Cuomo says he'll work with Trump

ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday reiterated his "grave philosophical differences" with President-elect Donald Trump's policies, but vowed to work with him moving forward.

Reporters in Syracuse on Thursday asked Cuomo about his comments on the campaign trail last week, when he called Trump "un-New York" while referring to the Republican's past comments about women and immigrants.

Cuomo, a Democrat, said he strongly disagrees with Trump's policies, particularly on immigration and taxation. But working with the federal government regardless of who is in charge is "very important to the people of this state," he said.

"Our transportation money, our housing money, our health care money – that all comes from the federal government, and that is a very important resource and relationship for this state," Cuomo said. "So of course, we’ll work together."

Cuomo was an early supporter of Hillary Clinton, a Democrat who represented New York in the Senate for eight years.

On Wednesday, Cuomo said it was an "emotional day" for him as he coped with Clinton's loss. He spoke to Trump via phone Wednesday, telling NY1 he had a "good conversation" with the president-elect, a native New Yorker.

He said it's a "bonus" that Trump is from the Empire State.

Progressive groups in New York -- including Citizen Action and the Alliance for Quality Education -- pushed back against Cuomo Thursday, knocking his "bonus" comment while blasting Trump's policies on immigration and health care.

“Governor Cuomo is wrong, Trump isn't a bonus for New York: he's a clear and present danger to millions of New Yorkers," the liberal leaders wrote.

On Thursday, Cuomo repeated his frequent refrain about New York being the "progressive capital of the nation."

"We won’t allow a federal government that attacks immigrants in our state," Cuomo said. "We are a state of immigrants, so we believe that very strongly. That’s going to continue."


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