Cuomo To Skelos: Mess With The Agenda, You’re Messing With Me


Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a strong warning today to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, after Skelos equivocated yesterday on increasing the minimum wage and reforming the state’s campaign-finance laws.

Cuomo said he will stay out of the battle over control of the state Senate, but he will get involved if the new Senate coalition between Republicans and group of Democrats balk at his agenda.

“If Senator Skelos is opposed to the agenda of the people of the state, then I will oppose him, and then I will be involved,” Cuomo said on Fred Dicker’s radio show.

Skelos told reporters yesterday that the GOP and the Independent Democratic Conference hadn’t decided on issues to pursue in January when the legislative session starts.

“We haven’t made any decision or agreements as to what will come to the floor,” Skelos said.

Cuomo, along with Democrats and liberal groups, want to increase the minimum wage. It’s currently $7.25 an hour, and Democrats want to push it $8.50 an hour.

Groups also want the state to enact public financing of campaigns. Cuomo has called for the state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana to end the so-called “stop-and-frisk” practice that has led to arrests, particularly of youth of New York City.

“They are wrong to oppose campaign-finance reform, they are wrong to oppose raising the minimum wage, they are wrong to oppose reforming the stop and frisk policies of this state,” Cuomo said. “And I will do everything in my power to get that agenda passed.”

Scott Reif, a spokesman for Senate Republicans, said that the GOP conference has worked with Cuomo during the past two years and have reached compromise on a number of issues. Cuomo has hailed his working relationship with Senate Republicans, including passing a property-tax cap and pension reform. Senate Republicans currently hold a 33-29 seat majority.

“If Senate Republicans have proven anything over the last two years, it’s that we can successfully work with Governor Cuomo to pass an agenda that benefits all New Yorkers,” Reif said in a statement. “The people want Democrats and Republicans to work together to get results, and we’re going to keep getting the job done for them in the
next legislative session.”


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  1. Andrew “Cesare” Cuomo is feeling his “OATS” and I guess wondering if 53% of BLUE STATE VOTERS approve I better watch out.

    Then again my poll numbers are higher so I will throw my weight around.

    I wonder what Shelly over in the Assembly is thing about this ?

    Could Brian “Missing in Action” Kolb for a coalition with some of my members and “FIRE ME”

    I am the co-star of “Sex in The Assembly” and I did “FIRE” Vito.

    So maybe I too will be “FIRED” ?

    So all you Assembly Democ”RATS” now is the time for Action

    The Voters are on the side of a coalition and an end to Democ”RAT”Ic or GOP Rule.

    Time to revolt and be “HAPPY” firing Shelly Silver

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    Power to the People who “VOTE”

  2. Enlarge this photo and then take a real close look. I am now completely scared for NY State’s future and my children’s future in NY State. We are so screwed in NY State.

    You can see why NY State tops the country for losing population 2nd only to California.

    3 Doofuses in a room.

  3. VJ M.achiavelli…you’re on the GOVERNATOR’s list. WatchOut. DO NOT CRITICIZE THE ULTIMATE LEADER

  4. Cuomo is so full of his junk it is now becoming revolting.

    His cufflinks dont matter if he is a hood in a fancy suit. Cooperation is what is needed and stop wearing the State Police jacket: you aint a cop

  5. He of the regal velvet podium pad????? What an affront to taxpayers struggling to pay their bills from one payday to the next!!

    Velvet podium ???? WHY ????

    Like putting lipstick on a 20 year old pig with warts…….