The opening day of the New York State Fair is Governor's Day, drawing an annual appearance by Andrew Cuomo at the Fairgrounds. YNN's Bill Carey says, when it comes to Cuomo's Fair tours, normally lasting about an hour, they are anything but relaxed.
NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- When he visits the New York State Fair, Andrew Cuomo always says the right thing. The Governor says he loves the annual show.
“The tradition of the Fair is really great and I look forward to it. I look forward to coming with my girls. Especially this year. It's been a good year for the state. We've had our problems, but we've made a lot of progress and there's a good energy,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo follows the annual tradition of state executives visiting these fairgrounds. His own father famously spent hours here, touring buildings, sometimes arguing with people who disagreed with his positions. Hugh Carey milked cows and played basketball. George Pataki could always be counted on for a lengthy tour and a leisurely lunch of sausage sandwiches. Much the same for his successors, first Eliot Spitzer. Then, David Paterson. Even presidential contenders and presidents have come and taken their time.
But while other governors have spent hours touring the Fair, engaging with New Yorkers, the visits by Andrew Cuomo have been brief. The governor normally arrives quickly and begins walking, rarely stopping for more than a moment or two. He greets fairgoers, but rarely on the scale of his predecessors. And, the sausage sandwich. Cuomo normally eats his on the run.
It might all lead to a claim that Andrew Cuomo isn't crazy about the fair, but he says that's not the case. It is, he claims, just the new reality.
Cuomo said, “Maybe it's the times. Maybe it's the schedule. Maybe it's the environment. Maybe it's the surroundings. You want people to be able to enjoy the Fair, too. You don't want to be too disruptive for people who are here.”
There is no reason to believe that Andrew Cuomo won't be back at the State Fair again next year. And, it's likely, he will again be on the move.