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This time, Cuomo, not GOP, skips Hispanic conference

[From Monday's "Cuomo Watch" column]

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo didn’t travel to San Juan, P.R., last weekend to attend Somos el Futuro, the gathering of Hispanic New York state and city legislators that is held annually the weekend after Election Day.

This was the first time since being elected governor that Cuomo hasn’t attended. (The event was canceled in 2012 because of Hurricane Sandy.)

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio made it, as did Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan).

The historically Democrat-dominated event also drew state Republican Chairman Ed Cox and Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, considered a rising star in GOP circles.

This was the first time the state GOP, which has been trying to woo Hispanic voters, held a reception at Somos.


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