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An author and an activist debate the Cuomo future

Michael Shnayerson, author of a palpably critical biography of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called “The Contender,” visited with maverick Democratic activist Bill Samuels on Monday for a discussion in Manhattan's Gramercy Park.

They discussed and debated the question of whether the Democratic governor really remains a “contender” for anything at this point. Citing Cuomo’s previous life comebacks, Shnayerson held out the possibility that the governor could still run for national office. Samuels contended there have been too many failures – on ethics laws, redistricting, campaign finance, upstate revival and the culture of corruption.

Among those attending, who had their own perspectives: Former JCOPE member Ravi Batra, former governor candidate and comedian Randy Credico, former NYC public advocate and Cuomo AG primary rival Mark Green; broadcast commentator Lionel; former state AG and ex-Councilman Oliver G. Koppell; consultant Doug Forand; Republican consultant E. O’Brien Murray, and dozens of others.

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