Cuomo Calls Dad Source of Inspiration

Monday, May 24, 2010

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who declared he would run for New York Governor over the weekend, said he will succeed at reforming Albany where others have failed. And he suggested his family pedigree could help him do it.

"This state government has been a source of degradation, and Mario Cuomo's government was a government of inspiration," Attorney General Cuomo said to the press on Saturday. His father, Mario Cuomo, was New York's Governor from 1983 to 1994. "It's not just about electing a person, it's about developing support for an agenda and the people will have spoken around that agenda."

Cuomo has said he will not raise taxes if he becomes Governor, but he is proposing reducing the number of state workers by 20 percent. He is also proposing stricter ethics laws, more tax incentives for businesses and consolidating local government agencies.

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