Good tidings from Monday's Siena Poll for Governor Cuomo-- he's holding a 22 point lead over Republican opponent, Dutchess County Executive, Marc Molinaro.

But a few caveats linger, as 46 percent of likely voters say they have an unfavorable view of the Governor.

Cuomo is straddling the divide between a rapidly evolving Democratic party.

Several Democratic candidates ran on very liberal socialistic platforms in last month's primaries and are poised to enter the Senate. But where does that leave Democrats representing more moderate constituencies on Long Island or in Upstate?

John McArdle served as a long-time spokesman for Republicans in the State Senate and is now with Capitol Communications.

Bruce Gyory was a senior advisor to two Democratic governors, he currently works at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.