Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham law professor challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party ballot line, called the effort to create a new party based on women’s issues a cynical move to buy votes.

Teachout in a statement released Thursday morning said women don’t need a new ballot line to promote health and workplace issues.

“We need a new governor with traditional Democratic values,” Teachout said. “Governor Cuomo thinks he can buy women’s votes by cynically creating a new party to advertise values he hasn’t fought for in office. A real Democrat would have already passed the Women’s Equality Act and would be fighting for paid family leave.”

Cuomo’s running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul, is expected to announce the new effort later this afternoon in New York City alongside former Democratic Committee Chairwoman June O’Neill.

The women-centric ballot line is driven in part by an effort to promote Cuomo’s support for a 10-point women’s agenda that has faltered over the last two years in Albany.

Senate Republicans have approved pieces of the agenda such as an anti-human trafficking measure, but have balked at a bill designed to codify the Roe v. Wade decision in state law.

In her statement, Teachout blamed Cuomo for helping Senate Republicans remain in charge of the chamber, which in turn led to the failure to pass the full package.

“The failure of the Women’s Equality Act belongs to the governor: he aggressively supported the Republican Senate and the gerrymandering scheme and power-sharing agreement that kept Republicans in control. The governor lost his authority to speak for the women’s agenda and traditional Democratic values when he choose Dean Skelos and the Republicans over Andrea Stewart Cousins and the Democrats.”