ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver his sixth State of the State address and unveil his state budget proposal Wednesday, when he’s expected to detail his proposals to bolster the state’s anti-corruption laws.
Cuomo, a Democrat, will speak in front of a crowd of a few thousand in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center near the state Capitol, where he will lay out his agenda for 2016 in what is expected to be a lengthy speech.
You can watch Cuomo’s address as it happens below. The program is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., when the video will go live.
Cuomo has eschewed tradition since taking office in 2011, delivering his address in the cavernous convention center rather than the cozy confines of the Assembly chamber, which had hosted governors’ State of the State addresses for decades prior.
For the second consecutive year, Cuomo is also combining his State of the State and his budget address, which have traditionally been delivered separately in January.
The governor has spent much of the past 10 days methodically revealing some of the major pieces of his agenda, including a $22 billion pledge for upstate roads and bridges and a $1 billion plan that will freeze tolls on the state Thruway Authority.
But he has said his speech will include new proposals, as well, including a plan to bolster ethics laws in Albany, which has been scarred by the convictions of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, late last year.
Wondering what to listen for in Cuomo’s address? Here’s five questions looming over the speech.