Not So Special Elections
Though candidates across the state have begun to assume that Gov. Andrew Cuomo won’t call special elections to fill state legislative vacancies, the governor himself says he is still keeping his options open.
“It’s something we’re reviewing,” he said today when asked about the subject after an unrelated press conference. “We don’t have a decision yet.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today dismissed questions about State Senator Tony Avella’s decision to join the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway faction of Democratic lawmakers who control the chamber with Senate Republicans, describing the move as part of the coming “political silly season.”
“You know, the politics and turmoil of Albany, right?” remarked the governor, speaking to reporters after announcing a new deal to film a Marvel comic series in the state. “I just heard about it today. I don’t know what it means, if anything.”
is this thing on?
Super Mario, meet Super Andrew.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today suggested a new superhero based on his stint as governor, while taking a break from budget negotiations in Albany to announce a deal to film a new series based on the Marvel comics characters in New York.
As Seen on TV
Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning side-stepped questions about the status of his presumed presidential ambitions in a rare national television appearance on FOX Business Network.
“I’m sorry, I’m losing you, we have a technical difficulty,” he jokingly told host Maria Bartiromo when asked whether he was still eying a run for the White House in 2016.
When it comes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest effort to reduce recidivism, Jim Tedisco is the one who knocks.
When former Mayor Michael Bloomberg won mayoral control of the city’s public schools or watched his dream of a West Side stadium die in Albany, he went into battle with a team of around a half dozen people tasked specifically with lobbying the state legislature.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is now locked in a fight for an income tax hike to fund universal prekindergarten, has taken a different tack so far: Only two staffers currently work under Sherif Soliman, the head of Mr. de Blasio’s state legislative affairs office. Both are holdovers from the Bloomberg administration.
Tale of Two Plans
It seems like the governor has gotten a little jealous of his TV star little brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.
Andrew Cuomo’s office today announced the launch of “The State of New York”–a Friday video series that recaps the state’s weekly news in video press release form.
Eyes on the Prize
Gov. Andrew Cuomo once again dismissed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to fund universal prekindergarten, implying today that the mayor’s tax-the-rich push would lead to a tale of “two states.”
Mr. Cuomo, who opposes the mayor’s plan to raise taxes on the city’s highest-income earners to fund universal pre-K, is pushing instead for state-wide funding from Albany, which he argued today was a more equitable system.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman confirmed today that he doesn’t wear eyeliner–contrary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reported inquiry on the subject.
“I don’t wear eyeliner–not that I would have any problem with anyone who chooses to wear eyeliner,” Mr. Schneiderman told Politicker–perhaps channeling a famous episode of Seinfeld–when asked about the report and his overall relationship with the governor.
The verbal slugfest between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio over pre-K funding escalated today, with Mr. Cuomo calling the logical extension of the mayor’s position “repugnant” and Mr. de Blasio insisting his tax-the-rich funding scheme is the city’s only viable option.
During a press conference today, Mr. Cuomo defended his opposition to the mayor’s plan, arguing that not all cities have enough millionaires to support full pre-K programs via a de Blasio-esque tax on high income earners.