ALBANY — In the fight for control of the state Senate, Gov. Cuomo Tuesday afternoon formally backed Democrat Andrew Gounardes over veteran Brooklyn Republican incumbent Sen. Martin Golden.
“As Donald Trump and extreme conservatives threaten New York, Democrats are going to rise up, fight back and move forward together, and it begins with taking back the State Senate,” Cuomo said. “There is no better candidate to help us take back the Senate than Andrew Gounardes.”
The Democrats need to pick up one seat in November to grab control of the chamber for the first time since 2009-10.
Cuomo — who has said he will be active in the effort to help the Senate Dems and backed eight on Long Island on Monday— has previously donated to Gounardes campaign and will headline an upcoming fundraiser for him.
The two agreed to push for more rent protections, increased funding for the MTA, city schools, and infrastructure projects, ethics and electoral reforms, and addition gun control measures.
They also said they support continuing a self-imposed 2% cap on annual state spending increases and middle class tax cuts.
Cuomo and Gounardes also laid out an agenda they say will help New York City, including extending the speed camera program around schools, something Golden had opposed before changing his position late in the legislative session.
They also say they will seek more funding for anti-terrorism measures, the cash-strapped MTA, and other infrastructure projects.
“Re-electing a leader like Governor Cuomo and turning districts like ours blue this November means support for an agenda that will work for all New Yorkers and reflects the values and diversity of our great state,” Gounardes said.
Golden ripped both Democrats.
“(Gounardes) is talking about ending corruption in Albany, here’s a guy in the governor who has nothing but corruption issues,” Golden said in referencing the recent convictions of several Cuomo top aides, associates and donors. “He wants to stand with him, fine.”
He also ripped Cuomo for issuing conditional pardons that allow parolees to vote and for the Parole Board’s recent releases of cop killers.