Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an interview with Charlie Rose copped to being a micromanaging chief executive, but didn’t apologize for his management style.
“Well, you micromanage, you should delegate more,” Cuomo said in the interview when summing up the criticism he’s received.
Added Rose: “And you’re not transparent, you should be more transparent.”
“You push too hard,” Cuomo said. “You microamange.”
Rose asked Cuomo if he pleads “guilty or not guilty” to those claims.
“You can’t have one without the other,” Cuomo said. “I plead guilty.”
“I’m not sitting on a beach in the south of France saying, ‘Go ahead, guys, you run it. Good luck. I’m a delegator,’” Cuomo said in the interview.
But Cuomo insists it’s a strength, and it’s a style that comes in contrast to his immediate predecessors, including George Pataki and David Paterson, who were criticized for being disengaged.
“That’s who I am,” Cuomo said. “That’s what I told the people of this state.”
Cuomo's micromanaged the Moreland Commission, his fracking commission, his Common Core commission, his Smart Schools panel.
But the one thing he never micromanages is his campaign:
Gov. Cuomo passed Thursday morning on saying whether he'll debate Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout before the Sept. 9 Democratic primary.
The hands-on Cuomo said he's leaving the decision to the campaign.
"I'd leave that to the campaigns to work out, whatever they decide," said Cuomo during a soggy appearance at the state Fair opening in Syracuse.
When pressed what that means, he repeated: "I'll leave it to the campaigns to work out if there should be debates, who should participate. That's a campaign tactic that I will leave to the campaigns."
Cuomo's not just a micromanager.
As his rhetoric around the debates with both Zephyr Teachout and Rob Astorino show, he's also a liar and a hypocrite.