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Albany watch: Liberals press Cuomo on Independence nod

A group of liberal Democrats is trying to mount an effort to get Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to decline the nomination of the Independence Party.

The so-called Progressive Caucus wants to put a motion to that effect before the state Democratic Committee at its upcoming convention, May 21 and 22, in Melville. Cuomo had the backing of the third party in 2010.

Such a motion likely would be defeated or tabled. But it would put a spotlight on the issue. Nassau County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs earlier this year called on all candidates to reject the Independence endorsement.

-- Yancey Roy

State & Region