A quick and negative reaction, predictably, from some of Steve Levy’s Democratic colleagues in NYC.
Bronx Democratic Leader Carl Heastie:
“It is no secret that many of us who have worked with Steve Levy in the Assembly or are aware of his actions as the Suffolk County Executive find him to be divisive. Regardless of whether he is a Democrat or a Republican, New York does not need that kind of statewide leader, especially in these difficult times."
Manhattan Leader Keith Wright:
"Obviously Levy will run as a Republican because he knows his divisive views are not welcome in the Democratic Party. He also knows he would have no chance to beat Andrew Cuomo in a primary. His move to run as a Republican is political opportunism of the worst kind. Republicans can do what they want with him, but New York would be better served with a robust debate about the issues between the Republican and Democratic standard bearers than a mud wrestling competition where Mr. Levy will appeal to the worst within each of us."