As he gears up for re-election this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo has developed a reputation as a shrewd politician, but some legislators complain that sometimes, Cuomo goes too far. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a toll reduction deal for Staten Island residents. Most of the local elected leaders were invited, but Republican Assemblyman Joe Borelli, an outspoken critic of the governor, said that he wasn't.
Cuomo was asked about the snub.
"I don't know. I think everyone was invited," he said.
Borelli declined to speak with NY1, but several other Republican members of the Assembly told NY1 similar stories.
"They are not stories. I lived them," said Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney of New Hartford, N.Y. "Especially this summer, when my district was just devastated by flooding, the governor was coming into town frequently, and I was never invited."
Last August, Cuomo was in the Mohawk Valley and central New York to deliver checks to homeowners and businesses that were affected by July flooding. While the event was technically not in Tenney's district, people who received checks were.
"Why would our governor, who should be a leader in our state whether you're in the same party or not, we should all come together to help our communities. At some point, you have to get ride of the personal vendettas and the personal biases," Tenney said.
Last year, Cuomo held an event on Hurricane Sandy home buyouts in on Staten Island. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said that she was not invited, even though it was her district. Malliotakis had been critical of the governor on tolls. She was at the event last week.
This week, the governor planned a trip to Lake Placid, and Assembly members claim that they found out when it was too late to attend, if they were invited at all.
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, who got in trouble for making incendiary comments about Cuomo last year, said that he was left off the list.
"I certainly didn't get one to the whitewater rafting challenge this summer," McLaughlin said. "I didn't get one to the snowmobile event that he had a few weeks ago, and now, apparently, we haven't been invited to the Adirondack one up in Lake Placid."
The Lake Placid trip ended up being canceled due to weather.
The Cuomo administration said that it's not always proper protocol to invite members of the Republican minority to events.