Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s legislative gains since taking office in 2011 have been due to working with Republicans and Democrats.
So with some Republicans voicing concerns about his appointment to the Court of Appeals, one suggesting he is a dictator like Hitler and others criticizing his plan for expanded abortion rights, there’s been talk about whether the good times are over.
Cuomo doesn’t see it that way. He pointed out that there are always going to be disagreements between lawmakers and himself.
“I would reject the premise,” Cuomo said when asked by reporters in New York City today about a potential rift with Republicans. “There is a back-and-forth on, as there should be, on proposals that are debated between the Senate and Assembly – Democrat and Republicans.”
It’s worth noting governors and lawmakers are inherently at odds—Republicans and Democrats overrode hundreds of Gov. George Pataki’s budget vetoes in 2004. Eliot Spitzer and the Legislature didn’t get along, to put it mildly. And Gov. David Paterson was constantly under fire from his legislative foes, including this barb.
Cuomo, in fact, said this year is probably less controversial than past year. With the gun-control measure hastily adopted last month, the governor’s budget proposal hasn’t spurred much controversy. The most contentious issues are increasing the minimum wage and expanding abortion rights.
In 2011, Cuomo contended with a $10 billion budget gap and getting passage for same-sex marriage. Last year, he got lawmakers to agree to a new pension tier, despite protests from unions.
“This year, probably has been remarkable for the lack of differentiation and the lack of argumentation. So I see it the exact opposite way,” Cuomo said.