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Cuomo on Byron Brown's lack of campaign, low turnout: 'That doesn't work'

Cuomo on Byron Brown's lack of campaign, low turnout: 'That doesn't work'

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday provided his analysis of Mayor Byron W. Brown's apparent primary loss to India B. Walton.

In short: Little campaigning, plus low turnout, equaled the stunning loss for the longtime incumbent. 

"His campaign strategy, as I understand it, was to avoid engaging in a campaign," Cuomo said during a Wednesday morning briefing in New York City. "And you had a very low turnout. We know that combination. We've seen that before. That doesn't work."

"You end up with a very low turnout, and the only people who vote are the people who are organized. ... We've seen that movie before."

Cuomo was asked his thoughts on the primary results in New York City and Buffalo following a briefing on Covid-19 matters.

The governor prefaced his comments by saying of Brown: "Who I know very well and I have nothing but good things to say about."

Brown appeared several times with Cuomo in recent months. 

At the briefing, Cuomo announced signing of bills for increasing staffing levels at New York hospitals. Several labor unions, which called for the measures, were in attendance. 

Cuomo said the state of emergency that has been in place for the length of the pandemic expires Thursday, and it will not be renewed. 

"The emergency is over," he said. 

The governor opened the briefing by saying there would be no Covid-related charts during the session.

"We are past the day-to-day monitoring of Covid," he said. "We have reached a new plateau that should give us confidence." He called it "a product of our efforts."

Cuomo also announced winners of the fourth round of scholarship lottery winners for 12- to 17-year-olds who have been vaccinated; among the 10 winners was Ford Morrison of Erie County.

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News Staff Reporter

Long Island native, University at Buffalo graduate, part of the breaking news and criminal justice team for two years. Hired by The News in 1999, I covered high school sports for 15 years before being named deputy sports editor.

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