Lieutenant Governor who?
A new 300-webpage pandemic memoir by Gov. Andrew Cuomo conspicuously omits any mention of his lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul.
Cuomo highlights the get the job done of a lot of appointees and subordinates in his administration who assisted him answer to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The governor even devotes a full passage in “American Disaster: Leadership Classes from the COVID-19 Pandemic’’ to how he nevertheless wears an aged pair of shoes worn by his late father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo.
But there is no mention of Hochul, his running mate who is future in line to switch him in an crisis.
Condition politics-watchers say the transfer is additional evidence that Cuomo is not one to share the highlight with any one of probable community import, even technically his correct-hand lady, a Buffalo-spot ex-congresswoman who has been largely relegated to satisfy-and-greet general public events.
“It’s not a surprise the governor did not point out Hochul in the e book — but he should’ve,’’ a veteran Democratic insider instructed The Publish.
Yet another party supply claimed, “Nobody in CuomoLand likes any one who is remotely striving to steal the limelight … All people in that e book talked about reports to Cuomo. It is about the governor. Time period.”
A 3rd Dem resource called Hochul’s omission ‘’very revealing” — and far from a miscalculation.
“You know Andrew Cuomo experienced that guide vetted politically and strategically,’’ the supply said.
In holding with what has grow to be an open secret in Albany about Hochul’s absence of electric power, she has been lacking from her Democratic boss’s day-to-day pandemic push conferences — besides when he retains events on her turf in the Buffalo area.
Cuomo also did not assign Hochul to oversee any considerable task in his administration’s managing of the COVID-19 outbreak, appointing her only to head the COVID-19 advisory “control room” for western New York.
Former Republican New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey said the less than-use of Hochul is a pity.
“The lieutenant governor can support the governor get matters done,” stated McCaughey, who served with Gov. George Pataki.
McCaughey headed Pataki’s endeavor force on Medicaid reform and manufactured a report on the benefits of early childhood education and learning, among the other things.
“It’s a disservice and a disgrace that Lt. Gov Hochul’s vitality and talents are remaining squandered and not applied to benefit the general public,” McCaughey mentioned.
“I’d like to appoint her to a petty tyrant commission. There need to be term restrictions on tyrants,” she quipped, jokingly referring to Cuomo.
McCaughey fell out of favor with Pataki immediately after thieving some of his thunder — which includes standing up guiding him all through his whole State of the State address a single calendar year — and clashing with him and his crew for the duration of his very first four-yr term starting in 1995.
Senior Cuomo adviser Prosperous Azzopardi advised The Post in a assertion that it “is silly” to make everything out of the reality that Hocul was remaining out of the governor’s e-book.
“The lieutenant governor has been our eyes and ears in western New York in the course of this public-health crisis and has been an priceless companion in assisting to communicate both equally the severity of this pandemic and how to combat it,” he wrote in an e-mail.
“The reserve is an inside of account that chiefly centered on the crew situated in Albany. Not even apples and oranges: apples and bicycles,” the top rated aide stated, referring to any try to look at the Albany group’s do the job with Hochul’s in her region.
As for Hochul, her camp downplayed her absence in Gov. Cuomo’s reserve.
“Lt. Governor Hochul is happy of the attempts she and the Governor execute jointly every single solitary day for all New Yorkers,’’ Hochul’s spokesman, Jeffrey Lewis, explained in a statement to The Write-up.
“Despite any recommendation usually, she will keep on to be a husband or wife to the Governor in the course of the state’s ongoing and unprecedented pandemic response and restoration. Let us keep targeted and intelligent. Have on a mask.
“As the Governor announced in April, Lt. Governor Hochul potential customers WNY’s Management Space, comprised of County officials and general public health and fitness leaders, and there is no dispute she has been important in offering the Administration’s concept in her above 450+ interviews and media appearances across the condition. That would be difficult without the need of our teams remaining absolutely in-sync. We never acquire the accountability of community service evenly,” her spokesman included.
Aides pointed out in Cuomo’s ebook involve secretary and top aide Melissa DeRosa. She will get a nod on the initial webpage.
Then there is Budget Director Robert Mujica now-SUNY Chancellor and previous aide Jim Malatras communications director Peter Ajemian Azzopardi press secretary Caitlin Girouard, who was outed as infected with COVID-19, and economic providers official Gareth Rhodes.
New York’s governors and lieutenant governors run on one line as a ticket in the normal election, while candidates for the decrease position ought to gain a different get together major if there is a challenge.
In 2008, David Paterson grew to become the initial lieutenant governor in the state due to the fact 1973 to come to be governor since of his boss’s resignation. At the time, Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a k a “Client No. 9,’’ experienced resigned more than a prostitution scandal.
Gov. Nelson Rockefeller resigned in 1973 to focus on a presidential bid, paving the way for Lt. Gov. Malcolm Wilson to consider the reins.