Cuomo Moves First Big Speech To Convention Center

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo has shifted the venue for his first major policy speech from the state Assembly chamber to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, roughly doubling the capacity with about 1,000 more seats.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says requests for invitations to the Jan. 5 State of the State Address have exceeded the Assembly capacity.

Cuomo says he wants more of the public to attend. General admission tickets will be distributed through a lottery process. Details were not immediately disclosed.

The address, where governors often lay out plans for the coming year, are usually attended by legislators, lobbyists and reporters.

Cuomo says Wednesday that Democrat Silver and Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos will also speak.

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  • NYcitizen

    P.S. Why does every picture of Andy Cuomo show him with his mouth wide open?? Kinda like a subliminal that he has a big mouth or full of hot air, I dunno. Kinda funny

  • NYcitizen

    I just hope he has learned his mistakes from the HUD fiasco during the Clinton Era and doesn’t repeat them or anything similar. Overall, though, I think he will be good for New York.

  • akhdulha

    Cuomo is Savior for state of new York. He will be much good all people. Cuomo is kind and wise. We are lucky to have him. He is much revered by my people. Happiness will come soon.

  • Frank

    Will it cost the state more? I thought we were looking for ways to cut the fat…

  • the bandid

    God created them and the devil bring them together, SILVER, SKELOS, Cuomo. God have mercy in us poor new yorkers

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