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Cuomo to LCA: lighten up

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Turns out reporters just don’t have a good sense of humor.

So is the thinking today of Gov. Andrew Cuomo who seemed to take exception that reporters yesterday took serious his chat yesterday about why he doesn’t always release actual legislation – instead of just press releases – on major policy matters.

Cuomo yesterday unveiled the broad outlines of a plan to clean up the political process in Albany. Asked when legislation will be introduced to show the specifics of his plan, he gave this answer: "I will give you a hint. Normally, when we release bill language before an agreement it means the probability of that bill passing is very, very low ... To put forth specifics when you don't have an agreement in my experience polarizes the parties. It makes it harder to come to agreements because you pushed people to their respective corner,'' Cuomo told reporters Tuesday.

Today, in a radio interview, he said he was paying the price for trying to lighten up with reporters at the Capitol and that he was just having "a little fun" on the topic yesterday.

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Tom Precious

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