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Day After Victory, Cuomo Lays Low

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Andrew Cuomo spent his first day as governor-elect behind the scenes in Manhattan Wednesday as he prepares to take over as the state's 56th governor. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

After declaring victory to his 19 million constituents Tuesday night, governor-elect Andrew Cuomo holed up in his state Attorney General's office in Manhattan.

Fresh from a trip home, Lieutenant Governor-Elect and soon-to-be former Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy did the public talking.

"There's exciting times ahead," Duffy said. "I hope that one thing that we can all be a part of is getting people in New York State to believe in themselves again. Believe in this state, to have pride in this state."

The new head of the state was at his office by late morning. Once there, officials say he was on the phone with President Barack Obama, Republican State Senate Leader Dean Skelos, unions, business leaders and more than an hour with the person he will soon replace -- Governor David Paterson. A chief topic was said to be the deficit-plagued budget.

"He very unequivocally promised during the election, and I think quite compellingly made the case that he would not allow spending or taxes to increases, that he would hold the line in both areas," said E.J. McMahon of The Empire Center. "In order to accomplish that, to live up to the letter and the spirit of that promise, he's going to have to immediately reduce general fund spending in the budget by over a billion dollars."

Cuomo's lack of a public appearance was a break from modern tradition. Four years ago, Eliot Spitzer's day one was spent with his predecessor, George Pataki.

Others elected Tuesday night were more publicly thankful, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

"And really that's why I came out today to thank the voters, to thank New Yorkers, for supporting me. And it's a real privilege," Gillibrand said.

Cuomo is expected to announce details of his transition later this week.

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