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Cuomo opens re-election year with a roar

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has much to be thankful for this holiday as he is on pace to open his re-election year with a roar.

A Quinnipiac University poll finds the Democrat now has a 62-percent approval rating, compared to his lowest approval rating of 53-percent in June.

Cuomo’s approval is up in every region of the state from the suburbs, to upstate New York to New York City.

Republicans back him 50-percent and pollsters say their support was key to Cuomo’s more than 70-percent approval ratings during his first two years in office.

In an early look at the 2014 governor’s race, Cuomo tops Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a possible Republican challenger, 56-to-25 percent.

Astorino leads 62-to-23 percent among Republicans, while Cuomo takes every other party, age, gender, income and regional group.

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The state’s gaming facility location board has decided to re-open the bidding process.