NEW CASTLE, N.Y. -- Before Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrived at his polling place in New Castle to cast his ballot on Tuesday, demonstrators in two camps poured into the area.
One group included opponents of hydraulic fracturing of natural gas, better known as fracking. The opponents repeatedly chanted Ban fracking now! Meanwhile, a sizable group of Cuomo supporters came out with campaign signs. Members of their camp voiced their support for his re-election, repeatedly shouting Four more years!
Cuomo, who voted at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco, was accompanied by his partner, homemaking celebrity Sandra Lee. The two share a home on a nearby street, which is close to the Mount Kisco border.
After Cuomo and Lee cast their ballots, the two headed into another room for a press conference, where the governor took questions from reporters on various topics. There, Cuomo touted his record on taxes and jobs, arguing that the climate in New York is better than four years ago, which is when he was first elected.
We have more private-sector jobs today than have ever existed in the State of New York, which is remarkable from where we started four years ago, Cuomo said.
The governor added: Are we bumping up against perfection? No. But, have we made tremendous progress? Yes, we have.
Cuomo is running on several ballot lines, including Democratic, the Working Families Party and the Women's Equality Party.
Cuomo was asked about what is he going to say to Rob Astorino, who is his Republican opponent and lives in neighboring Hawthorne. Cuomo's response was brief, saying only Hello.
Earlier in the day, Astorino cast his ballot and spoke about Cuomo, Daily Voice reported.
Cuomo also addressed fracking, calling it a very hot issue - pardon the pun - and it is a totally divisive issue.
The governor also deferred to the what scientists conclude with regards to making a decision. Fracking is currently under a moratorium in New York State.
I'm not a scientist, so I said 'let the scientists decide.
However, Cuomo noted the intensity of both sides on the issue and argued that when a decision is made, you're going to have people who are not happy.
Cuomo was also asked about what the outcome of the election will be his large poll lead over Astorino was addressed - and weighed in on potential voter complacency.
If it comes out to be one point, I will be happy."
Cuomo also addressed sentiment from some voters to turn out in protest against fracking and the Common Core curriculum.
I think people are going to - a certain percentage of people are just going to send a message in this election, he said.
Cuomo was also asked about how the election will affect the political balance of the state senate. He did not rule out the possibility of uncertainty.
I don't think you're going to have clarity tonight on the state senate race."
Cuomo was asked about getting involved in brokering a possible leadership deal. His reply was to defer to the legislature on the matter.
At the press conference, the governor encouraged people to vote. He declined to say whom he or his partner voted for, although he talked about how he would be disappointed if she did not vote for him. Lee replied not by speaking but by embracing her partner.
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