New York State-of-the-State

The Christian Science Monitor, January 7, 1994 | Go to article overview

New York State-of-the-State


Entering his 12th year as New York governor, Mario Cuomo (D) on Wednesday outlined a plan to liberate citizens from fear of crime and businesses from fees and taxes.

In a state-of-the-state message opening an election year, he urged New Yorkers to help revitalize the economy. "The recession still hurts," he said. "But we are clearly on our way back."

Following a year that saw a commuter shooting spree and the World Trade Center bombing, Governor Cuomo promoted steps to fight "one of the most grotesque explosions of criminal violence in our lifetime." He called for restrictions on assault weapons, raising the legal age to own a handgun to 18, and requiring a safety course before anyone can get a gun license.

Cuomo proposed a "three strikes and you're in" law requiring life in prison without parole for three-time violent felons. He wants special police details to crack down on illegal guns and dealers in cities and attack upstate drug dens. He called for state money to help gun-amnesty programs.

Even education initiatives were affected by crime: He wants state reimbursement for schools that buy metal detectors.

Cuomo said New York must seek out job-creating firms. He called for cutting the state's corporate-tax surcharge and phasing out a hotel tax. …

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