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Cynthia Nixon is spending the day traveling the New York State Thruway from Syracuse to Rochester as part of her upstate campaign swing. We caught up with her in between stops, where the actor and underdog candidate talked about how the loss of Hillary Clinton for President in 2016 helped inspire her to run for governor and why she thinks Andrew Cuomo is not doing enough to help the state.

Office of N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo

Two warring factions of Democrats in the State Senate are rejoining forces, as pressure has mounted from the party’s left-leaning base for a reunification. But the Democrats are still one vote short of the 32 seats they need to regain the majority in the Senate.

Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro / Bebeto Matthews for AP

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, seeking a third term in office, is facing challenges both from the left of his party and from a new Republican candidate. But the two candidates, Cynthia Nixon and Marc Molinaro, share a common theme – they say they are nicer than Cuomo.

Actor and progressive Democratic candidate Cynthia Nixon says Governor Cuomo is more than simply a hard charging type of politicians, and is, essentially, a tyrant.

Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Another candidate has announced they will challenge Andrew Cuomo for governor. This time it’s Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who offered a political indictment of Cuomo’s practices and temperament in office.

The 42-year-old Molinaro made his announcement in Tivoli, the small Hudson Valley village where he grew up, and where he became mayor, at the age of 19. He also served in the State Assembly before holding his current job running a county that is part-New York City suburb, and part-country. He says he considers public service his life’s calling, and a run for governor as the next step.

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Budget talks are stalled one day before a self-imposed deadline of March 30 by Governor Cuomo and the state legislature. Meanwhile, groups left out of the detail expressed their dismay.

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