Governor Cuomo is using an old techinique to get things done in the capital. He is entertaining legislators at the Victorian era Executive Mansion on Eagle Street.....The use of hospitality is juxtaposed to the dueling press conference techiniques of the modern era.
The Governor gets lawmakers on his turf...gives a little history lesson about the house he spent his younger years in when his dad was Governor....Then he chats them up on budget issues..in effect softening them up for what they will find is tough news on Tuesday.
In the end, legislators will be hard pressed not to back the interests of their districts, but Mr. Cuomo's approach shows he knows how to use the trappings of the office...That's something the cold Eliot Spitzer...the detached George Pataki...and the bumbling David Paterson had trouble doing.
Andrew Cuomo enjoys a 71% approval rating in the Marist Poll released yesterday...He will need to use that political capital and every other technique at his disposal in the weeks ahead.
Cuomo Using Executive Mansion to Welcome Legislators - NYTimes.com