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Nuevo Cuomo Reigns Himself In

Waits out Gov. Spitzer.

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After his victory over the kickback-ridden student-loan system, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has his sights set on another popular enemy: the sub-prime lenders who are being blamed for the current foreclosure crisis. He’s letting his production speak for itself, says his dad, former governor Mario Cuomo. He’s doing what Spitzer did. And it’s working: A recent poll had his job-approval rating above Governor Spitzer’s. Andrew’s lately gotten over his press micromanagement (notoriously talking to reporters over arcane issues at length and having them read back his quotes, again and again). One thing Andrew now has is patience, says an associate. He’s working it. He’s keeping quiet, doing his job, not bigfooting things. He’s waiting for Spitzer to implode, and he’s gonna be there to pick up the Democratic pieces.

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