De Blasio presents Cuomo as a model Democrat

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New York State Democratic Convention (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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HUNTINGTON—New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave an unambiguous and forceful endorsement of Governor Andrew Cuomo today, formally nominating him for a second term as governor.

“I'm proud to be a Democrat today. I'm proud because we're getting things done for the people of this state,” de Blasio told the Democratic State Committee's annual convention. “The people demand of us real results, and we're showing them at this time that Democrats are willing to deliver time, and time again, for the people of this state.”

While they publicly emphasize their longstanding friendship, Cuomo and de Blasio squabbled over plans to fund pre-kindergarten. Cuomo rebuffed de Blasio's plan to raise taxes on the wealthy in New York City to pay for an expansion there, and suggested it would lead to inequality among school districts.

De Blasio cited pre-K in his speech, lauding Cuomo for taking “the biggest step forward for pre-K in the history of this state.” He also mentioned Cuomo's successful push for same-sex marriage, his work to eliminate finger printing requirements for food stamp recipients and his work to combat homelessness.

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“No matter what was thrown at him, he stuck to his guns and persevered,” de Blasio said. “The Democrats here in this hall have the power this year … to take another step forward, to help us fight inequality all over this state, to show that the ideals of the Democratic Party were right all along. ... We need back in Albany a governor who shares those value and believes in not just the words, but the pride — the things that reach everyday people.”