Meeting Speaker Carl Heastie bashed the Trump presidency throughout the state Legislature’s first session of the yr Monday — because the lone Republican difficult Gov. Cuomo’s re-election bid pleaded together with his faculties to “maintain the politics out of this chamber.”
“Our state is below assault like by no means earlier than,” Democratic Meeting Speaker Carl Heastie mentioned.
“At a time the place Congress has positioned its thumb on the dimensions for the rich, we should reply with the load of the folks,” he continued, suggesting the legislature take up Gov. Cuomo’s plan to alter state tax regulation to mitigate the damaging impacts of the brand new GOP tax code.
However Republican Minority Chief Brian Kolb — the one Republican to announce he’s difficult Cuomo this yr — requested colleagues to stop utilizing Washington as a punching bag.
“Attempt to maintain the politics out of this chamber,” he mentioned. “Let’s not preach in regards to the political points that fairly frankly are out of our contro,” Kolb mentioned.
“Neglect what’s occurring in Washington approach earlier than this final yr. New York State ranks 50th worst in taxes, 49th worst in financial local weather, 48th worst in state debt and 47th worst in property taxes. These aren’t the results of what’s occurring in Washington — these are the issues we management in our palms and our votes.”
Cuomo slammed Trump and Washington Republicans repeatedly in his 90-minute State of the State speech final week.
Heastie’s response to Kolb on Monday: “Thanks, Brian, to your phrases. I want that our associates in Washington get alongside in addition to we do.”