Press and Sun-Bulletin from Binghamton, New York on May 26, 2018 · A6
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G LF Tournament 2nd Annual Charity Friday, June 15 Tall Pines Golf Course 558 Friendsville Hill Rd, Friendsville, PA Hole in OnePrize 4 Person Scramble Includes: greens free, golf cart, steak dinner, tee sponsorships, contests & prizes $70 per golfe r To Benefit Veteran’s Twin Tiers Honor Flight www.PEF.org • Carolyn Lundgren 305 Vestal Parkway West • (607) 785-1699 “And I think it’s a tribute to what we did because we really do have the anti- Washington agenda.” Cuomo’s roughly 45-minute speech was aimed not only at a broad spectrum of New Yorkers, but also a national audi- ence, said Larry Levy, dean of the Na- tional Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra. The Democratic governor is consid- ered a 2020 presidential candidate. “Despite efforts of Cynthia Nixon to push Cuomo and the party to the left, what you heard was an overall inclusive message that was designed to appeal to as much as the upper west side of Man- hattan and to suburban Long Island swing voters,” Levy said. “It was a gen- eral election speech.” Cuomo’s support, though, drew jeers from some liberals in New York and the nation, including when Democratic Na- tional Committee chairman Tom Perez spoke and endorsed him. The national party’s vice chairman Keith Ellison said the party should be neutral in a primary. “The governor’s attempt to reset his campaign this week failed,” said Nixon campaign spokeswoman Lauren Hitt. “His highly choreographed convention inflamed old divisions, and provided a series of bizarre, tone-deaf moments. Simply put, the governor did little to push back on the growing realization among New Yorkers that he has more much in common with his wealthy Re- publican donors than Democrats.” Republican look to November As Democrats battle in advance of the September primaries, Republican will have the benefit of not having any intra-party struggles. That will allow Molinaro to try to build support for his candidacy against either Cuomo or Nixon in November. “In the months ahead, as I campaign across this great state with Julie Killian and others, I’m going to lay out details of the revolution to come in New York,” Molinaro said Wednesday in his con- vention speech in Manhattan. As Cuomo faces attacks from Nixon and the left, he also tried Thursday to define Molinaro as a supporter of Presi- dent Donald Trump. Molinaro said he didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 and wrote in former Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, Columbia County. For a Republican to win statewide election, he or she would need to get about 30 percent of the vote in New York City and win the rest of the state — a recipe that Republicans have struggled to find. “The Republicans in this state put on the top of their ticket a Trump mini-me,” Cuomo said. “He’s anti-woman, anti- LGBTQ, anti-gun safety, anti-immigra- tion, anti-education equity and pro- Trump’s New York tax increase.” Molinaro, though, said a key plank of his candidacy will be to lower taxes in New York. Who else is on the ticket? Three women Democrats are expect- ed to run in the party’s primary for at- torney general. The seat is open after Attorney Gen- eral Eric Schneiderman resigned earlier this month after the New Yorker report- ed he abused women. New York City Public Advocate Tish James won about 85 percent of the dele- gates’ vote, but Buffalo attorney Leecia Eve and Zephyr Teachout, who ran against Cuomo in 2014, said they are planning to run in a primary. “It is exciting to imagine we’re going to have a primary with three strong women, and I know voters want to hear our different visions for the AG’s office,” Teachout said. For her part, James said she looks forward to a spirited race. If one of them win in November, it would be first time New York has elected a woman to the post. “I plan to be an independent attorney general,” James said. “If you look over my record, I’ve been fiercely indepen- dent.” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, meanwhile, faces a primary from New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams. Only Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is not facing a party primary. On the Republican side, Republicans were able to coalesce around candidates for the attorney general and comptroller — but not until the delegate voting was well under way. On Thursday, the party picked Man- hattan attorney Keith Wofford. He was vying for the nomination against Rock- land County Attorney Thomas Hum- bach, former Pataki aide Joe Holland and Chautauqua County attorney Ran- dy Elf. Wofford became the first black Re- publican to receive his party’s attorney general nod. For comptroller, the Republican dele- gates backed Jonathan Trichter, a for- mer Democratic operative who recently switched his party enrollment. Race Continued from Page 1A ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a running gag with his brother, CNN star Chris Cuomo, in which he chides his younger sibling time and again on the air and in speeches. But Republican gubernatorial candi- date Marc Molinaro, who has made de- velopmental disabilities a key issue for him, says Cuomo took it too far when the governor said his younger brother has “certain development issues” dur- ing his convention speech Thursday. “Governor Cuomo should stick with being angry and misleading, because his joke mocking the issue of individ- uals with developmental disabilities is shameful,” Molinaro said in a state- ment. The Dutchess County executive called on Cuomo to apologize. Cuomo’s campaign declined comment. Earlier Thursday, the Democratic governor appeared on Chris Cuomo’s “New Day” show on CNN to wish his 47- year-old brother well as he moves to a prime-time slot on the network. He teased Chris Cuomo, saying he is starting his own CNN: Cuomo News Network. And the older brother held up a shirt that said “The Real Cuomo.” Then he said, “You have done a phe- nomenal job. The whole family is proud of you,” adding: “Dad would be proud of you, little brother.” Cuomo, 60, then took his teasing to the convention floor later in the day, jok- ing that his younger brother is actually adopted. “He’s not a natural brother; he’s adopted,” Cuomo joked to laughs from the crowd. “But we treat him like he’s a natural brother. It’s actually a funny sto- ry. He was found at our front door in a basket, and he was 16 years old. So he has certain development issues.” The two brothers are very close, and Cuomo used the joke to make a serious point: how proud their father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo, would be of his chil- dren. The governor then addressed his mother, Matilda Cuomo, who was in the the crowd and spoke on her elder son’s behalf during the convention Wednes- day. “Mom, listening to you, what you have done with mentoring. What Maria (his sister) has done with homeless- ness, what Christopher by bringing truth to the political arena, seeing what New York has accomplished over these past few years. Seeing where we are,” Cuomo continued. “He is here, and he is smiling and he is proud. To Mario Cuo- mo, the greatest governor in the history of New York. Thank you. He loves you mom. Everybody loves you.” Molinaro, who has a daughter on the autism spectrum, established the “Think Differently” initiative in 2015 to help address the stigma around people with special needs. He has talked around the state about the effort. So he didn’t find Cuomo’s teasing of his brother to be a joke. “We need elected leaders who are willing to think differently instead of speaking ignorantly,” Molinaro said. Molinaro pans Gov. Cuomo’s joke about Chris Cuomo Joseph Spector Albany Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK

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