Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Cuomo spoke to a crowd of approximately 70 people in Oswego at Bridie Manor on Thursday.
The event started with acknowledgement of dignitaries, including Oswego Town Clerk Barbara Sugar and Oswego Mayor Randy Bateman.
Rob Duffy, the former mayor of Rochester who is currently running as Cuomo’s Lt. Governor, opened the event by vouching for Cuomo’s character as the former Attorney General, calling him a governor for everyone.
Duffy urged the audience to get out and vote next Tuesday and to influence their neighbors to do the same.
Cuomo then approached the podium as the excited crowd stood and yelled jubilantly at his entrance.
"Trust," said Cuomo. "That word is everything."
When discussing different issues Cuomo stressed the need to reform Albany by restoring citizen’s trust in government officials. He then spoke about how he would reorganize and reduce unnecessary local governments to cut state taxes if voted governor.
"People come up and say ‘I just don’t trust the state government anymore’… it’s not like I can look at them and say ‘you’re wrong,’" Cuomo said. "They happen to be right."
Cuomo discussed his plans to bring jobs and businesses to New York to keep young people in the state. He cited his work in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as proof of his credentials and commitment to development and the restoration of jobs in Oswego.
In addressing his plans to close the current deficit and budget gap, Cuomo explained that raising taxes is not the solution because it will deter businesses, cause people to leave the state and reduce interest in purchasing property. The solution, Cuomo said, is for Albany to "tighten its belt" and to spend what it actually makes.
The speech shifted when Cuomo denounced his opponents as candidates that are trying to "divide and wedge" New Yorkers by their beliefs on sensitive issues like gay rights, immigration and racial profiling.
Cuomo concluded by urging the crowd to get the vote out with the critical message of "It all comes to Tuesday, and Tuesday comes down to you."