Frederic Dicker at the Post writes how Governor Cuomo operated to stymie Democrats in Albany. Nice. It’s a depressing read about Albany politics.
Despite public claims to the contrary, Gov. Andrew Cuomo worked behind the scenes with the Republican-led Senate to defeat Assembly Democrats on such key “progressive” initiatives as tenant rights and a minimum-wage hike, knowledgeable insiders have told The Post.
Cuomo, the de facto head of the state Democratic Party, defeated a range of Democrat-sponsored proposals supposedly on his agenda through a “two-against-one” strategy in which he allied with Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk) against Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), leaving Heastie no choice but to fold, the sources said….
“Not that there should have been, but if there was any doubt that Senate Republicans are nothing but a tool of Cuomo to use against his fellow Democrats, there isn’t anymore,’’ the source complained.
A source close to Heastie said, “When the governor is aligned with the Senate Republicans the way Cuomo was this year, there’s little the Assembly can do to advance its policies.”