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Cynthia Nixon
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New York's progressive Working Families Party formally endorsed "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon on Saturday as its gubernatorial candidate — challenging incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Visitation continued Friday at the DiDonato Funeral Home in Ulster County for New York state Assemblyman Frank Skartados. Several assemblymembers, including Speaker Carl Heastie, were expected. Skartados died Sunday at age 62 from pancreatic cancer. People attending viewing hours Thursday remembered the Hudson Valley Democrat as a most honorable public servant.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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The progressive political party the Working Families Party split up over the weekend, with some of the last remaining major unions leaving the group. WFP announced they back Cynthia Nixon for Governor, while incumbent Andrew Cuomo withdrew from consideration, saying he’s sticking with the major unions, for now.

Karen DeWitt

TV’s Sex and the City star and education advocate Cynthia Nixon won the endorsement of the minor party Working Families Party at a meeting in Albany Saturday. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is running in a Democratic primary against Nixon, dropped out of contention for the party’s nomination Friday night, after delegates were leaning toward Nixon.

“I am so proud to accept the endorsement of the Working Families Party,” Nixon told the enthusiastic crowd of progressive and activist groups.

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A key progressive third party in New York splintered Friday, as two major unions withdrew from the Working Families Party. Those still in the WFP say it makes it more likely that the activist groups remaining in the party will endorse Cynthia Nixon over Governor Andrew Cuomo in a party meeting on Saturday, as Cuomo announced that he is dropping out.

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The Dutchess County legislature will hold a special meeting Monday evening to vote on a bond resolution to fund a new jail. The question of funding a jail of its proposed size and cost has brought out supporters and detractors in recent days, with petitions, robocalls, and attempts to swing legislators’ votes in either direction.

Working Families Party
Working Families Party

New York's left-leaning Working Families Party is working to broaden its reach with a new emphasis on local races around the state.

Working Families Party
Working Families Party

Like the Republicans and the Democrats, the Working Families Party continues to look back at the results from election day two weeks ago with an eye on 2016, which will be a busy year with Congress, the state legislature and the White House all on the ballot. The New York State Director of the Working Families Party, Bill Lipton, says the party ran nearly 1,000 candidates in New York and did well, while many of the candidates who were backed by the party line also ran as Democrats and Republicans.

If New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wins reelection on Tuesday, he’s likely to continue to have tensions with the left-leaning members of his party.

WAMC/Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is making women’s rights a central focus of his campaign, focusing on an abortion rights provision. The issue serves multiple purposes for the governor.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo tried to change the subject with two economic development appearances, in the aftermath of a political endorsement that has shaken up the Capitol.

Upstate NY Questions Cuomo's Alliance With WFP

Jun 4, 2014
Pat Arnow

The fallout from Governor Cuomo’s new alliance with the progressive Working Families Party continues at the Capitol, with those who say they represent upstate interests dismayed at the development.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won the endorsement of the state’s left leaning Working Families Party in a messy convention vote that stretched to nearly midnight on Saturday night.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has survived a challenge from the left to win the nomination of the liberal Working Families Party.

Cuomo received the endorsement at the party's convention Saturday in Albany following a floor fight from liberals unhappy with Cuomo's support for business-friendly tax cuts and charter schools.

Cuomo defeated a bid for the nomination from Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout.

5/30/14 Panel

May 30, 2014

  

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, and Legislative Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group, Blair Horner.

Topics include:
Working Families Party
Deval Patrick
Veteran's Affairs
First Lady's School Lunch Plan Setback
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It’s coming down to the wire for a decision on whether the Working Families Party endorses New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for reelection or not. Talks are ongoing as the Saturday convention approaches.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Progressive Democrats who are not happy with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s first term are considering running a candidate for governor on the Working Families Party line. Polls show Cuomo would still win re-election, but his margin of victory would be reduced. Among those not happy with the governor is Bill Samuels, a political activist and business owner from New York City and the founder of the group Effective NY, which has referred to the governor as “Cuomoccio.”

Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

A new poll finds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a double-digit lead against his republican opponent for the fall elections. But the survey finds that ratio changes, if a progressive third party candidate emerges.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party. They discuss the party’s electoral gains, the state Senate coalition, hydrofracking, and the minimum wage.