In his keynote address at the 1984 Democratic Convention, then-Governor Mario Cuomo famously proclaimed, “There is despair, Mr. President, in the faces that you don't see, in the places that you don't visit, in your shining city.”
Today I would respectfully proclaim, “There is despair, Governor Cuomo, Madam Leader and Mr. Speaker, in the faces that you don't see, in the places that you don't visit, outside of your shining New York City, outside of your shining State Capitol in Albany.”
That despair is causing New York's population to bleed out.
Our families, our business owners and our workers are bleeding out of our state in search of better opportunities, into the welcoming arms of states like Florida, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina and Georgia, because they can't afford to live here.
We must stop the bleed, and it starts with affordability. It starts with putting taxpayers first. Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle would rather focus on making plastic bags illegal, giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants and forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for political campaigns.
The Senate Republican Conference is the only conference focused on cutting taxes and making New York more affordable.
We can't tax our way into a better business climate. We need to make it easier, not harder for those gutting it out on Main Street, NY to survive. That's where my focus is, that's where our conference's focus is, and that's where the focus of the Governor, the New Senate Majority and the Assembly should be.