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Protesters, Rain Greet Cuomo at State Fair

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Protesters, Rain Greet Cuomo at State Fair
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NEW YORK STATE FAIRGROUNDS -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo was just about to grab his first bite to eat at the fair when the skies opened up.

Cuomo arrived early on this Governor's Day to take part in the opening ceremony at the New York State Fair.

It is of course an election year, so wherever Cuomo goes, so do the protesters.

One group was there to call for a ban on hydrofracking, other people protesting the Common Core standards.

The governor says he understands their views.

"Everything is very competitive now, and how you do in school is obviously indicative of what school you get into next. So I get the pressure. We passed a law in Albany that postponed the Common Core tests from counting on the permanent transcript," Cuomo said.

All the other candidates hoping to unseat Cuomo in this year's election were also at the fair Thursday.

Zephyr Teachout and Randy Credico are challenging the governor in a Democratic primary.

Republican Rob Astorino and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins are also hoping to pick up some voter support at the fair.

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