In western New York today for a political rally, Gov. Andrew Cuomo threw his weight behind Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz in his race for county executive against Republican Chris Collins, who had once been mentioned as a potential challenger to the current governor.
Cuomo had previously endorsed Poloncarz (pictured) via press release, but stumped for the candidate at the UAW Hall in Amherst, flanked by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Brian Higgins, all of whom sang the governor’s praises.
“Through persistence, through compassion, through strength, through courage, and most of all because of a vision, this man has turned the whole nation’s view of New York around,” Schumer said when introducing the governor.
“He has given the state hope; he has given the state a future.”
The event marked the third political event Cuomo has attended this election cycle, including both a fundraiser and rally for the Democratic candidate for Suffolk County executive, Steve Bellone.
But the governor has lent his endorsement to more than 50 Democratic candidates statewide, many who have featured him in advertisements and mailers. That includes Broome County Executive Pat Brennan, who — as Tom Kaplan of the New York Times pointed out — sent out a mailer with a single picture on it … of Cuomo, not Brennan.