Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo today in news releases endorsed Democratic state Senate candidates Mike Kaplowitz in the Hudson Valley and Tony Avella in Queens.
Kaplowitz is challenging Assemblyman Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, in a district that stretches from Westchester to Dutchess counties.
“It is with much pleasure that I endorse Mike Kaplowitz, a fiercely independent, fiscally conservative local legislator and small business owner, for State Senate. Mike is just the type of legislator Albany needs,” Cuomo said in a statement put out by Kaplowitz’ campaign.
Avella is challenging long-time GOP Sen. Frank Padavan. Cuomo said of Avella, “Changing Albany’s dysfunction will not be easy. That’s why I need independent, reform-minded people like Democrat Tony Avella in the State Senate.”
Cuomo had already endorsed Democratic Senate candidate David Carlucci in Rockland County against Republican County Executive Scott Vanderhoef and Long Island Sen. Brian Foley, who is considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats.
But Cuomo has yet to pump money into the Senate candidates’ campaign coffers. He has put money into the state Democratic committee, though — $1 million in the last filing and another $680,000 this month, his filings today show.
Yesterday, Cuomo was asked about why he supports Democrats remaining in control of the Senate. He said they are more in line with his agenda, particularly on social issues. But he has stayed clear of making any comments about the AEG report last week that is highly critical of top state Democratic officials. He said it’s an ongoing investigation.