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New York - Silver Congratulates Cuomo and Duffy

Published on: January 1, 2011 11:37 PM
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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 today’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.

Here’s the Silver release:

On this New Year’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.

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We look forward to hearing Governor Cuomo’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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 Jan 02, 2011 at 01:41 AM volfie Says:

Very interesting ... Silver observes Shabbos and does not show up for the inauguration .Lieberman claims to observe shabbos and shows up on the holy Shabbos to vote for gays to serve in the military.....
I suppose there really is a Silver lining ! Kol Hakavod Shelley ! You did a
Kiddush Hashem.

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 07:00 AM victorg Says:

Why do the words Orthodox Jew and Democrat seem like an oxymoron?

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 07:14 AM menachemwh Says:

I dont understand why Lieberman must pass your "orthodox" test.. He passed the Gay legislation because in the USA the only reason not to allow them in is discrimination. Why can we not praise people for what they do. So he wont get Maftir Yona in your shul.

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 07:57 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
victorg Says:

Why do the words Orthodox Jew and Democrat seem like an oxymoron?

Usually they r.

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 09:00 AM Tzi_Bar_David Says:

Shelly's problem will not be Andrew, but the fourth coming of Mario Cuomo in the background orchestrating his son's moves. As much as I hated Cuomo I think he's the only one sharp enough to derail Shelly.

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 09:28 AM volfie Says:

# 3. Please get reading-glasses.Where in my comments do U-C the word "orthodox" ?

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 11:24 AM tzvimoshe Says:

shelly was in shul shabbos morning where a jew belongs

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 Jan 02, 2011 at 03:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
volfie Says:

Very interesting ... Silver observes Shabbos and does not show up for the inauguration .Lieberman claims to observe shabbos and shows up on the holy Shabbos to vote for gays to serve in the military.....
I suppose there really is a Silver lining ! Kol Hakavod Shelley ! You did a
Kiddush Hashem.

Is it a kiddush hashem when he passes pro-gay right laws in the assembley as well. What do you think about the anti-bullying law passed by the assembley which requires schools to tell children that it is ok for a child to be gay and you can't bully him for that. this is a requiremnet for jewish private schools as well.

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