Gov. Cuomo takes heat from opponent for Elmford rally

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ELMSFORD -

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking some heat from his opponent Cynthia Nixon for holding a rally that was initially closed to the media.

Cuomo rallied candidates and hundreds of other Democrats at an event inside Teamsters Local 456 union hall in Elmsford one day before the primary. .

Cuomo touted the party as a champion for middle class concerns, such as education and health care, while vowing to fight the Trump administration on issues such as immigration and abortion.

State attorney general candidate Tish James was also at the pep rally, which was attended by dozens of local and state lawmakers.

The rally was initially closed to the press, but media was allowed in at the last minute.   

Cuomo's primary challenger, actress and progressive Cynthia Nixon, was out campaigning in the Bronx with congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Nixon's campaign slammed what they called the governor's "secret rally," saying in part, “The blowback from Cuomo's bridge and mailer scandals have forced him into hiding, while Cynthia is gaining momentum and talking to excited voters at five different campaign stops."

A Siena College poll released Monday shows Cuomo with a 41 percentage point lead over Nixon heading into Thursday's primary.

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