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Cuomo's '18 agenda: Legal fights over taxes, opioid epidemic

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his state of the state address Wedneday.

Posted: Jan 3, 2018 3:14 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2018 4:12 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his state of the state address Wedneday.

Some of the top proposals:

FEDERAL TAX LAWSUIT: Sue to challenge the new Republican tax overhaul, which he calls an unconstitutional assault on state's rights. The new law caps a former deduction for state and local taxes at $10,000, a move that Cuomo says will lead to big tax increases for many homeowners in high-tax states like New York.

OPIOID EPIDEMIC: New York will join the growing list of states taking legal action against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic, vowing to work with the state Attorney General's Office to take "enforcement actions" against opioid distributors in the U.S.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: A new, uniform sexual harassment policy for all state and local officials in response to the national attention on sexual misconduct in the workplace.

ELECTION INTEGRITY: Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election have prompted proposals from Cuomo and lawmakers to require the disclosure of groups paying for online political ads.

VOTING REFORMS: New York is now one of a minority of states that don't allow early voting. Cuomo wants to allow voters to cast a ballot up to 12 days before an election. He's also seeking changes to voter registration to make it easier for more people to participate.

EDUCATION: Enhance and expand early childhood programming and improve access to food at school to ensure no student goes hungry.

CLEAN ENERGY: More offshore wind energy projects in New York waters. Cuomo wants New York to seek 800 megawatts of new offshore wind projects in 2018 and 2019, enough to power 400,000 households.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Anyone convicted of a domestic violence crime would have to surrender any firearms.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Eliminate longstanding practice of requiring defendants to post monetary bail in misdemeanor and non-violent felony cases.

ECONOMY: $750 million for more regional economic development competitions and $100 million for another round of downtown revitalization funding.

INFRASTRUCTURE: Invest $11.7 billion on transportation systems, including upgrading Stewart Airport in the Hudson Valley to handle more international flights, expand cashless tolling to all Port Authority crossings in the New York City area as well as the entire Thruway system, and upgrade all 27 Thruway service areas through a public-private partnership.

FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT: Wants to see New York state's pension fund get out of investing in fossil fuels.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2108510

Reported Deaths: 53522
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings28043910447
Queens2771309949
Suffolk2008953399
Nassau1835453174
Bronx1833236585
New York1381274497
Westchester1296002286
Erie895411803
Richmond749181839
Monroe688791110
Orange48281843
Rockland46924963
Onondaga38888677
Dutchess29460445
Albany24687355
Oneida22590513
Niagara20027371
Broome18607366
Saratoga15352168
Ulster13897257
Schenectady13190205
Rensselaer11222142
Putnam1060492
Chautauqua8948144
Chemung7754135
Oswego761591
Ontario740293
Steuben6946144
Sullivan667075
St. Lawrence662896
Cayuga633692
Jefferson612268
Wayne577570
Cattaraugus571891
Genesee5435124
Herkimer5182109
Clinton483533
Madison456089
Livingston451760
Fulton442091
Tompkins434452
Montgomery4254125
Columbia4061104
Cortland391962
Tioga382763
Warren365857
Wyoming358053
Allegany355587
Chenango349576
Otsego346047
Greene340279
Washington315955
Orleans311883
Lewis280536
Franklin256112
Delaware237738
Seneca200956
Schoharie169217
Essex159226
Yates117826
Schuyler107014
Hamilton3132
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