The next is an expanded model of the third merchandise from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions:
One one that may very well assist Gov. Cuomo throughout the upcoming corruption trials of his former aides and associates is President Trump.
Insiders from each side of the aisle say that Trump has spent his first yr in workplace stealing the political highlight together with his controversial statements and tweets, which might wind up overshadowing a trial that might probably do harm to a governor searching for re-election this yr.
Veteran Democratic operative Hank Sheinkopf, who previously has labored for Cuomo’s marketing campaign, mentioned the governor “acquired fortunate this time.”
“Donald Trump has redefined our information and no matter he does—if he places out a tweet—the world turns over instantly,” Sheinkopf mentioned. “The Washington diaster advantages the governor.”
GOP guide O’Brien Murray says the federal authorities shutdown might simply steal the highlight from the opening day Monday of the federal corruption trial towards long-time Cuomo confidante and former aide Joseph Percoco and several other different associates of the governor.
“Cuomo should be glad in regards to the shutdown,” O’Murray mentioned. “Much less consideration on the beginning of the path that may spotlight the Cuomo corruption tax.”