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Cuomo Gains Major Business Endorsement

Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Amdrew Cuomo has been endorsed by the state’s largest business lobby for his reelection bid. The Business Council made the announcement Wednesday at the Plug Power energy manufacturing company near Albany.

Business Council President Heather Briccetti says her group is endorsing Cuomo over his GOP challenger Rob Astorino because of the governor’s record on achieving four on-time budgets, enacting business tax cuts and holding the line on state spending. She also praised Cuomo’s bipartisan governing style.

“Governor Cuomo has shown an ability to get very difficult issues through an often sharply divided state legislature,” Briccetti said.

Cuomo has also received the endorsement of the left-leaning Working Families Party, and promised them he’d help Democrats take over the State Senate. Cuomo says he does not see a conflict between the two endorsements, saying it’s a “ state with very diverse opinions.”

“You have business groups, you have groups that are against capitalism,”  Cuomo said. “Part of the challenge of being governor of the state is that you represent everyone.”

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