Here in Upstate NY (the Albany area for me) the demographic has been changing. There are many rural areas of Upstate NY, but many pockets of urban centers. These urban centers have long been Democrat strongholds, with most of the outer suburbs and agricultural towns and villages typically Republican. Now having lived here all of my 47yrs, and having grown up Democrat myself, I've seen a very hard shift to the Left. The Democrats of my father were typical blue collar Catholic types, leaning center-right, family values oriented. As recent as 30yrs ago there were many plants and factories, heavy manufacturing, mills and foundries up here. There was always a "working man's" economy up here, and the various municipalities did well with the tax base provided by the fact that many were gainfully employed. Although predominantly a Democrat state, on a local town/city/village level there was always an ebb-and-flow between Democrat and Republican leadership. Every area has it's challenges of course, but I can say with authority that having this "ebb and flow" back and forth is what made things work well up here. There was never majority Party rule, things do not work well when only one party or group of people have 100% control.
But now the demographic is very hard left in many of the urban centers in upstate NY. That also extends out towards the suburban areas too. The more rural and agricultural towns and villages seem to have held on to more right of center ideas, but as more New York City folks relocate "out to the country" (because property is much more affordable) they bring thier left-of-center ways with them. So politically you have very strong Democrat control not only down in NYC, but marbled within much of Upstate as well. There just aren't enough right-of-center people in the entire State of New York to vote out bad policies anymore.
Now there a many folks who habitually vote Democrat, who do so merely from force of habit. They are not informed of actual issues (not much different nationally) and believe whatever the media tells them. And of course they have been well taught to reject anyone with an "R" in their name (Republican).
If you talk with rank-and-file Upstaters around the kitchen table about issues like abortion, they will honestly tell you they think it is horrible. Many are church going faithful Catholics too, raise their kids Catholic, support their church willingly....and go out and vote Democrat. They are just not getting the message in any venue, whether it be the news media (very left leaning) nor in the Church community.
Now it's no secret either that here in Albany (an urban area of course) the Diocese has always been comfy with the Democrat political machine. The same can be said about most other diocese which tend to be comfy with their urban center Democrat politics. They are sinfully silent on the issues of abortion, and this "turning a blind eye" towards Democrat politicians in general is part of why the faithful are on the wrong path.
Now the GOP up here has also changed, becoming more of a "Democrat-lite". They have been playing second fiddle for so long that they have become the lap-dogs of the ruling Democrats. They get their scraps from the Dems and call it good enough. Perhaps also a mirror of the GOP nationally.
So that leaves the rest of us Conservative, Pro-life, Pro-family Catholics who really have a choice to make I guess. Things can always change of course, but the leftward trend is not over yet. The working man's economy has gone away, no more manufacturing or heavy industries. The "green" technology startups have had their fits and starts, but nothing that has grown real local economies. Many of those urban areas that enjoyed economic success only a few decades ago are crime ridden and depressed. They have a list of social problems not like any fallen city today. Detroit comes to mind, although not as severe, they most certainly trend that way.
And so goes the nation. It is very frustrating however that Catholic Bishops, Priests, and other influential leaders of the Faith tend to give cover to one political party (Democrats), and to Catholic leaders like Andrew Cuomo. The Church should never endorse any one political party; likewise it should not give cover either. It is not a breach of "separation of church and state" for a religous person to come out and say "hey, that is not right". But in my humble opinion, too many Catholic clergy know that much of the Catholics in the pews would walk out if they reprimanded a Catholic like Cuomo. Thus losing dollars in the collection plate. So they remain silent.
And so goes the rest of the nation.