There’s been no shortage of positive news spewing forth from the second floor’s press office this week after a potentially damaging report revealed that the gambling industry had funneled millions into a group closely aligned with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In recent days, Cuomo has backed a bill to decriminalize open possession of marijuana, announced job fairs across the state, helped broker a labor agreement and even teamed up with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to reveal a plan to fight prescription drug abuse.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Tuesday defended Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s support from a private lobbying group that promoted his agenda, even as some government watchdog groups questioned the relationship.
“You know, the governor is trying to get some private money to tell a message — to give a message,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “I’m totally sympathetic in how difficult it is to get your message out.”
Published reports on Wednesday recounted a meeting between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Malaysian gambling interests at an event kept off Cuomo’s public schedule as he pushed to expand gambling.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and Comptroller John Liu, all of whom are running for mayor in 2013, have made their disdain for corporate spending in politics clear.