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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: 2761545

Reported Deaths: 57695
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Kings35194510985
Queens32876810428
Suffolk2585103695
Nassau2285103337
Bronx2142426810
New York1780704667
Westchester1491242357
Erie1274102074
Monroe995101257
Richmond934401975
Orange62994944
Onondaga60557823
Rockland55844783
Dutchess38356513
Albany34983417
Oneida33796648
Niagara29420423
Broome28730437
Saratoga25383228
Schenectady19693247
Ulster19396293
Rensselaer17811197
Chautauqua15410197
Oswego14513138
Putnam13290101
St. Lawrence13212146
Chemung13095176
Steuben12858193
Ontario11974121
Jefferson11657108
Wayne10563105
Cattaraugus10254164
Cayuga9902114
Sullivan983090
Genesee8869146
Herkimer8557145
Clinton827948
Fulton7997115
Madison7563109
Warren755996
Tompkins755761
Livingston740277
Montgomery7353163
Washington691380
Tioga651774
Cortland616489
Allegany6146122
Columbia5842115
Chenango567997
Orleans567696
Franklin557826
Otsego553366
Wyoming546367
Greene505890
Delaware457652
Lewis429840
Seneca336069
Essex305938
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Yates204134
Schuyler198920
Hamilton5253
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