Niagara Gazette — Republicans, meanwhile, plan employer tax breaks in an effort to boost business, a priority not shared by the Assembly Democrats.
And Cuomo, being watched closely as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, must find a way to land a Democratic priority of campaign finance reform in the face of unwavering opposition by Senate Republicans who oppose public financing of campaigns.
The target Wednesday is lawmakers and New Yorkers statewide.
"I don't pass my legislative agenda in this building," Cuomo said. "I pass it by doing all the town halls, by the emails, by the Internet, by the videos, by the cabinet (members) being in town halls."
Legislators "hear about it when they go home," Cuomo said. "It's the tug on the sleeve in the supermarket, 'What is the governor talking about, raising the minimum wage? I think you should do that.' That's how you convince a politician."