Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a long list of proposals he will advance in his 2020 State of the State agenda:
Three long serving Republican State Senators are not running for re-election. Sen. Elizabeth Little (SD-45-Glens Falls), Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer (SD-61-Williamsville) and Sen. Joseph Robach (SD-56-Rochester) have all announced that they will not be running for re-election in 2020.
Other Republican Senators have also decided to step down recently. Albany area businessman and senator George Amedore (SD-46-Guilderland) has decided not to run for re-election and Robert Antonacci (SD-50-Syracuse), just elected last year, is leaving to take a judgeship.
These departures in the Senate Republican ranks come in addition to Sen. Cathy Young’s (SD-57-Olean) resignation earlier in the year after losing a leadership election to Minority Leader John Flanagan.
Republican Senators Chris Jacobs (SD-60-Buffalo) and Robert Ortt (SD-62-Lockport) have both announced that they are running for an open congressional seat in Western New York.
In the Assembly, long serving Democratic Assemblyman Robin Schimminger of the Buffalo area (AD-140) has announced he will not be running in 2020 as well. Schimminger was first elected in 1976.
Governor Cuomo announced the following administration appointments this week:
– Kumiki Gibson has been appointed Counsel to the Governor
– Elizabeth Garvey has been appointed Special Counsel and Senior Advisor to the Governor
– Jim McDonough has been appointed Director of the Division of Veterans’ Services
– Jesse Campoamor has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs
– Simonida Subotic has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Economic Development
– Jeremy Shockett has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Public Safety
– Matthew Saal has been appointed Senior Advisor for Communications
– Colleen Curtis has been appointed Senior Director of Digital Strategy and Social Media
– Jeremy M. Goldberg has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Technology and Innovation for NYS
– Edgar Santana has been appointed Director of Downstate Regional Affairs
– Brandon Hicks has been appointed Director of African American Affairs
– Maria LoGiudice has been appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary for Public Safety
– Molly Reilly has been appointed Assistant Secretary for Upstate Intergovernmental Affairs
The legislative session came to an end today with the Assembly gaveling out a little after 7 a.m. and the Senate adjourning shortly after 1 a.m. on Friday, June 21.
It was a very busy session with the Legislature passing many more bills than in previous sessions, due in large part to the Democrats holding the majority in both Houses for the first time in many years.
Many of the Democrats’ top priority initiatives passed in the last few months of session and a few fell by the wayside.
What didn’t pass?
Legislation to authorize the sale of recreational marijuana in the state, legalization of gestational surrogacy, and expansion of prevailing wage, to name a few.
What did pass?
Driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, farm workers’ labor rights, sexual harassment law changes, a sweeping climate change bill, rent reforms, decriminalization of marijuana, and expansion of the MWBE program.
Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced the state is facing a $2.3 billion revenue shortfall due to a sharp drop in income tax collections for December and January. The Governor attributed the loss of revenues to the capping of the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction which was included in the federal tax reform legislation of 2017. Cuomo said the he would be making adjustments to this year’s $175 billion-dollar budget proposal which he unveiled in January, but he wasn’t specific where the cuts may come from.