Niagara Gazette — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s new book about his life and governing philosophy is scheduled for publication in 2014.
Harper & Collins, the publisher, has not disclosed any terms but it is known that Cuomo worked out a cash advance for the project. A title has yet to be determined.
Earlier, the New York Times reported that Cuomo’s publisher was backing off plans for another book on the governor by New York Post writer Fred U. Dicker. You may recall that Dicker, who also is host of a daily radio show in Albany, clashed with Carl Paladino, the Buffalo-Niagara Falls businessman and unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate in the last election.
It isn’t clear why Harper & Collins has decided to drop Dicker’s book proposal. A couple of factors, however, have been cited: The Post columnist has differed sharply with the governor’s stand on the gun control law and he has been relentless in criticizing the governor for continually vacillating in the debate over hydrofracking in the Empire State.
Meanwhile, even though Cuomo’s popularity rating has dropped a few percentage points since the last credible poll, he still appears a solid contender for re-election. Despite what State GOP Chairman Ed Cox says, there is no sign of a strong Republican candidate to oppose Cuomo in the next race.
Some so-called leading Republicans already mentioned as potential candidates have vanished from the scene. The most recent departure was Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards said he would neither seek re-election to his current office nor run for governor in 2014.
Edwards declined to specify why he was withdrawing from consideration but he apparently told close associates that he viewed a race against Cuomo as strictly an uphill battle. Edwards won the county executive post in 2005, defeating Mark Thomas, a Democrat, 52 percent to 42 percent. Thomas is now the western district director of the regional state parks commission.