Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has maintained warm relations with the Republican Majority in the State Senate, seems to be on an aggressive path to repair some last-minute bridges with their Democratic counterparts before state legislators face competitive primary elections this Thursday. Over the last few days, Mr. Cuomo has endorsed Senators Adriano Espaillat and Neil Breslin, leading him to a complete hat trick when he endorsed Senator Toby Ann Stavisky for reelection earlier this morning.
“I am proud to support my good friend Toby Stavisky because she has been a fierce advocate for her community in the State Senate,” Mr. Cuomo declared in a statement. “As a former public school teacher, Toby has worked to make quality higher education accessible to all New Yorkers. I know that whether it is raising the minimum wage, enacting new laws to curb gun violence, or passing historic ethics reforms, her constituents can count on Toby Stavisky to represent them with distinction.”
Ms. Stavisky is facing off against businessman John Messer in the September 13th primary. Mr. Messer has self-funded his campaign to the tune of $500,000, making the election more competitive perhaps than it otherwise would be.
However, despite the trio of Democratic endorsements, it’s unlikely Mr. Cuomo has stepped on any toes by backing Ms. Stavisky, Mr. Espaillat and Mr. Breslin, as all three of them are running in districts rather likely to remain Democratic regardless of who wins the primary.
Nevertheless, for partisans in the Empire State, the moves may help improve Mr. Cuomo’s base should he move forward with his widely-speculated campaign for the White House in 2016.