Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo tried to fire up union workers at a get out the vote rally in Manhattan, while Republican Rob Astorino pledged to bring down taxes and curb business regulation as the governor's campaign came to an end Monday.
Hundreds of union members attended an outdoor rally meant to shore up support for Cuomo and other statewide Democratic candidates.
"Is labor fired up?" Cuomo shouted from a stage to a crowd scattered along 7th Avenue from 42nd Street to 39th Street. "Is New York City fired up?"
In an Internet video message, Astorino said employers are continuing to leave New York because of high taxes and overregulation.
"Give me four years and I'll start bringing them back," said Astorino, the Westchester County executive.
At the Democratic rally, speakers including Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Manhattan) and former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn focused on remarks by upstate Assemb. Steve McLaughlin. In discussing turnout, McLaughlin (R-Melrose) said at an Astorino rally Saturday, "I think personally that New York City, as lazy as they are, they're not going to show up to vote."
"They call us lazy, well you just wait until tomorrow," Rangel told the crowd.
Astorino has dismissed the criticism, saying "the lazy billionaires who have given their money to Cuomo are probably not going to turn out" to vote.
Cuomo said Astorino's "politics is about dividing people," saying, "We're upstate and downstate, but we're one state . . . tomorrow we speak in one vote.
"You can try that division somewhere else, but it's not going to sell in New York," Cuomo said.
Astorino vowed in his video message to "bring term limits to Albany . . . I'll replace Common Core with better education standards at the local level, with the input of parents and teachers." He also said he would repeal Cuomo's gun-control law, the SAFE Act, "which has made no one safer."
With Michael Gormley