A Rochester reporter, Rachel Barnhart of WROC-TV was having none of it and challenged him:
Barnhart: “We still have more than 40,000 fewer people employed than we did in the 90s here in the Rochester area, 40,000 fewer people in the workforce, 40,000 fewer people that have jobs. So how can you sound so bright about what’s happening?”
Cuomo's response was classic:
Cuomo: “So you’re a cynic. And by the way we’re gonna die some day, so let’s be depressed, right? And we’re getting older, so let’s be depressed. And it’s cold, so let’s be depressed, you know. You can look at the glass and it can be half full or half empty.
The video's even better.
Sullio and I added some more to the governor's statement:
@sullio @NickReisman My donors may have non-prosecution agreements to cooperate against me, so let's be depressed.— rbe (@perdidostschool) January 6, 2016
@perdidostschool @NickReisman Cuomo: "We dissolved the Committee to Save New York because New York has been saved."— Sullio (@sullio) January 6, 2016
@NickReisman Make for great campaign commercial - things are better, if only we believe!— rbe (@perdidostschool) January 5, 2016
Cuomo clearly doesn't like to be challenged when he's touting his economic fantasy of an upstate utopia and he clearly wasn't expecting anybody in the Rochester press to challenge him.
How wrong he was and the end result was one of those wonderful Cuomoesque moments that expose him for the twisted individual he is.
The headline at Politico NY summed it all up:
Cuomo: Rochester's coming back, but we're all going to die https://t.co/CbdGf4onZG— rbe (@perdidostschool) January 6, 2016