By Robert J. McCarthy
When it comes to really, really good political endorsements, Mayor Byron W. Brown couldn't have fared much better with the one provided by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday.
The governor joined the mayor, Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes and several members of the Common Council to support Brown's bid for a third term at Larkinville -- the trendy office complex run by Cuomo ally Howard A. Zemsky. The governor listed several "awe-inspiring" projects and examples of other progress around the city, and gave credit to the mayor.
"The leadership of Mayor Byron Brown made it happen," Cuomo said. "He is really a spectacular public servant.
"I wholeheartedly endorse the mayor for re-election," he added.
Interestingly, Tom Precious of The Buffalo News Albany Bureau reports that Cuomo on Wednesday offered his residence as one reason why he will not endorse any candidate in the hotly contested primary for mayor of New York.
In the North Country Wednesday, the governor said he would probably endorse in a couple of races, but not NYC. Why? First he said he knew many of the candidates running, but added:
"I'm not registered to vote in New York City so it's a situation where I think it's appropriate for me to express a preference,'' he said.
But on Thursday he also called his decision to back Brown "an extraordinary situation."
Precious also reports that Cuomo flew to and from Western New York on Thursday in a private jet paid for by his campaign funds, because of the political aspect of endorsing Brown associated with his trip.