Malloy extends olive branch to Cuomo, gets praise from national AFT president

In New York this morning, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy acknowledged he doesn’t have much of a relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo: “I don’t talk to your governor a whole lot, or he doesn’t talk to me.”

But the governor was quick to note to New York reporters that he wasn’t looking for trouble.

“I’ve got to assume that we’re both pretty busy guys, and we probably need to put pressure on our staffs to make time to work more closely together,” he said. “He’s got his hands full, I’ve got my hands full. That was not a criticism of Gov. Cuomo and should not be reported as such.”

Also in the audience for Malloy’s talk to the Association for a Better New York was Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers. She praised him for engaging teachers on his proposed education reforms, which are not getting great reviews from AFT rank and file.