ALBANY—Governor Andrew Cuomo apologized to hedge funders who gathered in Lake Placid that he wasn't able to attend their pro-charter school conference, despite having been made “honorary chair."
“I wish I could be with you in person, but I am stuck downstate today,” Cuomo said in a four-minute video he sent on May 5 in place of his attendance. “But thank you for coming. Enjoy the conference, and I hope to be with you soon.”
Cuomo was expected to attend the national conference, hosted by Democrats for Education Reform. His video appearance followed an announcement by teachers' unions and public school advocates that they would rally outside the Whiteface Lodge on the opening day.
In the video, obtained by Capital through a public records request that was fulfilled after a five-week “diligent search,” Cuomo offered a history lesson about tourism in the Adirondacks and then outlined his education agenda, highlighting his push for charter schools in the state budget.
Here's the video: