Will Cuomo's Very Bad Weekend Hurt His Commanding Lead Over Nixon?

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"I have no idea who this brilliant lady is..."

A Siena College poll released Monday suggests Cuomo has widened his lead over Nixon, an education activist and former "Sex and the City" star.

In the race for lieutenant governor, Mr. Cuomo's running mate, the incumbent Kathy Hochul, also held a comfortable lead, 43 percent to 21 percent, over Jumaane Williams, the New York City councilman who is aligned with Ms. Nixon.

Cuomo spent the first few days of September making daily announcements on infrastructure achievements, including the groundbreaking of a third track for the Long Island Rail Road, a new and brighter entrance to the beleaguered Penn Station, and last Friday, the opening of the final span of the Mario Cuomo Bridge, named after the governor's late father. He said Sunday he wasn't aware of the mailer until angry voters began complaining about it and still hasn't seen it.

Nixon's campaign has previously responded to polls by saying that Nixon will draw constituents who do not typically vote and therefore will not show up in polling.

The second span was supposed to open to the public on Saturday but crews disassembling the nearby old Tappan Zee Bridge discovered that it had destabilized and could fall, potentially hitting the new span.

Nixon's campaign is crying foul over a Democratic Party mailer supporting Cuomo that says Nixon "won't stand strong" for Jewish residents and has been silent on rising anti-Semitism. "ANYTHING I SAY.She's got my vote!" "So it's totally up to them", Cuomo said.

Cuomo controls the state Democratic Party and recently transferred $2.5 million to its account for election-related expenses.

Nixon supporters call it a smear campaign.

"The state Party sent out a wrong and inappropriate mailer - we will work with the Nixon campaign to send out a mailing of their choosing to the same universe of people", the read Sunday morning.

But it's unlikely that the party could send out a mailer on behalf of the Nixon campaign before the primary.

On Staten Island, Cuomo sent his 87-year-old mother out on the campaign trail.