Cuomo recalled how Browder killed himself after spending three years on Rikers Island, where he awaited trial on charges that he stole a backpack when he was 16.
The New York Common Fund manages approximately $200 billion in retirement assets for more than one million New Yorkers across the state.
Cuomo framed the directive in two ways: climate action and economic development.
"This year, I'll work to clean up our elections and remove dark money from campaigns by closing the LLC loophole and requiring the people and groups behind online political ads are disclosed", he said.
Cuomo is also believed to have his sights set on a 2020 run for the White House.
"This federal government is the most aggressive and hostile toward NY in history".
"We have major concerns with a new payroll tax", state Business Council president and CEO Heather Briccetti.
Esposito says that, "you can really look at it as a marketing effort, but it's a serious amount of dollars that should get attention of companies from all over the world as we have been doing over the past year with things like the Luminate NY competition for optics, photonics and imaging companies as well".
The tax overhaul capped deductions for state and local taxes and for property taxes - which are popular in high-tax states - at $10,000.
State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) said the governor outlined an ambitious agenda.
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What these speeches rarely offer are specifics, especially the most important detail with most proposals: How will it be funded?
There have been signs the Thruway Authority had been looking to expand the cashless system, with the authority's board adopting a budget last month identifying it as a priority for 2018.
"As Washington pulls us backward, Governor Cuomo's environmental commitments show states and cities can lead the way on climate progress solutions".
"This was visionary. This was aspirational and transformational".
"I couldn't get to see her that often because I was in school and everything", Chico said.
This year's budget will be especially hard for Cuomo and lawmakers, who have to contend with a $4 billion deficit in the $150 billion spending plan. "Now putting rubber to the road, saying anything that happens subsequently relative to import or contracts, absolutely needs to be linked to jobs".
"New Yorkers know too well the devastation caused by climate change, and in order to slow the effects of extreme weather and build our communities to be stronger and more resilient, we must make significant investments in renewable energy", said Governor Cuomo in a statement. He says eliminating the full deductibility of state and local taxes will amount to a tax increase for middle income residents.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will challenge the new law on the grounds that it's unconstitutional and violates states' rights.
Making the decisions more hard will be interests representing education, labor, the poor, local governments and businesses clamoring for the state to spend more to address their needs.
"You can divert all the attention you want to the federal government".