What are the prospects that Republican State Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse will challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo for Governor?
DeFrancisco says he first wants to see if he can gain enough support from republican committee members and is traveling across the state to get the word out about his vision for the state. He feels that it’s a critical time for him to decide whether or not to run.
"While population throughout the United States is growing, we had a net loss. That means are voting with their feet. They're expressing how they really feel by leaving the state. That confirms what I've heard from especially small business owners and people worried about their job, and seeing their kids not coming back to the state.”
The Senator says that voters want to be confident about elected officials and thinks Cuomo has a credibility issue.
"If you talk to most New Yorkers who have any involvement in politics, I would like to find out who, give me one person...have them call me, who trusts Andrew Cuomo to be truthful when he says something. It's just not the case.”
DeFrancisco feels that Cuomo likes to take credit for projects such as the recent expansion of the subway system on 7th Avenue in New York. However, he alleges that the Governor distanced himself from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority when problems occurred.
“… but, then, you don’t a few months later say that it’s not you (Governor Cuomo) that’s running the Metropolitan Transportation Authority; it’s all (Mayor Bill) de Blasio’s fault, even though you appoint the Chairman to that group and you have a substantial influence over the majority of that group. So, that’s the type of thing, I think, that people get tired… I know I do, of hearing things one day and then a totally opposite spin on something the next day because it achieves a political result.”