Gov. Andrew Cuomo took to his official radio show this morning to have host Fred Dicker vet his latest policy ideas, including possible reforms to the state's ethics panel. Cuomo said he wants a,â€ścampaign finance reform special session, and a JOPE reform special session.â€ť
JCOPE was signed into law last Summer and only started functioning this past winter and yet reforming the organization is already on tap.
Cuomo has been floating a series of ideas for a special session of the state Legislature that is expected to take place in November, including pay raises for legislators even though legislators are doing their best to convey just how horrible an idea they think pay raises would be.
Other possible ideas include a minimum wage hike, making the Legislature subject to Freedom of Information Laws, strengthening gun laws, decriminalizing certain amounts of marijuana and somehow reforming public financing of campaigns.
â€śWe have a legislative agenda that has not been passed, which is the priority for me,â€ť Cuomo said earlier this month at a graduation of the newest class of State Troopers. â€śIf there is an opportunity for the Legislature to act, Iâ€™m going to be looking for them to act on the peopleâ€™s agenda. I understand they may have an interest in a pay raise. Iâ€™m interested in a peopleâ€™s agenda and thatâ€™s what the session would be about.â€ś
Cuomo has spent successive Thursday mornings regailing the New York Post's state government editor with possible policy positions relating to the rumored special session. The Thursday morning radio show hosted by The New York Post's state government editor has long been Cuomo's favorite venue for floating policy balloons and then gauging public reaction.
The show has become such a fixture that the governor's offcial website now features an alert at the top of the homepage telling people to tune in to the station.