Top Quotes by Andrew Cuomo

New York State is upside down and backwards; high taxes and low performance. The New York State government was at one time a national model. Now, unfortunately, it’s a national disgrace. Sometimes, the corruption in Albany could even make Boss Tweed blush.

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You don’t build walls; you build bridges between people.

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I believe global warming and climate change are real threats to our planet.

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I believe we need to attract a new generation of the best and brightest to public service and I believe that government can be a source of inspiration, not degradation.

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There’s no such thing as a 100-year flood.

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The time has come to return integrity, performance and dignity to New York and make it the Empire State once again.

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Too often government responds to the whispers of lobbyists before the cries of the people.

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I’ve been not only articulating the dissatisfaction with Albany, I’ve been acting on it. I’ve been very aggressive in bringing public integrity cases and public corruption cases and bringing cases against sitting legislators.

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I’m a harsh critic of the status quo.

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I believe in $15 as a minimum wage.

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Some people don’t support economic development. There are people in the Assembly who say there is no economic development possible; leave it to the private sector.

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I believe discrimination still exists in society and we must fight it in every form.

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If there’s a silver bullet in the battle to recapture Albany, it is the re-engagement of our citizens. This capital has become a physical metaphor for the isolation and alienation of our people.

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I believe public education is the new civil rights battle and I support charter schools.

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A governor can be a very good friend to people. A governor can be a formidable force.

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I believe women still face a glass ceiling that must be shattered.

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The Declaration of Independence says when government fails, the people have the right to replace it. Well, New York State government has failed and the people have the right, indeed the people have the the people have the obligation, to act.

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There was never a war on poverty. Maybe there was a skirmish on poverty.

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My father was against the death penalty, and that was hard in the Son of Sam summer when fear was driving the desire for the death penalty.

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I am the government.

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You know, you cut taxes for the rich sometimes and it sits in a bank account. You cut taxes for the middle class, they will spend the money.

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Once you start saying, ‘Let’s talk political, my own politics, my own aspirations,’ it can become not just distracting in that it takes time, but it can become confusing and frustrating, and is this now a political agenda or a governmental agenda.

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Fear is a powerful weapon. It can excite and motivate, and it can get people to yell and to scream. But fear has never created a job.

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If I’m breathing in 2016, I’ll be happy.

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Former President Shimon Peres was a leader and a statesman, and an especially wonderful friend to all of us. He will be missed dearly.

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I am against the death penalty.

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I am against the death penalty.

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There is no dispute that Albany needs to be changed. There is no dispute that the current situation in Albany is untenable. Nobody knows that better than I do.

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I know how bad Albany is. I know it better than most. I understand why people are angry. I’m angry. The question is going to be, how do you change Albany, what is the plan for change, and then how do you actually get it done?

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I respect the state workers and I respect their unions, but we simply can’t afford to pay benefits and pensions that are out of line with economic reality.

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The essential job of government is to facilitate, not frustrate, job development.

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I am fiscally prudent and socially progressive. I believe in protecting a woman’s right to choose. I believe in marriage equality.

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I believe Wall Street needs serious ongoing regulation.

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I’m in politics. I’m in government, so nothing surprises me.

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I’m governor of New York.

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As my Sicilian grandfather used to say, you get more flies with honey than with vinegar, right?

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Marriage equality changed life for people.

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I think naturally my orientation is from my father.

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It’s troubling for me as a Catholic to be at odds with the church.

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I have a portrait of Saint Thomas More in my office.

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I never thought I would be divorced.

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Whether you voted for me or not, going through the Democratic process had made me a better candidate. I am a smarter, better candidate.

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You can be a lender who wants to compete and have a better product, but you just can’t get to the students. The schools are controlling the access to the students.

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Ninety percent of the students take the ‘preferred lender.’ Why? Because that’s the nature of the relationship. You trust the school. The school is in a position of authority.

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The other states look to New York for the progressive direction.

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There is also something called the Legislature. There is something called the press. There is something called people. These are all different players on the stage.

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Very few people go into politics to be reviled.

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I’m sort of the Antichrist to the Conservative Party.

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There’s a rhythm to the legislative session and there are rhythms to legislative sessions. So I think that’s very important to take into consideration when you are deciding what to do when.

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It’s time for the people of the Empire State to strike back.

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There are 10,000 local governments in the state of New York. Ten thousand! Town, village, lighting district, water district, sewer district, a special district to count the other districts in case you missed a district.

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Politicians are good listeners. Because if they’re not, they aren’t politicians for very long.

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