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Cuomo spends on ads to promote budget priorities

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A screenshot of Gov. Andrew Cuomo during an ad for his upstate New York budget plan.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is dipping into his multi-million dollar campaign war chest to run ads promoting his state budget priorities.

The ads, which begin with Cuomo speaking directly into the camera, focus on the governor’s pitch for his tax cut plan and an ethics package that includes public financing of political campaigns and a crack down on bribery.

Karen Scharff, with Citizen Action, says the ethics ads are a good sign.

“The governor’s ads are signaling that he intends to get it done and get it in his budget April 1,” Scharff said.

A third Cuomo ad advocates delaying the implementation of new testing related to the Common Core learning standards, which Cuomo says has been premature.

No budget for the ads has been disclosed.