One of the major political questions lingering in the halls of the state Capitol is this: Who will Gov. Andrew Cuomo support for control of the state Senate during the coming election cycle?
During a lengthy session with reporters today, Cuomo said the answer may not be that easy. He won’t be issuing any “blanket” endorsements, Cuomo said, but rather will pick individual candidates on a case-by-case basis.
It could have significant ramifications with the majority of the Legislature’s upper chamber hanging in the balance. Republicans currently hold a 33-29 edge in the chamber, and a 63rd seat will be added to the chamber come January.
Cuomo, a Democrat, has had success with working with the GOP-led Senate on several policy issues. (That includes same-sex marriage, which the GOP allowed to come to the floor for a vote.) Democrats, meanwhile, controlled the chamber in 2009 and 2010, and questions have continuously been raised over which conference Cuomo would support.
“I’ll make a decision on a case-by-case, meaning individual-by-invidual,” he said today. “There are issues that are important to me, and positions on issues that are important to me. There are certain character traits, experiences, backgrounds, that I think can make a person better or less suited for elected office. And I think I have an opinion as to what I think would make a good legislator.”
When asked if he would fundraise for Senate Democrats (as he did for Assembly Democrats), Cuomo was non-committal, saying he hasn’t “had that conversation” with the conference.
All 213 seats in the Legislature are up for grabs in November.
Cuomo didn’t rule out endorsing certain Republicans.
“I could see myself endorsing any individual regardless of party label, depending on the positions, depending on the individual,” he said. “I’ve worked with Democrats, I’ve worked with Republicans, I’ve worked with independents. I’ve worked against Democrats, against Republicans, against independents.”