A labor source says the endorsement of Democratic Senate hopeful Adrienne Esposito on Saturday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo was just the beginning of a concerted effort to raise her name recognition and potentially win the GOP-held seat.
Esposito, an environmental advocate, is running for the 3rd SD seat in Suffolk County that’s being vacated by Republican Lee Zeldin, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop in NY-1.
Esposito was the first Senate Democratic candidate this year to receive an endorsement from Cuomo, who has pledged to help his party capture full control of the chamber as part of his endorsement deal with the labor-backed Working Families Party.
The endorsement from Cuomo comes as the governor himself seeks to promote women’s issues, specifically the Women’s Equality Act, this fall through the campaign.