The same state lawmakers that looking over his actions with women and the nursing home data numbers (The FBI and State AG are also looking over his shoulders) are now working with him to craft a state budget and get other things done…
The report is the old tough assed Cuomo has been put aside and the lawmakers are getting while the getting is good….
Cuomo, facing the threat of impeachment, agreed over the weekend to raise taxes by about $4.3 billion on corporations and the state’s wealthiest residents — an idea he long opposed. Cuomo appears to be abandoning his previous rejection of a school funding approach sought by progressives. And lawmakers are also close to persuading the governor to approve a multi-billion-dollar fund to provide retroactive stimulus benefits to undocumented immigrants and former prison inmates, a potential major victory for the left.
The governor who once muscled his biggest priorities through the Capitol annually, rarely failing to come out on top, is now taking a decidedly lighter tread in negotiations with Senate Majority Leaders Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, according to half a dozen people familiar with the budget talks. Both Democratic leaders have taken a hard line against Cuomo over the past month, with Stewart-Cousins being among the first to call for his resignation and Heastie authorizing an impeachment investigation that commenced late last month.
Nearly a month after he vowed to not let his then-burgeoning sexual harassment scandal deter him from doing his job, Cuomo is now spending his days trying to reframe the now-tarnished narrative of his tenure as he faces the single greatest threat to his decades-long political career. He appears to be putting political survival ahead of his own policy priorities, playing nice with lawmakers as he zips around the state to tout progress on vaccines and announce steps to open up the state’s economy.
On Monday, Cuomo appeared deferential to legislators as he called the budget “the most complicated, the most ambitious and the hardest budget that we have done,” and applauded both chambers for working through pandemic restrictions….