The essential job of government is to facilitate, not frustrate, job development.
Once you start saying, 'Let's talk political, my own politics, my own aspirations,' it can become not just distracting in that it takes time, but it can become confusing and frustrating, and is this now a political agenda or a governmental agenda.
Too often government responds to the whispers of lobbyists before the cries of the people.
The Declaration of Independence says when government fails, the people have the right to replace it. Well, New York State government has failed and the people have the right, indeed the people have the the people have the obligation, to act.
I am the government.
I know how bad Albany is. I know it better than most. I understand why people are angry. I'm angry. The question is going to be, how do you change Albany, what is the plan for change, and then how do you actually get it done?
Ninety percent of the students take the 'preferred lender.' Why? Because that's the nature of the relationship. You trust the school. The school is in a position of authority.
Marriage equality changed life for people.
The need to understand prescription information can literally be a matter of life and death.
I don't know people who don't say, boy the government is working better now.
I believe women still face a glass ceiling that must be shattered.
I was elected to come to an incredibly dysfunctional capital and make the government work better, and that's what I'm doing.
People go into politics because they want the affirmation, and they want the applause.
My father was against the death penalty, and that was hard in the Son of Sam summer when fear was driving the desire for the death penalty.
I respect the state workers and I respect their unions, but we simply can't afford to pay benefits and pensions that are out of line with economic reality.
New York State is upside down and backwards high taxes and low performance. The New York State government was at one time a national model. Now, unfortunately, it's a national disgrace. Sometimes, the corruption in Albany could even make Boss Tweed blush.
Lesson from Pataki's success is: Use the political moment.
I am fiscally prudent and socially progressive. I believe in protecting a woman's right to choose. I believe in marriage equality.
If I weren't doing the politics, I wouldn't be doing my job.
I am against the death penalty.
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