In the wake of the passage of the $168 billion state budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday gave an exclusive one-on-one interview with NY1 Political Anchor Errol Louis, covering a wide array of topics including his push to improve New York City's Housing Authority (NYCHA) to his re-election campaign.
- One-on-one with Cuomo, Part 1: NYCHA funding
- One-on-one with Cuomo, Part 2: Penn Station, changes to the state tax code
- One-on-one with Cuomo, Part 3: Education and yeshivas
- One-on-one with Cuomo, Part 4: Re-election fight, party unity
Cuomo's blunt assessment of government in New York City came after he defended his push to improve the immediate area around Penn Station.
"One of the problems we have in this city is nothing gets done,'' Cuomo said. "You want to know what people are frustrated with? Inaction. A lot of talk, and nothing happens. That's the common denominator between NYCHA and Rikers and MTA and Hudson Park and Penn Station and Moynihan Station and air train to LaGuardia and a new LaGuardia Airport. You've been talking about it for 20 years. You've done nothing."
Asked to assess his eight years in office — and his try for a third term — Cuomo told Louis: "What you need is somebody who understands the process and understands to get things done, and cut through the politics and cut through the blather. And I think that's what you see with me; you take my record of accomplishment and you compare it to any governor in modern history, and I think you'll see that we have done more."
On the city's public housing crisis: "That we need President Trump to come take care of the poor in New York City is the greatest embarrassment and greatest irony. I don't think they're going to prioritize it. I don't think they're going to put resources there, but I also think in truth and fairness, they had no choice Errol; you can't have in the newspapers every day for months that people are living in squalor, and possible lead-paint poisoned and they have no heat."