Two Democratic factions in the State Senate say they are joining to form what could be a strong Democratic Majority in the Senate, leaving Republicans, who up until now have ruled the chamber in a coalition government, out of power.
In a joint statement, Governor Cuomo and Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein say the break away Democratic faction that had ruled with the Republicans for the past two years has agreed to join in a coalition government with the rest of the Senate Democrats, giving them a potential majority after the November elections.
Yesterday Governor Andrew Cuomo said he hopes the "reunification" of the senate Democrats happens next year. Right now a breakaway group of five that co-govern the chamber along with the Republicans are caught in the middle of Cuomo's new desire to have his party control the state senate.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has jumped into the New York City mayor race, appearing at second place candidate Bill Thompson’s concession speech, and endorsing the Democratic front runner, Bill de Blasio.
Cuomo’s endorsement of the Democratic Mayoral candidate comes after a summer of silence on the New York City races. The governor, who predicted that de Blasio will do a “superb job” as mayor, said afterward that he did not influence Thompson’s decision to concede.
“It was Bill Thompson’s own decision,” said Cuomo. “I applaud it, and I think it was the right one.”