By FREDRIC U. DICKER in NY Post 8/5/2013
Gov. Cuomo plans a “major course correction” when he seeks
re-election next year, shifting from the left-of-center agenda that
has dominated his actions this year to the political center, The
Post has learned.
The dramatic change, aimed at winning over increasingly
skeptical moderate and upstate voters who were strongly approving
of Cuomo’s centrist policies during his first two years in office,
will emphasize more “bread-and-butter moderate issues” like taxes
and jobs, according to a senior Albany Democrat.
“No more pandering to the left of the Democratic Party next
year, as he did this year,” said the Democrat, who has knowledge of
the planned change.
The shift is aimed at delivering what Cuomo hopes will be a huge
re-election victory next year that could serve as a springboard for
a 2016 presidential run — should Hillary Rodham Clinton not enter
the race, sources said.
As part of his move back to the political center, Cuomo will
hire former Republican Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno’s top
fiscal strategist, Mary Louise Mallick, in an effort to send a
friendly signal to an increasingly wary business community, two
high-level sources said.
“The governor and his people are looking for a huge victory next
year, with maybe close to 70 percent of the vote, and they don’t
believe this can happen unless Cuomo sweeps moderates throughout
the state, including in the suburbs,” the senior Democrat said.
“They’re worried that if they have another session that is heavy
on left-wing issues, like the one we just had, a lot of...