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Cuomo to New Yorkers: Join me

ALBANY –- It hasn’t gone viral, but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s new video message today continues his bid to take his fiscal message directly to New Yorkers.

Knowing the fight his new budget plan faces in Albany, Cuomo has been ramping up new ways -- beyond the reach of reporters -- to try to woo voters to his side, including personal trips, such as a visit to the Buffalo area Friday, Internet messages and the collection of tens of thousands of e-mail addresses to blast his views to potential supporters.

In today’s five-minute video, shot over the weekend, Cuomo briefly outlines his budget plans and defends its cuts to education, health care and other popular programs. And he relaunched his oft-repeated attacks on special interests, lobbyists and lawmakers.

“It’s about lobbyists influencing politicians on both sides of the aisle," Cuomo says in the video.

How far Cuomo goes with this effort is uncertain. Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer launched a living room tour into the districts of reluctant lawmakers who didn’t sign onto his agenda. It was a short-lived campaign.

“I need you to make your voice heard now," Cuomo implores viewers.

Most uncertain is whether New Yorkers will be moved by Cuomo. Polls released before Cuomo put out his budget Tuesday show they understand New York has fiscal problems and they don't want taxes raised. But they aren't too wild, either, about seeing things like state aid to their public schools get cut. 

--Tom Precious

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

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Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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