NY OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR HANDOUT - MUST CREDIT 'NY OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR'
Albany, New York - 17 December 2018
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Andrew Cuomo, (D) New York:
"We will advance our justice agenda and particularly address the forms of injustice that for too long have unfairly targeted the African-American and minority communities. FDR said: 'No democracy can long survive, which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence, the recognition of the rights of its minorities.' And the fact is we have had two criminal justice systems, one for the wealthy and the well-off and one for everyone else. And that's going to end. We must also end needless and unjust criminal convict...convictions and the debilitating criminal stigma, and let's legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has outlined his agenda for 2019, laying the groundwork for tackling longstanding issues including the legalization of recreational marijuana.
"We must also end needless and unjust criminal convict...convictions and the debilitating criminal stigma and let's legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all," he said.
The 20-point agenda Cuomo touched on included joining neighbors Canada, Massachusetts and Vermont in legalizing recreational pot use by adults, a move he was against a year ago but has since embraced.
In a 45-minute speech with 32 references to Franklin D. Roosevelt, a fellow Democrat and former New York governor, Cuomo touted liberal accomplishments while vowing to continue to fight Trump administration policies he says are detrimental to New Yorkers.
Cuomo challenged state lawmakers to act on his agenda within the first 100 days of the 2019 legislative session, another reference to FDR, who pushed through several major initiatives during his first term as president in 1933.
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