Here’s an ad from New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness in which actor Mark Ruffalo calls on Gov. Cuomo to extend the so-called millionaires’ tax. It’s noticeable in that it’s one of the few ads still running in which Cuomo is criticized by name. Critics are not sure if it’s Cuomo’s high poll numbers of fears or one of his famous phone calls or a combination but millionaires’ tax supporters have been loathe to criticize the governor even though they are happy to take swipes at NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senate Republicans on the issue.
This is all happening as lawmakers and Cuomo creep toward closure of the 2011-12 budget. Dean Skelos just emerged from a meeting with the governor in which he said he thought the budget could be completed in the next 12 couple hours. Meanwhile, Assembly Democrats are heading into their conference — maybe Shelly Silver will be the next leader to have a one-on-one conference with the governor.