After a week of silence, Cuomo comes out in support of Obama immigration reform

Shelly Silver, Cuomo and Dean Skelos. (Livestream.com)
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Following a week of silence, Governor Andrew Cuomo this afternoon came out in support of President Obama's executive order halting deportation of young, law-abiding undocumented residents.

"I support it," said the governor, following a press conference unveiling a new campaign to draw business here. "I think it was a good thing. I think immigration is a big positive for this country. Anyone who has a question, they should look at this state. We're all about immigration, and it is a tremendous, tremendous asset."

Obama's announcement last Friday was greeted by a chorus of huzzahs from New York State Democrats, with the notable exception of Cuomo who, despite issuing a number of pronouncements on other topics, remained silent.

An open question in this year's election is how actively Cuomo will campaign for Obama.

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Cuomo is, of course, a Democrat, and the nation's most popular governor, but he's also made an effort to present himself as an effective nonpartisan manager. This may have something to do with his plans for 2016.