ALBANY – Gov. Cuomo no longer sees himself as just a governor – he is the government.
Cuomo, during a radio interview Wednesday, flashed a little ego when he argued that his sky-high poll numbers are less about him personally and more about the renewed pride New Yorkers are taking in state government since he took office in January .
“I am the government,” Cuomo said on Albany’s Talk 1300.
When reminded that there is also a state Legislature, Cuomo quickly added “on the executive side.”
As governor, Cuomo is not alone in keeping the government running. He commands a vast array of departments, commissioners and tens of thousand of government workers.
He doesn’t control the state Controller or Attorney General’s office – two other executive branch agencies – and the Legislature and Judiciary are separate branches of state government.
“I think that the power has gone to his head,” said state Sen. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx), a frequent critic of Cuomo and his budget cuts.
“He’s got to be careful with that power,” Diaz continued. “Many great leaders have lost their leadership because they have allowed their ego, their power to go to their heads.”