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A still from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new ad on upstate tax cuts.
A still from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new ad on upstate tax cuts.

Cuomo splashes out on ads promoting his budget priorities

Governor Cuomo is spending some of his multi-million dollar campaign war chest on ads to promote his state budget priorities.

The ads, which feature in part Cuomo speaking directly to camera, focus on the governor's pitch for his tax cut plan and an ethics package that includes public financing of political campaigns and a crackdown on bribery.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

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It is the second time since he took office that Cuomo's campaign has spent money to influence legislation, a practice also used by other governors. In prior years, Cuomo has used the Democratic State Committee and a coalition of business and real estate interests dubbed the Committee to Save New York to give him air cover.

Cuomo's ad on property taxes, for an upstate audience. There's also one for downstate, and one for the Common Core

Karen Scharff, with Citizen Action, says the ethics ads are a good sign.

"The governor's ads are signaling that he intends to get it done and get it in his budget April 1," Scharff said.

A third Cuomo ad advocates delaying implementation of new testing of the Common Core learning standards, which Cuomo says has been "premature."

 No budget for the ads has been disclosed.

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