For Immediate Release: 7/26/16
VIDEO & PHOTOS: AT DELEGATION BREAKFAST, GOVERNOR CUOMO, SENATOR SANDERS, DEMOCRATIC LEADER PELOSI, SENATOR GILLIBRAND AND NEW YORK DEMOCRATS STAND UNITED IN SUPPORT OF HILLARY CLINTON
Governor Cuomo Brings NY Delegation Together In Support of Clinton/Kaine Ticket
Senator Sanders, a Brooklyn Native, Praises New York’s Progressive Leadership and Underscores Importance of Election
NYS DEMS Pledge to Help Elect Hillary Clinton as President, Bring New York’s Progressive Victories Across Nation
At their first official event of the Democratic National Convention, the New York State Democrats, led by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, today stood together to make crystal clear why electing Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine is critical to the future of America.
The delegation breakfast included remarks in support of the Democratic ticket from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, NYS DEMS Chairman and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, State Democratic Party Executive Director Basil Smikle, and 1199SEIU President George Gresham.
The speakers advocated the historic stakes of this election — including the opportunity for our nation to elect its first female President and the necessity to prevent Donald Trump’s radical, bigoted and untested philosophy from reaching the White House. The delegation highlighted major progressive victories in New York, including:
- $15 statewide minimum wage, boosting pay for 2.3 million New Yorkers;
- 12 weeks of paid family leave, the most comprehensive plan in the nation;
- Marriage equality, affirming the right to marry for millions of New Yorkers;
- Common-sense gun safety laws, the strongest in the nation;
- Middle-class tax cut, bringing taxes to the lowest rate in 70 years;
- Policies to make college more affordable for New York families; and
- A record $100 billion infrastructure plan across the state.
NYS DEMS pledged to help elect Hillary Clinton to ensure that there is someone in the White House who shares to the same commitment to achieving those progressive policies on the federal level.
“We in New York State believe in progressive politics,” Governor Cuomo said. “We don’t just talk the talk — we’re showing this nation what progressive politics can do and how we can move the economy forward for everyone. Now we’re taking what is reality in New York and bringing it across the nation by coming together as one Democratic Party, and working tirelessly to elect Hillary Clinton this November.”
Senator Sanders said, “As I look to the future, there is no debate, that we must defeat the worst Republican candidate in the modern history of this country. What the American people are interested in is making sure that they can put food on the table for their children, that their kids can go to college, that their communities aren’t a toxic dump. I thank Governor Cuomo for his work in making New York State one of the progressive leaders in this country and for showing that progressive politics can work. Our first task in the next few months, and I know we’ll all work hard on that, is to see that Secretary Clinton is elected.
Senator Gillibrand said, “Hillary Clinton embodies the strength, vision and determination of New York. As Senator, she gave a voice to the voiceless and advocated for equality and respect for all. New Yorkers have broken down countless barriers for women’s rights, civil rights and workers rights just to name a few; we know Hillary Clinton shares our values and we must work together and do everything we can to elect her the next president of the United States.”
Democratic Leader Pelosi said, “Today is truly an historic day in our nation’s history as we nominate Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States. Not only is Hillary the most qualified candidate in history, but her drive, tenacity, love of neighbor and principled decision-making — all things so inherently ‘New York’ — make her even more special as a leader. Our nation is at a crossroads and only Hillary Clinton can move the nation forward and champion strong, progressive policies in the face of Republican extremism.”
During today’s event, Governor Cuomo presented “Bridge Builder” awards to Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and 1199SEIU President George Gresham in recognition of their commitment to progressive values.
Attention Media: Photos from the NYS DEMS at the 2016 Democratic National Convention are available here.
A rush transcript of Governor Cuomo’s opening remarks is below.
Good morning. Do we have any New York Democrats in the room? Do we have any New York Democrats in the room? Well, we are all so excited to be here. This is a great convention, this is a great city, the City of Philadelphia – a lot of history, a lot of Democratic history and I’m looking forward to a great convention. I’m also looking forward to having this convention in a place called New York State. That’s what I’m looking forward to.
I want to thank – and you should all thank – our Chairman, Byron Brown who has been doing an extraordinary job. Let’s give him a round of applause. We have Speaker Carl Heastie and our brothers and sisters from the Assembly here. Let’s thank them for a great legislative session and for getting all sorts of work done. And we’re going to hear from all sorts of elected official as we go through the day. But it’s exciting to be here, and it’s my pleasure, really, to welcome here Jane Sanders and Levi Sanders and Senator Bernie Sanders.
Now, in many ways, I am welcoming Senator Sanders home because he is a Brooklyn boy and you know what they say about Brooklyn. You can take the boy out of Brooklyn but you can’t take Brooklyn out of the boy and he still has Brooklyn in him. I’ve had the pleasure to work with Senator Sanders for many years when I was the HUD Secretary. When you are the HUD Secretary, you are basically representing the poorest people and the poorest places in country and it is very hard to get support when you are the HUD Secretary. If there was ever one champion in the Congress who was always there to stand up for HUD and the poor and the disenfranchised, it was Senator Sanders and I want to thank him for that on behalf of all of the distressed communities.
I want to applaud the Senator for a really outstanding campaign – what he accomplished in this primary and where he came from. I also want to applaud the Senator for keeping his eye on the ball – the goal for the Democratic Party is to make sure Trump and that philosophy has no place in this country, ever.
I also want the Senator to know that many of his points, and many of the issues he fought for, we are living in New York. We are with the Senator. When we passed $15 – the highest minimum wage in the United States of America, when we passed paid family leave, when we passed marriage equality, when we passed the ban on assault weapons. We believe in progressive politics. We don’t just talk the talk. We walk the walk. We’re making the reality New York. We’re showing this nation what progressive politics can do. We’re showing this nation you can have progressive politics and you can move the economy up for everyone. It’s not a dream. It is a reality and we are doing it in New York. Give a warm welcome to a New York boy, Senator Bernie Sanders.