Nearly three weeks after Festivus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo got around to an airing of grievances. He's had a lot of problems with the federal government, and now you're going to hear about it.
But as Democrats take control of the White House and narrow majorities in both houses of Congress, much of the governor's plans for 2021 will hinge on the federal government's actions in the coming weeks.
As he laid out his State of the State on Monday, Cuomo's bill of complaints range from the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions to federal tax and spending policies he says have deprieved New York of aid.
He's seeking $15 billion in direct aid for New York to make up for the lost revenue during the pandemic. But parallel to the aid effort is ensuring the state gets enough of the COVID-19 vaccine to be able to return to a semblance of normal.
"Most pressing for the immediate future: We must vaccinate all New Yorkers," Cuomo said. "It is a massive undertaking and much greater than anything this nation has done to date."
He added: "I believe the new federal administration will see the vaccine supply increase and we will be ready for that increase."
This comes as the state's own distribution is broadly seen as having stumbled and only small percentages of health care workers acorss New York were receiving their first doses. The pace of vaccinations is picking up, and on Monday millions more people including those over age 75, police, firefighters, and education workers are eligible.
"There's a lot of finger pointing to the federal government," said Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt, a Republican. "Not all of that is unfounded. But not all of that absolves the state of our responsibility."
Cuomo won't have a federal government stocked with what has become his rogues gallery in recent years. Joe Biden, his endorsed candidate, will be president. Sen. Chuck Schumer, a fellow New Yorker, will be majority leader.
In other words, he said Monday a page is being turned.
"Fortunately, this nation rejected Washington's hyper- partisan politics and today is a new day in America after a long dark night and the new federal government has no credible argument against the fact that New York's damage from COVID is clearly, legally and ethically Washington's liability," Cuomo said.
The governor did not unveil his full agenda in the first address. The State of the State is being broken up into four different speeches this week. And many of the proposals -- election reform, encouraging New York companies to make health care supplies and strengthening telehealth services -- do not require spending money the state does not have.
Cuomo's theme for the year is balancing public health needs of a pandemic while also dsitributing the vaccine. A prototype was Saturday's Buffalo Bills playoff game, where 6,700 fans were allowed inside the stadium after COVID rapid tests.
"This next year we will see economies realign and reset around the world," Cuomo said. "We see the risk and the peril, but also see the promise and the potential. The question to be answered is what will we make of this moment?"