A Democratic Governors Association policy conference in Manhattan later this month hosted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo won’t be open to the media, a spokesman for the group told Gannett’s Albany Bureau today.
“Policy conferences are an opportunity for governors to speak with each other and with business and labor leaders about how they are working together to create jobs in their states,” said association spokesman Mark Giangreco in an email. “The events are generally closed to the press.”
He said the closed-press policy would apply to the upcoming conference on Jan 26-27.
The New York Post last month said the event would be Cuomo’s “first formal move onto the national political scene.”
The association said Cuomo will be hosting the event, speaking to the others governors in attendance at a breakfast on Jan. 27 and participating in the panel discussion that day.
Those events as well as the main event — a three-hour “Policy Discussion on Successful Public-Private Partnerships: Creating Jobs by Reinvesting in Our Infrastructure” on Jan. 27 — will be closed to the media, the association said. The registration website says “there will be no media availability at this event,” but the association said that applies to the event even being open to the press.
According to the association’s website, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is the group’s chairman, will be in attendance — as well as Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear; Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.
The event, however, is apparently open to the public. It’s $350 a person.