Gov. Cuomo Says He’s a ‘Half-Hug, Pat-on-the-Back Type of Hugger’

Mayor Bill de Blasio appears to know how Gov. Andrew Cuomo prefers his hugs here. (Photo: Flickr/N.Y. Governor's Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio appears to know how Gov. Andrew Cuomo prefers his hugs here. (Photo: Flickr/N.Y. Governor’s Office)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t a big hugger.

Speaking at a “NY Rising Conference” event highlighting Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts today, Mr. Cuomo recalled once getting a big bear embrace while meeting with local officials.

“I was in the North Country a couple months ago. And a local official came over and I greeted him. And afterwards, on the way home, somebody I was with said, ‘Boy, when that local official came over, you gave him some hug! Like he was a brother, a long-lost brother,” Mr. Cuomo said.

The governor described the greeting as an unusual experience.

“I’m not normally a big hugger in general. I get a little uncomfortable with those full hugs. I’m more of a half-hug, pat-on-the-back type of hugger,” he explained, to laughs. “But this was a full hug.”

Mr. Cuomo said that, while he didn’t know the hugger especially well, “We went through storms together and floods together and we shared moments where we were really, really frightened together.”

“That’s very much true for every person in this room,” Mr. Cuomo added, referring to the many officials who dealt with the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. “We went through very, very difficult times. And we’ve made the best of it so far.”