Andrew Cuomo Wants a Bigger Role in 9/11 Ceremony

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HEMPSTEAD, NY - OCTOBER 18: Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo, running for New York State Governor, speaks during the gubernatorial debate at Hofstra University October 18, 2010 in Hempstead, New York. The two main candidates, Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino, appeared onstage with candidates Kristen Davis of the Anti-Prohibition Party, Warren Redlich of the Libertarian Party, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, Jimmy McMillan of the Rent is 2 Damn High Party, and Charles Barron of the Freedom Party. (Photo by Audrey C. Tiernan-Pool/Getty Images)
HEMPSTEAD, NY - OCTOBER 18: Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo, running for New York State Governor, speaks during the gubernatorial debate at Hofstra University October 18, 2010 in Hempstead, New York. The two main candidates, Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino, appeared onstage with candidates Kristen Davis of the Anti-Prohibition Party, Warren Redlich of the Libertarian Party, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, Jimmy McMillan of the Rent is 2 Damn High Party, and Charles Barron of the Freedom Party. (Photo by Audrey C. Tiernan-Pool/Getty Images) Photo: Pool/2010 Getty Images

The governor is reportedly "quietly" pushing the Bloomberg administration to give him more influence over the city's ten-year memorial. Cuomo supposedly wants to deliver "substantive remarks," rather than read poetry, as governors have done in previous 9/11 commemorations. Chris Christie also wants more of a say, and has asked that his Port Authority appointee get a speaking part in the class play in the commemoration. (The memorial plaza is a Port Authority property, which is jointly run by New Jersey and New York.) Bloomberg, keeping his white-knuckled fingers on the ship's steering wheel, told a radio interviewer that all speakers are "going to read something which we preselect." Is this really the time and place for a turf war, gentlemen?

Cuomo Seeks Changes to 9/11 Event [WSJ]