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Cuomo: I'm not just a lefty

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo today took exception to media portrayals of his State of the State address yesterday as a sharp turn to the left.

While the governor offered a generous selection of policy and spending initiatives to make any left-of-center New Yorker blush, the governor insisted he remains who he has been since running for office in 2010.

"I don’t see it," Cuomo said when asked of the portrayals. "Last year they wrote I made a right turn. This year they wrote I made a left turn. I think I’ve been going pretty straight all along. And I think we’ve been remarkably consistent here."

Cuomo described himself as "fiscally responsible and socially progressive." He noted his fiscal moderation included his pledge to not raise taxes – which he broke a year ago when he backed a $2 billion tax hike on wealthy New Yorkers – and initiatives such as the local property tax cap. On the social side, he talked of his successful push for a gay rights marriage law. "You can’t have a more quote unquote left issue … than marriage equality," he said.

"I have been doing exactly what I said I was going to do in my announcement speech. I said I was going to restore New York as the progressive capital of the nation. Remember that? You’ve heard that line so many times, I am sure," Cuomo told reporters - many of whom were authors of stories that described his State of the State as a leftward political turn – at the Capitol on Thursday.

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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

Tom Precious

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

Jerry Zremski

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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