Gov. Cuomo discusses homelessness, family leave in State of the State address

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NEW YORK — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled an ambitious budget plan in his State of the State address Wednesday.

"We will make this state a better state and show the nation how to lead," said Cuomo.

The Governor was only ten minutes into his address when he began to get heckled by Assemblyman Charles Barron.

Barron, who is no stranger to provocation, was upset over Albany's failure to comply with a court order to increase funding to school districts. He was escorted out.

Cuomo, who has been at odds with Mayor Bill de Blasio over the homelessness crisis, laid out his own plan that will provide more than $20 billion over five years to to bring relief to the homeless. The proposal includes $10 billion for 100,000 permanent affordable units. It also includes $10 billion for 6,000 new shelter beds over 5 years, 1,000 emergency shelter beds and other services for the homeless.

"New Yorkers have a big heart, but New Yorkers are also smart," said Cuomo. "And society's compassion must be matched with government confidence.

After a year in which the leaders of both the state senate and assembly were found guilty of corruption, the Governor made another impassioned plea for ethics reform.

"I propose we adopt the congressional system of limiting outside income for legislators," said Cuomo. "It’s a proven, it’s cleaner and it’s more effective model that the people of this nation have confidence in, and I believe we should accept the same."

Another proposal called for 12 weeks of paid family leave that could be used for caring for a new baby or sick relative.

"Let’s pass family leave this session," said Cuomo.

In a departure from his address the Governor recognized the good Samaritan who gave his shirt to a homeless man on the subway.

"We are joined today by Joey Resto who was in the news this week for literally giving his shirt off his back and the hat off his head to a shirtless, shivering homeless man in the subway. Let’s give Joey Resto a big round of applause for being a good Samaritan. Raise your hand, Joey!"

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