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One day before Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed his now-controversial Independence Party authorization, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, freshly nominated by the Democrats, signed theirs.
These IP documents were notarized by Tom Garry, the Nassau Democrats’ vice chairman. (Richard Schaffer notarized Kathy Hocul's, and Cuomo government aide Cassie Prugh, who was on hand at the Democratic convention, notarized Cuomo's).
It was Garry's county chairman, Jay Jacobs, who had led the public charge urging Cuomo to reject the extra line, arguing that he’ll win anyway and that the party is using Cuomo’s name to get the 50,000 votes for governor it needs to keep its automatic ballot status.When Jacobs first did so, GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and Conservative Party state chairman Michael Long took the rare step of agreeing with him across the aisle. Astorino had already been under attack by Westchester's Independence Party leaders although he'd run once for county executive with their backing, and was unlikely to win the line against Cuomo.
Jacobs has said he did not want to put other Democrats at a practical disadvantage against Republicans and thus urged only Cuomo to shun the line. The day before Cuomo signed his Independence papers, Jacobs saw his protest resolution on the matter tabled with Cuomo loyalists' help in a convention session at the Huntington Hilton in Melville,
DiNapoli ran without the Independence line last time -- which went to his 2010 opponent Harry Wilson, a Republican, who barely lost to DiNapoli. Schneiderman won the Independence endorsement in both 2010 and 2014.