The Latest: Cynthia Nixon: Cuomo ignored village water woes

April 04, 2018 - 4:37 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on actor Cynthia Nixon's campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor of New York (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration "ignored" an upstate village's problems with its contaminated water supply.

The "Sex and the City" star's newly launched campaign made its first upstate stop outside Albany Wednesday in rural Hoosick Falls, where she met with environmental activists and residents of Hoosick Falls, near the Vermont border.

The village's municipal water supply and private wells were contaminated by a toxic chemical known as PFOA. The contamination was uncovered in 2014, but a cleanup effort by the state wasn't started until early 2016.

Nixon called the delay "egregious" and "shocking."

There was no immediate response to Nixon's comments from the Cuomo administration.

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10:52 a.m.

New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has cited the exclusion of a black female legislative leader from the state's budget negotiations as an example of where the Democratic Party needs to improve when it comes to promoting women leaders.

During the "Sex and the City" star's first national television interview aired Wednesday on "The Wendy Williams Show," Nixon called black women the "cornerstone" and "backbone" of the Democratic Party.

But Nixon added that black women will stop showing up for the Democratic Party "if the Democratic Party doesn't start showing up for them."

Her comment came after she mentioned that Andrea Stewart-Cousins wasn't included in weeks of closed-door talks that led to last Sunday's passage of the budget. Stewart-Cousins leads the state Senate's mainstream Democrats.

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