ALBANY: New York’s Green Party is reaching out to the Working Families Party to explore a liberal coalition to defeat Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The rare overture reflects a growing dissatisfaction by some liberal leaders for Cuomo’s business tax cuts and spending reductions in his first term.
“We share opposition to the conservative economic, fiscal, educational, and environmental policies of Governor Cuomo,” states the letter signed by Green candidate for governor Howie Hawkins and his running mates. “We also share common progressive policy goals, including single payer health care, raising minimum wages, progressive tax reform, fully-funded public schools, tuition-free CUNY and SUNY, a ban on fracking, and building a carbon-free economy by 2030. It therefore makes sense that we should meet to discuss how we can work together for a united fight against the Cuomo agenda and for the policy goals we share,” the Green Party stated.
There was no immediate comment from the Working Families Party, which has been closely associated with the Democratic Party.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed a liberal candidate could take away some of Cuomo’s votes, but that Cuomo would still defeat Republican nominee Rob Astorino. Pollster Maurice Carroll, however, said he couldn’t say if the poll simply reflected a message sent by voters to Cuomo, or if they would follow through in votes in November.
The Green Party approved a resolution among its members to send a letter Thursday to the executive board of the Working Families Party.
Cuomo accepted the Democratic nomination Thursday seeking to unify the party and underscoring his liberal victories including legalizing gay marriage and raising the minimum wage.
Cuomo was nominated by former President Bill Clinton and received a rousing supportive speech by liberal New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio.