Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cuomo’s National Profile Expands

Less than week after the legislative session in Albany is scheduled to end, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will attend a New York City fundraiser in his honor with former Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden and Cuomo have cultivated a public friendship in recent years, with the former veep touting the governor’s work on infrastructure spending in the state.

The fundraiser in June — benefitting Cuomo’s 2018 re-election campaign — surfaced the same day the governor announced new staff appointments in his office, including a former top aide to Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

With Maria Comella serving as chief staff, Cuomo now has a trio of women — Melissa DeRosa and Kelly Cummings included — at the helm of his administration to run the government and focus on big picture strategy.

He’s also turned to Republican staffers. Cummings worked as a communications director for the state Senate Republicans as did his budget director, Robert Mujica.

At the same time, Cuomo has retained a mix of former Obama and Clinton staffers in his office. And, perhaps not insignificantly, he took on a new speechwriter with an international affairs background.

Comella, however, was the hire that raised eyebrows, given her experience running a presidential campaign.

Cuomo has insisted he’s focused on being governor and has been planning a bid for a third term with fundraisers and moving his former top aide, Bill Mulrow, to chair the 2018 effort.  Post Link

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