Gov. Andrew Cuomo received an award on Sunday evening lauding him for his successful efforts to close 13 prisons across the state.
Cuomo called the prison closures — which he first started in 2011 — a “prouder accomplishment I can’t have.”
In a brief speech accepting the award, Cuomo tied the effort to reform the state’s prison system to a broader effort not just to overhaul the state’s criminal justice system, but also his push to overhaul educating in New York.
“We have failing public schools in this state that we know we have been failing for 10 years and we continue to send students to failing public schools,” Cuomo said. “A school in a poor community has a different set of issues than a school in a richer school districts. Recognize that a school is more than a school, get the mentoring, pay for the tutoring, get the health assistance they need because a school is more than a school.”
I'm rarely rendered speechless by something a politician does or says, but here's once when I am.
I mean, how do you react to a politician, accepting an award for closing prisons, pivoting from that award to push for school closures too?