Gov. Andrew Cuomo earned 59 percent of the Working Families Party delegates' votes on Saturday. His challenger, Fordham University professor and former Howard Dean campaign aide Zephyr Teachout earned 41 percent. Credit: Getty Images
Despite being miles away in in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's political presence was felt in Albany County Saturday at the convention for the Working Family's party, which after days of scuttlebutt endorsed the incumbent governor.
The Working Families Party, a political bastion for left-leaning and progressive politics in the New York City since 1998, convened at the town of Colonie just north of the state capital over the weekend.
Some members of the third party lobbed criticism at the governor for failing to act in support certain progressive causes, including the Women's Equality Agenda, a minimum wage hike and the state DREAM Act.
Cuomo still earned 59 percent of the delegates' vote. His challenger, Fordham University professor and former Howard Dean campaign aide Zephyr Teachout earned 41 percent.
Instead of attending, the Como sent a video message and phoned in on speakerphone to accept the nomination. He promised the party delegates that his second term would in fact commit to a minimum wage hike, public financing reform, the DREAM Act and marijuana decriminalization.
To do so, Cuomo said the Democratic party must wrestle control of the state Senate from a divided caucus. Currently, five Democrats make up the Independent Democratic Conference, which often caucuses with the 29 senate Republicans.
"Either they announce that they agree to come back to the Democratic Party or they will face primaries this year," Cuomo told the audience via speakerphone.
"If we have a majority, we will win," he added. "We will have a progressive agenda for this state."