New York State Democrats are reverting to an upstate-downstate partnership to govern the party after naming the mayor of Syracuse and a Harlem assemblyman as co-chairmen on Tuesday.
The state Democratic Committee announced that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo named Mayor Stephanie Miner and Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright to the posts. The upstate-downstate arrangement has been used in the past, as recently as under the administration of former Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer.
"Mayor Miner and Assemblyman Wright are outstanding leaders both for our party and our state," Cuomo said. "They have been dedicated community leaders and champions of the key missions of the Democratic Party. I thank them for agreeing to serve in these critical positions and look forward to working with them in their new roles.”
The pair replaces outgoing Chairman Jay Jacobs of Nassau County, who was appointed by former Gov. David A. Paterson and now departs in favor of a team hand picked by the new governor.
Tuesday's announcement was accompanied by messages of support from Jacobs, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Sen. Charles E. Schumer.
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