Now that Attorney General Andrew (I won’t announce yet, even though you know I am gonna run) Cuomo has announced, what next?

The fact is that the Black and Latino communities really have little respect for Andrew Cuomo and don’t really believe that he will do anything for us if he succeeds at his quest for governorship.

To many, it is clear that all the back-room dealing that went on in the Obama administration to make sure Governor David Paterson did not run for a full term was plotted out like the “Manchurian Candidate” to ensure that Cuomo would have a clear path to the governor’s mansion.

And we know that if Cuomo had taken Paterson on in a primary, he may have ended up with the same result as he when he faced Carl McCall in 2002 and was soundly beaten.

Cuomo, who thinks he should be anointed as the Democratic candidate rather than winning a nomination in a fair fight, has so far gotten everything his own way. But even without a primary, he will still have crosses to bear. Many in our community have not forgotten that it was because of Cuomo that our president was forced to make a fool of himself by asking Paterson not to run so that Cuomo could, indeed, have a clear path to the nomination. Folks from our community did not appreciate having our first African-American governor pushed aside for a family that has done so little for our community, despite decades of our support at the polls.

Then we have to look at the fact that he got into the race at the last possible minute, dodging all the big potholes that were in the way. He did not have to comment on the budget or the stalemate in Albany. He could stay on the sidelines–the beloved prince waiting his coronation–as the governor took hits left and right from legislators and a media determined to see him not succeed as he grappled with tough economic challenges. Cuomo stayed silent, never offering any support to Paterson, and only now is he beginning to chime in with his two cents as the battle for New York State’s future is on the line.

So now comes the challenge. How does he prove to us that he is the man for the job? He has no track record with our community. We do not see him as the “heir apparent” to whom we should turn over the keys the kingdom because we worship the Cuomo name and so-called legacy. To us, he is just Andrew Cuomo, attorney general and the son of a former governor who disappointed many Black people. Mario talked a good game, but did not deliver that much to our communities, and I can’t think of anything tangible that his son has done for the Black community at all.

Andrew has sat silently as men and women of color have tried to hold on and survive during these turbulent and trying times in our state’s history. And in addition to not backing Paterson, he also has failed to add his voice in pushing the legislature to act in the state’s and our communities’ best interests.

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.