The state Democratic Party held its statewide convention in Suffolk County last week, nominating candidates for statewide office and electing a new state party chair. Gov. Cuomo was nominated to run for a second term as Governor, and former western New York congresswoman Kathy Hochul has joined the ticket as candidate for Lt. Governor.

In addition, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was nominated to run for re-election, as was Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Former Governor David Paterson was elected to serve as state party chairman. Gov. Paterson said that he will work with his former Senate Democratic colleagues to retake the control of the Senate, which is currently led by a coalition of Republicans and ‘Independent Democrats.’

Gov. Cuomo also tapped Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to serve as co-chairs of his re-election campaign.

With the major political conventions in the rear-view mirror (the Working Families Party and Conservative party meet this weekend), attention will turn back to Albany and the 13 scheduled legislative session days that remain. There will be a great deal of attention on Gov. Cuomo, especially from the left. At the convention, he called for womens’ equality legislation, a Dream Act (to enable undocumented immigrants to attend college) and taxpayer-funded political campaigns. He will be under a great deal of pressure to ‘deliver’ these three bills.

Unshackle Upstate has not taken a position on the first two issues, but we staunchly oppose the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for political campaigning. In fact, our view is that using state monies in such a way violates the state constitution! And no matter how much taxpayer money they try to waste on political campaigns, it won’t stop people from trying to game the system. You can see that in this article, http://nydn.us/1kHh9cM.

Last year, Unshackle Upstate issued a white paper, Money For Nothing, which details the negative impact that taxpayer-funded politics will have if adopted statewide.

We’ll be working hard in Albany to keep politicians from putting your money directly into their campaign accounts.