Touting a new batch of legislative victories in Albany, the Governor is on the road to talk to New Yorkers about what he's been able to accomplish in 15 months as a state leader. YNN's Bill Carey says the Governor's not ready to cede any ground to critics who claim he's done too many deals behind closed doors.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Miss the news that New York State has its second, consecutive on-time budget? Well, coming to a town near you will be the Governor of New York to remind you of al that's been done.
“It has been a good year for state government after many, many years that were less than good years, let's say,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
And if you're not willing to hear the news from him, there's a good chance a local official or two may be ready to offer some praise.
“This Governor has proven not only that he can accomplish things, but that he can do so by working with both sides of the aisle,” Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said.
But while drawing praise for his legislative accomplishments, the Governor is running into some criticism over just how open the process has been, in Albany.
Critics say there has been little change in a system that saw the major deals done by a group described as "three men in a room". If nothing, they claim, Cuomo has been even more secretive in his political deal making. The governor, himself, says that claim is a reach.
“We have all sorts of public discussions. Public arguments. I can be a little loose lipped myself, at times. So I think people understand exactly where I'm coming from. I have no problem telling people what I think, and what I'm trying to get done. Nor do the other officials. And I think the dialog is actually good and helpful,” Cuomo said.
This latest, so-called "victory lap" comes as a new Quinnipiac University survey shows Cuomo's popularity remains sky-high, despite findings that some voters are growing concerned about a lack of transparency. But does the transparency issue, in the end, really make a difference to New Yorkers.
“Maybe it doesn't matter. Maybe people don't like it, but they still like the results. And the Quinnipiac numbers say, without question, they like the governor's job,” said Mickey Carroll Quinnipiac University pollster.
For his part, Cuomo says he thinks he's struck the right balance. Results, he says, are what's important. And, as for keeping the public informed, he says he's done that and will continue to do it.
Cuomo said, “You live your life. You're busy. Let me come to you and explain to you what I'm doing. That's how I see my job and that's just what I'm doing.”
And with an approval rating of close to 70 percent, 15 months into the job, there is little indication that Cuomo plans any change in course.