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Cuomo’s Endorsement Brings Poloncarz Cash, Too

Filed under: Erie County, Local Politics

In his column today, Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy wrote that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s endorsement of Mark Poloncarz was a “small gift” because it is not attended by campaign cash. In fact, just yesterday the Poloncarz campaign acknowledged three donations in one day totaling almost $50,000, all from downstate: the statewide political action fun for the AFL-CIO in Albany sent $1o,000; the Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters PAC in Hawthorne sent $24,500; and Deborah Rechler of Old Brookville sent $15,000. Rechler and her husband, Scott, are big Cuomo donors; Cuomo named Scott Rechler vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in September.

Add to that $20,000 from the Port Authority PBA earlier in the week. McCarthy may be right that Cuomo and the state’s Democratic Party have been more overt in their support for other Democratic candidates across the state, but nearly $70,000 in a week from Cuomo supporters is better than a “small gift.” And there are still four days to go.