Gov. Cuomo stresses gun control, Sandy relief in State of the State address
Gov. Andrew Cuomo passionately laid out his plan to curb gun violence in New York during his third state of the state address, Wednesday.
"Stop the madness now!" Cuomo begged legislators, hoping they'd support banning assault rifles in the Empire State.
Cuomo who said he owns a gun, received cheers when he said "no one needs an assault rifle or 10 bullets to kill a deer."
Cuomo's proposal would ban assault rifles, close the private sale loophole that sidesteps federal background checks, halt gun sales to the mentally ill, and ban the sale of high capacity magazines
He added the state's current weapons laws are riddled with loopholes and hard to understand, so consequently he proposed "eliminating large capacity magazines regardless of date of manufacture."
The governor said the state supports hunters and sportsmen, but said these were "common sense measures."
"It's about ending the unnecessary high risk assault weapons pose."
Many gun control activists praised Cuomo's agenda.
"Governor Cuomo laid out a strong agenda in many areas for the year ahead," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. "They (the policies) will help law enforcement keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people and save lives."
Other issues Gov. Andrew Cuomo tackled in his State of the State address included:
1. Minimum Wage
New York should follow the example for the 19 other states that raised minimum wage this year, Cuomo said in his address. He proposed New York raise the rate to $8.75. "It's the right thing to do, it's the fair thing to do," the Governor said.
Cuomo introduced a 10-point women's equality act to help shatter the glass ceiling and end discrimination against domestic violence victims, among other issues.
3. Superstorm Sandy
Cuomo said he believes global warming is real and "we must be prepared for a future storm." Cuomo announced two plans to help with recovery. NY Smart Home will help those who want to rebuild by constructing homes on fillings and protecting it from future storms. For those who do not want to rebuild, NY Home Buyout will allow residents to buy out their parcel of land and move on. Cuomo addressed spending money on technology to protect the subway system and underground infrastructure.
Cuomo proposed extending the school day, lengthening the year and/or cutting down vacation time, to help better educate New York students. The state will let districts decide what option works best for their areas. If a district ops in, New York State will pay for the extra cost 100%.
More than $1 billion with go into a public match to private funds to making businesses go green. New York will have electronic car refueling stations throughout its boarders. Cuomo also stressed using renewable energy sources and ending reliance on the big power plants.