The following is an expanded version of the second item of my “Albany Insider” column in Monday’s print editions:
ALBANY — Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is not only still angry with Gov. Cuomo over a committee’s decision to tie legislative reforms to a lawmaker pay raise, but also old friend, state Controller Thomas DiNapoli, who served on the panel.
?Heastie has fumed to those close to him that he believes DiNapoli betrayed his former colleagues in the Legislature after he had publicly questioned at a hearing whether the committee had the ability to tie the pay raises to a restriction on outside lawmaker income.
Heastie noticeably did not speak to DiNapoli or applaud on Wednesday when new Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins warmly welcomed the controller to the chamber to watch her swearing in.
The speaker is said to believe he and many Assembly colleagues have helped DiNapoli, starting when they elevated him from assemblyman to state controller in 2007 over the objections of then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer after then Controller Alan Hevesi resigned in disgrace.
The chamber also has not taken up a bill opposed by DiNapoli that would require the state pension fund he oversees to divest from fossil fuel companies.
Heastie spokesman Michael Whyland had no comment.?
DiNapoli spokesman Jennifer Freeman said that “?Tom believes Carl is an effective speaker and considers him a friend of long standing.”
Meanwhile, insiders say it was no coincidence that Cuomo at his inauguration noted how DiNapoli has routinely gotten the loudest applause from the Legislature at official events.
“He was sending a message how their hero (went against them) on the pay raise,” one source said.
Another Democratic insider was puzzled by Heastie’s actions.
“I don’t understand Carl’s strategy: he’s making himself and his conference the enemy of reform,” the Dem said. “At his point, the only person Carl isn’t mad at is Carl.”