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Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) on Tuesday afternoon announced that he had secured the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat popular with many Long Island Republicans for his local property tax cap.

The expected endorsement was announced in a news release from Bishop’s campaign.

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“I am proud to endorse Tim Bishop for Reelection to the House of Representatives. Tim is a true advocate for Eastern Long Island and all New Yorkers,” Cuomo said in the statement from the Bishop campaign. “From fighting for clean air and clean water to fighting to keep jobs in our state at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Gabreski Airport, Tim has shown time and again that he has what it takes to represent our interests in Congress. In short, Tim delivers for us and for Eastern Long Island and that's why it is so important to send him back to Congress.”

Bishop, who is seeking his sixth term against St. James businessman Randy Altschuler, said he was honored to have Cuomo’s support. New York's 1st Congressional District is nearly evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, and Cuomo enjoys high approval ratings among both parties.

“Governor Cuomo has been a staunch supporter of middle class families on Long Island and throughout New York," Bishop said. "The Governor’s office has been a great leader by turning our state around and making government work for the people.”

The statement noted that Bishop and Cuomo have worked together before on student loan reform.  As attorney general, Cuomo helped highlight abuses in the system, and Bishop, a member of the House Workforce and Education Committee, then helped pass the 2007 Student Loan Sunshine Act, a bipartisan bill which called for increased transparency to the loan delivery system.

Reacting to the Cuomo endorsement, Altschuler’s campaign spokesman, Chris Russell said the Bishop team was showing desparation by touting something many would expect.

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"When a 10-year, incumbent Democratic Congressman feels the need to tout the endorsement of the state's Democratic Governor as some sort of coup, it tells you how rough things are over at Bishop HQ these days," Russell said. " In all seriousness, if Randy is fortunate enough to be elected, he looks forward to working with Governor Cuomo, and people in both parties, to revitalize Long Island's economy and bring back the good-paying jobs that Tim Bishop drove away with this tax, spend and borrow policies."

The endorsement only intensifies the battle for various organized support among Bishop and Altschuler. Just hours before Bishop announced Cuomo's backing, Altschuler's campaign had released a list of all of their endorsements.

And that had been a reply to Bishop's team doing the same on Monday. Stay tuned.