Having won reëlection, Cuomo must heal discord

By LOUIS FLORES

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) was reëlected to a second term as governor Tuesday night.  

"We are going to pass the Women's Equality Act," Gov. Cuomo said at his victory speech, adding, "We are going to pass public finance.  We are going to pass the DREAM ACT."

GOV. ANDREW CUOMO (D-NY) WAS REËLECTED TO A SECOND TERM AS GOVERNOR.  SEEN HERE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON OCTOBER 26, 2014, DETAILING EBOLA QUARANTINE GUIDELINES, GOV. CUOMO HAS A NOTORIOUSLY VINDICTIVE STREAK.  WILL PROGRESSIVE ACTIVISTS, WHO REBELLED AGAINST THE CUOMO CAMPAIGN, FACE A BACKLASH ?  SOURCE:  NEW YORK GOVERNOR'S OFFICE/OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH

GOV. ANDREW CUOMO (D-NY) WAS REËLECTED TO A SECOND TERM AS GOVERNOR.  SEEN HERE AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON OCTOBER 26, 2014, DETAILING EBOLA QUARANTINE GUIDELINES, GOV. CUOMO HAS A NOTORIOUSLY VINDICTIVE STREAK.  WILL PROGRESSIVE ACTIVISTS, WHO REBELLED AGAINST THE CUOMO CAMPAIGN, FACE A BACKLASH ?  SOURCE:  NEW YORK GOVERNOR'S OFFICE/OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH

Many of Gov. Cuomo's promises for his second term are legislative failures of his first term. 

Gov. Cuomo won a difficult reëlection after having raised a $45 million campaign war chest from big money donors, which should have afforded him a landslide victory.  However, the incumbent was challenged from his political left by Fordham Law School professor Zephyr Teachout in a bruising primary race, only to face further pressure from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party in the weeks leading up to the general election.  

Initially, Gov. Cuomo aimed to win the general election race by a margin of victory greater than his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, in a 1986 race in which the senior Gov. Cuomo won over 64 per cent. of the vote.  But discontent amongst the political left snatched that victory from the junior Gov. Cuomo.

Gov. Cuomo's primary political challenger in the general election was County Executive Rob Astorino (R-Westcheter), who tried but failed to make an issue of a federal investigation into the Cuomo administration's reported obstruction and possible witness tampering of the Moreland Commission.

But the political left in New York was not without a win.  Before the votes were completely counted, political activists expected that Green Party candidate, Howie Hawkins, would have won enough votes to make the 2014 elections an opportunity for growth for the party, so much so that the Green Party may supplant the Working Families Party, a much-criticised fusion party controlled by political operatives, as the new force for the political left in New York state politics.