Unlike Claude Rains in "Casablanca," John Samuelsen won't pretend that he's "shocked; shocked!" that Governor Cuomo is a bully who cozies up to union leaders when it suits him politically rather than because at heart he's the most powerful working stiff in the state.
"He doesn't have friends in the trade-union movement," the International President of the Transport Workers Union said in a July 13 phone interview. "He's got people who have interests in front of the Governor. There are union leaders who have legitimate concerns about crossing Cuomo for the same reason some of them were with de Blasio in 2017 even though they despised him. New York City public-sector unions had to deal with de Blasio, the same way the public-sector state unions have to deal with Cuomo."