On January 3, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered his 2018 State of the State Address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. The Governor's far-reaching 2018 agenda delivers on the promise of progressive government by advancing a slate of critical social and economic policies to improve the lives of New Yorkers. The bold agenda includes a full package of legislative reforms, robust investments and targeted actions - from a comprehensive women's rights agenda to a first-in-the-nation plan to fight the federal tax assault to nation-leading criminal justice reforms - that will increase opportunity for New Yorkers and ensure the Empire State continues to serve as a beacon of equality, unity and fairness for the nation.
These sweeping proposals build on seven years of strong progress under Governor Cuomo - passing a $15 minimum wage, tuition-free college, marriage equality, paid family leave, gun safety, infrastructure, and landmark criminal justice reforms, all while lowering taxes for the middle class, capping property taxes and keeping spending increases to the lowest levels in generations. In the face of a concerted federal assault from Washington, New York will continue to lead the way in 2018, fostering our shared values of opportunity, equality, fairness, and hope, and proving the competency of our progressive government.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said, "New York believes that there is no future built through division - but only through unity. The New York way is that tolerance is expected from all, inclusion is our operating principle, and forging community is the ultimate goal. For too long in this country, government has promised too much and delivered too little. This administration understands that effective government requires citizen confidence and management competence. To better society, government leaders must be dreamers and doers; visionaries and achievers. We are facing unprecedented challenges to women's rights, our immigrant community, the environment and our economy. New York is unwavering. We will continue to lead the nation by fighting to protect and advance the rights of all women, ensuring the integrity of our elections, safeguarding New York's natural resources, creating the jobs of tomorrow, combating the federal assault on our tax code and reforming our criminal justice system so that wealth does not dictate outcome."
Highlights of the Governor's 2018 Agenda include the following:
- Keeping New York Economically Competitive
- Upholding the New York Promise
- Expanding Educational Opportunity for All
- Continuing Economic Opportunity and Growth Under NY Works
- Providing A Cleaner, Greener and Healthier New York: The Wellness Agenda
- Leading the Fight Against Climate Change
- Advancing the Democracy Agenda
- Building a Stronger, Safer New York
The Governor's 2018 Policy Book is available here.