Andrew Cuomo Quotes

 

When you try to communicate too many ideas, sometimes you wind up communicating nothing.

You don’t build walls; you build bridges between people.

— Andrew Cuomo

The Declaration of Independence says when government fails, the people have the right to replace it. Well, New York State government has failed and the people have the right, indeed the people have the the people have the obligation, to act.

— Andrew Cuomo

I am against the death penalty.

— Andrew Cuomo

I believe discrimination still exists in society and we must fight it in every form.

— Andrew Cuomo

I believe we need to attract a new generation of the best and brightest to public service and I believe that government can be a source of inspiration, not degradation.

— Andrew Cuomo

Too often government responds to the whispers of lobbyists before the cries of the people.

— Andrew Cuomo

There was never a war on poverty. Maybe there was a skirmish on poverty.

— Andrew Cuomo

There is no dispute that Albany needs to be changed. There is no dispute that the current situation in Albany is untenable. Nobody knows that better than I do.

— Andrew Cuomo

I know how bad Albany is. I know it better than most. I understand why people are angry. I’m angry. The question is going to be, how do you change Albany, what is the plan for change, and then how do you actually get it done?

— Andrew Cuomo

New York State is upside down and backwards; high taxes and low performance. The New York State government was at one time a national model. Now, unfortunately, it’s a national disgrace. Sometimes, the corruption in Albany could even make Boss Tweed blush.

— Andrew Cuomo

I respect the state workers and I respect their unions, but we simply can’t afford to pay benefits and pensions that are out of line with economic reality.

— Andrew Cuomo

The essential job of government is to facilitate, not frustrate, job development.

— Andrew Cuomo

I am fiscally prudent and socially progressive. I believe in protecting a woman’s right to choose. I believe in marriage equality.

— Andrew Cuomo

I believe Wall Street needs serious ongoing regulation.

— Andrew Cuomo

I believe public education is the new civil rights battle and I support charter schools.

— Andrew Cuomo

I believe global warming and climate change are real threats to our planet.

— Andrew Cuomo

I believe women still face a glass ceiling that must be shattered.

— Andrew Cuomo

I’m in politics. I’m in government, so nothing surprises me.

— Andrew Cuomo

I’ve been not only articulating the dissatisfaction with Albany, I’ve been acting on it. I’ve been very aggressive in bringing public integrity cases and public corruption cases and bringing cases against sitting legislators.

— Andrew Cuomo

I’m governor of New York.

— Andrew Cuomo

As my Sicilian grandfather used to say, you get more flies with honey than with vinegar, right?

— Andrew Cuomo

Marriage equality changed life for people.

— Andrew Cuomo

I think naturally my orientation is from my father.

— Andrew Cuomo

It’s troubling for me as a Catholic to be at odds with the church.

— Andrew Cuomo

I have a portrait of Saint Thomas More in my office.

— Andrew Cuomo

If I’m breathing in 2016, I’ll be happy.

— Andrew Cuomo

My father was against the death penalty, and that was hard in the Son of Sam summer when fear was driving the desire for the death penalty.

— Andrew Cuomo

You know, you cut taxes for the rich sometimes and it sits in a bank account. You cut taxes for the middle class, they will spend the money.

— Andrew Cuomo

I’m a harsh critic of the status quo.

— Andrew Cuomo

I never thought I would be divorced.

— Andrew Cuomo

Whether you voted for me or not, going through the Democratic process had made me a better candidate. I am a smarter, better candidate.

— Andrew Cuomo

You can be a lender who wants to compete and have a better product, but you just can’t get to the students. The schools are controlling the access to the students.

— Andrew Cuomo

Ninety percent of the students take the ‘preferred lender.’ Why? Because that’s the nature of the relationship. You trust the school. The school is in a position of authority.

— Andrew Cuomo

The time has come to return integrity, performance and dignity to New York and make it the Empire State once again.

— Andrew Cuomo

If there’s a silver bullet in the battle to recapture Albany, it is the re-engagement of our citizens. This capital has become a physical metaphor for the isolation and alienation of our people.

— Andrew Cuomo

The other states look to New York for the progressive direction.

— Andrew Cuomo

There is also something called the Legislature. There is something called the press. There is something called people. These are all different players on the stage.

— Andrew Cuomo

Very few people go into politics to be reviled.

— Andrew Cuomo

People go into politics because they want the affirmation, and they want the applause.

— Andrew Cuomo

I’m sort of the Antichrist to the Conservative Party.

— Andrew Cuomo

There’s a rhythm to the legislative session and there are rhythms to legislative sessions. So I think that’s very important to take into consideration when you are deciding what to do when.

— Andrew Cuomo

It’s time for the people of the Empire State to strike back.

— Andrew Cuomo

There are 10,000 local governments in the state of New York. Ten thousand! Town, village, lighting district, water district, sewer district, a special district to count the other districts in case you missed a district.

— Andrew Cuomo

Politicians are good listeners. Because if they’re not, they aren’t politicians for very long.

— Andrew Cuomo

Fight as hard as you can, and then understand there’s going to have to be some amount of reasonable compromise.

— Andrew Cuomo

I was elected to come to an incredibly dysfunctional capital and make the government work better, and that’s what I’m doing.

— Andrew Cuomo

I’m not going to raise taxes; I’m not going to have a wage increase for public employees.

— Andrew Cuomo

The need to understand prescription information can literally be a matter of life and death.

— Andrew Cuomo

Climate change is a controversial subject, right? People will debate whether there is climate change… that’s a whole political debate that I don’t want to get into. I want to talk about the frequency of extreme weather situations, which is not political.

— Andrew Cuomo

Anyone who says there is not a change in weather patterns is denying reality.

— Andrew Cuomo

I haven’t lost my head yet.

— Andrew Cuomo

I’m a Queens boy at the end of the day.

— Andrew Cuomo

I worked in the Clinton administration.

— Andrew Cuomo

What made Manhattan Manhattan was the underground infrastructure, that engineering marvel.

— Andrew Cuomo

Flooding damage is not customary for New York, especially downstate.

— Andrew Cuomo

There’s no such thing as a 100-year flood.

— Andrew Cuomo

A governor can be a very good friend to people. A governor can be a formidable force.

— Andrew Cuomo

I’m very big on focus.

— Andrew Cuomo

I think there’s a lot to learn from Rockefeller on how to pass legislation.

— Andrew Cuomo

There is energy and power in a crisis.

— Andrew Cuomo

I don’t think anyone would argue with the notion that there have been serious abuses on Wall Street.

— Andrew Cuomo

People are rightfully upset about Wall Street abuses and excess.

— Andrew Cuomo

I don’t think bonuses are always bad.

— Andrew Cuomo

To be clear… no one is above the law.

— Andrew Cuomo

I am the government.

— Andrew Cuomo

I don’t know people who don’t say, boy the government is working better now.

— Andrew Cuomo

I’m running for governor; I’m not running for a legislative office.

— Andrew Cuomo

Lesson 1 from Spitzer: Don’t alienate the legislature on Day 1.

— Andrew Cuomo

Lesson from Pataki’s success is: Use the political moment.

— Andrew Cuomo

Once you start saying, ‘Let’s talk political, my own politics, my own aspirations,’ it can become not just distracting in that it takes time, but it can become confusing and frustrating, and is this now a political agenda or a governmental agenda.

— Andrew Cuomo

I’m not going to allow myself to be pushed politically.

— Andrew Cuomo

If I weren’t doing the politics, I wouldn’t be doing my job.

— Andrew Cuomo

I’m going to change everything you believe about HUD.

— Andrew Cuomo

People who assume I want to run for elected office may be dealing from a bad assumption.

— Andrew Cuomo

When you try to communicate too many ideas, sometimes you wind up communicating nothing.

— Andrew Cuomo

I want to be the candidate placed on the ballot by the people, not the party.

— Andrew Cuomo

If I get sued for keeping people safe and getting people in from the cold because they were endangering themselves, then so be it.

— Andrew Cuomo

During Hurricane Sandy, we expended billions and billions of dollars, literally. In the handling of the emergency and the construction and the aftermath, trying to get people to come back to the affected communities. So I’m very proud of what the state did.

— Andrew Cuomo

I believe in $15 as a minimum wage.

— Andrew Cuomo

Some people don’t support economic development. There are people in the Assembly who say there is no economic development possible; leave it to the private sector.

— Andrew Cuomo

It’s a matter of opinion on many of these issues, and there’s no right or wrong. That’s why we have elections; that’s why we have debates. Donald Trump thinks one thing. Hillary Clinton thinks another thing.

— Andrew Cuomo

You add one million citizens to the voting rolls in this state, that’s a significant, significant difference. You do that nationwide, it’s a significant difference.

— Andrew Cuomo

‘Give me your poor.’ It didn’t say, ‘Give me your poor who can afford a $680 citizenship.’ If I had my way, it would be free. If I had my way, the state would subsidize every eligible application, period.

— Andrew Cuomo

I believe it is actually fomenting the growth of ISIL; Donald Trump could be a recruitment poster for ISIL because he is fanning the flames of hate.

— Andrew Cuomo

ISIL is saying to a disenfranchised population, ‘Come join us. Fight the good fight.’ I think we’re actually playing into it when they hear Trump’s rhetoric. And I think it’s dangerous and hurtful as a matter of national policy.

— Andrew Cuomo

Former President Shimon Peres was a leader and a statesman, and an especially wonderful friend to all of us. He will be missed dearly.

— Andrew Cuomo

Fear is a powerful weapon. It can excite and motivate, and it can get people to yell and to scream. But fear has never created a job.

— Andrew Cuomo

Fear has never educated a child. Fear has never built a home.

— Andrew Cuomo

Fear has never built a community. And fear will never build a nation.

— Andrew Cuomo

I think Hillary Clinton is going to do very well in New York, because there’s one basic advantage. New Yorkers know Hillary Clinton. She was here for senator. We’ve seen her work. We’ve seen her performance.

— Andrew Cuomo

When you become president, they don’t give you a magic wand that you wave. You have to get legislation passed. You have to get agencies to run programs.

— Andrew Cuomo

If you go from $7 to $15 in a very short period of time, potentially that could have a negative effect on some economies because that is a very big jump. And you’re saying to businesses that employ a large number of minimum wage workers, your payroll is basically going to double. That could have a negative impact. It would have to be studied.

— Andrew Cuomo

Some states are doing better than others. Some states naturally have stronger economies. So it’s not as simple as saying, ‘Let’s go to $15.’ If you do it wrong, you can hurt the very people you’re trying to help.

— Andrew Cuomo

We don’t hand anyone anything in the Democratic Party.

— Andrew Cuomo

We have a system of jurisprudence. You are innocent until proven guilty. You have a right to counsel. And you have a right to hospitalization if you are ill. That is our system. And it’s what makes this country special and what makes this country great.

— Andrew Cuomo

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