Gov. Andrew Cuomo rallied Democratic party faithful with criticism of President Donald Trump during a Nassau County Democratic Committee fundraiser at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on Monday night.
Calling Trump a “madman,” the governor said the administration is aggressively trying to impose ultra-conservative policies on the states. He warned that with the appointment of Brett Kavanagh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Roe Vs. Wade, the precedent that legalized a woman’s right to choose, could be overturned.
“The threat now is Washington and the threat can’t be underestimated,” Cuomo the crowd of about 1,000. “They want their religious beliefs to be the law of the land.”
He urged the crowd to elect Democrats to flip both Congress and the New York State Senate from GOP control.
The governor touted legislative accomplishments such as establishing the $15 minimum wage, free college tuition for city students, SAFE Act gun control measures, and passage of the marriage equality act.
Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs likened Trump to the “man behind the curtain,” in The Wizard of Oz.
“He is nothing more than a con man, a carnival barker, full of hot air,” said Jacobs, criticizing Trump for his stances on gun control, climate change, and eliminating property tax cuts for many Long Islanders.
Cuomo, who won the Democratic Primary easily against and former Sex And the City star Cynthia Nixon, now faces Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and several third-party candidates, including Nixon, in the general election Nov. 6.
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, the Democratic nominee for State Attorney General and the first black woman to hold citywide elected office, told the audience that “Diversity is our strength.”
Taylor Raynor, a Hofstra-educated business analyst from Hempstead and Democratic candidate for the 18th State Assembly District who defeated 30-year incumbent Dep. Assembly Speaker Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead) in the primary, said the race is about helping people.
“It is not a blue issue, it is not a red issue,” she said. ”It’s an issue of protecting human rights.”