Written by: Ryan Deffenbaugh – Crain’s New York
The governor said during an interview with Rochester public radio station WXXI Friday that he was “nervous” about lawmakers asking for his assistance. He was asked if he would help gather votes for marijuana before the end of the legislative session.
“The [state] Senate said they supported it and said they had the votes,” Cuomo said. “When they now say, ‘We need the governor to come in to make this happen,’ that’s a different tune they are singing.”
“I support it,” he said, “but if they are starting to suggest I need to twist arms, that’s a bad sign. Because arm-twisting doesn’t work, and it means they don’t have the political support.”
Reached for comment by the New York Post, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said the speaker’s office is “not aware of what the governor is talking about.”
“We haven’t counted the votes and, with all due respect to the governor, the speaker has never needed him to twist arms,” Heastie aide Michael Whyland told the Post.