ALBANY — It had all the trappings of a presidential campaign rollout: the cheering crowd, the flag-draped stage, an appearance and a hearty endorsement from Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
The topic last week was also ripped from the 2016 campaign trail: a tuition-free college plan. It was the latest in a series of high-profile, left-leaning policy moves that the Democrat behind the event, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomoof New York, can claim, including the legalization of same-sex marriage, the passage of gun-control laws and a higher minimum wage.
The next day, the governor was at it again. Surrounded by more bunting, he announced a $10 billion overhaul of Kennedy International Airport, the latest “think big” project that he has initiated or completed, including the recently opened Second Avenue subway, a new Tappan Zee Bridge and a revamped Penn Station.
On Monday, Mr. Cuomo was at the 64th floor of One World Trade Center, speaking in high-minded terms about the battles ahead for Democrats both here and beyond.Continue reading the main story
As Democratic leaders reassess their party’s mission and long-term strategy after the election of Donald J. Trump to the White House, Mr. Cuomo seems eager to quickly position himself as a different sort of Northeast liberal, one capable of building things beyond a social agenda — and remaking a persona that has long rubbed some of his colleagues and voters the wrong way.
Mr. Cuomo and Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Kamala D. Harris of California, among others, are thought to be on a short, if still amorphous, list of fresher options for 2020. By then, the old guard of potential candidates, represented by Hillary Clinton, Mr. Sanders, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, will all be 70 or older. Full story here