In this bluest of the blue states, where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans two-to-one, where unions have long-held sway, and where Barack Obama notched one of his best ballot performances in 2008, things are not as they once were.
Yes, Republicans still hold less than a quarter of the seats in the state’s Congressional delegation, even after a smattering of electoral victories in 2010. And of course, in the last gubernatorial race New Yorkers overwhelmingly elected Andrew Cuomo, the scion of liberal icon Mario Cuomo.
Yet through the younger Cuomo’s first few months as governor, the center has shifted unmistakably to the right, and the rookie governor has been borrowing pages from the policy books of Republicans like former gubernatorial candidate John Faso as he navigates through the state’s financial shortfalls.
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