Although polls suggest Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a comfortable lead in the race for governor, he doesn't appear to be taking anything for granted. The governor's reelection campaign has spent roughly $8.5 million in just the last three weeks.
Cuomo began the summer with more than $31 million; his current cash on hand is $16 million.
By comparison, Cynthia Nixon actually outpaced Cuomo in fundraising over the last three weeks, taking in $475,000 compared to Cuomo's $183,000. But Nixon also spent more than $450,000, leaving her with close to $467,000 — a fraction of the governor's war chest.
Although she won't be able to blanket TV airwaves with it, Nixon on Wednesday released a new video accusing Cuomo of allowing the city's subways to fall into disrepair:
"The difference between me and Andrew Cuomo is pretty simple: He's the one who broke the subway; I am the one who is going to fix it," Nixon said in the ad.
Cuomo held two events Wednesday. The first was on Long Island, where he broke ground for additional track to supplement the Long Island Rail Road, and earlier in the day, Cuomo announced the details of a new state park in Brooklyn.
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"We are going to go to the poorest place and the most distressed communities, and we are going to do it right," the governor said.
Cuomo also released an ad trumpeting that he is running on a unified ticket with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and Public Advocate Letitia James, who is running for state attorney general, a position that at times is meant to operate as a check on the governor's office.
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"They are our team to take on Trump and win: Cuomo, Hochul, and James. Do your part: Don't sit back. Fight back. Vote Thursday September 13."
Cuomo appeared in a photo-op with Hochul and James at his side at the Brooklyn event, even though it was billed as a government event and not a campaign one.
Nixon appeared before the Daily News editorial board, seeking its endorsement. While Nixon has called for higher taxes on the wealthy, she was unable to name what the state's top tax rate is — that's 8.8 percent. She also did not know how much of the current state budget comes from high-income earners — it's roughly 40 percent.