"Sex and the City" actress and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon on Wednesday called for NY to legalize recreational marijuana to reduce racial inequality and raise millions of tax dollars. Though technically a separate party, it tends to endorse and support progressive candidates from the major parties.
Even if Nixon's long-shot campaign to defeat Cuomo in the Democratic primary were to succeed, the governor's name would nearly certainly still be on the ballot in November.
"The last eight years under Andrew Cuomo have been an exercise in living with disappointment, dysfunction, and dishonesty", said Nixon.
"We have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity", she said. She is challenging current NY governor Andrew Cuomo - who is running for a third term - for the Democratic party nomination.
According to the New York Times, Cuomo has asked labor leaders to withhold funds from groups that endorse Nixon, who has declined corporate donations and is running on issues including marijuana legalization, universal healthcare, and racial justice.
But in 2014, the party started to fracture as some liberal groups grew disenchanted with Cuomo's moderate record and his relationship with Republicans who control the state Senate.
Nixon is probably best known for her role as one of the stars in the TV show "Sex and the City" from the early 2000s, and has also won an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy award.