Governor Andrew Cuomo, taking a page out of the Les Miz libretto, laid out what will be the determining factor of his success-an ability to mobilize the folks in order to counteract the influence of the special interests. As the WSJ reports: "Where are the people in Albany? Where are the people in the capital? That is the profound absence in this system. The people aren't engaged," he said. "If there's a silver bullet in the battle to recapture Albany, it is the re-engagement of our citizens. This capital has become a physical metaphor for the isolation and alienation of our people."
But how to engage the people so that they can truly sing? Fred Dicker outlines the plan: "Cuomo, to that end, plans to launch an aggressive statewide barnstorming tour next week to begin to mobilize the public on behalf of his planned reforms in a way that's not been seen before. Separately, he's helping raise a $10 million-plus war chest to back up the mobilization with a sophisticated media campaign. "There is no more time to waste. It is a time for deeds not words, and results not rhetoric," Cuomo declared yesterday."