By Tom Precious
Albany -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo just ended his State of the State address, a 69-minute speech that was part stump and part policy promotion.
Near the end, he sought to downplay the fight he has had with lawmakers over his formation of a special investigatory panel that has been trying to dig into the personal finances of many legislators. He said the public has lost confidence in Albany because of the scandals involving legislators.
"It reflects poorly on all of us,'' Cuomo said as his PowerPoint presentation showed headlines of various legislative scandals, including the sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak.
Cuomo again called for a package of bills, including public financing of campaigns and new disclosures about outside income of lawmakers. "I do believe in the Legislature. ... I do believe in government. ... And I don't want to see it limited, and government is limited by the lack of trust. The more trust, the more capacity,'' he said.
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