Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during his 2014 State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 8.
continued •Strengthening penalties against drunk drivers. Anyone with two convictions of driving while intoxicated or ability impaired by drugs or alcohol within a three-year period will have their driver’s license suspended for five years. Also, anyone with three such convictions in their lifetime could have full revocation of their license.
• Doubling the period of driver’s license suspension to one-year for anyone under the age of 21 convicted of texting-while-driving.
• Establishing a 5 percent goal in awarding of state contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, along with holding a Veterans and Military Families Summit this year “to address the unique issues faced by these New Yorkers and determine how the State can better serve them.”
• A $2 billion “Smart Schools” bond referendum to help bring all schools into “today’s high-speed, high-tech world.” If approved by voters, the initiative would provide students with “state-of-the-art classrooms” and “leverage technology to transform education.”
• Providing full tuition scholarships to the top 10 percent of high school graduates attending any SUNY or CUNY university and pursuing a STEM career. Scholarship awardees would be required to work in the state for five years after graduation.
• Provide “Universal Pre-Kindergarten” access for all children.