As he seeks a third term this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's argument is not so much about what he plans to do next, but about what he's done over the last eight years.
“These are business people. From their point of view, think of it as, 'Do I continue the contract of the CEO?' The first question to the CEO would, 'How has the company performed under your leadership?'” said Cuomo.
Cuomo on Tuesday addressed a gathering of business leaders in Bolton Landing, touting his fiscal stewardship of the state -- pledging to continue much of it.
“Next year's agenda: We also want to continue the two percent spending cap. That is the discipline that is working. Only in take 2,000 calories a day,” said Cuomo.
Cuomo did signal new plans for next year, but kept the details vague. He supports ethics reform, continued economic development spending, criminal justice law changes and making it easier to vote.
“It is crazy that voting is so hard in this state. Why do we make it so hard to vote? You want civic engagement, you want civic involvement. Make it easy to vote,” said Cuomo.
Cuomo's Republican opponent Marc Molinaro on Monday blasted Cuomo's handling of the economy, pointing to an outmigration from upstate New York. On Tuesday, Cuomo in part blamed the population loss on the weather.
“If somebody wants to move to Florida, it's because they want to move to Florida. God bless them. They want to fish, they want the warm weather, God bless them. But we were chasing people from this state. We are now attracting people to this state,” said Cuomo.
Cuomo would not say if he plans to take the ballot line of the liberal Working Families Party, which endorsed his primary opponent Cynthia Nixon. Cuomo was victorious in the Democratic primary earlier this month.
“I haven't had any conversations with them and we'll see how it goes,” said Cuomo.
Cuomo would also not commit to debating Molinaro before the general election on November 6.