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Cuomo Talks GWB Scandal, State Goals at National Action Network

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Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Harlem to tout his legislative priorities for 2014 on Saturday, but he was snarled in another line of questioning on the unraveling George Washington Bridge scandal. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

It was more about what Governor Andrew Cuomo wasn't saying than what he was.

After an appearance at the National Action Network in Harlem on Saturday, Cuomo answered questions for the first time since the "Bridgegate" scandal engulfed his New Jersey counterpart, Governor Chris Christie.

"I think we should do one thing at a time, find out exactly what happened here, when, who's to blame," Cuomo said.

Christie and Cuomo share control of the Port Authority, and it's unclear what New York officials knew about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge that snarled traffic for days in September.

Cuomo appeared to sympathize with Christie's political conundrum.

"I think Governor Christie made it clear that he is very displeased with what happened, and you now have multiple investigations that are ongoing that'll disclose the facts, and then, if there's something to learn for the Port Authority at that time, then certainly."

It was Cuomo's appointee, Patrick Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority, who ordered the lanes open back in September.

Foye then raised questions about the closures months before emails from New Jersey officials showed that the gridlock could have politically motivated, political retribution for Fort Lee's mayor, who did not endorse Christie for re-election.

"Well, I think he made it clear that he didn't know, and that was in the email that he released," Cuomo said. "It was done on the Jersey side of the bridge and the Jersey officials handled it, and when Foye did find out, he was clearly shocked and surprised and not happy."

In his official remarks at the National Action Network, Cuomo reiterated many of the elements of his State of the State address from earlier this month, and he also took some time out to compliment the Rev. Al Sharpton.

"Handsome, fashion model, TV star," Cuomo said.

"You do know it's re-election year for the governor," Sharpton said.

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