Amid the hoopla surrounding President Barack Obama’s trip to upstate New York today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called a last-minute audible and attended the opening of the New York State Fair.
On Monday, Cuomo said he wouldn’t be attending today’s opening day—traditionally known as “Governor’s Day”—in suburban Syracuse. That led several groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing, the controversial technique used in the natural-gas drilling process, to cancel their plans to trail him at the fair, as they have each of the past two years.
At 1:21 p.m., Cuomo’s office revised his public schedule, announcing he would be visiting the fair around 2:15 p.m. today, despite his previous comments.
Whether the abrupt change in schedule was a savvy—if not transparent—public relations move or purely coincidental remains unknown. The fracking protesters changed their plans earlier this week, instead focusing their efforts of Obama’s speech in Syracuse, which is scheduled for 5:55 p.m. today.
Once he made his way into the fair’s gates, Cuomo did what politicians do at the annual event—eat a sausage sandwich. (Cuomo Communications Director Melissa DeRosa snapped the above photo of Cuomo with his daughters at the food stand.)
It’s traditional for politicians to eat a Gianelli sausage sandwich when they visit the fairgrounds. Ask Rick Lazio what happens when you don’t…