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.”
State Senate Democrats say it would be a “disservice” to the people of the state if a group of breakaway Senate Democrats agreed to sit with Republicans in the Senate, instead of Democrats. The admonition comes as a fifth Senator, Malcolm Smith of Queens, announced that he’s joining the Independent Democratic Conference.
A spokesman for the Independent Democratic Conference confirms that Senator Malcolm Smith of Queens will become the fifth Democrat to join the break away Democratic group.
A leading Democratic Senator says wayward Democrats in the Senate should get in line with the others in their party, and form a majority to run the Senate when the new session starts in January.
Despite being severely underfunded compared to their Republican opponents, Democrats have so far won 31 Senate seats to the GOP’s 30. Two more Senate races are still being tallied, with absentee ballots counted. The Democratic candidates are slightly ahead in one race, and The Republican is narrowly ahead in the other.