New York - Silver Congratulates Cuomo and Duffy
New York - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, whose working relationship with incoming Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be closely watched in the coming weeks, released a statement early this evening praising the new chief executive and his lieutenant governor, Robert Duffy.
Silver, an Orthodox Jew, was absent todayâ€™s modest inaugural celebrations in Albany in order to observe the Sabbath.
His lack of support of previous tax caps is expected to be a big roadblock to Cuomo, who is trying to push through a 2 percent cap on property taxes. Silver, however, has said he is open to discussing the idea and the cap could be one of the first legislative victories for Cuomo.
Hereâ€™s the Silver release:
On this New Yearâ€™s Day, I extend the congratulations and best wishes of the NYS Assembly to Andrew Cuomo on his inauguration as the 56th Governor of the State of New York. We also extend our congratulations and best wishes to Robert Duffy on his inauguration as Lieutenant Governor.
We look forward to hearing Governor Cuomoâ€™s State of the State Address on January 5th, and we begin 2011 ready and willing to work hand-in-hand with the new administration to deal with our fiscal crisis and with the many other challenges that our hardworking families are confronting every day.
This is a proud occasion for the Cuomo and Duffy families and the beginning of a new and more optimistic chapter in the history of our Empire State.
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