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Memo from Second Floor's No. 2 man: Democrats welcome IF...

Larry Schwartz, secretary to the governor, says Albany

Larry Schwartz, secretary to the governor, says Albany doesn't need the kind of Democrats who disparage the property-tax cap. Photo Credit: AP File

Dissenters need not apply. Even if they’re Democrats.

That seemed to be the message delivered last week by Larry Schwartz, secretary to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. He blasted Mark Amodeo, a Democrat state Senate candidate, for raising doubts about Cuomo’s property-tax cap, one of the governor’s signature policy victories.

If Amodeo wants to raise taxes above the 2 percent cap, Schwartz said: “That’s just the wrong message, and we don’t want people coming to Albany if that’s the way they think.’’

Left unsaid: A shot at Amodeo helps Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), a key Cuomo ally on same-sex marriage, without the governor having to come right out and endorse a Republican.

(Ed's note: In case the Cuomo-GOP-Senate understandings around the state -- reflected in Newsday's coverage of LI races -- haven't been clear enough, the Times today also does a story on this.)

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