On January 1, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his inaugural address on Ellis Island and was sworn in to a third term as Governor of New York.
Gov. Cuomo declared his intent to pass “‘the most progressive agenda'” in the history of the Empire State. According to the Governor, his “‘justice agenda'” will include “ending the cash bail system, creating a ‘green New Deal,’ passing an Equal Rights Amendment and Reproductive Health Act, tightening firearms regulations, repairing the transportation system, reforming campaign finance and allowing early voting.”
In expressing his opposition to President Donald Trump and the policies of his administration, Gov. Cuomo said, “‘When they write the history books and ask what did we do—in the face of anger and division, when people were disillusioned, let New York’s answer be that in this defining moment we brought healing and light and hope and progress and action.'”
Over the course of Gov. Cuomo’s eight years in office, he has sounded notes of hope, optimism, and unity in his speeches. Unfortunately, the Governor’s flowery rhetoric is wildly divergent from his divisive behavior and from his favored policies. If the Governor has his way and signs abortion expansion legislation into law—which he hopes to do this month—there will be no healing, no light, and no hope (at least in this world) for the unborn children that will lose their lives as a result.