Did Steven M. Cohen Flee the Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo’s office because of Iviewit’s Criminal Complaints against he and Cuomo http://iviewit.tv/wordpress/?p=588 or perhaps it was because of the taped phone conversations http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2pwFlEIp6E where Cohen describes himself as already being in “PRISON” prior to fleeing the stinkin sinking Cuomo ship. What’s the last thing you see from Space looking at a Sinking Ship? The Rats Asses. Who is Emily Cole on the Taped Conversations, could it be daughter of Maria Cuomo Cole and leatherman Kenneth Cole, the plot thickens in Gotham.
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After 4 1/2 Years With Cuomo, Cohen Returns to Private Sector
Steven M. Cohen, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s top aide, is leaving his post to look for work in the private sector, the governor’s office announced Friday.
Mr. Cohen has served as secretary to Mr. Cuomo since he took office on Jan. 1. Before that he was counselor and chief of staff to Mr. Cuomo during Mr. Cuomo’s entire four-year term as attorney general.
Mr. Cohen will be replaced by Larry Schwartz, a senior adviser to the governor and formerly secretary to Governor David Paterson.
Mr. Schwartz was set to assume the secretary position today, and Mr. Cohen will remain on staff for a few weeks during the transition.
“Steve has been a critical member of a team that has produced results for the people of the state,” Mr. Cuomo said in a news release. “He has been both a friend and advisor, and he will be missed.”
Before going to work in the attorney general’s office, Mr. Cohen was a partner in Cooley Godward Kronish’s litigation department.
From 1991 to 1998, he was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, serving as chief of the violent gangs unit.
Mr. Cohen, 48, said that while his time in public service had been deeply rewarding, his family obligations mean he will need to spend more time in his New York City home and earn more than his $166,074 salary as secretary.
“The cost of public service, especially when you have a family and you live in New York City, really catches up with you,” he said. “I really had to get back to a life that was New York City-based and not Albany-based.”
Mr. Cohen has three children: Madeline, 17; Ethan, 14; and Elias, 11.
“I began to think about the cost of their college education,” he said. “I have a responsibility as a father.”
When Mr. Cohen first began working for Mr. Cuomo, he committed to stay for two years. He said he was compelled to stay longer by what he saw as Mr. Cuomo’s ability to effect dramatic and needed change in New York. He considered leaving when Mr. Cuomo became governor, but Mr. Cuomo urged him to stay for at least the beginning of the term.
“The governor’s view was that we were going to have a six month period that was going to be critical,” Mr. Cohen said. “You start this job, it’s almost like being shot out of a cannon. You don’t have time to put together your team.”
So Mr. Cohen decided to stay with the incoming governor for the first six months.
“Part of it was purely selfish—I wanted to be part of it—and part of it was that if he was going to attempt something that was almost impossible, I was going to do anything I could to help him,” he said.
Mr. Cohen said that the achievements of the last six months—which saw Albany pass a budget on time for the first time in years, adopt a property tax cap and legalize gay marriage, have borne him out.
Anyone who predicted the governor’s accomplishments six months ago, Mr. Cohen said, would have been called “delusional.”
“I was part of a team that showed that Albany can function, that what is required is strong, intelligent leadership, that the passage of the Marriage Equality Act proves that you can have a progressive agenda, you can have a smart agenda, and that New York state can be a leader,” Mr. Cohen said, adding that he was particularly proud of helping win gays the right to marry.
“From a personal standpoint, to be part of the Marriage Equality passage, and that initiative, is really an extraordinary thing,” he said. “I really feel that it’s the type of thing that people will look back at generations from now and say, that was a time when state government made a transformative difference for people.”
The accomplishment, Mr. Cohen said, meant overcoming a culture in Albany that was skeptical about the possibility of significant change.
“The notion was, in 2009, you had a Democratic majority in the Senate,” he said. “You couldn’t get it passed then. Why do you think you can get it passed now [with a Republican majority]?”
The key, he said, was to get a bipartisan coalition of gay marriage supporters to come together and to stay on plan, regardless of internal disagreements on tactics, a kind of discipline that Mr. Cohen said had often been missing in Albany. He called it part of a “transition back to a functioning government.”
Mr. Cohen said that Mr. Cuomo’s work as governor was a continuation of his work as attorney general, when he also pushed for reform.
“We changed the model. There was a focus on using cases to drive change and to drive reform that wasn’t about a single case and a single defendant,” he said. “It was about reforming industries, changing practices, altering the structure of the way entities operated.”
Mr. Cohen pointed to the attorney general’s office’s investigation into pay-for-play practices in the state pension system, which ultimately resulted in the arrests and convictions of former comptroller Alan Hevesi and his political consultant Hank Morris, as examples of the office’s approach.
“It was walking into an industry where, for a generation, people had said, ‘Pay-for-play is just business as usual, it’s not illegal,’” Mr. Cohen said.
Mr. Cohen said he has no firm plans about where to go next. While he could return to private law practice, he is “wide open” to other options in business, he said.
“I have spent four and a half years in managing a large institution, but also have been engaged on a day-to-day basis in solving complex problems,” he said. “It is sort of a natural point for me to stop for a few weeks, take a deep breath and figure out what’s next.”
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Cuomo Appoints Top Aide of Paterson’s as His Own
By DANNY HAKIM
Lawrence S. Schwartz, a longtime adviser to Democratic politicians who once helped run a campaign for former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, was appointed on Friday to be the top aide to Mario’s son, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Mr. Schwartz will be the first person in at least several decades to serve as secretary to the governor for two consecutive administrations. He held the same position for Gov. David A. Paterson, and brings to the job a reputation for intensity as well as competence.
Mr. Schwartz, 54, replaces Steven M. Cohen, 48, who has been Mr. Cuomo’s secretary since the start of his term in January, and who was also Mr. Cuomo’s right-hand man in the attorney general’s office. Mr. Cohen had made it clear that his tenure in the governor’s office would be brief, and he is expected to return to private law practice.
Mr. Cohen played a pivotal role in negotiations over same-sex marriage legislation and was seen as a moderating influence in an otherwise hard-charging, and sometimes combative, administration. His primary role had been overseeing Mr. Cuomo’s transition to the governor’s office.
His exit is the first high-level departure from an executive team that had a remarkably successful run in its first six months. Facing a divided legislature, Mr. Cuomo was able to deliver on a number of his campaign promises: a 2 percent cap on property tax increases, a state budget that closed a $10 billion deficit without broad-based tax increases and the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Mr. Cuomo said that Mr. Cohen “has been both a friend and adviser, and he will be missed,” and added that he was “gratified that Larry has agreed to continue with the administration.”
Mr. Schwartz already played a prominent role in the Cuomo administration as a senior adviser; he led negotiations with lawmakers during the legislative session that ended late last month.
In a statement Friday, Mr. Schwartz said he looked “forward to working with Governor Cuomo and the entire staff to build on the work we have already started.”
Mr. Schwartz, who became Mr. Paterson’s secretary in February 2009, is widely credited with steadying that administration during a period of staff turmoil and criticism over the search for a replacement for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton after she was named secretary of state.
Mr. Schwartz’s first stint as secretary was not without controversy; he and a number of other state officials were criticized in a lengthy report by the state inspector general examining a casino contract. But he also kept the governor’s office running relatively smoothly even as a flurry of scandals engulfed the administration.
“The instant he took over, there was a sense that there was a grown-up in the room, that decisions were going to get made,” said Peter Kauffmann, who served as communications director for part of Mr. Paterson’s tenure. “Larry Schwartz was the guy that kept state government functioning, at least the executive branch.”
But Mr. Schwartz has also had an often contentious relationship with the Legislature.
“I don’t think Larry has a deep admiration for legislative bodies,” said Richard Brodsky, a former Westchester Assemblyman who praised Mr. Schwartz for his competence, but said negotiations with him could be rough.
“I did employ a broad and pungent vocabulary,” Mr. Brodsky said. “So did he.”
Mr. Schwartz, who grew up on Long Island, is the son of a kosher butcher and a school secretary. He was senior class president at Comsewogue High School, majored in political science at the State University of New York at Binghamton and began running political campaigns after college. His long history with the Cuomos can be traced back to his role as deputy campaign manager for the unsuccessful re-election campaign of the governor’s father, Mario Cuomo, in 1994.
Before joining the Paterson administration, Mr. Schwartz served as the top aide to Andrew J. Spano, then the Westchester County executive. In that role, he was known for delivering bad news; a profile in The New York Times in 2002 once described him as Mr. Spano’s “ ‘No’ Man.”
“Many times he would get the animosity from people for doing things that I wanted,” Mr. Spano said in an interview this week. “I got to be the good guy.”
Mr. Schwartz is known for his intensity. As a high school soccer goalkeeper, he sought advice from Shep Messing, then a professional goalie for the New York Cosmos.
“He wrote him a letter trying to learn how to jump higher,” recalled Mr. Schwartz’s brother Robert, an assistant district attorney in Nassau County. “He wrote him a letter back, and Larry would practice in the basement, to build his calf muscles or something. At one point he put a hole in the ceiling with his head. I don’t think my dad was too happy about it at the time.”
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