After Trump win, Cuomo touts NY as 'refuge'

ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted New York as an inclusive "refuge" following the election of Donald Trump as president, unleashing a weekend blitz of social-media posts and an open letter promoting the state as the "progressive capital."

Cuomo, a Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton, has vowed to work with Trump's White House while continuing to highlight their "fundamentally different philosophies."

In a Facebook post Saturday, Cuomo said New York's "proud legacy as the progressive capital of the nation" is "more important today than ever before."

The post quickly went viral: By Monday morning, it had been liked more than 200,000 times and had nearly 49,000 shares.

"As New Yorkers, we have fundamentally different philosophies than what Donald Trump laid out in his campaign," the post reads. "So let me be absolutely clear: If anyone feels that they are under attack, I want them to know that the state of New York – the state that has the Statue of Liberty in its harbor – is their refuge."

The post was followed by an open letter in the New York Daily News expanding on the same theme.
The post-election push will do little to quiet speculation that Cuomo himself may eye a run for the White House run in 2020.

With a Republican winning the presidency, it sets up an open race for the Democratic nomination four years from now, with Cuomo positioned as a veteran Democratic governor of the country's fourth-largest state.

Asked in a NY1 interview last week whether he sees a national role for himself, Cuomo said: "I see a role for myself as governor of the state of New York."

Echoing Clinton, Cuomo said in the open letter that Americans "owe (Trump) an open mind and a chance to lead."
But he also promised to fight against any policies that target Muslims, immigrants and the LGBTQ community.

"For our values, for our rights, for our vision of America, for the people who depend on us, we will fight," Cuomo wrote. "And for that, we are unwilling to compromise."


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