On the way down the stairs, she lists what she sees as his failings without skipping a beat: Gov. Cuomo for years has allowed the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of Democratic State Senators who caucus with the Republicans, to continue blocking multiple pieces of progressive legislation, including a bill that would modernize New York’s abortion laws
in case Roe v. Wade falls
. (In April, shortly after Nixon launched her campaign against him, the IDC was dissolved after Cuomo finally used his clout to push for the deal. Republicans said it was because he's "scared to death
" of Nixon.) Beyond that, Cuomo gave tax breaks to real estate developers in return for campaign cash
; he cut funding for public schools despite multiple counts from various reputable advocacy groups showing they are underfunded by $4.2 billion
, an issue that has personally affected Nixon, who has three children; and he thinks single-payer healthcare is a pipe dream. All of this, she says, has made New York “the single most unequal state in the country,” where the top 1% make 45 times more than the bottom 99%.