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Governor staying out of Senate fight

Governor Cuomo says he’s staying out of the on going fight for control of the State Senate, maintaining that he’ll work with whoever ultimately wins the struggle.

Cuomo says he’s not interested in “their politics”, only in making good policy with members of both parties.

“I think if anything we’ve proven that we can work with just about anyone in any political configuration,” Cuomo said.  

Cuomo’s comments come after the leader of the four member Independent Democratic Conference, a break away faction, told the New York Times he favored a bi-partisan coalition, which would mean an alliance between the four Democrats and the 30 or so Senate Republicans.

The arrangement would leave most of the other Senate Democrats in a minority status, but it could help Cuomo in his ongoing effort to show he can work with both parties.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. WBFO listeners are accustomed to hearing DeWitt’s insightful coverage throughout the day, including expanded reports on Morning Edition.