ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said his commitment to form a Democratic majority in the Senate in exchange for securing an important liberal endorsement won’t begin until next year, after the elections.
“What we’re talking about is next year for reunification,” Cuomo said Monday.
A week ago Cuomo promised the liberal Working Families Party that he would reunite Democrats in the Senate to remove the share of majority control held by Republicans. The Republican conference is headed by co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) who shares control with the five-member Independent Democratic Conference.
“That is a fight that we must wage,” Como said in a video to the Working Families Party on May 31. “If we are unified … we can take control of our government.”
There was no immediate comment from the Independent Democratic Conference or the Republican conference.
Cuomo narrowly won that minor party endorsement over an angry faction who said they didn’t believe he would turn on his Republican allies in the Senate. Cuomo won the important minor party endorsements on commitments to action and policy he won’t likely have to fulfill until after the fall elections.