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NY Independence Party backs Cuomo, Dem ticket -- but when?

ALBANY -- The state Independence Party endorsed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the rest of his Democratic ticket -- apparently sometime this week.

Cuomo and Hochul accepted the endorsements in papers filed with the state Board of Elections dated Thursday, the day Cuomo told reporters he hadn’t yet decided to accept the minor party’s support if it was offered.

DiNapoli’s and Schnedierman’s acceptances were dated Wednesday and the party’s press release announcing the endorsements was dated Thursday, a day before its convention to nominate candidates.

Neither Cuomo nor Frank MacKay of Rocky Point, chairman of the state and Suffolk County Independence Party, responded to requests for comment.

Republican nominee for governor Rob Astorino wasted no time on the confusion.

“Cuomo got caught red-handed lying to the press about accepting the Independence line. Is there any line he won’t cross?” stated Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud on Twitter.

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