Governor Cuomo, in Full Disaster Mode, Seeks Press

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo after the Metro-North derailment (Christopher Gregory/Getty)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not Gov. Chris Christie. Cuomo does not regularly do national television interviews like "Meet the Press." He does not regularly out-wit reporters to a draw. He does not seek — and seek, and seek — the national glare. But there are exceptions: during disasters the magnitude of storms Sandy or Irene, and now Metro-North, he'll do things like pick up the phone and call Brian Lehrer.

Cuomo's announcement Tuesday that Metro-North will resume 98 percent of service by Wednesday morning capped a frantic whirlwind of media appearances and announcements that began soon after the deadly derailment early Sunday.

Cuomo has spoken — publicly and privately — about the importance of disaster care. The accident was in his own backyard — and that of a potential Republican challenger for Governor. And it came as a new mayor prepares to take the helm, the first fellow Democrat in New York City during Cuomo's term. WNYC's Amy Eddings and Andrea Bernstein discuss the politics of disaster.


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Comments [1]

davie from NJ

You have to give him credit for shedding some light on this totally preventable tragedy.

Dec. 03 2013 10:17 PM

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