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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has chosen to divide leadership of the state Democratic Party, selecting a downstate assemblyman and an upstate mayor to serve as co-chairs.
Assemb. Keith Wright (D-Manhattan), one of the leading members of the Black and Hispanic Caucus, and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will take over the reins from Nassau County chairman Jay Jacobs, who stepped down after three years. Wright and Miner are expected to be formally installed when the Democrats hold an organizational meeting Wednesday and Thursday in Albany.
Jacobs had been installed by former Gov. David A. Paterson in 2009. He agreed to stay on until Cuomo picked a replacement.
It won’t be the first time a governor has chosen co-chairs, split on upstate-downstate lines. Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer did so in 2007.
Cuomo called Wright and Miner "dedicated community leaders and champions of the key missions of the Democratic Party."