Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ability to orchestrate historic bipartisan legislation, including a same-sex marriage bill, is already putting him in the conversation for the 2016 presidential election.
“He showed a really strong adept leadership style … passing 80 or 90 percent of his legislative agenda,” said Jamie Chandler, a political science professor at Hunter College. “If he can continue that in the next four years, everyone will be watching him … in the next [presidential] election campaign.”
Unlike past gubernatorial administrations fraught with political gridlock from the get-go, Cuomo worked with the Legislature to get done:
• A $132.5 billion state budget passed in March that closed a $10 billion deficit – the first on-time budget since 2006.
• An ethics overhaul in Albany that requires lawmakers to disclose outside employment incomes and clients who do business with the state.
• An extension of rent regulation laws for four years that expands tenant protections.
• A cap on property taxes at 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less, for five years.
“He’s totally responsible for making this [gay marriage] happen,” said Marvin Koenig, 57, of the Upper West Side at the Gay Pride parade Sunday. “Even when we had Democratic control of the state Senate, we couldn’t get it passed.”
(With Sheila Anne Feeney)