ALBANY — Sen. Chuck Schumer is singing the praises of the Working Families Party as he calls upon the state commission tasked with creating a statewide public matching funds program to leave minor parties alone  Schumer — the Senate’s top Democrat — issued a pair of tweets Friday in support of the labor-led, New York-based third party, joining the chorus of voices who want to see the Public Finance Reform Commission stick to its intended purpose Advertisement  “The Public Financing Commission should focus on the worthy goal of reducing BIG money in politics, not ending fusion voting and the @NYWFP,” Schumer tweeted  The call comes as Jay Jacobs, the state Democratic Party chairman and Gov. Cuomo’s appointee on the panel, pushes to raise the threshold needed for minor parties to quality for the ballot in New York  Jacobs has proposed significantly raising the number of votes a party needs in an election to be guaranteed a line Under current rules, a party must get 50,000 votes every four years to ensure a spot in the subsequent two elections [More Politics] Judge lets Don McGahn avoid testifying for now, as Trump administration appeals impeachment ruling »  Jacobs claims jacking up the vote requirement, and making parties qualify every two years as opposed to four, is necessary to keep costs under control for a campaign finance system that will cover all legislative and statewide races in New York The Public Financing Commission should focus on the worthy goal of reducing BIG money in politics, not ending fusion voting and the @NYWFP — Chuck Schumer (@chuckschumer) November 22, 2019  Critics contend Jacobs’ concerns about costs are unfounded and have painted the move as a Cuomo-orchestrated attempt to use the commission to settle political scores  The governor and the Working Families Party have sparred ever since the group endorsed his Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon in 2018 before ultimately placing his name on their line in the general election [More Politics] Pete Buttigieg calls black writer who branded him a ‘Lying MF’ in bid to boost 0% polling with African American voters »  Schumer is the latest Dem lawmaker to voice concern about the potential damage the commission could inflict on the WFP State legislators, city officials and even presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) have spoken out in support of the party  “The Public Financing Commission’s plan to end the WFP line sends a terrible message to the progressive movement and hurts Democratic efforts to grow their majorities in both the House and the NY State legislature,” WFP boss Bill Lipton said in a statement earlier in the week  Jacobs, a vocal opponent of so-called fusion voting, which allows candidates to appear on the ballot line of more than one party, said pols aren’t looking at the whole picture [More Politics] Trump tweets photo of himself as Rocky »  “Electeds are succumbing to Extraordinary pressure from the WFP,” he told the Daily News “They are talking only to the WFP and when you hear only one side of an argument you probably are not weighing appropriately all of the issues ”  Schumer gave props to WFP in a second tweet, crediting the upstart WFP with helping Democrats pick up seats in Congress and pushing the Empire State toward progressive goals  “‪The @NYWFP helps Democrats in tight seats win races, especially in the House I’ve worked with @NYWFP for progressive policies like increased minimum wage, family leave, and passing the groundbreaking Climate and Community Protection Act in New York,” he tweeted Most Read Trump tweets photo of himself as Rocky Actress, model file lawsuit saying they were beaten in anti-white attack at Midtown nightclub Sam Darnold is the best quarterback in the AFC East right now  Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro said that his boss believes raising the vote threshold would be a disaster for the WFP, while the right-wing Conservative party would likely remain on the ballot  “Senator Schumer believes eliminating the WFP from the ballot only helps conservatives and weakens our ability to win races,” Roefaro told The News Advertisement Cuomo insisted earlier this month he’s a fan of fusion voting after repeatedly saying he had no opinion on whether the campaign finance commission decides to do away with it  The Public Financing Commission’s final decisions regarding the vote tally thresholds, parameters of the state’s public-matching program and lowering contribution limits will be legally binding and are slated to be unveiled next week [More Politics] Trump knew he faced whistleblower ‘quid pro quo’ accusation when he insisted there was no Ukraine ‘quid pro quo’ »  Legislators can reject or amend the commission’s conclusions by returning to Albany for a rare end-of-year special session