ALBANY - The Working Families Party endorsed Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo for re-election at its convention in Albany Saturday night.
Cuomo fought a rigid resistance for the nomination, according to some in the party, who say they have soured on Cuomo because he isn’t liberal enough.
In order to secure the Working Families Party nomination, Gov. Cuomo agreed to push for a hike in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, to pass the DREAM Act, and to enact campaign finance reform.
Additionally, Cuomo promised to help his party take control of the state Senate, which would make Westchester's Andrea Stewart-Cousins the first ever female state Senate majority leader.
Democrats have a majority in the chamber, but five of them joined Republicans last year to form the Independent Democratic Conference and share control.
The governor previously said that he was comfortable with the leadership, but changed tempo Saturday. He warned that if those members fail to reunite with Democrats, they will face primary challengers this fall.
The faction includes incumbent state Sen. David Carlucci, from Rockland County.
The Westchester County executive and Republican candidate for governor, Rob Astorino, received the Conservative Party nomination Saturday. Voters should be wary of trusting Cuomo, Astorino says, because the governor has a history of breaking promises.
"We knew Andrew Cuomo has no political soul, he has no principals," Astorino says. "So he sold it to Bill de Blasio and the far-left radicals that are now going to permeate all through New York state."