For the second year in a row, Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosted a New Year’s Day receiving line, joining one of his daughters and longtime girlfriend Sandra Lee to greet visitors (who won a lottery last week) in a front room of the Executive Mansion today.
It was an eclectic group of visitors, with a quick scan of the initial crowd showing a group of fourth-grade Girl Scouts from Rockland County, a pair of Democrats active in Broome County politics, local officials and residents hoping to get some face time with the first-term governor (or his Food Network star girlfriend.)
When one of the fourth graders—from St. Augustine School in New City—asked Cuomo if he knew someone who worked for the state’s economic development branch, he said: “I don’t know Mr. Rodriguez, but the Empire State Development Corp. does some very important work.”
When Cuomo asked if the girls knew his name, one replied: “Governor.” He dutifully informed them his “real name is Andrew.”
A gaggle of reporters and photographers were let in to view the meet and greet for about 15 minutes, but Cuomo didn’t take any questions. After the press was escorted out of, the two Girl Scout troop leaders were met by a host of cameras and notebook-wielding reporters.
“I was telling the girls, I feel like Justin Bieber,” said BethAnn Rooney, one of the scout leaders.