"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."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Andrew Cuomo on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Andrew Cuomo on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Andrew Cuomo on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Andrew Cuomo on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Andrew Cuomo on Abraham Lincoln
"I believe we need to attract a new generation of the best and brightest to public service and I believe that government can be a source of inspiration, not degradation."
"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?"
"I am against the death penalty."
"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."
"The need to understand prescription information can literally be a matter of life and death."