Andrew Cuomo on Technology
Aggressive construction program on Tappan Zee Bridge
The first and only Democratic primary debate between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his opponent Cynthia Nixon covered a lot of topics of interest for New York City residents. Geographically, the furthest upstate the debate got was the
Tappan Zee Bridge.
"The Tappan Zee Bridge as I mentioned-- we have the most aggressive construction program in the United States. We're doing more construction than at any time since Robert Moses believe it or not," said Cuomo.
Other candidates for governor, like the Green Party's Howie Hawkins, took notice. "Most of the debate was about New York City.
Those of us upstate were wondering if we're watching an election about where we live," said gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins.
Source: Capital Region Spectrum News on 2018 New York governor race
, Aug 30, 2018
$291M for road & airport infrastructure improvements
2015 Opportunity Agenda: proposals involving infrastructure:
Source: State of the State address to 2015 New York Legislature
, Jan 21, 2015
- Proposal #4: Modernize JFK, LGA, Stewart and Republic Airports
- Proposal #5: Propose making Republic and Stewart Airports tax-free zones through START-UP NY
- Proposal #6: Build New
Metro-North Stations in the Bronx and Extend Access to Penn Station
- Proposal #7: Invest $150 million to construct vertical parking structures at strategic locations on Long Island and Westchester
- Proposal #8: Invest in the New NY Bridge and
stabilize the NYS Thruway
- Proposal #9: Ensure statewide high-speed broadband access by the end of 2018
- Proposal #19: Launch 76West, a clean energy business competition in the Southern Tier
- Proposal #20: Invest $65 million in ports and rail hub
- Proposal #21: Invest $50 million to transform our State Fairgrounds into a year-round, premier multi-use facility
- Proposal #22: Spend $1.5 million to purchase land for training and $25 million for improvements along Route 26
Push tech-transfer from academia to commercialization
The economic challenge that continues is tech-transfer from academia to commercialization. New York universities are ranked second nationally in total research dollars spent. California is first, but New York only gets 4% of the nation's venture capital
while California gets 47%. We're doing the research, we've developed the ideas, we have the academic institutions; we're not making the transference to commercialization. That gap is what we have to fix and that's what we have to fill.
To help do that, we propose creating new innovation hotspots. An innovation hotspot is a high-tech incubator between the higher-ed and the private sector for startup companies. An innovation hotspot will be a tax-free zone. No business, real property,
or sales tax. If a business stays an incubated business; is located in that zone, they will pay no tax. That zone will provide one-stop funding and services--legal services, accounting services, all the services they need to grow their business.
Source: 2013 State of the State Speech to NY Legislature
, Jan 9, 2013
Crack down on texting while driving
Texting or using a handheld electronic device while driving is dangerous and has led to fatal accidents in New York State, often involving young people.
To crack down on distracted driving and make New York's roadways safer for all, the Governor and Legislature put in place tough new penalties for drivers who use electronic devices while behind the wheel.
The law has been an overwhelming success, increasing four-fold the number of tickets given for texting-while-driving violations in the one year since the new measures took effect;
bringing the number from more than 4,500 to nearly 21,000 violations per year.
Source: NY Rising 2013 State of the State booklet
, Jan 9, 2013
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