Millionaire's Tax at Issue in New York State Budget Talks

Earlier Wednesday, Cuomo traveled to the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center to denounce the wave of threats against Jewish institutions.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing legislation to throw out an outdated New York law allowing 14-year-old children to get married.

That was the second of two appearances the governor made before Jewish groups.

"Governor Cuomo has repeatedly taken steps to ensure that women are empowered to have control over their own lives", said Lieutenant Governor Hochul.

NY has the largest Jewish population of any city outside of Israel.

The New York State Police have been given additional resources, the governor said, and a special investigative unit has been put together under Superintendent George Beach to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local police.

"We stand arm in arm with the Jewish community through this time of hardship", Cuomo continued.

In addition to the bomb threats, Cuomo noted there has been desecration of Jewish cemeteries, racist slogans, and swastikas that have cropped up across the state, the country and in Canada.

"We've seen it in Tarrytown, Staten Island, Manhattan, Syracuse, New Rochelle, Buffalo, and Plainview on Long Island", he said. "If anything it seems like it's getting worse".

The better numbers might have something to do with a comparison to another New Yorker, the one who happens to occupy the White House.

Cuomo also enjoys strong support for his proposals for a millionaires' tax, Uber/Lyft ride sharing, child care tax credit, limiting legislators' outside income, Free SUNY/CUNY tuition for those earning less than $125,000, and term limits.

Cuomo said there was a $5,000 reward for information on the threats and also referenced the recent increase in funding to state police to investigate hate crimes. We're proud to be the largest population of Jewish people outside of Israel.

  • Julie Sanders