Fred Dicker has a revelation about Andrew Cuomo’s trustworthiness
That public rift between Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Post state editor Fred Dicker is widening, apparently.
Dicker, an erstwhile Cuomo insider who is (was?) writing a book about the governor with the cooperation of Cuomo and his top aides, and whose column has frequently been a forum for anonymous boasts, threats and daily spin from the administration, now says the governor doesn't have a good record when it comes to telling the truth.
Dicker reports in his column today, citing sources, that Cuomo told business officials he feared supporting hydrofracking because he thought the state legislature would respond by passing a moratorium to block it.
Cuomo's chief of staff and top spokesman, Josh Vlasto, said that account was "totally false."
Dicker had this on-the-record quote from Heather Briccetti, the president and C.E.O. of the Business Council, which (like Dicker) favors hydrofracking.
"The governor basically told our group that he was concerned that if he moved forward and allowed hydrofracking to take place, the Legislature would pass a moratorium, which would further complicate moving forward in the future," Briccetti said.
This morning, on the radio show he hosts each weekday, Dicker said the episode was emblematic of the administration's credibility problem.
"I've noticed with some people I've talked with, the reaction is, they're not surprised," Dicker said. "Sadly, the governor's office has not exactly earned a high level of appreciation for veracity for telling the truth. And I think some journalists have felt that for a long time. I may have been a little late in coming, but I've come to recognize that too, sad to say."
Dicker didn't provide other examples of misstatements from the administration.
Dicker has complained that Cuomo has veered left in his third year in office, restricting gun rights, pushing abortion rights and stalling on hydrofracking. Cuomo has begun an undeclared boycott of Dicker's radio show, on which hasn't appeared since February 1.