Cuomo, apparent ‘Duck Dynasty’ fan, is ‘hap, hap, happy’ about budget


Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants you to know: He is “hap, hap, happy” about the state’s soon-to-be-passed budget.

Unveiling his apparent fondness for A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” Cuomo cited the line from the reality show when he was asked how he feels about a budget that is expected to be passed on time this year.

“Hap, hap, happy,” Cuomo said Wednesday on “The Capitol Pressroom,” a public radio program. “There’s a new show, ‘Duck Dynasty.’ The man says ‘hap, hap, happy.’ I’m hap, hap, happy.'”

(Cuomo got it mostly right, apparently. A quick perusal of YouTube seems to suggest one one the show’s characters — Phil — often says he’s “happy, happy, happy.”)

Cuomo said the fact that the budget will be on time for a third year in a row — the Assembly will vote Thursday — is “irrefutable proof that the government is functioning.”

“Government is working,” Cuomo said. “It’s a smart, sound budget. I think it’s great.”

The Senate passed the $135 million budget in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, approving a spending plan that includes a hike in the minimum wage, a $1 billion bump in education funding and an extension of a higher income-tax rate on millionaires.

Cuomo, a Democrat, said he’s not taking the Assembly vote for granted, but said there’s a “9 out of 10” chance the Democrat-controlled chamber will approve the budget Thursday.

When asked about his post-budget priorities, Cuomo cited a few examples and no surprises: campaign-finance reform, a plan to place Las Vegas-style casinos and a 10-point women’s issues package, all of which were laid out in his State of the State address in January.


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  1. Cuomo had to take his bar exam 5 times… how is it possible that he can effectively decide these issues? He’s raiding $1.75 billion from the reserves of the off-budget State Insurance Fund (SIF). Coumo can not even hold on to his democratic majority. The distance between Cuomo and New Yorkers he is supposed to represent continues to broaden. He has disenfranchised the Northern and Western part of New York with his SAFE Act.. New York has the highest taxes in the nation. It is ranked as the least “business-friendly” state in the country. NY State under Cuomo Governorship:

    NY State under Cuomo Governorship:
    570 jobs lost-Sikorsky Aircraft-closed
    174 jobs lost -Dal-Tile Corp-closed
    592 jobs lost- Archcare Inc-closing
    375 jobs lost- Ralcorp- closing 2 plants
    84 jobs lost- Vette Thermal Solutions – moving to NH
    350 jobs lost -Daikin McQuay-moving Auburn plant to Tennessee
    86 jobs lost-Oberdorfer foundry in DeWitt, NY is closing in May
    65 jobs lost – Advanced Monolythic Ceramics in Olean – moving to CA
    35 jobs lost-Bombardier Mass transit – closing
    50 jobs lost-Spectrum Plastics – closing
    160 jobs lost-Menands company (Albany International) – moving to NH by end of 2013
    Remington considering relocating out of NY