Cuomo nets endorsements as primary nears

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is picking up key endorsements from editorial boards and labor unions ahead of next week’s Democratic primary following a week in which his little-known challenger seemed to be picking up momentum.

Cuomo was endorsed Tuesday by The New York Daily News, where the editorial board wrote that Cuomo has been a “superior governor” and deserves to win his matchup against Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout.

The endorsement praised Cuomo for what the paper described as his pragmatic leadership on state finances and taxes and his work to pass “progressive” measures such as same-sex marriage, gun control and a higher minimum wage.

“Cuomo’s record is a testament to pragmatism,” the board wrote in the editorial.

The editorial went on to criticize Teachout for a “dreamy ignorance about the realities of governing.”

Cuomo and his running mate, former Buffalo congresswoman Kathy Hochul, also received recent endorsements from The Buffalo News, the Transport Workers Union and 1199 SEIU, a union representing 275,000 health care workers.

Last week, The New York Times endorsed Teachout’s running mate, Columbia University law professor Tim Wu, in the lieutenant governor’s race. The paper’s editorial board sharply criticized Cuomo but made no endorsement in the governor’s race.

Teachout has also been endorsed by the New York chapters of the National Organization for Women and the Sierra Club, as well as the state’s second-largest public employees union.

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