Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who spoke on the stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday night at the Democratic National Convention, called the atmosphere in Charlotte “electrifying.” Too bad Gov. Andrew Cuomo is missing most of it. He’s scheduled to address the state’s Democratic delegates on Thursday morning, even though the governors of most other states are already at the convention. “That’s his decision and he’s got quite a record to run on,” Maloney said. “He may be working very hard on something critical for our state at this point. I used to work for the state Legislature and we never balanced the budget and got it in on time.” She asserts Speaker Sheldon Silver will weather the criticism for his handling of Assembly Vito Lopez’s sexual harassment scandal and keep the honor of delivering the state’s endorsement of President Barack Obama on the floor of the convention. “He got a standing ovation at the delegation breakfast this morning,” she said. And Maloney says the convention will raise the political profile of Assemblyman Keith Wright, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, and Councilwoman Jessica Lappin, who she believes can see their stars rise this week.
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