Cuomo to skip National Governors Association meeting

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo will not be attending the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington this weekend, spokesman Josh Vlasto said. One of the things he will miss is a black-tie event with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Sunday night.

The meeting runs from Saturday to Monday and will include sessions with Obama, members of his cabinet, congressional leaders and others, according to the group. One of the sessions tomorrow will focus on job creation. Another is on Medicaid, a health-care program for the poor and disabled. Both are hot topics in New York.

“This is the first time the nation’s governors will gather together since the elections, and I am excited to welcome our colleagues as we discuss the many issues facing us as we govern our states,” Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, NGA chairwoman, said in a statement. “We have many challenges to tackle in the days ahead. However, with these challenges come great opportunities, and I look forward to working with fellow governors to find solutions and take necessary actions to put our states on the path to economic recovery.”

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