Two years into his first term as governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo will deliver his annual State of the State address today at 1:30 p.m. from Albany.
In addition to discussing Sandy recovery, Cuomo is expected to propose an assault weapons ban.
In case you miss it, we’ll be posting a recap on QueensCourier.com.
Here are some facts about the State of the State from the governor’s website:
- The State of the State address allows the governor to lay out his yearly agenda for the legislators and the people of New York.
- Article XIII section 4 of the state constitution sets the day for the beginning of the legislative term as the first Wednesday after the first Monday in the month of January.
- The State of the State address was traditionally held in the assembly chamber until Governor Andrew Cuomo moved it to the convention center.
- Even today, the actual State of the State is a document given by the governor to the legislative leaders and not the speech that accompanies it.
- The State of the State address used to be known as the Governor’s Annual Message until 1975 when Governor Hugh Carey referred to it as the State of the State.
- Only three governors, Charles Poletti, John Tayler and Horace White, have never given a State of the State message.
- Colonial governors gave speeches, but our first governors after winning Independence thought that was too pretentious and so instead delivered a written message to the legislature.
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