Governor Andrew Cuomo will hold his combined budget and State of the State address on Tuesday, he said in a radio interview on Thursday morning.
“I think we have an historic 100 days here and a great opportunity. We just have to get it done,” Cuomo said in an interview with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. “We have the agenda, we just have to make sure we don’t trip over our own feet and get it done.”
Cuomo’s address will come less than a month after he outlined a broad agenda for the new year and the legislative session with full Democratic control of both chambers of the legislature. Lawmakers and Cuomo are expected to push for legislation meant to strengthen abortion rights, make it easier to vote and register to vote, new gun control measures and the legalization of marijuana for adult use.
In his speech in December, Cuomo said he modeled the effort after the first 100 days of President Franklin Roosevelt.
“I really did two versions of the State of the State already,” Cuomo said. “I laid out a full agenda in what I called an FDR speech.”
Once again, Cuomo will not hold the remarks in the Assembly chamber, but at a convention center or theater across the street from the Capitol.
Cuomo has sought to emphasize areas in which he agrees with legislators, but he is also expected to clash with some lawmakers when it comes to school spending and health care. The governor pointed to the new majority leader in the Senate, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, has being able to balance the needs of a 39-member conference in the new session.
“I think she has the skill set and leadership ability to navigate those treacherous straits,” he said.