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Cuomo criticizes Senate, sets his 'litmus test'


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has long claimed he wouldn't interfere with the Legislature's business, is giving a thorough dressing down to the state Senate and setting his own "litmus test" of policy goals for legislators to win his support.
Cuomo delivered his edict a day after Republicans created an unprecedented coalition with five breakaway Democrats to form a bipartisan majority to control the chamber.
Cuomo criticized the Republicans for blocking progressive measures for decades while they were in charge. He also says his fellow Democrats squandered their leadership when they held the majority from 2008 to 2010.
Cuomo says in a statement released Wednesday that members seeking his support need to support his current proposals, including raising the minimum wage and reforming campaign finance laws.

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