New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stopped by the Lovinger Theatre on Wednesday, February 20, to talk about the progress his administration has made in the past two years, as well as current and future proposals for growing the state’s economy. The visit was part of the Governor’s “New York Rising” tour, in which he outlines his bold agenda for the state’s budget.
Among the Governor’s goals is to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 an hour. “We’re out of pace with other states in our area… it’s the right thing to do… it’s long overdue, and we want to do it this year,” said Governor Cuomo about the state’s minimum wage laws.
On the topic of education, Governor Cuomo discussed the advantages of more education, and introduced three options for school districts: extend the school day, extend the school year, or a combination of both. As an incentive for school districts that choose to participate, the state plans to fund 100 percent of the education. He also proposed making universal prekindergarten available in all districts.
Governor Cuomo received a standing ovation when he presented his proposal for the Women’s Equality Act, a ten-point policy aimed at removing social and economic barriers for women.
In attendance were state and local officials, including Bronx Borough President Ruben Díaz Jr.; New York State Senators Jeffrey Klein and Gustavo Rivera; Assemblymen Jeffrey Dinowitz, Jose Rivera, Mark Gjonah, and Michael Benedetto; Councilmember and Majority Leader Joel Rivera; and former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer.
To view the entire presentation, visit http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/29429058.