Governor Andrew Cuomo has echoed what many have been saying in the halls of the capitol this week, that because of super storm Sandy and the uncertain future in the state senate, it’s “not probable” that there will be a special session before the new legislature is sworn in in January.

“I don’t think it is looking especially probable Fred,” Cuomo said during an interview on Talk 1300 AM. “What I want to discuss is minimum wage, campaign finance reform, stop and frisk, marijuana, and these are not short or easy conversations. These are complicated. We have tried to have them before and we did not reach agreement obviously.”

Cuomo went on to say he has been preoccupied by the storm recovery and probably would be for several more weeks. There had been talkback in June when the legislative session came to an end that lawmakers would come back to address several issues on Cuomo’s agenda in return for an increase in lawmakers salaries. If the legislature passed a pay raise in December it would take effect in 2013. If they don’t, the earliest they could see their pay raise would be 2015.

Cuomo didn’t completely shut the door on a legislative session though. While maintaining that he felt it was unlikely, he did say, “If they (lawmakers) want to talk, then I am here.”

During the 20 minute interview Cuomo also dismissed criticism that a 3 personal advisory panel to the state health commissioner on the impacts of hydrofracking might be biased against the industry. Cuomo said he has no concerns about the panel’s bias because the “panel is an advisory panel to the commissioner and I have total confidence in the commissioner.”

The Governor was also asked about the proposed 45% Thruway toll hike on commercial vehicles. He called on the Thruway Authority to exhaust all options to avoid a toll hike because it flies in the face of the “tone we have tried to set” in New York.