Is Andrew Cuomo off his rocker?

  • conservativej...

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    Jan 02, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in his Albany office working on an emergency plan to reduce the size of government and to push his major priority of a cap on property tax growth.

    A day after his scaled-down inauguration, the Democrat was working on what he promised would be a financial reinvention plan for government. He says it is aimed at reducing the hundreds of departments, agencies and authorities that constitute state government. Although he is enforcing about 900 layoffs ordered by former Gov. David Paterson, Cuomo so far hasn't said if he will require more layoffs.

    Cuomo is also seeking a quick deal to cap the growth of local property taxes.

    Cuomo's State of the State address on Wednesday is expected to contain detail of his plans.

  • Timbales

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    Jan 02, 2011 9:33 PM GMT
    I hope he does a good job, our state needs this.
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    Jan 02, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    jprichva saidReminds me of when I moved to Richmond, Virginia. People there are obsessed with the Civil War even to this day. When they asked me what northerners thought about it, they assumed we thought the opposite.

    Richmond, Virginia, 1977. I'm invited to a main-line society wedding as the guest of my own fiancee, who knew the couple. We stayed in a Richmond hotel for several days.

    First full day in town we arrive at this lovely mansion, and outside on the long walk I literally have to step over this sleeping Bloodhound dog. I later learn his name is Rebel, I swear to God.

    At the door the groom's mother greets us, and my fiancee introduces us. "Oh, yes, you muss be Bob from the Noth!"

    Bob from the WHAT? I'm from New Jersey, if it matters, that my family helped to settle 350 years ago. Not that I'm particularly proud of it, lady, it's still New Jersey, but what's the "Noth" got to do with anything?

    So we go inside, and I continue to get introduced all around as "Bob from the Noth." What, from the North Pole, that this is so notable? Look, people, I've got a family name that ain't "Noth" that has enough Colonial & US history behind it that would make you all look like little more than white trash, if you wanna play that game.

    Plus I'm an Army Captain (at that moment), and my family far more influential than you can begin to guess. And while I was trained never to "pull rank" if you wanna insult me I can turn the tables on you quicker than you're likely to enjoy.

    Well, OK, I'm a guest, I hold my tongue, and put up with this, it's important to my fiancee. Next day they have the wedding rehearsal in the church, and I have my first meeting with the groom's grandfather, who's just arrived. I extend my hand to shake his, as I'm introduced once again as "Bob from the Noth."

    He snaps his hand back and snarls: "Damn Yankee!" turns his back on me and walks away! Leaving me with my outstretched hand, and the rest of the family quite frankly looking rather embarrassed.

    I smiled and we tried to joke about it. I went on to busy myself with something else, but out of the corner of my eye I could see the family berating the grandfather for his appalling conduct. Finally he came back over to me sheepishly to apologize, which of course I accepted. I was happy to demonstrate that my "Northun" manners were far better than his "Southin."

    Yeah, a lot of those people down there are very backward, no matter their money, their social position, or their politics. The US South will remain developmentally far behind the rest of the country, for generations to come. I lived there 13 years, and I learned it won't change overnight.