ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is rolling out his legislative proposals for 2020 ahead of his State of the State address on Wednesday.
News 8 WROC will livestream the governor’s address on our website, with coverage beginning at 1:10 p.m. EST.
However, much of what Cuomo is expected to be address, has already been known as the governor’s office has trickled out proposals and agenda items for the past few weeks, including:
- NY high speed rail plan introduced in Gov. Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State
- Proposal would expand 3 tech companies in Rochester, create 700+ jobs
- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces $300M plan to revamp Erie Canal
The governor’s office has unveiled other legislative proposals as well.
- To prevent people who commit serious crimes in other states from owning a gun in New York
- Banning fentanyl analogs, a potentially deadly opioid, to help further combat the drug crisis in America
- Mandating automatic manual recounts of all close elections in the state
- Clarifying that a victim’s ability to consent is jeopardized whether they were voluntary or involuntarily intoxicated
- Banning single-use food containers and the sale of styrofoam packing peanuts
- Lowering prescription drug prices for all New Yorkers through a comprehensive three-part plan
- Advancing net neutrality protections in the U.S.
- Protecting consumers from abusive debt collectors
- Cracking down on retailers who sell illegal cigarettes
- Eliminating the “Pink Tax”
- Legislation to prevent sexual predators from using social media, dating apps and video games to exploit children
- Making the “New York Buy American” Act permanent
- Develop an innovative strategy to build high-speed rail in New York
- Increase transparency in healthcare costs
- Banning flavored nicotine vaping products and vaping ads aimed at youth
- Legalizing gestational surrogacy
- Combating the scourge of robocalls
- Banning untraceable “ghost guns” by requiring firearm parts to be treated as guns and have a serial number
- Growing New York’s craft beverage manufacturing industry by reforming antiquated prohibition-era laws
- Passing the first-in-the-nation inclusive equal rights amendment
- Expanding access to safe and affordable financial services
- Preserving 4,000 Acres of Land in the Mid-Hudson Valley
- Investing $9 Million in Unmanned Aerial System Experimentation and Test Facility at Griffiss International Airport
- Industry-Leading High Technology Companies to Create More Than 700 Jobs in and Near Rochester’s Downtown Innovation Zone
- Protecting the Health Lake George’s Waters
- Rebuilding the Mid-Station Lodge at Whiteface Mountain
- Transferring Pier 76 Tow Pound to Hudson River Park for Reuse
- Transforming Buffalo’s North Aud Block
- $300 million plan to reimagine the Erie Canal
- Creating the Empire Station Complex, a 21st Century transit complex on Manhattan’s West Side
- Creating the State’s First Comprehensive Education and Workforce Training Center in Syracuse
- Expanding New York’s $175 million workforce development initiative to meet emerging job demand
- Banning sex offenders from MTA transit system
That’s what we know so far, but we expect to get more details about said proposals during Wednesday’s speech.
A couple things that jump out as having a major impact in Rochester are the proposals to bring three tech companies to downtown, with 700+ jobs, and the $300 million investment in Erie Canal renovations and projects.
Other statewide topics could certainly impact Rochester residents as well — like a high speed rail service that would connect all the major Upstate New York cities.
Our special live coverage of Gov. Cuomo’s annual State of the State address begins Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. EST.