Cuomo Promises Progressive Agenda As He Begins 3rd TermPosted: Updated:
A new year brings a third term as governor for Andrew Cuomo.
He was sworn in Tuesday evening at Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, where he delivered his inaugural address.
"Together we face a new reality," he said. "It's a day that not only calls for celebration, but perhaps even more importantly, my friends, for perspective."
Cuomo's main focus during his speech was division throughout the country, a condition he called "social depression."
Touching on immigration concerns and recent mass shootings, he urged people to come together instead of separating based on racial, economic, or other differences.
On the same note, he also called out the federal government.
"I fault them for manipulating and using the fear and deepening the divisions for their own political purpose," he said.
Cuomo also talked about his plans for the first 100 days of his new term, which includes pushing for what he calls the most progressive agenda the state has ever seen.
"From voting reforms to Roe v. Wade for New York to protecting a woman's right to choose to better gun laws to healthcare protection to legalizing marijuana to protecting the labor movement to a green new deal to real criminal justice reform," he said. "We will make history."
The governor calls these proposals his "2019 Justice Agenda."