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What Andy has to do

Elinor Tatum | 4/12/2011, 5:26 p.m.

NY1 has a clock count of how long it has been since he has appeared as a guest on the "Inside City Hall" public affairs show. The attorney general has failed to appear even once to discuss the issues of importance to our city and our state. What kind of statewide official feels that he is above the discussion of the state's business with a program that helps keep the public informed?

We will need a new leader in 2011. But we will not get one of our own choosing--Cuomo and some other majority-owned media outlets saw to that by creating an atmosphere where it was all but impossible for David Paterson to run a competitive race.

The Black community was ready to support Paterson for a full term. We waited and hoped that the tide would turn and that the governor would be able to come back and continue to lead the state. But that was not to be, and Cuomo has conveniently benefited from the governor's misfortune. He became the Democratic choice for governor of the State of New York.

Now that he is the candidate, so the question remains, what does Andy have to do? Well, that answer is not so simple. He must do so much good that he makes us forget all the bad that has been done. He must be the kind of governor for all people.

He must realize that in a state like New York the problems that five boroughs have are much different than he problem that lurk in Massena or Buffalo.

He must realize that New York Diverse. And so far, the ticket is not. His choice for lieutenant governor is Robert Duffy, a white male from Rochester. Shouldn't we be able to expect some color on his ticket if he expects all of those votes of color at the ballot box?

And who are his behind-the-scenes people? Do people of color have any influence over his policies or agenda, or are we only useful for him as voters?

He probably will win, but he can't win without us. And we have the right to expect that if he does win, we want to see an administration with real--not token--diversity. We expect to be seated at the table in the dinning room, and not the kitchen. We will give him a chance, but we will not forget if he does not come through.