We explained earlier this week how Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is having a more challenging time with the Connecticut legislature in his second year.

Today, the New York Times tells us that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is having a more challenging time with the New York legislature in his second year.

The Times piece is notable for the fact that Cuomo, who is stingy with interviews, is actually quoted: “My legislative proposals were asking for the moon. Fight as hard as you can, and then understand there’s going to have to be some amount of reasonable compromise.”

Cuomo and Malloy each see themselves as change agents, no matter how they fare in their second year.

Malloy: “I do have aggressive agendas. And I understand that tires people out. And they worry about election years, and all of that other stuff. But time’s too short. So, we’re going to continue to work very hard on what I think is an aggressive agenda about improving the state’s economy and its long-term ability to compete.”

Cuomo: “I was elected to come to an incredibly dysfunctional capital and make the government work better, and that’s what I’m doing.”

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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