"You can not be a progressive if you can not deliver progress". The New York Times reported that the Cuomo administration offered incentives for the contractor to finish the job before the primary, and Cuomo's insistence that the state does not control the Tappan Zee contrasts with his self-presentation as an effective and engaged manager.
"It's an exciting day that we've worked so hard for and we're seeing so much excitement - so much excitement, so much enthusiasm, so much momentum - in New York City, across the state", Nixon told reporters as she cast her vote.
In addition, the New York Post published an email from a Cuomo campaign aide, who they chose to keep nameless, in which the aide pitches an article slamming Nixon for supporting the "insidious" BDS campaign. In response to criticism that that money is not going to the students who need it most, in 2018 he push for new requirement for districts to disclose how much funding goes to each school. And he increasingly made the race about pushing back against the policies of Trump and other Republicans in Washington. "And because I believed that he was a Democrat, the way he said he was".
Not so for Mr. Cuomo, who is a political legacy - his father was three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo - and who has been a Cabinet secretary in the Clinton administration, served as New York's attorney general then won the governorship in 2010.
There were indications that the 52-year-old Nixon's aggressive campaign actually pushed the incumbent governor to the left on several issues, including legalizing marijuana and addressing crumbling public housing in New York City.
The victor faces little-known Republican attorney Keith Wofford in November.
Cuomo had been considered a potential 2020 presidential contender, but ruled himself out as a candidate during the re-election campaign.
He was mocked for saying America "was never that great" during remarks criticizing Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.
In advertisements and speeches, Mr. Cuomo touted a strict gun-control bill as well as infrastructure investments around the state, including a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River.
Cuomo claimed to have no knowledge of a Democratic Party mailer that questioned Nixon's support for Jewish people - despite Cuomo's control of the party and a recent $2.5 million contribution to its campaign operations.
Ms. Nixon gained fame in her role as Miranda Hobbes in HBO's "Sex and the City" and on Broadway has won two Tony Awards, including one previous year. Perhaps, it will turn into a way to remind New Yorkers about the primary race and get them to the polls. She would also be called to account for her idiosyncratic taste in bagels, and her support for a British tea shop frequented by her former co-star Sarah Jessica Parker.