Spectrum News/Siena College Poll Finds Faso And Delgado In Dead Heat

Republican Rep. John Faso is locked in a statistical tie with his Democratic opponent Antonio Delgado in the 19th congressional district in the Hudson Valley, an exclusive Spectrum News/Siena College poll released Monday found.

The poll found Faso drawing 44 percent, with 43 percent surveyed backing Delgado. Actress Diane Neal, running an independent bid, received five percent. Green Party candidate Steven Greenfield receive one percent. Seven percent of voters are undecided.

The 19th congressional district, which runs from the Capital Region to the northern outskirts of the New York City metropolitan area, is one of the most hotly contested races in the state if not the country that could decide control of the House of Representatives.

The poll found a significant gender gap between Faso and Delgado. Women voters backed Delgado by a 17-point margin. Men support Faso by 19 percentage points.

Forty-eight percent of voters polled back Republicans maintaining control of the House, with 45 percent supporting it flip to a Democratic majority.

Underscoring the national interest in the race, Delgado’s campaign on Saturday announced former Vice President Joe Biden would travel to the district in the coming days. Earlier House Speaker Paul Ryan stumped with Faso.

Faso, seeking a second term, has a 40 percent favorable rating, with 46 percent holding an unfavorable opinion of him. Voters are split on Delgado, an attorney who was born in Schenectady and relocated from New Jersey, with 42 percent holding a favorable view of him and 41 percent an unfavorable opinion.

Voters are also split on President Donald Trump. Forty-nine percent disapprove of the job he’s doing as president, while 46 percent approve.

The poll of 500 likely voters was conducted from Oct. 12 to Oct. 16. It has a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points.

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A Debate Over Debates Continues

From the Morning Memo:

Republican Marc Molinaro’s campaign for governor has not agreed to the latest proposal for a debate between him and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, continuing an 11th hour, mutli-day saga over the parameters of a forum between the challenger and incumbent.

Cuomo’s campaign on Sunday announced it had agreed to the inclusion of a TV camera in a candidate forum to air on WCBS880.

But the debate itself wouldn’t be on shown on TV, but rather Facebook Live.

“Gimme me a break,” said Bill O’Reilly, a Molinaro spokesman.

Molinaro in a post on Twitter urged WCBS to have the debate air on TV as well.

“I’d love NYers be able to listen, view & learn on CBS radio & @CBSNewYork. Can we make that happen?” he wrote.

The Cuomo campaign insisted the debate itself would eventually be seen on TV later in the evening.

“Marc, CBS has said they will broadcast the debate statewide on Tuesday evening,” wrote Cuomo spokeswoman Lis Smith on Twitter. “We know you love to debate debates, but enough with these games. @andrewcuomo said yes, why won’t you?”

The public negotiations over the debates spilled into view on Friday, when Cuomo in a radio interview was pressed to accept an invitation for a radio forum. He did, saying he would be open to debating Molinaro on a Saturday morning — a proposal the Republican’s campaign rejected outright.

A League of Women Voters forum was agreed to by Molinaro, as well as Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, Libertarian candidate Larry Sharpe and Stephanie Miner, a Democrat who is running on an independent ballot line known as the Serve America Movement. Cuomo has, so far, not accepted an invitation to appear at that event.

Gaughran’s Daily Kos Boost

From the Morning Memo:

The left-leaning Daily Kos website last week gave a boost to the campaign of Democratic state Senate candidate Jim Gaughran, pointing to his race on Long Island as key to helping flip control of the chamber.

Gaughran’s shoutout on the website led to 4,000 individual contributions totaling more than $47,000 as a result, his campaign said.

Gaughran is running to unseat Republican Sen. Carl Marcellino.

The race was one of eight state legislative contests highlighted by the website, which pointed to the first time he ran for the seat in 2016.

“So it would seem that in 2018 Gaughran would be able to cruise to victory in a better year for Democrats,” the website wrote. “But Marcellino’s taking his challenge far more seriously time, and using New York landlord money to try and drag Gaughran into the gutter. This is an expensive race, but your dollars could really make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers.”

Bellone Endorses Cleary In Bid Against Flanagan

From the Morning Memo:

Democratic state Senate candidate Kathleen Cleary on Monday will formally pick up the endorsement of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone in her bid against Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan.

“We need to elect common sense Democrats like Kathleen Cleary who are willing to stand up for our teachers and fight back against Washington’s massive tax increase,” Bellone said in a statement. “She will be a powerful voice to protect taxpayers, secure women’s rights and enhance school safety in suburban communities.”

Bellone this campaign season has endorsed multiple Democrats running for the state Senate, and not just on Long Island. He’s backed candidates running in potentially key upstate races as the party hopes to gain control of the chamber.

In a statement, Cleary took a swipe at Flanagan for recently calling the New York State United Teachers union — which has funded a super PAC supporting Democratic candidates for the Senate — part of the “forces of evil.”

“Anyone who is willing to call hardworking public school teachers ‘ the forces of evil’ certainly deserves to be fired by his constituents on November 6th,” she said.

“I know County Executive Bellone is joining this campaign because he knows what I know: Leader Flanagan has lost touch with his constituents and does not deserve re-election in November. I am fighting to provide relief from the Washington tax scam, a voice for society’s voiceless, and fight for the hardworking men and women of the labor movement whom Leader Flanagan has turned his back on.”

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Nassau County with no public events announced. He’s scheduled to headline the Nassau County Democratic Party’s annual fall dinner this evening.

President Donald Trump receives his daily intelligence briefing and then has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence.

Later in the afternoon, Pence participates in a Great America Committee event in D.C.

Meanwhile, Trump travels to Houston, TX where he will host a roundtable with supporters followed by a Make America Great Again rally – both at the Houston Toyota Center – before returning to the White House shortly after midnight.

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor J. Phillip Thompson will visit Interfaith Medical Center, and she will later attend the Bring Change to Mind Gala. Both of these events are closed to members of the media.

The de Blasio administration kicks off an “In Your Borough” effort in Queens, with the mayor and members of the administration participating in various events and appearances throughout the day.

At 8 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul campaigns with Democratic NY-27 candidate Nate McMurray at Peg’s Place, 4046 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg.

At 8:45 a.m., Hochul and McMurray campaign at ZJ’s Family Restaurant, 140 Pine St., Hamburg.

At 10:30 a.m., GOP state comptroller candidate Jonathan Trichter, joined by Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, will be holding a press conference outside the Tesla/SolarCity plant, 1339 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

At 11 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Tourism Council host a press conference to promote the Tour de Bronx annual cycling event, Mercy College, Hutchinson Metro Center, 1200 Waters Pl., the Bronx.

At noon, Ruth Messinger, David Eisenbach, and the Friends of the SBJSA Coalition rally before the NYC Council public hearing on the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor, discusses congestion pricing, an increased millionaires tax and other revenue sources to pay for repairs and infrastructure upgrades to the NYC subway and mass transit system, Bedford Subway stop on the L, Bedford Ave and N. 7th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Also at 1 p.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro holds a press conference, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., the New York Latino Restaurant, Bar and Lounge Owners Association requests the NYC Health Department extends the application deadline for non-tobacco hookah establishment permit applications, until fair, equitable and new regulations could be created and enacted, City Halls steps, Manhattan.

At 2:15 p.m., Molinaro visits Harlem with Pastor Jack Royston, W. 155th St., Manhattan.

At 3 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill will host a press conference to make an announcement on neighborhood policing, Ridgewood YMCA, 69-02 64th St., Ridgewood.

At 4:30 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at the CUNY Board of Trustees annual Manhattan borough hearing, Baruch College Vertical Campus, room 14-220, 55 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., NYC Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr., joined by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, holds a housing town hall, 1360 Fulton St., Brooklyn.

Also at 6 p.m., Diaz attends the Citizens Union Gotham Greats Awards dinner, Pierre Hotel, 2 E. 61st St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., the national Nuns on the Bus Tour will hold a Town Hall for Justice, St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St., Buffalo.

Also at 6 p.m., Molinaro holds a tele-town hall.

At 6:30 p.m., former Trump advisor Steve Bannon attends a documentary screening of “Trump at War” and GOTV rally, Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South Ave. at Lois Lane, Staten Island.

At 7 p.m., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz delivers remarks and presents an award at an Italian heritage event, St. John University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Marillac hall terrace, Queens.

Also at 7 p.m., Molinaro attends Pubs ‘n Politics with Rita Crosby and Curtis Sliwa, The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., Manhattan.

Also at 7 p.m., de Blasio returns for his weekly appearance on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” with Errol Louis.

At 7:30 p.m., Diaz speaks at the Center for an Urban Future 2018 Gala, Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses St., Manhattan.

At 8:15 p.m., Katz delivers remarks and swears in officers at a meeting of the Jamaica Estates Association, St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church, 181-14 Midland Parkway, Queens.


In recent months, the Trump administration has repeatedly put off the release of its long-awaited Mideast peace plan. Now, the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi agents may put the plan into a deep freeze.

In the final weeks of the 2018 midterm campaign, Republican candidates across the country have released ads touting concerns about maintaining protections for people with pre-existing conditions, even as their party and the current administration have moved repeatedly to weaken the anti-pricing-discrimination laws.

As thousands of migrants marched north from the Mexico-Guatemala border, Trump issued a warning to those hoping to eventually cross into the United States, saying they must apply for asylum in Mexico first, or risk being turned away.

With the hard-fought midterm elections less than three weeks away, Democratic Party strategists hope – perhaps over-optimistically – that Latino voters who are angered by the Trump administration’s policies and divisive language will help deliver resounding victories in many of the races that will decide political control in Washington.

Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly called the son of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi yesterday to express their condolences regarding his father’s death.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented Stormy Daniels in her legal tangles with Trump, is gearing up for a 2020 run, stumping across the country and raising cash with his new political action committee. But questions over his finances remain, and could become a sore spot on the campaign trail, as creditors pursue him and his former companies.

Calling it a “challenging decision,” the state Business Council decided to back Cuomo for a third term despite his leftward tilt over the past four years in successfully pushing less business-friendly measures such as raising the state hourly minimum wage to $15 and creating a statewide paid family leave program.

The Council’s political-action committee made its last0-minute decision after hearing from both Cuomo, a Democrat, and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the Republican nominee.

By late last night, Molinaro had not yet publicly responded to the CBS offer of a a debate that Cuomo already accepted, though the proposal was in line with something he had tweeted earlier in the evening.

The WSJ: “Why be a journalist if you can’t have fun? Our friends at the New York Post have been doing exactly that while publicizing the refusal of (Cuomo) and (U.S. Sen.) Kirsten Gillibrand to debate their opponents in what is allegedly an election year. There’s also a lesson here about what happens in states with one-party government.”

The Olean Times-Herald endorsed Molinaro, saying he would bring “much needed change” to New York.

Molinaro steered $5,000 in state funds to a group to buy robot babies as part an abstinence campaign to discourage teens from getting pregnant, records show.

Molinaro didn’t help himself with his fellow Republicans during a recent meeting with the Daily News Editorial Board, according to veteran GOP operative Rob Cole.

Less than 48 hours after Gillibrand dropped out of a planned Spectrum News/NY1 Sunday debate with her Republican opponent Chele Farley, a new but shortened (30 minutes rather than one hour) face-to-face has been scheduled for Thursday at the WABC studios in Manhattan.

Gillibrand hasn’t seen “The True,” an off-Broadway play about her grandmother starting Edie Falco, but half of the Albany political class has.

Democratic NY-27 congressional candidate Nathan McMurray got an endorsement from the most unusual of sources: one of the nation’s largest conservative newspapers, the NY Post.

Attacking what he called “the unhinged, radical Left,” former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, is using the recent vandalism to a Manhattan Republican club to help raise money for the New York County GOP committee.

Greg David is not happy with NY-19 Republican Rep. John Faso.

With just over two weeks until Election Day, the influential union representing New York hotel workers is hitting three upstate congressional Republicans – Faso, Rep. Claudia Tenney and Rep. John Katko – over their leadership’s talk of cutting Medicare and Social Security.

Bob McCarthy touts an anti-corruption proposal floated by Evan Davis, the eminent New York City attorney who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for attorney general in 1998.

The fate of the fight for control of the state Senate could also determine the fate of current GOP Majority Leader John Flanagan. If Democrats re-take control, he’s likely out as head of the Republican conference.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone recently transferred nearly $200,000 to the state Democratic Party help with its effort to win control of the House and state Senate.

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The Weekend That Was

President Trump said the US will “turn away” the thousands of Central American migrants heading to the US border in search of asylum and blamed Democrats for being weak on immigration.

In open defiance of the Mexican and American governments, thousands of Central American undocumented migrants, part of a caravan that has been heading toward the United States for more than a week, resumed their journey today in southern Mexico.

The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.

Trump plans to exit a landmark arms control agreement the United States signed with the former Soviet Union, saying that Russia is violating the pact and it’s preventing the U.S. from developing new weapons.

Russia criticized Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Cold War-era arms agreement, calling it a perilous move that would bring condemnation from the international community.

With the crucial midterm elections just over two weeks away, Trump is headlining up to four rallies a week – and staging many of them in toss-up districts that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The ruler of Saudi Arabia has admitted that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi died inside his country’s Istanbul embassy, claiming he was killed in a fight, according to a state-run news agency.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, turning up the pressure on Saudi Arabia, promised to reveal everything his country knows about Khashoggi’s killing inside a Saudi consulate.

Trump appeared to step back from an earlier expression of confidence in this new description of events that Khashoggi was strangled after a fistfight — skeptics focused on apparent gaps in the narrative and Turkey threatened to undermine the already shaky Saudi account with its own rival investigation.

Members of Congress from both parties made clear today that they wanted to see Saudi Arabia punished for the killing of Khashoggi, as Trump shifted his tone again on the issue and joined the lawmakers in expressing doubt about the Saudi government’s account of the death.

Since New Jersey started allowing sports betting in June, with Gov. Philip Murphy, a Democrat, placing the ceremonial first bet on Germany to win the World Cup (he lost $20), the sports betting industry in the state has enjoyed remarkable growth.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand withdrew from a Spectrum News debate today against Republican challenger Chele Farley because of a long-running labor dispute involving the cable TV station’s parent company, Charter Communications, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3.

In response, the NY Post gave Gillibrand the chicken suit treatment on its front cover – and also reprinted a similar image of her fellow Democrat, the governor.

The last time that Gillibrand was on the ballot for re-election, she poured $8 million into a summer television-advertising spree en route to a landslide victory. This year, she has invested zero dollars on television and has spent only a fraction of what she did in 2012.

Gillibrand, who is routinely mentioned as a potential 2020 White House contender, campaigned in New Hampshire, home of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary – ostensibly on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly.

Amid criticism, Gillibrand agreed to debate Farley in a head-to-head match-up that will air on WABC-TV and be held on Thursday, at 1:30 p.m.

New York’s junior U.S. senator was one of three prominent female Democrats who all but openly began running for president last week, taking their most active steps yet to challenge Trump and claim leadership of a movement of moderate and liberal women that has come to define their party during the 2018 elections.

NYC Public Advocate Tish James, the Democratic state AG candidate, is also backing out of her Oct. 30 debate with her GOP opponent, Keith Wofford, for the same reason as Gillibrand gave.

Every gubernatorial candidate in the state — except Cuomo — agreed Friday to attend a debate organized by the League of Women Voters.

Cuomo’s campaign said that he has agreed to a Tuesday morning debate with Republican opponent Marc Molinaro on WCBS 880 radio that will include “a TV camera.”

Chris Churchill says Cuomo sends a powerful message to voters by refusing to debate as he seeks a this term: “I do not respect you.”

In the first televised debate for one of the country’s most competitive congressional races, NY-19, freshman GOP Rep. John Faso and Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado repeatedly resorted to the bitter attacks that have defined their campaign.

One of Cuomo’s biggest donors, Scott Rechler, has landed a $1 billion-plus contract to develop the land surrounding Nassau Coliseum — infuriating other bidders whose proposals were solicited, then discarded, by government officials.

Disgraced politician Dean Skelos, the former state Senate majority leader, deserves to be punished twice when he’s sentenced to prison next week — once for corruption and once for lying on the witness stand, Manhattan federal prosecutors said.

The NYT endorsed the Democratic candidates running in the following House races: NY-1 (Perry Gershon vs. Rep. Lee Zeldin), NY-2 (Liuba Grechen Shirley vs. Rep. Pete King), NY-19 (Antonio Delgado vs. Rep. John Faso), and NY-22 (Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi vs. Rep. Claudia Tenney).

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Cuomo Camp Says It Accepts Forum With Cameras Present

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign on Sunday signaled it had accepted a debate with a television camera present with Republican Marc Molinaro following an extended back and forth over the venue, time and medium it would be seen in.

The statement was preceded by several days of New York Post frontages portraying the governor in a chicken suit, an image that appeared to irk Cuomo.

Cuomo in radio interview on Friday said he would be willing to debate Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, on WCBS880 the following morning, a Saturday. The proposal was rejected by Molinaro, who called for televised debate with WCBS-TV reporter Marcia Kramer as a suggested moderator.

On Sunday afternoon, Cuomo spokeswoman Dani Lever in a statement did not provide a date or time for the debate itself, though it’s likely to be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

“Last week Governor Cuomo accepted a WCBS880 radio debate offer — Marc Molinaro refused, saying he wanted it in person with Marcia Kramer and a TV camera,” she said. “As WCBS880 has now met all of Mr. Molinaro’s demands, we accept and expect him to be there.”

Earlier in the day, Molinaro’s campaign released an open letter to Cuomo calling for a televised debate before the Nov. 6 election.

“All New Yorkers deserve a real substantive debate, but upstate New Yorkers deserve their own debate,” the letter stated.

“I earnestly hope you accept this opportunity. To date, our campaign has issued policy papers on ending corruption, cutting taxes, veterans and saving the MTA — and there are more on the way. We have a lot to discuss.”

NY-19: Biden To Headline Delgado Event

Former Vice President Joe Biden will hold a get-out-the-vote rally for Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado in the 19th congressional district, a hotly contested battleground race in the Hudson Valley.

Biden’s event will be held next Friday in Kingston at 11:30 a.m., Delgado’s campaign sad.

“We need people like Antonio in Congress. Antonio and I were both raised in working class families, not too far apart, and I know that he has what it takes to make a real difference for people in upstate New York. He has fresh ideas and the ability to find common ground,” said Biden in a statement.

“His commitment to serve the community is clear. I know he will fight for the rights of everyone in upstate New York and is exactly the kind of leader we need right now.”

The 19th district has been a focal point in upstate New York for the larger national battle over control of the House of Representatives.

Rep. John Faso is running for a second term.

“I am honored to welcome Vice President Biden to upstate New York,” Delgado said.

“Vice President Biden grew up just south of here, in Scranton, and understands the struggles and concerns of the working folks in our region. He knows what it takes to bring about real positive change, and to seek out bipartisan solutions. I am very grateful for his support as we remind folks just what is at stake and how important it is to get out and vote on November 6.

Biden has also recorded a GOTV video for Delgado. A limited number of tickets will be available to the general public on Monday.


Thousands of migrants who’ve trekked from Honduras in hopes of making it to the United States broke down a metal gate at the Mexico-Guatemala border this afternoon.

In recent months, some reporters who cover the Trump White House have received phone calls from the last person they would expect: Hillary Clinton, who, according to one longtime aide, has at least thought about another run for president.

Long Island Democratic Sen. Todd Kaminsky released a new TV ad featuring a Valley Stream constituent who thanks him for voting against tax increases.

The NY-22 Democratic candidate, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, said he supports expanding background checks on gun sales, and he blamed the influence of the gun lobby for holding up legislation in Congress.

Republican Rep. John Katko and his Democratic opponent, Dana Balter, have reached a final agreement to meet in four debates over the final two weeks of their campaigns for Congress in the 24th District.

Spectrum is raising prices for its individual television and internet services, beginning next month, though the hike does not impact customers who purchase their television, internet or telephone services as part of a package.

People living in about 100 trailer parks across the Capital Region and upstate will be getting refunds of illegal down payments and other fees under illegal “rent-to-own” plans, the state Attorney General’s office announced.

Colgate University has suspended its men’s swimming and diving team for the fall season due to “hazing and high-risk alcohol consumption,” officials announced.

A Russian woman has become the first foreign national charged with interfering in the 2018 midterm elections.

The woman, Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, of St. Petersburg, was involved in an effort “to spread distrust toward candidates for U.S. political office and the U.S. political system,” prosecutors said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is scrutinizing how a collection of activists and pundits intersected with WikiLeaks, the website that U.S. officials say was the primary conduit for publishing materials stolen by Russia, according to people familiar with the matter.

NYC Councilmen Ritchie Torres and Fernando Cabrera are demanding Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new Democracy NYC office explain how it botched the mailing to 400,000 voters, sending a letter to chief democracy officer Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune.

Tonawanda Coke is preparing to abandon its River Road plant and leave the massive cleanup to the federal government, a prosecutor said – and allegation that comes just three days after the company filed for bankruptcy.

The long awaited first upstate Chick-fil-a opened just inside the Albany International Airport’s security checkpoint.

Gavin McInnes, the founder of the far-right group the Proud Boys, said that he was arranging the surrender of eight members whom the police are seeking in connection with a brawl outside a Republican club in Manhattan last weekend.

Starting today, New York City police officers must inform civilians of their right to refuse a search if an officer has no warrant or lacks reasonable suspicion of a crime. Officers will also be required to hand a business card to civilians who they stop to question, frisk, or search.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg is actively considering a campaign for president as a Democrat in 2020, concluding that it would be his only path to the White House even as he voices stark disagreements with progressives on defining issues including bank regulation, stop-and-frisk police tactics and the #MeToo movement.

A referendum going before Ulster County voters in November looks to clarify where the authority to adopt a final legislative redistricting plan lies and could make Ulster the first county in the state to strike a fatal blow to gerrymandered districts.

The North Creek man who was arrested earlier this year after he claimed that he was stranded overnight on a ski lift at Gore Mountain Ski Center was convicted of making a false statement to State Police.

The Mega Millions jackpot soared to a record-breaking $1 billion in the hours ahead of the prize drawing slated for tonight.

Hochul Endorses 5 Democratic Women Running For Senate

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul endorsed five Democratic women running for the state Senate on Friday as the party pushes to gain control of the narrowly divided chamber.

Hochul endorsed Democrats Pat Strong, Michelle Ostrelich, Kathleen Cleary, Carima El-Behairy and Joan Elizabeth Seamans.

“As I have been traveling the state non-stop and talking to voters, I have seen clear signs of significant Democratic energy in every corner of New York,” Hochul said in a statement.

“I have been working to elect more women to the State Senate and Congress because we need more women’s voices in elected office, and we have a great slate of Democratic candidates. I’m proud to continue my efforts with these five incredible women who will help us to flip the State Senate from red to blue. Governor Cuomo and I have worked to make New York the most progressive state in the nation, and we need the rightful Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins leading the State Senate to work with us to finally advance long-stalled priorities like the Reproductive Health Act, expanding voting rights, and criminal justice reform. I’m looking forward to using my experience and support to help elect Democratic women in swing districts all across New York.”

Hochul previously endorsed a slate of Democratic women running for Republican-represented districts in the Senate and the House, including Liuba Grechen Shirley, Tedra Cobb, Tracy Mitrano, Dana Balter, as well as Monica Martinez, Anna Kaplan, Jen Metzger, Jen Lunsford and Karen Smythe.