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Sun Apr 16, 2017, 11:51 PM Apr 2017

Cuomo and Clinton hail free college plan in joint appearance [View all]

[font size=3]Gov. Cuomo cites former presidential candidate as inspiration for measure[/font]

New York -- In a relatively rare appearance since her Election Day loss in November, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appeared with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday to hail the passage of tuition-free state college for families with an income less than $125,000 in New York.

The measure — passed in the state budget on Sunday — is the first of its kind in the nation, and an idea brought to the fore during the Democratic presidential primary by both Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Cuomo said it was an "outrageously ambitious idea, but an irrefutably smart idea." He credited Clinton as "the inspiration for the idea" and called Clinton "our inspiration, and our champion."

"I'll take it, I'll take it," Clinton said, taking the podium at LaGuardia Community College in Queens.

The legislation, and credit from Clinton, could burnish Cuomo's credentials if he runs for president in 2020. Cuomo is a longtime ally of the Clintons, having served as the state's top housing official in former President Bill Clinton's Cabinet.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Cuomo-and-Clinton-hail-free-college-plan-in-joint-11069935.php

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