Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Schedules show Cuomo met with Dolan, Weingarten | POLITICO

Schedules show Cuomo met with Dolan, Weingarten | POLITICO:

Schedules show Cuomo met with Dolan, Weingarten

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic archbishop of New York, several weeks before re-introducing legislation to grant financial assistance for parents whose children attend private and parochial schools.
According to newly posted schedule records, the Democratic governor huddled with the Catholic prelate as well as with James Cultrara, the Catholic Conference's top education official, and Anthony de Nicola, a fund manager and board member of the group that pushed for the tax credit, on April 13 at the cardinal's residence in midtown Manhattan. Cuomo later held events around the state to rally support for the tax credit, which lawmakers did not enact.
The schedules also show:
-- Cuomo met with a trio of teachers' union leaders, Karen Magee of NYSUT, Michael Mulgrew of the UFT and Randi Weingarten of the AFT, on April 10, and again on April 22. The unions were vociferous opponents of the tax credit plan.


-- The governor met with Jose CabaƱas, the Cuban ambassador, 10 days before he led a trade mission to the island nation. Cuomo also called officials at the U.S. Department of State on April 17, the Friday before he departed.
-- The governor and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held a one-on-one meeting on May 27. A month later, after the conclusion of the legislative session, de Blasio accused his “friend” Cuomo of undermining his agenda.
-- Cuomo was scheduled to have a phone conversation with former vice president Al Gore on May 11.Schedules show Cuomo met with Dolan, Weingarten | POLITICO: