Aside from the drama that is the state Senate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have a full plate next year, and it’s filled with issues and policy complications where there’s no clear answer.

What if the federal government doesn’t come through with a large enough aid package for Hurricane Sandy?

What if revenue due to the storm blows up the budget deficit?

Cuomo, no stranger to complex messes and problems, says he doesn’t anticipate 2013 being harder than his first year in office, when he inherited a dysfunctional state government and a $10 billion budget deficit.

“ I don’t know that it could any more complicated than it has been, to tell you the truth. I think the first year was more complicated just in terms of the $10 billion deficit, the many years that proceeded and the cultural issues,” he said. ”There was a culture of dysfunction when we walked in the door.”

Cuomo outlined the challenges as being the tax revenue for the budget, along with getting the $40 billion-plus supplemental aid package he’s request from the federal government.

Word from DC came today that the Obama administration may ask for $40 billion to $50 billion total for the east coast, which would be less money than Cuomo asked. But the governor said the number floated may be premature.

“For next year, the revenues is a question mark, that could make a significant difference. The supplemental from the federal government, what do we get if anything and how can we best use that and these are very big dollars that we’re talking about from the federal supplemental,” he said.

He added that dealing “extreme weather” events like Sandy will also be an issue moving forward.

“How do we start down this path of extreme weather and how does that change our behavior and what do we do now?” he asked.

Cuomo would have to deal with these issues, plus finding a middle ground on hydrofracking, with a state Senate working under a bipartisan coalition that could run smoothly or be a new kind of chaos.

But the governor seemed resigned to the new reality of the state Senate, tellling reporters at this afternoon’s cabinet meeting that he was taking a wait-and-see approach on the chamber’s leadership.