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Cuomo pledges to restore trust in government

Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo

By Mark Scott


Rye Brook, New York – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo accepted his party's nomination Thursday morning at the State Democratic Convention in Rye Brook, New York.

Cuomo told the delegates when there's a crisis -- like the one the state is dealing with -- the Democratic party steps up. He promised to re-invent state government, noting that there are 1,000 state agencies and over 10,000 government entities in New York.

"We need to restore the public trust in government," Cuomo said. "As Democrats we believe in the capacity of government and we believe in the potential of government.

But Cuomo also repeatedly struck traditional Republican themes, backing a cap on property taxes that are among the nation's highest. He also said New Yorkers can't afford tax increases at this time.

Cuomo was especially forceful in describing the disparities among public schools in New York.

"You can go to a school on one side of town and see first graders using the Internet," Cuomo said. "And you can go to a school on the other side of town and they don't even have a basketball net."

Cuomo said the state shouldn't pass up the opportunity to obtain federal Race to the Top funding for the state's schools. He called on state legislators to raise the cap on charter schools to improve New York's chances of obtaining the funding.

State Republican Chairman Ed Cox held a news conference outside the Westchester hotel where the convention was held, calling Cuomo a "tax-and-spend liberal" who will only worsen New York's fiscal crisis.

Cuomo said he'll campaign in all 62 counties in New York and told the party faithful, "we're going to win this election."