SCHENECTADY — Democratic gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon is expected to speak at the Jay Street farmers market on Sunday, according to Citizens Action of New York, a progressive grassroots group.
The appearance, co-hosted by the Working Families Party, was not confirmed by the Nixon campaign, however.
Lauren Hitt, spokeswoman for the campaign, said Nixon was still finalizing her upstate schedule ahead of her one and only debate against Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday.
Robby Mangla, a spokesman for Citizens Action, said that the group will try to get as many people as possible out to see Nixon speak before the fast-approaching Sept. 13 primary election.
“We are likely to be driving the turnout with our members,” Mangla said when he confirmed the event.
Citizens Action also has a Facebook page set up for the event, with 13 people planning to attend and 79 "interested" as of Tuesday afternoon.
While Nixon's challenge to unseat Cuomo has gained national attention, she has struggled consistently in polling, trailing the incumbent governor by as much as 21 percentage points among upstate voters, 34 points among women, 39 points among Latinos and 56 points among black voters.
Nixon's campaign believes it will be able to turn out far more Democrats than the polls consider to be likely voters.
The Facebook event touts some of Nixon's core positions, such as "fully funding all schools," "ending mass incarceration of communities of color," and "making corporations and millionaires pay their fair share."
A New York City native, Nixon has made an effort to expand her name recognition upstate, with visits to Buffalo on Aug. 7 and Albany on Aug. 22.