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Gov. Cuomo rails against Trump policies at fundraiser speech

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at Nassau Democrats'

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at Nassau Democrats' annual fall dinner Monday at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo denounced the policies of President Donald Trump and a national "schizophrenic, ultraconservative movement" during a speech Monday night in Woodbury to support state and local Democratic candidates.

"This is something we've never seen before. This is a schizophrenic, ultraconservative movement," Cuomo said at the Nassau County Democratic Committee's $450-a-plate fall dinner at Crest Hollow Country Club. "They are anti-woman's-right-to-choose … they're anti-LGBT, they're anti-union, they have demonized immigration and demonized people who come from different places."

The dinner included speeches by Jay Jacobs, the committee's chairman, and Letitia James, the New York City public advocate and Democratic nominee for state attorney general.

The governor told a crowd of about 1,100 that conservatives have traditionally favored a view of limited government, but not in 2018.

"These are ultraconservatives who then want to take their point of view and impose it on you," Cuomo said. "It's not enough that they believe it. They want their religious values and their morality to apply to your body."

Cuomo then took aim at Trump as he urged Democrats to go to the polls Nov. 6.

“The threat now is Washington,” the governor said. "Stop this madman in Washington once and for all."

Cuomo touted a number of progressive achievements under his administration, including passage of the $15 minimum wage, paid family leave and strict gun control measures. He also said there are "more jobs on Long Island than have ever existed before.”

The governor is seeking a third term and faces Republican nominee Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, next month.

A spokeswoman for Molinaro declined to comment Monday night on Cuomo's speech.

Cuomo also urged support for Democratic state and federal lawmakers in the general election.

"I don't believe a 'Blue Wave' is the right terminology," Cuomo said. It's not just Democrats and New Yorkers who are upset with national events, he said, before criticizing a number of Trump administration policies, including the separation of minors from their parents over the summer at the U.S.-Mexico border.

"What they are doing is not just repugnant to Democrats," Cuomo said. "What they are doing is repugnant to any decent, feeling, honorable virtuous American."

In her speech, James vowed to hold utility companies responsible for overcharging Long Island residents.

The dinner generated more than $500,000 for the county committee, Jacobs said.

Individual tickets cost $450, and a table for 10 cost $4,000.

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