Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Senate Democrats’ top fundraiser appeared in Westbury Friday on behalf of new Senate candidate Anna Kaplan, signaling the importance of the race as Democrats try to regain control of the chamber.
Kaplan, a North Hempstead councilwoman, formally announced her candidacy to challenge Republican state Sen. Elaine Phillips at the Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury.
“She is exactly what we are looking for in the New York State Senate,” Cuomo said in a speech noting Kaplan’s background as a Jewish-Iranian immigrant with progressive values. “This is the most important election we are looking at right now.”
Democratic Senate Campaign Committee Chairman Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) also attended.
The event underscored the critical role the 7th District race is expected to play in the balance of power in the Senate. Three upstate Republicans have announced their retirements, and Democrats won two Senate special elections this week.
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