The coalition of business groups, elected officials and private and public sector union organizations formed to back the expansion of casino gambling in New York includes a number of allies to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Indeed, the organization NY Jobs Now, includes UFT President Michael Mulgrew, former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Business Council President and CEO Heather Briccetti, along with Building and Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera.

I asked Jobs Now spokesman Stu Loeser whether the alignment of Cuomo allies meant the group would be working closely with the governor’s office.

“We have a broad coalition of support including elected officials from around the state,” he wrote in an email. “A gaming resort development program to grow jobs upstate was an initiative of Governor Cuomo’s, and we will work with all elected officials who support the measure to educate voters about the referendum.”

The group announced its formation on Monday, more than a month before voters in New York are due to vote on the amendment to expand non-Indian casino gambing, with four casinos due to be built in the first phase of construction.

The casinos are being eyed for areas north of New York City: the Southern Tier, the Catskills and the Albany area.

Cuomo himself has indicated he’ll campaign in some form in support of the amendment.