One of the most controversial recommendations in Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission report released this week is to enact public financing of campaigns for statewide elections.
The majority of the 25 Moreland Act Commissioners say a public campaign finance system modeled on New York City’s matching donor system is the only way to curb the undue influence of big money donors in state government.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating is the lowest it’s been since he’s been Governor, according to a new poll. The Siena College survey also finds many New Yorkers are satisfied with the implementation of the new Common Core standards in schools.
The Siena College poll finds only 44% of voters like the job that Andrew Cuomo is doing as governor. 56% say he’s doing a fair or poor job. Siena’s Steve Greenberg says it’s the first time the governor’s approval rating has dipped below 50%.
Now that this year’s elections are over, the political world is gearing up for the 2014 contests. Governor Cuomo is expected to seek another term, and so far no one has officially said that they will run against him.
Governor Cuomo sounded like he was in campaign mode the day after Election Day, when he celebrated the passage of a casino gambling amendment that he pushed.
“Are we fired up?” Cuomo asked a cheering crowd.
Cuomo focused on an important issue for any candidate, economic development, and he says the new casinos will bring.
Governor Cuomo did not lose any time in publicizing a win on a gambling expansion amendment in Tuesday’s voting. The governor made two public appearances in regions that are now authorized to build resort style casinos.
In what amounted to a post election victory lap, Governor Cuomo celebrated the passage of the casino gambling amendment in the Catskills with a crowd of business, labor and local government officials. He called it a “huge, huge win”.
“This is a game changer,” said Cuomo . “It means jobs. It means business. It means getting the economy running.”