Now, Andrew Cuomo wants a unified Democratic Party
On a conference call with elected officials last night, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wanted the state Democratic Party to be "tighter" and for supporters of his gun-control legislation to pass resolutions expressing their support for the bill, because opponents are "organized" and vocal.
Cuomo also noted that there should be a "unified" message from Democrats at all levels of government, which usually happens during a presidential election.
Cuomo, of course, kept a careful distance from Barack Obama for much of last year's election, particularly when Obama's prospects looked most uncertain, and his actions have been instrumental in keeping Democrats from taking over the State Senate.
That was back when Cuomo's political imperative was to appear above partisan politics.
Last night's comments come in the context of a shift to the left, back toward the party whose support he'll need in 2016.
Here are some of Cuomo's remarks from the call:
"I want to work more to get the Democratic Party tighter in this state, especially among elected officials. The governmental agenda turns into the campaign message, right? To the extent that we can have a unified agenda and a unified message, that helps all of us and it helps the party. It happens naturally during a presidential year, because the president starts the message from on top and it trickles down, pardon the use of the words.
"But even when there is not a presidential election, we should have a unified agenda, we do have a unified agenda and then we all push at the same time. And that will help governmentally and that will help politically. And the best politics is the best government. The best government is the best politics. And that is something I really want to spend some time on, getting tighter than we now do it. We should be more unified in terms of the governmental agenda and this is the first start at that."
"Mayor is trying to micromanage beyond his term-rather than help kids now. Mulgrew is right,Mayor is wrong" — Randi Weingarten
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called Mayor Michael Bloomberg and U.F.T. president Michael Mulgrew to prod them into reaching a deal on teacher evaluations. [Yoav Gonen, Tara Palmeri and Carl Campanile]
Ninety percent of the teacher-evaluation deals passed in other parts of the state include a sunset provision, which Bloomberg said were "shams." [Lisa Fleisher]
The city's failed negotiations with the U.F.T. over teacher evaluations "laid bare the fatal flaw in Gov. Cuomo's approach." [Daily News]
Assemblyman Sheldon Silver paid $35,000 to a law firm in connection to JCOPE's investigation into the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal. [Erik Kriss]
Bill Thompson tried signaling a new spirit of cooperation with the city's power brokers. [Dana Rubinstein]
Bloomberg said the U.F.T.'s demands on the teacher evaluation deals were "a joke." [Dana Rubinstein]
Joe Lhota said, "This race isn't about Rudy Giuliani." [Azi Paybarah]
Andrew Cuomo and the Post's state editor had a tense debate over the governor's new gun legislation. [Azi Paybarah]
8:10 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo will appear on The John Gambling Show, with guest host Rep. Peter King, on WOR710. It'll stream live here.
9 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg participates in a panel discussion on "Shaping the Future of Transport" at the Annual Transforming Transportation Conference, in the Preston Auditorium on the World Bank Camus, 1818 H Street NW, in Washington.
Noon. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Council members Gale Brewer, Andy King, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, along with doctors and nurses urge Council Speaker Quinn to allow a vote on the paid sick leave bill, on the steps of City Hall.
12:45 p.m. Bloomberg speaks about the president's proposal to reduce gun violence at the 81st U.S. Conference of Mayors' winter meeting, in the presidential ballroom at the Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th Street NW in Washington. It'll stream live here.
On "The Road to City Hall" tonight: Brooklyn D.A. candidate Ken Thompson, and the reporters roundtable.
City Comptroller John Liu is criticized for restating that he worked in a sweatshop after questions about the accuracy of that claim were raised during his 2009 campaign. [New York Post]
Joe Lhota took a shot at Christine Quinn, saying "you can't confuse cooperation with leadership," and said he is "not going to make a pledge about no new taxes." [Michael Howard Saul]
Lhota is candid like Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani, one editorial board says, happily. [New York Post]
Lhota: "Political operatives are trying to pigeonhole me as Rudy II" and "We are different people." [David Seifman]
Bill Thompson vowed not to raise taxes and accused Christine Quinn and Mayor Michael Bloomberg of passing irresponsible budgets with one-shot funding sources. [David Seifman]
Thompson took a shot at Bill de Blasio's plan to raise taxes on the rich to pay for education programs, saying it "doesn't make sense." [David Chen]
An overview of the races in Queens. [Luis Gronda]
City Hall / City Council
More on the mayor and teachers union blowing the deadline for the teacher evaluation deal. [Al Baker and Marc Santora]
NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly is more popular than Bloomberg. [David Seifman]
The New York City Board of Elections budget has doubled between 2000 and 2010. [Sam Roberts]
Gregory Lombardi, an M.T.A. executive who took a generator home after Hurricane Sandy was demoted and had his six-figure salary cut in half. [Pete Donohue]
Cuomo's "rush-job gun reform" bill "doesn't include an exemption for police" who carry high-capacity magazines. [Erik Kriss]
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants casino locations specified before lawmakers approve a constitutional amendment legalizing gambling. [Laura Nahmias]
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released an audit that found SUNY Downstate Medical Center top administrators got paid $200,000 salaries while 500 lower-paid workers were given layoff notices. [Anemona Hartocollis]
A judge allowed Assemblyman William Boyland, who is facing federal corruption charges, to travel to Washington to see the president's inauguration. [Mitchel Maddux]
Democrats who struck a coalition deal with Republicans in Albany are not short on money. [Ken Lovett]
There's some disagreement among Democrats as to how to approach the gun control bill. [Jennifer Steinhauer]
And a bigger divide brewing over whether Democrats want to be the party of Rahm Emanuel or Elizabeth Warren. [Maggie Haberman]
Paul Ryan floated the possibility of a short-term extension to the debt limit. [Ashley Parker]
The author of "More Guns, Less Crime" does not agree with Obama's gun control legislation. [John Lott Jr.]
An editorial board cheers the expansion of federal whistleblower protections. [New York Times]