VIDEO: Cuomo Says His Popularity Is Good For New York

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What’s good for Gov. Andrew Cuomo is good for you, New Yorkers.

Cuomo said today that his popularity is a boost to the state and to consumer confidence. A Quinnipiac University poll today found that Cuomo’s approval rating reached 71 percent — the highest for a governor in New York in 11 years.

“Obviously I’m flattered by the increase, but as I’ve said before you take all of these things with a grain of salt, the up and the down,” Cuomo told reporters. “But to the extent that the people of the state feel good about the product that they are getting from state government in Albany, that’s the point of the entire exercise. And to the extent that people feel good about the direction of the state and the trajectory of the state of New York, that’s not just an affirmation of the government, it’s also very healthy for the state body politic.”

Cuomo said that if people are confident in their government, they’ll want to locate their businesses here, live here and invest here.

“When people feel good about the state, people invest in the state. When people feel good about the trajectory of the state, that’s when the buy a new house, that’s when they put an addition on the home, that’s when they go out and buy things,” Cuomo said.

“So the correlation between their feelings about the trajectory of the state, consumer confidence, these are all related,” he continued. “So it’s not a political aspect, it’s nice to have the affirmation, but it’s actually more profound than that and it’s beneficial for the state as a whole.”

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