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Cuomo to write autobiography

He doesn't want to fuel speculation about a possible White House bid in 2016, but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he is looking to write an autobiography -- to be published in 2014.

And so now there are three books in the works about the governor. This one is presumed to be the most "authorized" of them all.

"Now the governor has the pen," Cuomo joked with reporters Monday.

The New York Post reported over the weekend that Steve Cohen, a former longtime Cuomo staffer, is shopping the idea around with publishers.

The title of book author for the governor comes a generation after his father, former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, published books at a time when he was ruminating over a White House run.

Word of the autobiography comes a couple of weeks after Fred Dicker, the Post's state editor who has been close to the governor for years, announced a book deal for a biography of Cuomo. The Cuomo administration pledged its cooperation with the Dicker book, due out next year.

That cooperation has not been forthcoming yet with Michael Shnayerson, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, who is also planning a Cuomo book. There has been no announcement on whether that book is coming out next year or in 2014, when Cuomo's own take on his life is expected to be published.

Cuomo, who has been in office as governor for 16 months, said the book he wants to write will not be a memoir, but a discussion about his views on government, what he has done in office and "what else should be done."

No talk, yet, of a Cuomo movie.