ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Just call him Gov. Gumby.

That’s how New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo jokingly describes his “flexibility” as governor, despite a reputation as a hard-nosed negotiator.

Gumby is the innocent, animated clay character from 1960s television.

The characterization is likely to surprise the few lawmakers who’ve opposed him and groups he’s engaged in tough negotiations, including the powerful state teachers’ union.

Cuomo says he was born flexible, like Gumby, and has gotten more so as governor.

He was in a light mood, playing Monday to a supportive crowd of mayors. He also drew on another pop culture reference, using a projected image of his face in an Uncle Sam poster to tell the local officials he wants their help pushing state lawmakers to adopt pension changes in his budget.

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