Another thing Sandy has washed away: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s refusal to appear on national TV.

The governor toured the Sept. 11 Museum site with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and relived his frightening experience on the night of the storm of being in that same location in the pitch dark, with the exception of the glow provided by “tiny” flashlights, surrounded by the deafening roar of water pouring in.

Cuomo took Cooper to a wall that’s essentially holding back the Hudson River, and said his biggest fear was that it would not hold back the surge. Thankfully, it did.

The governor, who heretofore has made zero appearances on the national TV circuit – not even when he made national headlines by successfully pushing the gay marriage bill through the divided Legislature last summer – clearly now sees the value of using such a large media platform to highlight the plight of the storm-ravaged city and his effort to lead it through this difficult time.

At the end of this segment, Cooper says he received a call from Cuomo after two had parted ways, reminding him of all people who are working around the clock on the recovery. That is vintage Cuomo – the post-interview call seeking to clarify a point to nudge a reporter in the direction he wants a story to go.

Since Sandy struck, Cuomo has also done interviews with NBC’s Brian Williams and ABC’s Diane Sawyer.

Cuomo’s top aide, Larry Schwartz, said earlier this week that these appearances aren’t about elevating the governor’s profile, but rather “to bring attention and to ask for help for the people of New York,” adding:

“So the first time you see the governor on national TV it was because New York was hit with a disaster. It was about helping New York, helping New Yorkers.”