Award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Governor Cuomo, in Full Disaster Mode, Seeks Press
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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.