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Andrew Cuomo is on the verge of absolute power over New York
« on: October 13, 2018, 12:13:05 AM »

Andrew Cuomo is on the verge of absolute power over New York
By Bob McManus

October 12, 2018 | 10:17pm

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s very public humiliation of the New York Working Families Party last week was a spectacular example of revenge served cold but sweet.

Cuomo had been fretting about the party since it endorsed gadfly actress Cynthia Nixon for governor last May, but with Nixon’s demise in September’s primary, progressives hoping to challenge the governor from the left next year almost certainly will do so without a structured political base.

Indeed, Cuomo is on the verge of a blowout re-election victory on Nov. 6. He will begin a third term having positioned himself as New York’s most powerful governor in modern times — despite a long-simmering influence-peddling scandal that continues to yield convictions.

But cutting legal corners is how politics is played in the Empire State these days, and Cuomo’s relationship with the Working Families Party is a case in point.

Founded in 1998, ostensibly as a vehicle to advance progressive causes, the party largely prospered by trading its ballot line for concessions important to the public-employee unions. It reliably supported Cuomo in the past, but this year a progressive cadre staged a coup of sorts, nominating Nixon and earning Cuomo’s enmity.

Nixon resoundingly lost her bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, leaving the WFP twisting in the electoral wind, before it crawled back to Cuomo last week — and leaving virtually every political power lever in the state either firmly in Cuomo’s grasp or close at hand.

Consider that the governor is an odds-on favorite to hold functional control of the Legislature when it convenes in January. He already has a commanding relationship with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and though few doubt that progressive Democrats will help the party take control of the Senate next month, there’s no reason to believe the new leadership will have the organizational strength, experience or will to resist the governor.

(The last time Democrats won outright control of the Senate, in 2009, chaos followed, and several political leaders wound up in prison, where some remain.)

Cuomo has appointed every member of the Court of Appeals, giving him enormous influence over the state’s judicial system. While such influence is normally applied gingerly, Cuomo is not known for subtlety in his exercise of power.

Cuomo’s hand-picked candidate for attorney general, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, will almost certainly win next month, replacing the disgraced Eric Schneiderman, a Cuomo bête noir. A former AG himself, Cuomo has insider knowledge of that office and should have no trouble persuading the extraordinarily limited James to see things his way.
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