News out of the state Capitol Wednesday where the governor made his summer schedule public. This revealed new details on his whereabouts over the past several months. Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman reports.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo was practically everywhere in New York this summer: The Watkins Glen speedway, fishing in St. Lawrence County, the Bills home opener. But you weren't likely to spot him in Albany or New York City. Cuomo spent precious little time holding public events in either city, choosing instead to travel the state and promote tourism at events like this one in the Finger Lakes wine country.
"Have some wine and most of all, this day is about having some fun and seeing a really gorgeous part of the state on a great day, Cuomo said on August 13th.
Cuomo did appear in New York City on July 1st to sign a bill cracking down on texting while driving.
"It's not fun, it's not cool. If you're in a car with someone who is talking on the cell phone or texting, you have to let them know it's not okay" he said back in July.
And later that month, he was in Albany to unveil his Moreland Commission that's fighting public corruption.
"This is truly a unique convening of the most seasoned, most credible, the most experienced, the most experienced law enforcement professionals that has been brought together," Cuomo said on July 2nd.
Cuomo was in Albany on July 18th to update local officials on storm preparation and damage. Cuomo hasn't appeared publicly in Albany since, effectively avoiding political press that usually operate out of the Capitol. Public schedules made available on Wednesday show Cuomo did spend plenty of private time in July at least in Albany and New York City. Records show he even sat down with former senator turned lobbyist Alfonse D'Amato.
But publicly, it's all been promoting tourism or responding to upstate flooding and staying out.