Nixon hopes for big upset as primary battle with Cuomo ends
Sep 14 2018
She denounced as a smear campaign a Democratic Party mailer that implied she was anti-Semitic, to which Cuomo pleaded ignorance.
Nixon, who is gay and attends Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, an LGBT synagogue, announced her bid for the Democratic nomination for NY governor in March.
Cuomo's primary challenger, actress and progressive Cynthia Nixon, was out campaigning in the Bronx with congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. One customer confronted Nixon who assured them she knew what she was ordering. I t's not uncooked oatmeal but it's pretty delicious and I say - don't yuck my yum.
While the contours of the Democratic race in NY look similar to those upsets, Nixon, best known for her Emmy-winning role on HBO's "Sex and the City", has steadily trailed Cuomo by 30 points or more in opinion polls. A Siena poll this week found him leading by a 63% to 22% margin.
On Wednesday night, the Working Families Party, a progressive political party in NY that switched its allegiance from Cuomo in 2016 to Nixon in 2018, sent out an overview of the race that highlighted the policy changes Cuomo has adopted thanks to Nixon's primary, rather than predicting she'll win. His running mate, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, is facing a serious primary challenge from progressive New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams.
Other important races are on the ballot, including the candidates for NY attorney general. James has the backing of Cuomo, while Teachout is endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders and the editorial board of the New York Times, which said she is well prepared to serve as a firewall against the Trump administration and keep tabs on "a state government in which ethics can seem a mere inconvenience". Meanwhile, corruption in Albany and voters' frustration with it have not subsided. The other candidates are Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and former Cuomo official Leecia Eve.
The stakes are high for Mr. Cuomo even if he wins, according to Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science at Iona College in NY.
The IDC technically "disbanded", but each of the eight members of the group face a primary on Thursday.
NY current labor laws make it illegal for public union employees to go on strike, resulting in fines and penalties. Teachers on strike would cause school closures, sanitation workers on the streets would result in a health crisis, and the shutting down of the MTA would cripple New York City's subway system. Several people who showed up to their normal polling places were not on the rolls when they arrived, and therefore had to vote by filling out an affidavit ballot.
Polls close at 9 p.m. but our coverage starts at 7 p.m. with "Inside City Hall".