Gov. Cuomo Supports a Senate Democratic Majority, But Not Until 2015

Gov. Cuomo said last week that his commitment to gain a Democratic majority in the State Senate – which he made to obtain the Working Families Party ballot line in November – is for 2015, not 2014.  Asked about his commitment by a reporter, he said “What we’re talking about is next year for reunification.”

Potential Cuomo Challenger Circulating Nominating Petitions

Fordham University Law Professor Zephyr Teachout, who lost the Working Families Party nomination to Gov. Cuomo last month, said that her supporters are circulating petitions and that she plans to challenge the Governor in a Democratic primary.  Tim Wu, a Columbia University Law School professor, will be her running mate.

Teachout has criticized the Governor for not being progressive enough, and for working with the Republicans who make up most of the Senate Majority Coalition.

Teacher to Challenge Ranzenhofer

Elaine Altman, a teacher for 24 years, announced this week that she will challenge State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Amherst) for the 61st Senate District in November.

The 61st S.D. includes parts of Erie and Monroe counties, and all of Genesee County.