This article says that Rob Astorino, the Republican nominee for Governor of New York last year, is going ahead with plans to change the name of his puppet party, “Stop Common Core Party”, to “Reform Party.” The story also says the Conservative Party of New York asked him not do this, but to no effect.
From the article cited:
On Monday night, the state’s Conservative Party held its 48th annual conference in Albany. There, the state executive committee unanimously passed a motion questioning the need for a reform party.
“It was a single-issue party, and I think my leaders feel hurt that they worked so hard to get Rob on the ballot, and now, they’re going to change the name to the Reform Party,” said Michael Long, chairman of the New York State Conservative Party.
Conservative Party critics say there are already too many parties in New York State. Common Core got more than 51,000 votes last fall, meaning it automatically appears on the ballot in 2018. Astorino’s team plans to file the paperwork next week with the state Board of Elections to change the party’s name.
The dispute is similar to one Cuomo had during the campaign when he created the Women’s Equality Party. That, too, got more than 50,000 votes, which means it will also be on the ballot in 2018.
“I remember that whole debate,” Long said. ” That was a direct hit, I think. He did it to effectuate for two reasons. One, to gather women’s votes, and two, to hurt the Working Families Party.”