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There’s nothing the least bit surprising about it, but the timing makes it interesting. Just as the state Republican organization and its chairman, Edward Cox, are trying to build momentum for the gubernatorial race — many believe the candidate will be Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino — Republican former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato is saying he’s in Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s corner for re-election in November.
The Post is quoting D’Amato as saying: “Overall, he’s done an excellent job...”
Last fall, D'Amato backed losing Democrat William C. Thompson Jr. for New York City mayor. Cuomo and D'Amato appeared in public together earlier this month at the second inauguration of Nassau’s Republican County Executive Edward Mangano, among other VIP guests, including Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). D’Amato, whose lobbying firm Park Strategies has a slew of clients interested in various state, local and federal government actions, was on the Andrew Cuomo train early on -- having held, for example, a $1,000-per-person fundraiser for the then-attorney general in February 2009.
UPDATE: D'Amato gave us this statement through a spokeswoman:
"He has kept taxes down and his plans to cut spending and put important property tax caps in place are exactly what we need on Long Island. And let's not forget all he has done to help us recover from superstorm Sandy. He continues to fight to rebuild Long Island and other communities still struggling to rebuild."