It may be too early to declare that the New York Post state editor, Fred Dicker "abandons Cuomo," but there is a more visible rift emerging between the freshman Democratic governor and the Albany reporter who largely praised his earlier efforts and is currently writing about about him.
At Ed Koch's funeral today, Michael Bloomberg said the former mayor must be "loving all this attention."
Governor Andrew Cuomo said this morning that the Obama campaign has yet to decide where to deploy him on behalf of the president's re-election, and that he'll be campaigning for congressional candidates in the meantime.
"I'm going to go where they need me," Cuomo said in one of his regular appearances on Fred Dicker's radio show. "They haven't given me a definitive schedule. They're talking about Ohio, they're talking about Virginia."
Typically, a politician as ambitious as Governor Andrew Cuomo wouldn't dream of sitting out most of his party's national convention.(1)
Back in 2000, when Andrew Cuomo was trying to cement his status as a rising young star, he viewed the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles as a springboard.(1)
The story of the 39 minutes that made Mario Cuomo a star is well-known. He arrived on the first day of his party’s 1984 convention in San Francisco as a relatively unknown second-year governor and flew back to New York that same night as a national liberal hero.
Cuomo's distance from Obama is underscored by the relatively robust relationship the president has with his successor in the New York State attorney general's office.
On a conference call this morning, former governor George Pataki compared President Obama's "evolving" views on same-sex marriage to his comment about having more "flexibility" in U.S.-Russia relations after the election in November.
"To me it's pretty simple, either you're for something or you're against it," Pataki said. "And Vice President Biden has made it plain he's for it. President Obama on the other hand is looking to have both sides, where he's appealing to those who are supportive of gay marriage but is afraid to alienate those who don't.
First, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed to put in place an independent redistricting process, and promised to veto the results of legislative redistricting done the old, partisan way.
Then it became clear that his legislation wasn't going anywhere in the Republican-held State Senate, but Cuomo stuck to his promise to veto lines produced by the legislature, effectively turning discretion over redistricting to the courts.(1)
When I asked Democratic consultant Jerry Skurnik about the news that Tom Allon will be the candidate of the Liberal Party in the 2013 mayor's race, his reaction was that it's better than nothing, marginally.
"It's better to be running as the Liberal Party candidate rather than some created name like Neighborhood Party," he said.
Cuomo collects his share of a Bloomberg project, and now outer-borough New York will have taxis, too
Following nearly a year of debate, and months of public equivocation, Governor Andrew Cuomo will today sign a version of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s outer-borough taxi plan, one that gives significantly more accsesibility to the wheelchair bound, and significantly fewer outer-borough taxis to New York City.(2)
Fresh off a trial on federal corruption charges that resulted in a hung jury, Councilman Larry Seabrook invoked John Kennedy, Hugh Carey and Andrew Cuomo to defend his own practice of sending public money to organizations that in turn compensated his relatives.
"I think it was a president named John Kennedy [who] hired his brother named Robert Kennedy," Seabrook said in an interview on New York 1 News Tuesday night. "I think there was a governor named Mario Cuomo. There was a son that ran his campaign and also ran a nonprofit" who is "the governor now."
For several months now, as Andrew Cuomo has held out against Michael Bloomberg's sweeping proposal to change the way taxis work in New York, his father Mario has played a small background role as a board member of Medallion Financial, one of the financiers of the yellow-taxi industry.
A spokesman for Andrew Cuomo said he didn't know whether or how often the former and current governors had discussed the taxi bill, which passed the legislature in June but has stalled for want of the governor's signature. But the spokesman reiterated what has been the position of the governor's office all along, which is that Mario Cuomo's financial arrangement with Medallion Financial, whose president and industry sector opposes the outer-borough taxi plan, doesn't matter, in terms of Andrew Cuomo's position.