Cuomo Re-Election Effort Begins to Take Shape

The State Democratic Committee and the Cuomo 2014 campaign announced key staff this week.  Neal Kwatra has been named chief strategist for the New York State Democratic Committee Coordinated Campaign; Charlie King has been named strategic adviser to the New York State Democratic Committee; Hank Sheinkopf has been named a strategist and media consultant to the New York State Democratic Committee; Paul Singer has been named a senior adviser to the New York State Democratic Committee; Joe Percoco has been named campaign manager for Cuomo 2014; Jeff Pollock has been named a pollster for Cuomo 2014; and Michael Donilon has been named a media consultant for Cuomo 2014.

Syracuse Mayor Resigns Position as State Democratic Party Co-Chair

Last week, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner resigned her position as state Democratic Party co-chair.  Her resignation comes as the state Democrats prepare to hold their party convention in May.

Mayor Miner has clashed with Gov. Cuomo on several topics, including state aid to cities. In an interview, she denied that her differences with the Governor had anything to do with her resignation. “I’ve had some public disagreements with the governor on policy issues, but this is a political issue,” she said.