04/22/2011 08:25 am ET Updated Jun 22, 2011

Fredric Dicker: New York's Most Powerful Journalist?

Andrew M. Cuomo sailed right past Carl P. Paladino and the Tea Party. His first budget passed with ease. But he still has to face the rite of passage that every New York governor since Hugh L. Carey has had to navigate: the singular force that is Fredric U. Dicker of The New York Post.

The era when one reporter could dominate the news has given way to a modern media culture saturated with blogging, posting on Twitter and stories with millisecond shelf lives. But New York can be more old-fashioned. And here Mr. Dicker's radio show and weekly op-ed column in The Post remain a potent cocktail in state politics.