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Cuomo Dodges Bridgegate Questions

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 06:53 PM

The George Washington Bridge (John Moore/Getty Images/Getty)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo engaged in his most extensive back and forth to date with reporters about the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal that has engulfed his counterpart in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie.

Cuomo and Christie jointly run the entity that oversees the bridge, the Port Authority, but Cuomo has largely avoided discussing what he knew when about the controversy. On Wednesday, he mostly deflected questions from reporters, including whether he bears any responsibility for problems at the Port Authority. Cuomo replied simply "it's a bi-state agency."

WNYC's Andrea Bernstein said Cuomo has more of a stake in the Port Authority than he's letting on:

“From reporting that we've done at WNYC, that other news outlets have done, it's clear there were potential conflicts of interest all up and down through the Port Authority, questions about whether these public dollars were being used in the best way. That is the responsibility of the New York governor and people are beginning to wonder 'what was he doing?'”

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Comments [3]

Michael Browne

After seeing how our governor in New York operates, this report comes as no surprise. Andrew Cuomo has managed to bully our system of government for his single minded means. Take the number of people you think are pissed off by Governor Cuomo and multiply it by 100. The people of New York and the United States of America will take care of this sad dictator. As an educator and a gun enthusiast I can tell you he ate his seed corn with education law 3012-c and the Safe Act.

Mar. 03 2014 08:46 PM
Sara from Park Slope

finally all the hate happy democratic party attacks are dissolving to a more clear and sober view of how the current two party system is rigged against the regular people, chris and andy are two peas in a rotting pod

Feb. 13 2014 10:06 AM
Mark Shapp from Massachusetts

"...and people were beginning to wonder 'what was he [Cuomo] doing?' ". He was planning more ways to undermine mass transit , especially rail, in the NY metro region. And his efforts have come to full flower in the proposal to lower Verrazano-Narrows Bridge tolls for Staten Island residents rather than create new transit options, such as an expansion of SIRT, to unserved areas in the borough.

And for an encore he's proposing a vast expansion of bus rapid transit to operate across that monument he's building to himself, the new Tappan Zee Bridge. First he destroyed any chance of a trans-Hudson commuter rail line that would operate across the TZB and connect to Metro North's east-of-Hudson and west-of-Hudson lines. Now he wants BRT to fill the void even though those services will be caught up in the same congestion as motorists routinely are. Or maybe he'll then propose to his buddies at the NYStateDOT road gang, a widening of the highways selected for BRT routings. Of course, that will be cheaper than building the commuter rail east-west link, LOL. But even if that's more expensive, you can't put a price on the political gain Cuomo thinks he can get by building roads instead of building railroads.

Feb. 13 2014 09:06 AM

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