ALBANY, N.Y. (AP/CBSNewYork) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is on the job.

Cuomo held a small inaugural ceremony Saturday followed by a reception line at the governor’s mansion for New Yorkers who obtained tickets a week ago.

“There is no more time to waste. It is a time for deeds, not words and results, not rhetoric,” Cuomo said. “It is time for a bold agenda and immediate action.”

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports

Cuomo said that reform in Albany must happen immediately, and that it will need to begin with the economy.

“The words ‘government in Albany’ have become a national punchline, and the joke is on us,” Cuomo said.

“Our expectation is that the politicians and the elected officials of people are now going to do what the people voted for and what the people need.  It starts with jobs, jobs, jobs.”

On Saturday, Cuomo said he will seek to allow a temporary income tax on the wealthy to sunset, and enforce 900 layoffs opposed by some of New York’s strongest special interests.

“This state has no future if it is going to be the tax capital of the nation,” he said.

The state’s powerful public workers unions have strongly opposed the layoffs ordered by former Democratic Gov. David Paterson. Paterson had ordered the layoffs after he said union leaders refused to contribute $250 million in concessions in the face of New York’s fiscal crisis.

Promoted by Democrats as a “millionaire’s tax,” the temporary income tax surcharge takes a bigger bite out of New Yorkers making as little as $200,000 a year. The tax raises more than $1 billion annually.

On the day of his inauguration, Cuomo also said the layoffs that began on Saturday will be executed, after weeks of refusing to say if he would continue Paterson’s order.

Cuomo also held a private meeting with his cabinet at 8:30 a.m. in a public schedule choreographed to show resolve to tackle the state’s fiscal and ethical crises.

“My grey hairs are multiplying just thinking about what we have to do,” he said.

Cuomo’s most critical audience will be the Legislature, which has the power to block elements of his budget proposals, the spending cuts and cap on the growth in property taxes that he promises, and legislation.

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, the former Rochester mayor and Cuomo’s running mate, urged an end to the “toxic” political environment around the nation that can derail the best of plans. He said the cabinet meeting was productive in planning to change the image of New York for business.

The state is facing a deficit of as much as $1 billion and a projected deficit of about $10 billion in the budget due April 1.

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Comments (13)
  1. midi-man says:

    Hike Bromberg’s tax 19 % like he did on our property tax.

  2. nathan says:

    2016; Cuomo v Christie for POTUS

    1. WOODSIDE MIKEY says:

      HEY nathan ,MOVE TO MARS!!!!!!! GET OUT OF HERE……….dude???

  3. edy says:

    Another newly elected Democrat = More new taxes. Gotta love it NY

    1. WOODSIDE MIKEY says:

      THEN GET OUT OF HERE !!!!!!! dude….

  4. LOL over this says:

    New Yorkers making as little as $200,000 a year? as little as $200,000 a year? as little as $200,000 a year?

  5. sailordude says:

    Bold agenda from liberal NY politicians?


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  6. Bob Fowler says:

    There are 2 must haves before fiscal results begin to improve NYS. The first is a responsible congress, with line item vetoes, term limits, and open air debates. No longer should there be life time politicians. You serve, then return to the work force. No more lifetime benefits, no more pension. You SERVE the public, then return to it. Joe Bruno will get 2 years in jail after years of stealing from us. Are you listening Mr. Silver?

    The second item must be immediate welfare reform. No more public assistance if you are not crippled. You limp, you get a desk job. Got too many kids…tough. Nobody forced you to whelp a litter that I must support. Welfare recipients have more and better than many who pay their way. INSANITY!!! Every state that has cut public assistance has seen economic stabilization. How many people are going to stay in NYS to make up the tax base, if those that don’t have more than those who do?

    It’s not racist. It’s not being cruel. It is a plain and simple solution to NYS’s fiscal problems. Pay your own way, or those that have been paying for you are going to go somewhere else, where they get to keep their money. That goes fo politicos and beggers.

    1. The Truth says:

      Nice but I’d like to add that PENSIONS who some consider hitting the lottery now needs to be eliminated and switched to a 401K plan. You cannot work 20-25 years then retire and expect to get paid for another 30-50 years. Do the math it’s a scam. With that starting salary should be increased as well. Consolidate agencies together and if they don’t like it fire them all.

      In All in the Family’s opening song Those were the days, there are phrases like “Everybody pulled their weight and girls were girls and men were men.” This references welfare and fraud together. In regards to welfare a woman who decides to have more kids to collect more should be sterilized. In this day and age there are contraceptives and if they are not wish enough to use them then we should do it for them. This includes Hasidic Jews who get plenty of welfare too.

      As for fraud we need to repossess the assets and automatic jail time which leads to another problem which is Medicaid. You cannot have people going to The Emergency room constantly. Bill them half and see how fast they get well!
      True Americans and NY’ers don’t need this. I am not against people who truly need help but it has gone way too far for too long.

  7. Eunice Goldfarb says:

    We love you Andrew !!!!

    Andrew Cuomo for President in 2016 !!!!!!!!

    1. Don Juan says:

      Let’s reserve judgment until at least after the first hundred days.

      1. WOODSIDE MIKEY says:


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