On the Eve of Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address, advocacy groups from across New York delivered their annual People's State of the State Address outside the Capitol Building in Albany Tuesday. Time Warner Cable News' Jon Dougherty tells us what issues they think and hope the Governor will touch on Wednesday.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- In subzero windchills, the 24th annual People's State of the State Address was delivered outside the State Capitol Tuesday.
It touching on tax fairness, education, and job creation. This year's focus was income inequality.
"What we want is a real minimum wage increase," People chanted.
The minimum wage was recently increased to $8.00 an hour, but leaders of groups like the Hunger Action Network and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness said it wasn't enough.
"We want to let the Governor know loud and clear today that poverty, hunger, homelessness - they need to be priorities just as much as doling out billions of dollars to businesses in our state," said Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness.
The group also released a progress report on Governor Cuomo's first term in office, which is entering it's last year. They gave him a "Does Not Meet Expectations" and said "Significant Improvement Required."
They were a little pleased with his recent announcement on a plan to cut taxes in New York over the next several years.
"There were some good points. He talked about some property tax relief, particularly toward low income people through the circuit breaker, and renters. That's good but there's also a lot of unmet needs in New York State," said Hunger Action Network of NYS Executive Director Mark Dunlea.
Another topic some want to hear about during Wednesday's State of the State Address is hydrofracking, and when Governor Cuomo will make a decision on it.
"2014 is going to see some critical energy decisions by the Governor that could affect the state for the next 50 years," said Sierra Club Conservation Director Roger Downs.
The Governor has said he's waiting for the health commissioner to complete a safety review before making a decision on fracking.
Despite high hopes, if history repeats itself, opponents of fracking will likely be disappointed Wednesday.
"For the past, I think, four State of the State's the "F" word, fracking, has never been mentioned," Downs said. "I think it's telling that it's perhaps one of the biggest issues in New York and it never leaves his lips. I think it will be on his mind."