Yesterday, Andrew Cuomo made what are apparently his first public remarks about the crisis in the State Senate during a rare press conference .
“Figure out a way to share power, share control, and get on with it and do the people’s business, in a power-sharing agreement,” said Cuomo, putting air quotes around the words “power sharing.” “It’s 50-50. Figure out a way to cooperate to the extent of doing the people’s business.”
He continued: “Families all across this state are facing real problems: health care issues, economic issues, mortgage issues. They need help and they need a functioning government. That’s what I’m saying. I’m not even saying that everybody has to agree on everything, because I don’t believe that. I do believe there is a certain good faith and a certain professionalism, where if it is 50-50, you figure out a way to cooperate and you get on and do the people’s business.”
Up until now, Cuomo has been remarkably quiet about the Senate stalemate, in the apparent belief that, as one Democratic strategist put it to me, “He’s operating under the thinking that in this mess, if you are hands-off, your hands are clean.”