By Tom Precious
ALBANY -– Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today he is not publicly out front on trying to get his casino expansion plan passed with voters because he’s instead helping with efforts to devise television and direct mail campaigns.
"It's a different kind of campaign than a legislative campaign," Cuomo told reporters today in Manhattan, noting the difference between trying to convince lawmakers to go along with one of his policy ideas versus convincing voters to go along with a proposal on a statewide ballot."This is a totally different effort. This is an electoral effort where people will vote. This is about television commercials. This is about direct mailings, and that’s how this campaign is going to be run and won or lost, so that's what I'm spending my time on," Cuomo said.
Asked about speculation, voiced a couple weeks ago in a Buffalo News article by Democratic Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, that he doesn't want to be linked with a controversial casino plan that might fail with voters Nov. 5, Cuomo said: "But I am linked to it. It's my proposal. You can't be any more linked to it than I am. It's my idea."
The governor's comments come as sources in the past couple days said a group with ties to Cuomo -- made up of business and labor interests -- are preparing to start running television ads in the New York City market. Casino backers have said for months that New York City, which has a mayoral race on the ballot in November, will likely decide the casino expansion plan's future; adding casinos has polled relatively well in New York City, even though the city is not scheduled to see one of the casino developments in the immediate future.
A spokesman for NY Jobs Now, the business and labor group, on Monday declined to comment on any ad campaign that might be ready to get under way.
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