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NYSUT, NY's powerful teachers union, doesn't endorse Cuomo or Astorino in race for governor

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Rob Astorino, Andrew Cuomo

FILE- In this combination of two file photos, Westchester County executive Rob Astorino, left, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo are shown. Republican Astorino will challenge the Democratic incumbent Cuomo for the New York Governorship in November 2014. (AP Photo)

For the second straight gubernatorial election, the state's leading teachers union has decided not to endorse any of the contenders. 

New York State United Teachers opted not to endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Republican challenger Rob Astorino or any of the minor party contenders, including Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins.

It's a repeat of what the union did in 2010, when they refused to back Cuomo when he was first elected governor due to his positions on a number of issues, including the property tax cap. 

"Those who earn endorsements are friends of public education and labor," NYSUT President Karen Magee said. "Over the last two years, they earned our support by advocating effectively for our public schools, colleges and health care institutions; listening intently to the concerns and aspirations of our members, and voting consistently the right way."

NYSUT has been critical of Cuomo throughout his first term on a variety of different policies. Back in March, the union slammed the state budget agreement reached between Cuomo and legislative leaders for failing to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment, which affects school aid, and supporting a property tax freeze the labor group opposed. 

While NYSUT passed over Cuomo and other gubernatorial candidates, the union did endorse two incumbent Democratic statewide officials, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Those endorsements were first announced in May.

NYSUT also made endorsements in several congressional and state legislative races. 

In the 24th Congressional District race, the union endorsed U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei, D-Syracuse, over Republican challenger John Katko. It's unclear if Katko, R-Camillus, even sought the labor group's endorsement. 

NYSUT also backed Democratic challenger Diane Dwire over incumbent Assemblyman Gary Finch, R-Springport, in the 126th Assembly District race. 

Assemblyman Robert Oaks, R-Macedon, and state Sens. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, and Jim Seward, R-Milford, also received NYSUT's backing. Nozzolio, Oaks and Seward are running unopposed for re-election. 

State Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, did not receive NYSUT's endorsement. He is running unopposed in the 50th Senate District, which includes parts of Auburn and Cayuga County. 

Here is the full list of NYSUT's endorsements for the 2014 elections:

  NYSUT 2014 Endorsements by robertharding22


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