New York State Governor Addresses

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New York State Archives

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In addition to giving annual address the legislature, governors frequently address other organizations to communicate, publicize, and gain support for their policies. Consisting of transcripts of public speeches and remarks, these addresses pertain to the economy, including unemployment; assistance for the elderly; taxes; healthcare; programs for the developmentally disabled; crime; education; housing; and repair and maintenance of state infrastructure.
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Chronological by date of address (numerical by consecutive address number).

13687-10: Roughly chronological.

Administrative History

The Governor is required by the State Constitution to address the Legislature annually concerning conditions in the state. He also frequently addresses other organizations to communicate, publicize, and gain support for his policies in support of his function to ensure that the state's laws are executed and its policies carried out.

Scope and Content Note

Executive Chamber staff maintained these records as a central file of transcripts or printed copies of the Governor's addresses. In addition to inaugural and "State of the State" addresses, the series contains speeches or remarks addressed to: Congressional and committee hearings; civic organizations; trade conferences; meetings of local officials; labor organizations; agricultural organizations; business/commercial organizations; professional organizations (e.g. teachers); media organizations; political conferences/dinners; news conferences; high school and college commencements; groundbreaking and dedication ceremonies; awards ceremonies; and anniversary and memorial events.

The speeches cover a wide variety of issues from varying angles, depending on the organization addressed. Among the topics addressed by the Governor are: the economy and unemployment; assistance to the elderly; tax reduction; health care; institutional care of the mentally handicapped; crime; education; housing; and maintenance and repair of the state's infrastructure.

13687-10: This accretion contains one address given by Mario M. Cuomo as Lieutenant Governor.

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Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Alternate Formats Available

Published in Public Papers of the Governor.

Related Information

Other finding aids

Series B1205, Index to Governor Carey's Proclamations, Press Releases, and Addresses, indexes this series alphabetically by subject and name.

Container lists (no list for 13687-10).

Custodial History

13687-10: These speeches and addresses were donated to the New York State Archives in 2010 by Jeannie Cross. The speeches were collected when Ms. Cross was a member of the press corps that covered Gov. Cuomo as Lieutenant Governor and as Governor.

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