Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is set to pick up the endorsement today in Syracuse of the state Business Council and Republican Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.
The Business Council’s endorsement comes after Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino spoke at the group’s annual meeting a week ago, just moments after the Battle At Bolton Landing.
Mahoney’s endorsement comes after rumors in May that Cuomo had reached out to the Republican executive to be his running mate. Cuomo’s campaign had rejected those rumors, and Cuomo ultimately went with Democratic Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy, another top upstate official.
“We need a governor who will help reduce our tax burden, empower upstate and make New York an affordable place to work and raise a family,” Mahoney said in a news release circulated just now at the event.
Kenneth Adams, president of the Business Council, said in a statement of Cuomo that, “The Business Council of New York is too familiar with the roadblocks economic development has hit in the state. That’s why we enthusiastically support the candidate who will change the business of doing business in New York.”
Cuomo is speaking today and picking up the endorsements at Ultra Dairy in Syracuse, a growing company that bottles milk and ice cream. He’s set to talk about his jobs program.