The next is an expanded model of the third merchandise from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions:
The verbal assault final week on state Senate GOP Majority Chief John Flanagan by Gov. Cuomo’s hand-picked state Democratic celebration govt director raised eyebrows on either side of the aisle.
Cuomo, a Democrat, and Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) largely have loved relationship.
However state Democratic Get together Govt Director Geoff Berman final week launched a press release trashing Flanagan’s response to the governor’s State of the State deal with.
Berman accused Flanagan and his “cronies” of “empty rhetoric” and for being “whole phonies”.
Sources say Cuomo was truly furious that Flanagan a day earlier than the speech launched an agenda promising a “top-to-bottom” evaluation of the governor’s financial improvement packages, together with the governor’s a lot maligned Begin-UP NY program in addition to the “tens of tens of millions of the Govt spends on promoting (and) the dearth of accountability for main offers and initiatives that failr miserably with regards to creating jobs.”
“All of it,” Flanagan promised.
However a Democratic celebration official mentioned the assault on Flanagan “was about what it mentioned it was about—the Republicans defending Trump and his assault on New York taxpayers fairly than representing the individuals who elected them and combating the huge trump tax enhance.”
Berman final week had mentioned that “John Flanagan and his fellow Republicans’ feedback present simply how out of contact they’re with the folks of New York. How they’ll assist President Trump’s tax plan that decimates their very own constituents and is a major instance of placing partisan politics over the most effective intersts of the poeple they symbolize?”
A supply near Flanagan mentioned the assaults by the Democratic celebration official and Berman are “improper on the info.”
“For months Sen. Flanagan spoke out towards parts of the federal tax plan,” the supply mentioned. “Sen. Flanagan is a tax cutter. Nobody is aware of who Geoff Berman is and even the place to seek out him.”