Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Cuomo blames Washington for rise in hate and fear

ALBANY – Anti-Semitism is up 90 percent across New York State and immigration phobia and bigotry are rampant around the nation, but fueled by the mood in Washington spurred by the Trump Administration, Governor Andrew Cuomo said during his State of the State address on Tuesday.

In an emotional tone, the governor said the US is a country of immigrants.

“I did my inauguration at Ellis Island just to make this point. You know who came through Ellis Island? A gentleman named Richard Corley, a poor Irish immigrant who came during the potato famine. You know who his grandson is? Vice President Michael Pence. You who else came through New York harbor? Frederick Trump, the grandfather of Donald Trump. The greatest arrogance is when you forget where you came from and where you started and this is the greatest arrogance. We all came from somewhere else.  We are all immigrants. Unless you are a Native American, you are an immigrant.”

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, the unsuccessful challenger to Cuomo last fall, delivered the state Republican Party’s response to the governor’s address.

“New York Republicans have always led, not just New York, but America, in fighting hate and discrimination. We have set the standards for stewardship of the environment and we have always been the true champion of opportunity,” Molinaro said. “The tradition of Pataki, Rockefeller, Dewy and Roosevelt are tried, tested and true to our better angels. And if you turn down the volume on the cable news, look past the ads, tune out the yelling and give us a chance – and listen, rally listen, because it’s hard to – I promise we will carry on that tradition.”

Many Republicans, who previously spoke negatively about the Trump Administration quietly, are now being more vocal about what they feel is wrong and dysfunctional in Washington.


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