by Nick Reisman
Speaking before a raucous union crowd on Friday in Manhattan, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged New York will “lead the resistance and opposition” against Republican-backed policies in Washington.
But the governor — who teasingly sidestepped chants that he run for president — did not mention President Donald Trump’s name, choosing instead to lambaste Republicans in Congress for efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and end state and local deductions on the federal income tax.
Repeatedly in the speech, Cuomo referred to a “they” in Washington that wants to weaken unions and the middle class.
“New York is going to lead the resistance and opposition against what they’re doing in Washington, D.C.,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo held the event with the Hotel Trades Council ostensibly to ceremonially sign legislation for state tax deductions for union dues.
But the governor launched into an extended critique of Republican policies in Washington, saying they are trying to derail the labor movement and the rights of unions to organize.
“Make it even worse, it’s not just the labor movement that’s being attacked, the state of New York is being attacked by these forces in Washington,” Cuomo said. “You see, we’re not their kind of people and I’m proud of it.”
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Source: Spectrum News/State of Politics