Cuomo claims he's staying out of fight for state Senate control

Nov 29, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is staying out of the on-going battle for control of the New York state Senate, maintaining that he will work with whoever ultimately wins the struggle.

Cuomo says he is staying out of the fight between Senate Republicans and Democrats, saying he is not interested in “their politics,” only in making good policy with members of both parties.

“I think if anything, we’ve proven that we can work with just about anyone in any political configuration,” Cuomo said.  

The governor’s comments come after the leader of the four-member Independent Democratic Conference, a break-away faction, told the New York Times he favored a bi-partisan coalition, which would mean an alliance between the four Democrats and the 30 or so Senate Republicans.

The arrangement would leave most of the other Senate Democrats in a minority status, but it could help Cuomo in his ongoing effort to show he can work with both parties.