will make a real difference in the way people live. [ applause ]
i believe these measures will help alleviate the middle class anger. people focused energy generated by that anger, and when they focus that energy and they do it in a positive way, it can be a great force for reform. but misdirected, that anger can be destructive. it can scapegoat, and it can demonize. it can spread fear of those who are different, and it can destroy the uniquely american values and progressive principles that are the foundation of this society. the number of hate crimes that has erupted recently in new york is disturbing. the kkk flyers, swastikas, white
supremacist and anti-semitic rants happening all across the state. it is disgusting, and it is ignorant, and it is anti-american. [ applause ] because as we know in new york better than anywhere, we are all immigrants unless you're a native american. we all come from different places, and we not only coexist in america, but cooperate, and we work together, and we forge community. that is what makes this nation unique on the globe. we share benefits, and we share burdens without discrimination or judgment. that is the american promise, and that is the new york legacy.
new york knows that our progressive principles of acceptance and diversity are not the enemy of our middle class, and we know that the middle class success is not the enemy of our progressive beliefs. in fact, it was the progressive policies that created the nation's middle class in the first place. [ applause ] president roosevelt put people back to work while he regulated banks, while he established a minimum wage, while he created labor rights that built labor unions, social security, and built an infrastructure all at the same time. [ applause ]
the answer for people who believe they are not getting a big enough piece of the american pie is not to try to take the piece of pie from your neighbor. it is not to fight for the scraps left by the rich. the answer is to grow the pie for all, and that's what we have to do. [ applause ] and if this is going to be a debate in this nation, which way to go forward, you have heard our philosophy. and if it is a debate, then we stand with abraham lincoln, who said -- and i quote -- america will never be destroyed from the outside. if we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. we stand with mario cuomo, who said, some people believe that the wagon train will not make it to the frontier unless some of the old, some of the young, some
of the weak are left behind by the side of the trail. we believe in something else. we believe that we can make it all the way with the whole family intact. [ applause ] at these stormy times of instability and confusion, let the great state of new york serve as a safe harbor for our progressive principles and social justice that made america. we will hold the torch high to light the way. that is new york's promise, and it is unequivocal. and this promise is not just in words.
it will be in actions. we will protect the social progress that we have made, and we will push even harder. our new york promise starts with a public/private sector partnership with law firms so every new immigrant is protected with legal representation even if they cannot afford it. [ applause ] next we will expand the indigent legal services for criminal defendants to honor the constitutional promise of gideon versus wainwright. we will be the state of law and order, but also the state of compassion and common sense. we will work to improve the justice system and end racial and resource inequities. we will propose groundbreaking
reforms. we will videotape interrogations, improve fairness in lineups, and raise the age of criminal liability from 16 to 18. [ applause ] we will reform our bail system to where the public safety risk posed by an individual because we accomplish absolutely nothing locking up people for years who pose no threat to the public, who even haven't had the right to a trial. [ applause ] we will honor the promise of a speedy trial because rikers island is an insult to lady
justice. [ applause ] i want to thank our great chief judge of the court of appeals, janet defee ory, and the members of the court of appeals, please stand. thank you for the guidance and advice on these reforms. [ applause ] the new york promise continues because we believe individual health is public health, and quality affordable health care is a human right. we will not go back to a place where nearly 3 million new yorkers are uninsured or medicaid is decimated or our world-class new york health care system is dismantled. we will not allow that to happen in the state of new york. [ applause ]
and we're going to work with 1199 and the greater new york hospital association to make sure that doesn't happen. [ applause ] we will protect our environment because we believe in the native american proverb that said we did not inherit the land from our parents but are borrowing it from our children. we will invest a record amount in our environmental protection fund, and lower reggie emission caps by 30% by the year 2030. and we will take bold steps to make us safer. new york city sits 30 miles from
a ticking time bomb. the indian point nuclear power plant. nuclear power can be a useful bridge as we transition to renewables, there is no doubt. but indian point is located in the most densely populated area of our state, and in the most densely populated area on the globe. there is no other nuclear power plant closer to as densely a populated area. god forbid there's an accident. evacuation of this region would be all but impossible. i have been there many times to the plant to review operational issues, and there have been many operational issues. i have personally been trying to close it down for 15 years. finally this year, i'm proud to announce that we have an
agreement. indian point will close in four years, 14 years ahead of schedule. [ applause ] it will close at no cost to the state. our plan identifies sources of replacement power and transitions workers to new jobs. this agreement eliminates a major risk, provides welcome relief. new yorkers can sleep a little better. i want to thank our new york state attorney general who really did great work on this matter. please, eric, stand so we can acknowledge you. [ applause ] i'd also like to ask richard
kaufman to stand, who did great work on my team. [ applause ] we will improve our democratic process processes. we should do everything we can to get people to actually vote. we will advance women's rights and equal pay by adopting salary history blind hiring practices and requiring all state contractors to report employees' gender and pay. [ applause ] and make no mistake.
new york will always stand up and stand tall and stand firm to protect a woman's right to choose. [ applause ] we will fight the scourge of homelessness. last year we made an historic $20 billion commitment to fight pervasive homelessness and the affordable housing shortage. the money is there. the largest state commitment in history, $20 billion. four months ago i signed a memorandum of understanding to release the funds. neither the assembly nor the senate have agreed to move the funds forward. today i call on them to advance this historic plan initiated in 2016. it provides 100,000 units of affordable housing across the
state and 6,000 units of supportive housing primarily in new york city. we need it. we need it now. we need it in the winter. we need it in the cold. it is time for the state legislature to act. [ applause ] we will enforce our anti-discrimination and our hate crime laws in every instance of prejudice. i am proposing a new state policing department of human rights, education, and enforcement task force because hate and discrimination have no home in new york, and no infraction will be tolerated, period. [ applause ] we will also come together as
new yorkers under cardinal dolan's efforts to organize interfaith religious leaders and congregations to share and educate new yorkers about the commonalities in our different faiths because religious freedom and individual liberty are new york hallmarks, and we need to focus on religious commonalities and similar foundations as opposed to artificial distinctions. we're pleased that the cardinal will be leading that effort. thank you, your eminence. [ applause ] please stand. in closing, my friends, yes, we have challenges. it is a challenging time. but we have been challenged before. we've been challenged time and
time again. and if there's one thing new york knows, we know how to get up after we've been knocked down, and we know how to face a challenge. it is who we are in our essence. we will calm the waters. we will stop the opposing currents, and we will align the energy of both. and when all are headed in the same direction, that will create a current that is so strong, it pulls all forward. because as new yorkers living in this great state of diversity, we know inherently that anger, one against the other, never works. and the only thing that works is engendering a spirit where we help one another. we today gather at the site of
9/11 that made this statement so clear. this is the site where you saw the greatest hatred and the greatest cowardice and the greatest anger in the attack. but it is also the site where you saw the greatest response, which was love and reaching out and understanding and people coming together and not seeing differences, but seeing souls and character and fellow human beings, and seeing americans. and we saw that unity is undefeatable. and people came from not just all over the state. they came from all across the country. they came from all across the world. and they said, we're not new yorkers, but we're here to help
because we're human beings. and when we are at our best, we don't focus on the difference and the disparity. we focus on the humanity and the commonality. that's what this is all about. in new york, we know it. why? because new york was the stepping-off place for america. it is the laboratory of the american experiment in democracy. it is 18 million people from all across the world. and if you want to start to point fingers at people who are different, you're going to be pointing fingers all day long. and there is only one strategy to make this place work, which was to come together and see the humanity and cooperate and understand that this is about putting people together and not pulling people apart. it's not about upstate or
downstate. it's upstate and downstate. it's not democrat or republican. it's democrat and republican. it's not christian or muslim or jew. it's christian and muslim and jew. [ applause ] it's old immigrant, and it's new immigrant. it's rich and middle class and poor, and it's black and white and brown. and it's forging community from that group and that alliance. and that is new york. that is what we do. [ applause ] our founding fathers -- our founding fathers said it all in three words. e pluribus unum. out of many, one.
that was the founding premise of the nation, and that is the enduring promise of the nation. that is a lesson that lives in this state, and our people need to know today that, yes, the winds are strong. and, yes, the seas are rough. and, yes, our principles are being challenged. but new york will show this nation once again how to heed our better angels and that the greatest success is shared success. and that we build the brightest future together. excelsior and god bless you. [ applause ]
this weekend, on american history tv on c-span 3, saturday evening at 6:00 eastern on the civil war, author and historian harold hol ser on abraham lincoln's views on immigration and his efforts to court the german-american vote early in his career. >> one in ten immigrants joined the union military as soon as they arrived. by lincoln's optimistic calculation, the result with black enlistment factored in and even with the dead, wounded, captured and missing subtracted, was a net gain for the military and for the country at large. >> then at 8:00, on lectures in history. rhodes college professor charles mckinney describes early civil rights efforts to end segregation during world war ii. >> the new deal also creates spaces for african-americans and southern african-americans in particular to start to push for civil and economic rights.
civil and economic rights. it gives them again, to use roger wilkins' phrase, that human space to push for and aspire for that inclusion into the mainstream of american life. >> sunday afternoon at 4:00, on real america, the 1958 united states information agency film, communist propaganda. >> what do the communists have to say concerning our air force? >> accidentally dropped some rockets over florida. this report gives us every ground for questioning the possibility of accidents in general since it claims that approximately 70% of the officers and enlisted men of the air force are psychoneurotic. >> and at 6:00, on american artifacts, the museum of the american revolution is scheduled to open this spring in philadelphia.
>> we got them paced togethsted we see it says success to the try feign ya. you see how urban archaeology is this interweaving of the written record, the primary record, the secondary record, the artifacts. that's what's really fun about it is that we just weave it all together. >> for our complete american history tv schedule, go to c-span.org. new jersey governor chris christie delivered his final state of the state address in trenton. the focus of the speech was combating drug addiction. this is 1:15. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you. thank you very much.