‘The ugly political discourse of the election did not end on Election Day’ – Highlights of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Speech at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem

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I come here today with a heavy heart.

The ugly political discourse of the election did not end on Election Day.

NY has a special responsibility: we must stand up and tell this country what it means to be an American. We are one nation, under God.

In many ways it has gotten worse, into a social crisis that now challenges our identity as a state and as a nation and our people.

New York is the welcome mat to the world. Ellis Island is where generations signed the American compact.

The Statue of Liberty stands in our harbor, and New Yorkers hold the torch, and today, that torch must be held higher and that torch must shine brighter than ever before.

If there is a move to deport immigrants then I say start with me. I am a son of immigrants.

(Grandfather, Andrea Cuomo) was a poor, Italian immigrant who came to this country without a job, without money, or resources and he was here only for the promise of America.

We remember what made this nation the greatest nation on this earth.

We are going to keep that dream alive, and we are going to fight to keep that dream alive and work to make it a reality for all of us.

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