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Cuomo, for now, declines to endorse in Small-Jacobs race for Senate

In a visit to Buffalo Wednesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declined to pick a candidate in the hotly contested Senate 60th district race between Democrat Amber Small and Republican Chris Jacobs.

“I have not had a conversation in that race,’’ Cuomo said when asked about an endorsement in the Senate 60th race. “Yeah, you know it’s not as simple as saying ‘Democrat, Republican.’ You have to look at the person and you have to look at the person’s positions on issues and you have to look at the person’s background,’’ Cuomo said.

“It’s very important to me that we elect senators who understand fiscal discipline,’’ he said, adding he also wants to know the positions of Senate candidates on ethics law changes such as restricting outside income for lawmakers.

“And just because a person’s a Democrat or Republican, that doesn’t answer that for me. I work with Democrats. Obviously, I work with Republicans also. We’ve had a Republican Senate in this state for six years, and we’ve gotten great things done. So, really, it’s a case-by-case basis,’’ Cuomo said after an event at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Jacobs, the Erie County Clerk and a Republican, is a member of the Jacobs family from Buffalo’s Delaware North Cos., a group that has been major Cuomo donors over the years.

Cuomo earlier this week endorsed three Long Island Senate Democratic candidates and on Tuesday night appeared at a Senate Democratic campaign committee fundraiser in Manhattan.

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