ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has outlined an aggressive agenda to boost New York's economy and aid poor and dispossessed residents during in his second year in office.
In his State of the State address Wednesday, Cuomo says New York's challenge for 2012 is creating jobs in a down economy while limiting spending.
His plans include a $4 billion convention center and hotel complex at the Aqueduct racetrack in Queens to be built by a private developer; a new commission to overhaul public education; a jobs program including a massive road and bridge effort; and voluntary public financing of political campaigns.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he strongly supports Cuomo's proposals for a new lower pension tier for future public workers and cutting unfunded municipal mandates.