For now, Mark Schroeder remains the Buffalo city comptroller.
The administration hasn't told him when he'll start as the new commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles, but he expects it to be soon. And of course, he needs to be confirmed by the Senate.
If the Legislature decides, as many expect, to pass legislation allowing drivers' licenses for undocumented immigrants, things could get off to an interesting start. Schroeder spoke about the issues during a one-on-one interview with Capital Tonight’s Ryan Whalen.
If the law is passed, he says he will enforce it as commissioner. He acknowledged there may be pushback from county clerks and urged them to voice their concerns to legislators in the coming weeks.
Schroeder also discussed his relationship with the governor. He said he has a long relationship with Andrew Cuomo and expects to have good conversations with him.
He said he's comfortable with Cuomo's priorities and is not concerned he won't be able to voice his opinion on issues where they disagree because he will be an appointee.
Finally, he talks about his relationship with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, who is also the New York State Democratic Party chairman. Schroeder unsuccessfully challenged Brown for mayor in 2017.