For what is believed to be his first time as governor, Gov. Andrew Cuomo granted interviews to the national news networks on Tuesday, detailing some of the damage at the World Trade Center site and a train station underneath.
Cuomo spoke with both NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams and Diane Sawyer, anchor of ABC World News. Both were given tours of a PATH station that had been completely flooded by Hurricane Sandy on Monday.
The Democratic governor has eschewed the national networks and Sunday talk shows since taking office in 2011. In a radio interview Wednesday morning, top Cuomo aide Larry Schwartz said the national appearances were to “help New York and New Yorkers.”
“The first time the governor goes on national TV, it’s for the people of New York state,” Schwartz said. “It wasn’t for him. There was a disaster and he went on there to bring attention and to ask for help for the people of New York state.”
Watch both the ABC and NBC appearances below: