Cuomo promotes industrial hemp production for NY

Joy Montgomery
January 12, 2017

"The illegal sale of marijuana can not and will not be tolerated in New York State, but data consistently show that recreational users of marijuana pose little to no threat to public safety", Cuomo wrote. An appointee of President Barack Obama, Bharara is expected to keep his job in the administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Watertown City Mayor Joseph M. Butler, Jr., who attended the Syracuse speech, said he liked to hear the governor's emphasis on home-grown manufacturing.

Elected officials were also on board with the program.

The move to expand tuition-free education at public colleges to middle-class families is long overdue.

Empire State TrailCuomo proposed a $200 million project that would create a 750-mile Empire State Trail.

The upcoming project seeks to "turn an archaic facility into a state-of-the-art transportation hub that meets the needs of the 21st century traveler", Cuomo's office said.

He said 70 percent of the county budget funds state-mandated programs.

New York's unions strongly support the Excelsior Scholarships.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who had pushed for free tuition at all state colleges during his presidential campaign, endorsed the project (and boosted Cuomo's potential 2020 presidential bid) by appearing next to the governor when he announced the plan at LaGuardia Community College on January 3. "If it's good for New York City, it's certainly good for Western New York".

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O'Mara praised Cuomo's proposal, as well, calling it "another step in the right direction".

A spokesman for the Senate GOP, Scott Reif, said senators frown on the idea of transforming the Legislature into a full-time operation, with checks on their outside work. Mr.Cuomo also could have done much worse, by, for example, proposing a general reduction in tuition, or even waiving it entirely, for everyone in the state.

"We should say the day has come that we will now pay for college and let NY have the most educated work force in the country", says Gov. Cuomo.

Cuomo said he aimed to help struggling middle-class New Yorkers with a bigger-than-ever state budget allocation for education, without giving a specific amount; more economic development investments; and a doubling of the child care tax credit.

Whether Cuomo can succeed with any of his reforms largely depends on how strongly he advances them, said Blair Horner, legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group. "And this is the proposal that's going to do it".

The alliance released a statement hours after the event, saying it hoped the scholarships would be publicly-funded and available to all students, regardless of immigration status. "What made us a success was we were more ambitious and bold and daring than everybody else". "The Governor's proposal is an important beginning". "New York is poised to be a leader in this expanding industry".

"Investing in water infrastructure is critical to fostering growth in our communities and ‎our state", Governor Cuomo said. "However, the governor has once again failed to release any details about his proposals, so until then, I will remain cautiously optimistic".

DMV licensing and oversight of rideshare companies, including providing DMV with broad auditing powers to ensure uniformity in access for all New Yorkers and compliance with all laws, rules and regulations.

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