Letter from Governor Cuomo's Committee to Chairman Forster

January 23rd, 2015

Letter from Governor Cuomo's Committee to Chairman Forster
Dear Friend, Yesterday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo presented his “2015 Opportunity Agenda” in Albany. The Governor’s agenda is designed to restore economic opportunity, reduce taxes, upgrade and modernize our infrastructure, improve and reform our education system, and restore the public’s confidence and trust in our justice system. This plan is a bold and comprehensive package that will increase opportunity for all New Yorkers. Major initiatives include: •Enact $1.7 billion in property tax relief for 1.3 million homeowners and tax relief for more than one million renters •Cut small business taxes from 6.5% to 2.5% •Pursue a bold and innovative pre-K to 12 agenda, including professionalizing teaching; strengthening teacher evaluations; rewarding excellent teachers with performance pay; transforming the state’s failing schools; expeditiously but fairly removing ineffective teachers from the classroom; and expanding choice for charter schools and enacting an Education Tax Credit •Continue to build our economy through a $1.5 billion Upstate New York Economic Revitalization Competition, a new round of Regional Economic Development investments, the creation of a $35 million Global New York Export-Import Development fund, and numerous other programs •Build a new New York with a comprehensive plan to strengthen and modernize our infrastructure, including modernizing NY’s airports; building new Metro-North stations in the Bronx; upgrading upstate ports and rail depots; and investing in repairs and upgrades of our roads and bridges throughout the state •Ensure statewide high-speed broadband access by 2019 •Raise the minimum wage to $10.50 statewide and $11.50 in NYC as part of a ten-point Anti-Poverty Opportunity Agenda •Enact a ten-point Women’s Equality Agenda •Expand SUNY’s Sexual Assault Policy statewide to private colleges and universities •Pass real campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of money in our political system •Raise the age within New York’s outdated juvenile justice laws to change how the justice system treats youth offenders •Ensure a fair and equal justice system for all New Yorkers Watch a video of the Governor’s presentation here. To learn more about the agenda, you can read the press release here. In New York, we believe in community and the idea that we are all connected. It is that notion of community that allows us to work together to accomplish what seems impossible and to move our State forward for the betterment of all New Yorkers. Sincerely, The Andrew Cuomo Committee

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