Vice President Joe Biden joined Governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany today to discuss rebuilding New York state and strengthening infrastructure affected by extreme weather.
Vice President Biden and Governor Cuomo held the press conference in the Red Room at the Capital building to discuss the work planned to make New York’s infrastructure systems more storm resilient, reflecting on the devastation brought on by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in 2011.
This week, Governor Cuomo unveils his plans for the 2014 legislative session. The State of the State allows the executive a unique opportunity to command public attention and to mobilize support for his proposals. Typically, a State of the State address in the first year of any Administration focuses on the need for changes and reforms. As the governor over time comes to represent the status quo, his or her rhetoric changes and the State of the State becomes a vehicle to extol the achievements of the Administration and to build on the image the governor is trying to project.
On an 11am conference call with the media, Governor didn't give the "all clear" just yet, but he did say "Mother nature has moved on somewhat" and the snowfall is pretty much over across the state. He said his decision to close roadways between midnight and 5 am turned out to be the right call - there were weather-related fatalities - Authorities say a 71-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease has frozen to death after she wandered away from her rural western New York home.
Republicans say their party’s county executive wins in the Hudson Valley and elsewhere in New York State bode well for the 2014 governor’s race.
The New York Republican State Committee’s executive director Michael Lawler was celebrating in Westchester County Tuesday night with supporters of incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino, who won re-election to a second term in a county where Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 2-to-1. Here’s Lawler.
WASHINGTON – The US Department of Transportation has approved a $1.6 billion loan to help finance construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties.
The funding comes from the DOT’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act.
Governor Andrew Cuomo called the loan “a huge win for New York State.”
The issue of tolls to cross the new twin-span remains up in the air, the governor noted.