At the end of last week, Politico Magazine published an article examining the possibility of an Andrew Cuomo presidential campaign. Cuomo declined to be interviewed for the article.

Tuesday, the governor of New York was asked for this thoughts on the piece, during a stop in Genesee County. As usual, he sidestepped the question.

“What did it say about how I’m going to do in my re-election race?” Cuomo asked. “Because that is all I’m concerned about.”

One of the things the governor may be concerned about come 2018, as he seeks a third term, is the general state of the New York City subway. As Jon Campbell noted in his article Friday, New York City residents, typically the governor’s strongest base, aren’t particularly pleased with the recent disrepair and delays.

Cuomo blamed the issues on the federal government closing tracks at Penn Station. He said the state managed it as an emergency, deploying a number of different contingencies to mitigate the congestion.

“We literally deployed everything we could at a tremendous expense to the state and so far it seems to have been working,” Cuomo said. “We were anticipating a significant delay in terms of commutes. That hasn’t happened. Most people have favorable reviews so that’s good.”

Cuomo said the situation is not sustainable and suggested Tuesday a provider other than Amtrak take over the track service at Penn Station.

Back to the presidential exploration though.

The Politico piece noted if Cuomo is serious he would need to win over the far-Left faction of his party. Progressive Democrats over the years have questioned his commitment to the movement, in part because of his seemingly tacit approval of a break away group of Democrats that have swung the balance of power in the Senate for the past six years.

The article noted that it seemed for a governor who seems to be able to “move an agenda almost at will” he should be able to reunite the Independent Democratic Conference with mainline Dems.

Not so fast. Cuomo told reporters his power only goes so far.

“The relationship seems more acrimonious, more hostile than ever before,” he said.

The governor was given the power to perform marriages in New York state two years ago but he joked, he can’t force people – or party factions – to do so.

“If they don’t want to marry, I have no power or role in forcing the marriage,” he said. “There is no political shotgun marriage equivalent of the old days.”