Cuomo To Skelos: I Find Your Lack Of Support Disturbing (Updated)
Don’t oppose his agenda and expect it to get longer.
That was the message from Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning, appearing in back-to-back radio interviews with Fred Dicker on Talk-1300 and later Susan Arbetter on The Capitol Press Room.
Cuomo was reacting to comments made by Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos, who told reporters in Albany yesterday that it remained up in the air as to whether the new coalition of GOP lawmakers and independent Democrats would hold floor votes on measures such as increasing the state’s minimum wage, overhauling campaign-finance laws and curtailing stop and frisk arrests in New York City.
All are measures that IDC Leader Jeff Klein backs and that Cuomo has said are part of his “litmus test” for support in 2013. Republicans blocked all three during the past legislative session.
Cuomo, a Democrat who has come under fire from liberal commentators and advocates for not fully backing a takeover of the state Senate by his own party, reiterated he had no desire to get involved in the leadership contretemps.
But he did say that he’s got the voters behind him.
“The people of the state of NY did elect me and did elect my agenda,” Cuomo said.
And in a message aimed at Skelos and the Republican conference, Cuomo warned them not to be at odds with him in the new year.
“Getting the agenda my done, it’s my business,” Cuomo told Dicker. “They are wrong to oppose campaign finance reform. They are wrong to oppose a minimum wage increase. They are wrong to oppose stop and frisk reform. They are wrong.”
Cuomo said he would insert himself in the business of the Senate should the opposition to those measures be realized next year.
“If Senator Skelos is opposed to the agenda of the people of the state, then I will oppose him, and then I will be involved,” he said.
Later in the interview with Arbetter, Cuomo said his agenda list will likely grow longer when he delivers his State of the State address on Jan. 9.
“That will also have items that will be literally my list for next year,” he said.
Senate Republicans for the first two years of Cuomo’s term have worked will with the popular governor, whose approval rating continues to hover around 70 percent. They backed his provisions for a Tier Six pension level, a DNA database and allowed the legalization of same-sex marriage to come to the floor for a vote, which ultimately passed with four Republican senators voting yes.
But Cuomo this year does not have the threat of vetoing, say, a redistricting plan drawn by incumbent majority parties in either chamber. He will likely have to find new sources of leverage, especially with a newly formed and untested coalition.
Updated: Scott Reif, a spokesman for the Senate GOP, responds.
“If Senate Republicans have proven anything over the last two years, it’s that we can successfully work with Governor Cuomo to pass an agenda that benefits all New Yorkers. The people want Democrats and Republicans to work together to get results, and we’re going to keep getting the job done for them in the next legislative session.”
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