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Cuomo Sings Different Tune Regarding Bipartisanship

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As he was seeking the endorsement of the liberal Working Families Party on Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he supported a Democratic takeover of the state Senate.

"We must go out and we must win a majority of the seats in the Senate," said Cuomo.

Cuomo pointed a host of liberal legislation that's yet to pass the chamber, including a 10-point women's agenda, the public financing of political campaigns, and the Dream Act.

"The simple truth is to make this agenda a reality, we must change the Senate leadership. We must start by telling the IDC they must return to the Democratic Party, or face our unified opposition," said Cuomo.

The Senate is currently led by a coalition of Republicans and five independent Democrats. It's a situation that has worked well for Cuomo and his announcement Saturday raised speculation little would get done for the remaining eight legislative session days.

However, Cuomo was singing a far different tune about bipartisanship on Wednesday.

"The lack of partisanship in Albany is something that I'm very proud of and Democrats, Republicans, we're New Yorkers first. That's how I govern, that's what's turned New York State around, and I'm not going back," said Cuomo.

Appearing at an economic development announcement in Rochester, Cuomo embraced GOP Senator Joe Robach as a friend.

"We have a very good working relationship on both sides of the aisle. We had today Senator Joe Robach here who happens to be in the other party. He's a friend, he's a colleauge," said Cuomo.

For liberals, Cuomo's work with Republicans has led to economic policies they oppose, including tax and spending cuts and support for charter schools.

"We need an independent left that puts those issues before the people directly. They want to elect more Democrats, we want to elect more independent progressive," said Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor.

After two polls found a liberal alternative to Cuomo could eat in to his victory over Republican Rob Astorino, Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins said he can be that alternative.

"I think those voters, I'm the candidate they were looking for. And when Working Families threw in the towel and cross-endorsed Cuomo, those voters are coming to me," said Hawkins.

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