The ‘Post’ knocks the pedestal out from under Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo and Fred Dicker. (mmr dad via flickr)
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The New York Post editorial page has been, according to a report in one of its fellow News Corp. papers, "perceived as friendly" to Governor Andrew Cuomo. That may be changing.

That's because yesterday, Cuomo stopped ruling out the option of raising taxes to close next year's budget deficit.

After noting Cuomo's previous promises to allow the "millionaire's tax" to expire, the editorial page writers today lament, "So too bad for all those voters, us included, who backed him for governor last year in the expectation that he would keep his word. And who believed him still in October. Extremely naive, we all were."

Cuomo seemed to defy the rules of political physics by being a socially progressive Democratic governor who could avoid being on the wrong side of the Post editorial page and its influential state editor, Fred Dicker. (The Cuomo-Dicker relationship was even once the subject of a front-page New York Times story.)

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Other governors have been targets of merciless Post headline and editorial-page writers, and subjected to Dicker's withering disapproval.

How would Cuomo react if it happened to him?

Some links:

The Post writes 504 words about Obama's fund-raising trip creating a "traffic nightmare" in Manhattan. [Amber Sutherland, Kenneth Garger and Jose Martinez]

UPDATE: I missed this earlier; The News finds a cabbie who navigated the gridlock fairly well. [Edgar Sandoval and Barry Paddock]

Obama was in town raising lots of cash. [Kevin Deitsch]

Economist E.J. McMahon noticed Cuomo venturing to new territory yesterday when discussing various tax strategies. [Associated Press]

"Read Andy’s lips: Maybe new taxes." [Erik Kriss]

"Andrew's moving lips" is the headline of the Post editorial that hits Cuomo for not ruling out tax hikes, after promising that he would. [New York Post]

"There simply aren’t enough private-sector “millionaires” to support all the new public-sector millionaires being created every day." [Lawrence Mone]

State officials forced out a top education "guru" who revealed tentative plans to test some students for up to four hours. [Yoav Gonen]

It was a "fairly sudden resignation," according to a state education spokesman. [Anna Phillips]

City Comptroller John Liu hired two former employees of MF Global, and was criticized for that by local labor leader Greg Floyd. [Howard Michael Saul]

Floyd, the only person quoted criticizing Liu for these hires, is also considering running for mayor. [Chris Bragg]

The Times does a front-page story about Liu's little-known gatekeeper, who is "a key to understanding the fund-raising machine created by Mr. Liu." One source esaid, “She arranges everything, and goes to all the events, not Chung [Seto]" (who was recent New York Post story for attending official comptroller Meetings with Liu).  [David Chen and Raymond Hernandez]

The News follows a Crain's story yesterday about Bill de Blasio revising his campaign bundler info. [Tina Moore]

Taxpayers are paying Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.'s legal defense bills because he said he's broke. [Josh Marzulli]

Tony Herbert, who once ran for office as a Republican, laments that the district "loses again, not only to violence but to corruption." [Liz Robbins]

Closing arguments in the case against Councilman Larry Seabrook, who isn't testifying, are expected today. [Colin Moynihan]

One of my former editors, and a longtime critic of the Times, says the Times is hypocritical in singling out Ron Lauder's use of tax loopholes for attention in David Kocieniewski's deeply reported story. [Ira Stoll]

"A spy said Rome called out to Crist on the court steps afterward: 'Nice going, Charlie. Nice look. Big d - - k! Big d - - k! Be really proud of yourself, Charlie!' " [Page Six]