Gov. Cuomo said this week that he will campaign for Democratic candidates in New York and around the country, including President Obama, as the campaign enters its final weeks. The governor has avoided most partisan politics during his first two years in office, calling it a distraction from his effort to govern the state.
The governor also said that he is concerned that his partisan political activities, including speculation that he will run for president in 2016, could undermine his ability to govern effectively.
On Wednesday, incumbent U.S. Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican challenger Wendy Long met in their only debate at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Polls show Sen. Gillibrand with a large lead in the race, and she is expected to be re-elected easily.
Gov. Cuomo has joined with Unshackle Upstate and endorsed incumbent Sen. Steve Saland (R-Poughkeepsie), who was one of the four GOP Senators who voted in favor of same sex marriage in 2010. Saland is in a three-way race for re-election in a district that includes Dutchess and Putnam counties. He is being challenged by Democrat Terry Gibson and Conservative Neil Di Carlo, who narrowly lost to Saland in the Republican primary.