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A.M. Roundup: Nixon gets major endorsement for governor

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Good morning. Cynthia Nixon had herself quite the weekend, securing the endorsement of the Working Families Party, which backed Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his 2014 re-election bid. (TU)

If Nixon secures the WFP nomination, New York voters will see her name on the November ballot regardless of the outcome of a potential primary against Cuomo, who decided not to seek its ballot line on Friday. (TU)

Several unions who saw the Nixon endorsement coming withdrew from the WFP, but that didn’t stop people, including Nixon, from reacting to it. United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew doesn’t believe the WFP  “still represents the voices of labor and working people in New York.” (NYT/TU)

Ernie County Republican Chairman Nicholas Langworthy’s opinion suggests the endorsement can mean more to voters than Mulgrew thinks it will come the fall. (Buffalo News)

Zephyr Teachout, a former Cuomo challenger who’s now working for Nixon, is arguing that Cuomo has a history of broken promises. (TU)

A new union group – “Labor for Cynthia Nixon” – was formed shortly before the WFP endorsement and released a statement slamming Cuomo’s labor record. (TU)

Nixon, herself, bashed Cuomo on Friday, calling him a “corporate Democrat” at a gathering of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. (DN)

Her criticisms of Cuomo could end up being uncomfortable to Mayor Bill de Blasio who, like Cuomo, is attempting to paint himself as a progressive leader. (Politico)

Bernie Sanders’ views align with Nixon’s, but the Vermont senator likely won’t publicly support Nixon for office. (DN)

Here’s the rest of your roundup:

Assemblyman Frank Skartados died after being hospitalized with a serious illness. Skartados moved to the United States at age 14 from Greece, attended SUNY New Paltz while working at the New York Military Academy and became known for championing the common person’s rights. (TU/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro will file a set of complaints with the state ethics panel, calling for an investigation into whether Cuomo violated Public Officer Law in connection to Joe Percoco’s use of his Executive Chamber office phone. (TU)

Editorial: For New York’s corruption problem to get solved, voters have to demand a strong ethics watchdog. (TU)

The governor’s office released 259 individual vetoes for the appropriation budget bills. (TU)

The state budget will require school districts to submit information outlining how they will distribute aid to their schools, but some within the education community think it’s a distraction. (C&S)

Rep. Paul Tonko grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the responsibility the social media network has to keep its users’ information safe. (TU)

Albany lawmakers are hoping to make providing fake references and lying on applications for child care jobs a felony after a nanny who was charged with murdering two children misled a couple with false information. (DN)

David Buckel, a prominent civil rights lawyer, set himself on fire and died in New York’s Prospect Park to protest global pollution. (WP)

As more people become aware of the opioid crisis, little has been down to stop meth from ruining the lives of many upstate New Yorkers. (TU/Watertown Daily Times)

Following a three-year organizing effort, nurses at Albany Medical Center have voted to accept representation by the New York State Nurses Association. (TU)

The New York State Senate has been ordered to reveal its published rules for taxpayer-funded mailers within a 30-day period. (TU)

Have a state-related news tip for the Times Union’s Capitol Bureau? Please contact Brendan J. Lyons, State Editor, at 518-454-5547 or Blyons@timesunion.com.

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