New York Governor – Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo, our endorsement for New York Govenor.

Andrew Cuomo, our endorsement for New York Govenor.

No one can call New York Governor Andrew Cuomo a shrinking violet. In his first term, Cuomo made good on promises made on the campaign trail, imposing the 2-percent property tax cap on municipalities and school districts; passing the marriage equality act; and establishing Start Up New York, a package of job-creating economic incentives for businesses; and delivering budgets on time. The dogged determination and political savvy needed to move these initiatives is, in these cases, an asset. Cuomo’s reported meddling in the work of the Moreland Commission he set up to root out political corruption is a disappointing low spot for the Democrat. But Republican challenger Rob Astorino brings little to the table with his plans to lower taxes and control government spending. Cuomo is already doing that and is in better position to continue. Minor party candidates, including Huntington’s Mike McDermott on the Libertarian line, are choices of protest. With a note of caution over the Moreland Commission, Long Islander News endorses Cuomo.