For the first time since Election Day, Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo is speaking publicly about his plans for the office.
During a radio interview Thursday, Cuomo said he thinks Albany will be different under his leadership.
Cuomo said he feels he has a personal mandate as governor to clean up Albany. But unlike former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who famously promised that everything in the Capitol would change on “day one” of his administration, Cuomo doesn't want to be locked into any sort of timetable.
He says he expects to make progress on the state's budget problems and in tackling ethics reform –just don't ask him how long it will take.
Radio host/reporter Fred Dicker: If someone wants to say, everything should change on Day 1?
Cuomo: I'm going to say, been there, done that. I would say it this way. People expect to see progress, and realistic progress. No one who is at all informed is going to say, everything is going to change on day one.
Cuomo says one of his goals is a bit more nebulous than addressing budget shortfalls and passing ethics reform. He says he is trying to change the tone and culture of Albany, to move beyond negativity and hyper-partisan gridlock. He says he is going to try and attract top talent to work in state government.
And in a message to the press, he says he's not going to allow the 24-hour news cycle and the insatiable appetite political bloggers dictate the pace of government.
Cuomo didn't name names when it came to who might fill top positions within his administration.
The governor-elect would not give a straight answer from him in this radio interview about whether he'll move, full-time, into the governor's mansion. Aides to Cuomo told the New York Times he plans to stay in the house several days a week.