Cuomo doesn’t line up with city Democrats, or labor, on Walmart

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Cuomo speaks at a C.B.C. event. ()
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Many New York elected officials have been opposed to Walmart opening a store in New York City long before Sunday's news that the company covered up a massive bribery scandal in Mexico.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been considerably less shy about bucking some unions than most Democrats (and, in fact, Republicans) in New York, and who benefits from the support of a lobbying group that exists to act as a counterweight to organized labor, isn't one of them.

"I haven't looked at the issue," Cuomo said, when I asked him whether he thought Walmart should open a store in New York City.

When asked again by a Times reporter, Cuomo said, "I don't have a position on that. What store? Where? When? How?"

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The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers Union strongly opposes the opening of a Walmart outlet in New York, as do three likely 2013 mayoral candidates: New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.