Gov. Andrew Cuomo knocked a proposed committee leadership structure in the state Assembly, saying he can’t negotiate with a committee and would prefer one person serve as the chamber’s speaker.
Cuomo, speaking after a storm briefing in Manhattan, told reporters that it’s the Assembly’s call on how they deal with Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest on corruption charges, but he doesn’t know how the proposed five-member leadership committee would work.
“To the extent, I have to interact with the Assembly, management by committee I’ve never been a fan of and I’ve never seen it work well,” Cuomo said. “So I’d like to see the actual configuration that they come up with.”
It may be a moot point. The whole deal, struck last night, appears to be falling apart as members balk at the idea ahead of their 2 p.m. conference behind closed doors.
Still, Cuomo said he hopes they come up with a structure that keep government functioning.
“It’s not really my place how to tell them to run their business. From my own selfish point of view, I don’t understand how you negotiate with a committee – how I negotiate with a committee,” Cuomo said.
As for Silver himself, “But I think it’s a terribly unfortunate situation for himself. I think it’s quite frankly a terrible situation for government, writ large. It’s another negative. It’s another reason why people are cynical about the system and skeptical about the system. We’re trying to build trust in the system.”