Cuomo not confident New York will legalize weed this year


Gov. Cuomo said he isn’t confident New York will legalize the recreational use of marijuana this year because state lawmakers are getting cold feet.

“When the Legislature starts to say, ‘We need the governor to get us votes,’ that’s legislative code for ‘We don’t have the votes,’ ” Cuomo said Friday while touring the remnants of the old Tappan Zee Bridge.

He added he thinks recent comments from lawmakers are “troubling.”

Cuomo later said lawmakers are suggesting “that I need to twist arms” and “That’s a bad sign because arm-twisting doesn’t work.”

But a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) said Cuomo was being a buzzkill.

“We are having thorough discussions of the proposal and are not aware of what the governor is talking about,” said Heastie aide Michael Whyland. “We haven’t counted the votes and, with all due respect to the governor, the speaker has never needed him to twist arms.”

The legislative session ends next month.

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