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Cuomo, de Blasio battle to be progressive opponent in chief

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NEW YORK -- It's a battle royale over who will be the progressive opponent in chief.

Long time rivals Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are battling it out to win the hearts and minds of all those New Yorkers who voted against President-elect Donald Trump.

The mayor spoke Sunday night to a packed, standing room only crowd at the LGBT Center to deliver his anti-Trump message.

"It's a packed room," Mayor de Blasio told PIX11, "of people who want to protect the values of New York City. They are worried and fearful."

The mayor and governor were also both in New York City churches with de Blasio receiving endorsements for his re-election bid from Former Mayor David Dinkins and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Gov. Cuomo announced Sunday that a special unit was being formed by police to address what he called the explosion of hate crimes in the state.

"New York State will not allow the law to be violated," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "New York knows what America is supposed to be. We must provide guidance to the nation," the governor added.

Other politicians and those hearing the mayor speak played down the governor-mayor rivalry to be opponent in chief.

"I think the governor and the mayor are simpatico," Letitia James, NYC Public Advocate told PIX11.