On September 27, New York State Senator Roy McDonald said that he will not ask voters to re-elect him in November, even though he is on the November ballot as the Independence Party nominee. He had been defeated in the Republican primary held on September 13. Governor Andrew Cuomo had told McDonald that if McDonald wanted to campaign to keep his seat as the Independence Party nominee, then the Governor would endorse him, campaign for him, and help him raise money. See this story about Cuomo’s offer, which the Senator has now declined.
McDonald lost the Republican primary because he had voted in favor of same-sex marriage. The Governor appreciated that vote and was thus willing to supercede his normal tendency to support Democratic nominees for state legislative races.