Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday morning said he was too busy here in the increasingly chilly Empire State to attend the Somos el Futuro conference in Puerto Rico.

“I always look forward to going to Puerto Rico,” Cuomo said after marching in the Veterna’s Day Parade in New York City. “It’s a little warmer this time of year.”

Cuomo said officials duties as governor interceded.

“I had work here in New York,” Cuomo said. “When I’m not governor I’ll be spending more time in Puerto Rico and everywhere else. Right now the people of this state pay me to work in the state of New York and I had a lot of work going on this week.”

It wasn’t clear what Cuomo’s plans to attend the confab were up until last Friday. Capital first reported that Cuomo wouldn’t attend the event, but event organizers told NY1’s Zack Fink the governor didn’t inform them of his decision until hours later, 3 p.m. that afternoon.

Cuomo’s office says they informed organizers Thursday night of his plans to stay home.

Incoming New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio did attend the Somos conference, however, receiving a warm welcome from the Democrats in attendance.

Cuomo again today was non-commital on de Blasio’s proposal to hike taxes on those making $500,000 and more in order to fund his universal pre-Kindergarten proposal.

The plan faces an uncertain fate in Albany, where Republicans in the coalition-controlled Senate will likely oppose any effort to raise taxes, though IDC Leader Jeff Klein has indicated he will back the proposal in the chamber.

“We’ll work it out,” Cuomo said. “It is the right reform, it is the service, it is the right initiative. But all these issues are complicated. I’ve been governor for three years, there hasn’t been an easy one yet. They’re all tough, they’re all complicated.”

And again, Cuomo indicated his long history and good relationship with de Blasio will make for a different, more positive governor-mayor dynamic.

“I’m very confident about the relationship and the partnership and the good will,” he said.