Cuomo Era Begins Quietly

Andrew Cuomo began his administration with a staff meeting.

After being officially sworn in at 10 p.m. last night, Cuomo arrived at the Capitol at 8:30 this morning, and promptly ducked into into a suite in the executive chamber, where he met with about 30 or 40 senior executive staff members.

“The governor talked about his commitment to opening up government back to the people,” said deputy communications director Josh Vlasto. “That’s what today is all about.”

The meeting lasted about 35 minutes and, in addition to the governor, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, Secretary to the Governor Steve Cohen, Counselor to the Governor Drew Zambelli, and counsel Mylan Denerstein each addressed the group.

The Saturday morning meeting–part of a stripped-down Inauguration Day–is the latest attempt to craft a workmanlike image for the son of former governor Mario Cuomo. 

Cuomo has stressed the need to get down to work to solve the state’s problems, and his campaign theme song–permanently seared into the brain of all those who followed the race–was Bon Jovi’s unforgettable track “Work for the Working Man.”

But Vlasto insisted the meeting was not purely symbolic. He said Cuomo addressed the group about specific policy initiatives, though he declined to say which ones.


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