Gov. Andrew Cuomo has some advice for Washington with the federal government shutdown in its third day: Be more like Albany.
Speaking to reporters in Syracuse, Cuomo pointed to the state budget process when asked about the federal stalemate, nothing that New York has had three-straight on-time budgets after years of habitually late spending plans.
The problem, Cuomo said, is putting politics over policy.
“We had that same type of problem here in Albany for many, many years,” Cuomo said. “Everybody remembers we would go to do a budget every year and it would never happen. I’ve worked very hard over the past three years to stop that political rancor.”
He continued: “We’re Democrats, we’re Republicans, but we’re New Yorkers first and we’ve been operating as New Yorkers first. Put the politics second. And I think that’s what Washington has to do.”
Cuomo has tried to foster an image of bipartisanship in Albany, most recently by appointing former Gov. George Pataki, a Republican, and ex-Comptroller Carl McCall, a Democrat, to co-chair a commission tasked with finding ways to cut taxes in New York.
As he did earlier this week, Cuomo said the federal shutdown is “sad for all of us.”
“I don’t care what politics you are,” he said. “It’s a loss.”
(AP photo of Pataki, Cuomo and McCall, left to right, by Jim Fitzgerald.)