Karim Camara Discusses Cuomo’s Absence From The Caucus Weekend Gala

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Governor Andrew Cuomo was conspicuously absent through much of the annual New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus association weekend in Albany. Though he held a birthday reception honoring Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell, the governor missed the gala caucus weekend finale dinner due to what a representative from his office described as a “family event.” Assemblyman Karim Camara, the chairman of the caucus told The Politicker he understood the governor’s absence at the dinner.

“I think that we are in an all-consuming business and every one of us, at some point, has missed significant events because of family obligations,” Mr. Camara said.

Though he acknowledged some people may have been “disappointed” not to see Governor Cuomo at the dinner, Mr. Camara said the governor’s policies were more important than the “symbolism of being at the dinner.”

“He’s been a partner with us on many of the issues the last legislative session; the change in the tax code, the $75 million for the youth works program,” Mr. Camara said. “So, what’s more significant is the policy and the substance of the policy as opposed to the symbolism of being at the dinner. Maybe people were disappointed he wasn’t there, of course, he’s the governor, but we understand if he had a fam obligation.”

Governor Cuomo was protested and booed at last year’s dinner by  a group including New York City Councilman Charles Barron and his wife, Assemblywoman Inez Barron. Mr. Barron told Capitol Tonight he believes the governor skipped the gala because he “wanted some assurances” he wouldn’t face protests this time around “and he couldn’t be given that.”

Mr. Camara said he was told the governor wouldn’t be at the dinner “earlier in the week.”

“I was informed by the governor’s office that he would not be able to be in attendance,” he said.

Karim Camara Discusses Cuomo’s Absence From The Caucus Weekend Gala