Cuomo 2016

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Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his entourage spent nearly 29 hours in Israel. Some believe the governor was testing the waters for a possible presidential bid in 2016, but the man himself says he's focused on his re-election as head of the Empire State.

The visit to Israel was a rare trip outside the state for Governor Cuomo, who managed to cram eight scheduled events into his short stay. The delegation, which also included Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, arrived Tuesday.

Could New York Governor Andrew Cuomo be thinking about a 2016 White House run? Speculation is on the rise following a television interview that aired this morning.

The Cuomo administration has been quiet about the upcoming presidential campaign.  CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford spoke with the governor in the Adirondacks over the weekend, where Cuomo reaffirmed he has no interest in a run for the White House, explaining he is focused on "being the best governor that I can be.”

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's government ethics board says TV star Sandra Lee can have many of the taxpayer-paid perks of being a governor's wife without requiring Gov. Andrew Cuomo governor's girlfriend to disclose financial information required of officials' spouses.

Spouses of legislators and top state officials must disclose some business relationships and financial interests to identify conflicts of interest.

While the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination continues today with contests in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington D.C., politicians and pundits are already looking ahead to the 2016 Democratic nomination.

Two names that have been mentioned as potential democratic candidates are New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and secretary of state and former New York U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton.