Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk) was being called by Democrats last week “Cuomo’s ventriloquist dummy” and “the governor’s hand puppet’’ because of statements echoing the governor’s demands that de Blasio increase the city’s share of MTA funding.
While Republicans, who hold a bare majority in the Senate, privately concede there’s merit to the claim, those close to Flanagan insist his “peace pact’’ with Cuomo, first arranged by former Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau), has kept the governor from going all out to give the Senate over to Democratic control.
Flanagan’s allies also note that Cuomo, whose statewide polling numbers have reached a new low in recent weeks, remains widely popular on Long Island, even though Nassau and Suffolk counties have long been Republican strongholds.
More Cuomo duplicity and triangulation.
He's allegedly been pushing Barbara Fiala, a Dem who used to be in his administration, for Tom Libous' old Senate seat, but really has taken no meaningful actions to help her get elected.
That's classic Cuomo, playing Dem in public, helping state Senate Republicans in private.
Same old same old Cuomo.
He's a member of the "Cuomo Party".