NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in two weeks.

But Wednesday, he made what sounded remarkably like a convention speech, one that could be a taste of what those who don’t watch of attend the convention might be missing.

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He was speaking to a New York State Democratic Party policy conference at the Sheraton New York in Midtown when he said the party believes fundamentally in government and that government is the vehicle for the community.

“The fabric of society, the fabric of community. That’s what the Democrats are always talking about, and if you believe in community and you believe in the collective and you believe in society and you believe in us and you believe in together, well the vehicle for that collective action is government,” Cuomo said.

“The Democrat is arguing that government as a vehicle for the collective can make a difference, and that we should try to do that, that it’s not enough to strive for an individual success, and a series of individual successes. We can do better together,” Cuomo added. “We can find a way to use our collective strength, our collective resources, to help an individual and raise us all in the process.”

“We believe shared success is sweeter than individual success,” added Cuomo.

He said that Democrats have to make sure that government works and can actually solve problems.

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