Cuomo, the Moderate, Prepares for Re-Election

The governor has pushed for property tax freezes, tax incentives for manufacturers and legalizing the medical use of marijuana.

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets up his bid for a second term as governor, political analysts said the incumbent is smartly aligning himself as a moderate.

The Westchester resident has pushed for property tax freezes, tax incentives for manufacturers and legalizing the medical use of marijuana. 

In an interview with the Associated Press, Lawrence Levy, who is the executive dean of the National Center of Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, said Cuomo is "very good at a policy and political balancing act that takes into account that New York state is a traditionally divided place."

The AP piece also analyzed his State of the State address and his 2014 agenda, which include property tax rebates for homeowners in some municipalities. 

Of course, Cuomo has also been a champion of liberal causes, including gun control and gay marriage. 

New York's wide political divide could be seen in and around New York and its suburbs, where Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio easily won his race, while Republican county executives won in Rockland, Westchester and Nassau counties. 

Will you vote for Gov. Cuomo this November? Let us know in the comments section. 

Charles Clewsow January 14, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Florida is expected to overtake NY as the third largest state by population, very shortly.
Charles Clewsow January 14, 2014 at 05:12 PM
He has a 2% tax cap that cost us 30%. How's that workin' for ya?
Richard Sena January 14, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his second program bill with a measure designed to repeal the Wilson-Pakula Law of 1947, a new oversight counsel at the Board of Elections and an expedited process for registering in a political party.
Charles Clewsow January 14, 2014 at 09:23 PM
Interesting Richard...any further details? What is the status of these measures?
Rock1nRockland January 14, 2014 at 10:45 PM
Can a property tax freeze really occur when you have laws like the Taylor & Triborough laws on the books?? I always wondered what would happen if instead of assessed value as the basis for property taxes, one used acreage... since acreage usually doesn't change. This could have a profound effect on local economies by creating construction jobs since expanding/fixing your house or building wouldn't effect a tax hike on you, plus you would avoid certiorari cases which as we've seen in Rockland can shift the tax base dramatically. Just a thought.
Rob T January 15, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Cuomo a Moderate ?... Guess I'm the King of Germany also.
Brian January 15, 2014 at 11:49 AM
The conservatives are calling Cuomo a liberal, and liberals like myself are saying he's too conservative for a Democrat. So he must really be a moderate.


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