Assemblyman Tedisco On State Of The State: “Cuomo Should Speak Softly And Carry A Big Stick”

New York needs a Governor who will be a Solomon, not a Superman, to save state from fiscal doomsday
January 5, 2011
Statement from Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga),
Former Assembly Minority Leader and Current Assistant Minority Whip

“In his State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo set exactly the right tone that this is a time for deep resolve to get New York out of this fiscal emergency. Making the case for reforming government is the easy part. The hard work and the real challenge ahead is convincing the powerful special interests and their allies that a new day has truly dawned in Albany.”

“Moving forward, I hope Governor Cuomo heeds the words of one of his predecessors, Theodore Roosevelt: ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick’. That big stick is the support of his agenda by the voters and taxpayers of New York State.”

“New York doesn’t need a Superman as Chief Executive: it needs a Solomon. We had a Governor who thought he was the Man of Steel and would steamroll anyone who got in his way -- and he ran into Kryptonite with the likes of the New York State Legislature. Governor Cuomo has to be wise enough to understand that he should pick his fights and stand up to the Legislature when necessary but also use reason and thoughtful persuasion to convince them to go along with his agenda.”

“In dealing with the agents of the status quo, the Governor is going to need to be less of an administrator and more of an intervention addiction counselor to help them kick their dangerous habit of taxing, spending and borrowing. If Governor Cuomo keeps his resolve he’ll have my full support.”