New York Times Refuses To Endorse Cuomo In Democratic Primary

That could be a major body blow.

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Times on Tuesday declined to endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, claiming he “resisted and even shut down opportunities to fix” a state government controlled by big money.

The newspaper’s editorial board noted that when he campaigned for his first term as governor four years ago, Cuomo said “Job 1” would be to clean up Albany and “make the government work for the people.”

But the Times accused Cuomo of failing to live up to that promise. The paper said his first budget cut education by $1.5 billion, and that he also instituted a property tax cap and refused to extend a tax surcharge on the highest-income New York state residents.

The Times also took Cuomo to task for dismissing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for a tax hike on wealthy New York City residents to pay for universal pre-kindergarten.

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