Here and Now (Updated)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City, and will do a trio of TV interviews this morning.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city, but has not yet released details of his public schedule.

At 7 a.m., Cuomo will be a guest on the Today Show on NBC.

At 7:15 a.m., Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss greets voters at the corner of Archer Avenue and Parsons Boulevard near Jamaica Station, Queens.

At 7:20 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a guest on WIBX 950 with host Bill Keeler.

At 7:30 a.m., Cuomo will be a guest on CNN’s New Day, which is co-hosted by his brother, Chris.

At 7:45 a.m., Astorino will be a guset on WENY with host Frank Acomb.

At 8:00 a.m., Astorino will be a guest on WUTQ 100.7FM.

Also at 8 a.m., Cuomo will be a guest on CBS This Morning.

Also at 8 a.m. (and until 3 p.m.), Sen. David Carlucci and Nyack Hospital will be offering free breast cancer screening at the Breast Center at Nyack Hospital for women over the age of 40. The hospital will be offering free clinical breast exams, mammography, pelvis exams and PAP tests, 160 North Midland Ave., Nyack.

At 8:30 a.m., Astorino will be a guest on WACK/WUUF with host Barry Vee.

At 9 a.m., Astorino will attend the 119th Annual NYS Empire Missionary Baptist Convention, Holiday Inn, 439 Electronics Pkwy., Liverpool.

Also at 9 a.m., AG Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli make the first stop of a three-stop GOTV tour of Long Island and the Hudson Valley, American Legion, 730 Willis Ave., Williston Park, Nassau County.

Also at 9 a.m., Moss appears live on “Talk of the Town” on WUTQ 100.7 FM Utica.

At 9:45 a.m., during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Sen. Brad Hoylman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Gay Men’s Health Crisis officials, The Mount Sinai Hospital administrators, executives from Walgreens Co. and Duane Reade drugstores and city officials mark the opening of an HIV-specialized Duane Reade pharmacy in GMHC’s David Geffen Center for HIV Prevention and Health Education; 224 W. 29th St., Manhattan.

At 10:20 a.m., Moss appears live on “Live from the State Capitol with Fred Dicker” on Talk 1300 AM, Albany.

At 10:30 a.m., Brooklyn BP Eric Adams will be joined by local elected officials to respond to the report of the first Ebola patient in New York City, corner of Berry Street and N. 14th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

At 11 a.m., Nanette Bourne, chair of the NYLCV’s Westchester Chapter, will join Senate candidate Justin Wagner for a media availability, endorsement event, and policy announcement in Peekskill, Charles Point Pier Park, end of Louisa Street.

At 11:30 a.m., Schneiderman and DiNapoli make stop No. 2 on their GOTV tour, CSEA HQ, 595 West Hartsdale Ave., White Plains.

At noon, Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul attends the Ibero American Action League annual luncheon, Hyatt Regency Rochester, 125 E Main St., Rochester.

At 1:30 p.m., Astorino will hold a press conference unveiling the Astorino/Moss Empowerment and Opportunity Plan with Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, Highland Bowl Ampitheater, South Avenue, Rochester.

At 3 p.m., stop No. 3 of the Schneiderman/DiNapoli GOTV tour, Teamsters Local 445 Hall, 15 Stone Castle Rd., Rock Tavern.

At 4:30 p.m., former President Clinton will attend a rally on behalf of and endorse Democratic NY-24 Rep. Dan Maffei, Syracuse Landmark Aviation Hangar #113, 13 Tuskegee Rd., Syracuse.

At 6:30 p.m., Astorino will attend the Orleans County GOP Fall Dinner, Hickory Ridge Country Club, 15861 Lynch Rd., Holley.

At 7:30 p.m., Moss attends and delivers remarks at the Lynbrook Republican Gala, Lynbrook VFW Hall, 235 Merrick Rd., Lynbrook.


Craig Spencer, a doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus, setting off a search for anyone who might have come into contact with him.

City officials said that while they were still investigating, they did not believe Dr. Spencer was symptomatic while he traveled around the city on Wednesday and therefore had not posed a risk to the public.

But Spencer’s case has raised complicated logistical issues of how to trace the possible contacts of an infected patient in a city of more than 8 million people with a sprawling mass transit system and millions of commuters – some even from other states.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: “There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed. Ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract. It is transmitted only through contact with an infected person’s blood or other bodily fluids – not through casual contact. New Yorkers who have not been exposed to an infected person’s bodily fluids are not at all at risk.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke to President Obama’s Ebola czar, Ron Klain, who following the discussion directed a CDC team to travel to New York to assist at Bellevue in the event it is needed.

Bellevue officials say staff at the 828-bed complex overlooking the East River in Manhattan has been training for more than 2½ months to handle any suspected case of the disease.

Officials said Spencer has come into close contact with at least four people – his fiancee, two friends and an Uber driver. None of the four is showing symptoms and the driver is not being monitored. One of the others is also at Bellevue.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino criticized Cuomo and Obama for not closing air travel between the US and countries in West Africa hit with an Ebola epidemic, saying the Spencer case was “avoidable.”

Bellevue Hospital, where Spencer is isolated, is one of the eight hospitals statewide that Cuomo specially designated earlier this month to treat Ebola patients as part of the State’s Ebola Preparedness Plan.

Schools are responding to fears of an Ebola outbreak by drafting first-of-a-kind policies that include isolating students, querying parents about travel and requiring documents showing a clean bill of health for new enrollees from West Africa.

A 2-year-old girl in Mali has been diagnosed with Ebola, making her the West African nation’s first confirmed case of the disease. WHO officials said the child was brought to Mali from neighboring Guinea.

Astorino tried to capitalize on his one and only televised debate with Cuomo, and said he had received a “flood of donations” after the event. Meanwhile, Cuomo moved on, and sought to downplay talk of any other debates.

The most unexpected news of the day was the midafternoon release of “Moving the New NY Forward,” a 245-page policy manifesto for Cuomo’s longed-for second term. Half adulatory progress report and half blueprint, the book included numerous previous Cuomo proposals yet to be achieved.

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A Doctors Without Borders physician who treated Ebola patients in Guinea and returned to NYC 10 days ago was rushed in an ambulance with police escorts from his Harlem home to Bellevue Hospital.

Candidates for the 60th SD – Sen. Mark Grisanti, Kevin Stocker and Marc Panepinto -  will be debating at 6:30 p.m. tonight on WBBZ-TV.

Republican NY-24 candidate John Katko accused Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei of attempting to “destroy my character” with a series of critical TV ads. But Maffei stood by the ads.

The Syracuse Post-Standard, which editorialized against state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli in 2010 and is his opponent’s hometown paper, endorsed his re-election this year.

AG Eric Schneiderman’s fourth TV ad includes footage of his former Senate colleague, Shirley Huntley, leaving court after her arrest on corruption charges.

One day after Make the Road New York announced it would protest NYC’s bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the organization cancelled a demonstration and reversed its position.

The state Senate Democratic Campaign Committee took in $408,300 in donations yesterday – a major infusion of cash for the Democrats less than two weeks before the Nov. 4 election.

What you need to know about the latest round of rebate checks, which is costing the state $400 million.

John Cassidy’s take on the gubernatorial debate: ”this most tightly wound of fellows” vs. “an overage member of the Little Rascals.”

CNBC reporter John Harwood says the poor sales of Cuomo’s book is a reflection of the fact that the governor is “not an especially likable person…in terms of his public demeanor.”

GOP NY-4 candidate Bruce Blakeman’s new TV ad casts his Democratic opponent, Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice, as a rubber stamp for President Obama.

Diana Walker, the photographer who took the photo of Hillary Clinton wearing sunglasses while checking her phone on a military flight, has a book out.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking his health policy team to formulate a plan for how the administration can better reach immigrant communities and connect them to health care.

GOP Rep. Michael Grimm thinks it will be “very difficult” for the Republicans to beat Clinton – if she runs – in 2016.

Two more de Blasio staffers have taken leaves to work on Democratic campaigns – one is assisting Grimm’s opponent, Domenic Recchia, the other is working for state Senate candidate Justin Wagner.

Clinton heaped praise on Cuomo’s “Women’s Equality Agenda,” the centerpiece of the governor’s effort to appeal to female voters.

Cuomo said he hopes Clinton does “something really, really, really big” in the future.

US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand did not attend the Clinton-Cuomo “women’s equality” rally, instead headling the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee annual luncheon a few doors down.

The former secretary of state will stump for NY-18 Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, (who worked in the White House for her husband), in Somers on Monday.

The CBC says the MTA’s capital plan is full of “misplaced priorities” that should be adjusted before it is approved by a review board.

Republican Rep. Peter King thinks the doctors are wrong on Ebola, suggesting the deadly virus might have mutated and gone airborne.

Barnes & Noble is not leaving the Bronx after all – at least not right now.

Poloncarz Denounces NYSUT’s Anti-Grisanti Mailer

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz deemed a domestic violence-themed mailer sent out by NYSUT’s political arm in opposition to GOP Sen. Mark Grisanti “disgusting” and said he has urged Grisanti’s Democratic opponent, Marc Panepinto, to disavow it.

Poloncarz said the mailer, which depicts a battered woman and proclaims that Grisanti “won’t protect her from her abuser,” is “inappropriate” and “disgusting.”

“I was texting back and forth with Marc today, he agrees,” the county executive told me during a CapTon interview that will air in full at 8 p.m. “He has a debate tonight, and I think he said he would disavow it. I called on him to disavow it. I disavowed it.”

“I think it’s a horrible piece of, of…it’s disgusting to say that a candidate doesn’t want to care about the protection of battered women. Mr. Grisanti may not agree with the entire Women’s Equality platform. I do. But, I know Mark Grisanti is not out there saying he doesn’t care about battered women, and that piece of mail, it bothered me.”

In fact, it bothered Poloncarz so much that he took to Twitter to publicly call out NYSUT’s political action committee, VOTE/COPE, for sending the mailer, saying the organization should be “embarrassed.”

A near replica of the mailer also popped up in the 40th SD race, targeting Republican Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy, who is running against Democrat Justin Wagner for the seat being vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Greg Ball. Murphy, like Grisanti, has said he supports nine of the 10 planks in the governor’s Women’s Equality Act, expressing opposition only to the abortion rights proposal.

Because Republicans have refused to pass the Women’s Equality Act in its entirety, instead approving the other nine plans individually, Democrats have accused them of holding the act hostage and being opposed to everything from pay equity to cracking down on domestic violence and sex trafficking.

Poloncarz said he supports Panepinto in the four-way 60th SD race in which Grisanti is running on the Indpendence Party line after losing the September GOP primary to attorney Kevin Stocker. He also said he’s not concerned that his chastisement of NYSUT will cost him politically down the road, saying he believes his support among Erie County teachers is firm.

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Balance New York Targets Wagner, O’Brien

Balance New York, an independent expenditure group supported by the Washington, D.C.-based Republican Leadership Committee, spent $362,810 on TV and radio ads knocking two Democratic Senate candidates.

Board of Elections records show the group spent $188,385 on radio and television against Sen. Ted O’Brien, a freshman Democrat running for a second term against Republican Rich Funke.

In the Hudson Valley, the group today posted a $174,425 media buy aimed at Democrat Justin Wagner, who is running for an open state Senate held by Republican Greg Ball. Wagner faces Yorktown City Councilman Terrence Murphy.

Meanwhile, on Long Island, the pro-charter schools PAC New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany posted a $168,341 cable and TV media buy to oppose the candidacy of Democratic Senate hopeful Adrienne Esposito, who faces Republican Tom Croci in Suffolk County.

Jobs For New York, a group funded by wealthy landlords in New York City, reported a $25,000 contribution from Josephson LLC.

The group, controlled by the Real Estate Board of New York, has been running independent expenditure campaigns boosting Senate Republicans.

Jobs For New York reported spending an additional $11,949 on mailers for Republican Sen. Jack Martins and $11,469 on mail for Croci.

Working Families Party: Vote Our Ballot Line

Facing competition this Election Day from the Women’s Equality Party ballot, the labor-backed Working Families Party on Thursday released a video featuring prominent Democratic women urging a vote for the WFP.

The message of the video is clear: The WFP stands for everything the WEP stands for, and them some.

The video comes though as the Women’s Equality Party — formed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this year as a way to promote his backing of the Women’s Equality Act — could lead to a potential downgrade in their ballot position, currently Row D.

In the video, elected officials such as Public Advocate Letitia James and U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, says a vote for the WFP is a vote for women’s equality, as well as campaign finance reform and the Dream Act.

“Equality means all of this, and more,” says Karen Scharff, the party’s co-chair, in the video.

Cuomo had to fight for the WFP’s endorsement earlier this year, and ultimately won their backing after pledging to support a full Democratic takeover of the state Senate as well as re-affirm his support for a liberal agenda next year.

But the speculation has been Cuomo formed the Women’s Equality Party in part to challenge the supremacy of the WFP as the left-leaning third party ballot line in the state, or at the very least to make party leaders nervous heading in to Election Day.

Still, women who are prominent in liberal-advocacy politics are not totally on board with the idea of the Women’s Equality Party.

Scharff has been critical of the women-centric party, and in an interview on Capital Tonight questioned the need for the ballot line.

Democratic state Sen. Liz Krueger of Manhattan has called the party a “mistake” and said it could lead to a marginalization of female voters.

Cuomo Releases Plans For Cuomo 2.0

After facing questions over his lack of a second term agenda, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign released a 245-page policy book on Thursday that outlines a series of issues he would seek to tackle in the next four years.

There are some new proposals in the book, including plans to hire a “chief risk officer” as well as plans to streamline the state’s licensing and regulatory

A broad swath of the governor lays out in the policy book, “Moving The New New York Forward,” has already been laid down by Cuomo during his re-election campaign, and the release of the book today seemingly acts as a summary of the provisions for term two.

Those proposals include a $500 million investment in broadband Internet access in rural upstate areas, the creation of an infrastructure bank, using $500 million from the state’s surplus to further provide incentives to local governments to consolidate and share services and the Global NY initiative, meant to promote overseas trade of state businesses.

His proposal for upgrading New York City airports JFK and LaGuardia is also detailed as well.

Other areas are ones Cuomo has proposed before, including the 10-point women’s agenda, which he first unveiled in 2013 and is running on as a key campaign issue.

Cuomo also makes a point of noting in the book he continues to back the public financing of political campaigns, a program that liberal advocacy organizations and labor groups have been pushing for over the last four years.

“The governor will continue to fight for the creation of public financing of elections,” the book states.

Election reform proposals include simplifying the state ballots and making it easier to vote. He also dusts off his support for lowered contribution limits for corporations, party transfers and housekeeping or “soft money” accounts.

Cuomo adds he backs the Dream Act, as well as a faster increase in the state’s minimum wage — two promises made to the Working Families Party in May when he received the labor-backed group’s endorsement. Nevertheless, Cuomo’s support for “further proposals” for a minimum wage hike — either on the local level through a state formula or to $10.10 is left vague.

“… the Governor remains deeply committed to pursuing further proposals that would expedite the increase or enhance the minimum wage going forward.”

He plans to replicate the “Buffalo Billion” economic development initiative in other upstate cities through the creation of the Upstate Revitalization Fund.

Cuomo would convene a local government summit to discuss “best practices” on reducing taxes.

Cuomo in 2010 got much more down in the weeds.

At the time, he released a series of policy-laden books with different subjects including agriculture, ethics and energy.

Moving the New NY Forward by Andrew M Cuomo by Nick Reisman

The Tom And Eric Show Hits The Road

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will hold joint campaign appearances in Nassau, Westchester and Orange counties on Friday as part of a GOTV effort.

DiNapoli and Schneiderman, Democrats both, have worked closely when it comes to investigating public wrongdoing, most notably on the case of William Rapfogel, the disgraced former head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, now facing a prison sentence for siphoning funds from the charity.

Both the AG and the comptroller, too, have had a rocky relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Over the last four years, Cuomo at times has sought to extend the reach of the governor’s office into territory formerly held by the attorney general’s office, which he himself occupied from 2007 through 2011.

In a questionnaire from Citizens Union, Cuomo’s campaign would not take a position on whether the AG’s office should be empowered to go after public corruption.

DiNapoli, meanwhile, was not endorsed by Cuomo in 2010 during a particularly difficult re-election campaign.

Since then, DiNapoli has been critical of aspects of the state’s finances, which has led to some interesting blow-ups between his office and the state Division of Budget.

Cuomo, who has not campaigned with the other two Democrats on the statewide ticket this fall, issued endorsements for both Schneiderman and DiNapoli at the state Democratic convention in May.

Both Schneiderman and DiNapoli lead their Republican opponents, John Cahill and Bob Antonacci respectively, by double digits, according to this week’s Siena College poll.

Gibson Releases 5th Ad of NY-19 Race, ‘Clear Choice’ (Updated)

Rep. Chris Gibson released his fifth TV ad of his re-election battle in NY-19 with his opponent, Sean Eldridge – a spot that seeks to highlight the main differences between the incumbent Republican congressman and the Democratic newcomer.

The ad, “Clear Choice,” is a sort of amalgamation of arguments Gibson has made throughout the campaign. It touts the congressman’s record in public office and paints him as a dedicated local family man, while also swiping at Eldridge, depicting him as an inexperienced carpbetbagger who has run a negative campaign fueled largely by the wealth of his husband, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.

“Voters want a representative in Washington who they can trust. Chris’s lifetime of honorable service to his country and constituents in New York is a record we can be proud of,” said Gubson’s campaign manager Kevin Crumb. “Unfortunately, Sean Eldridge has shown that he’ll do anything to be elected to Congress – including district-shopping and spending millions of his personal fortune to misrepresent Chris’s record.”

Gibson has used this line of attack many times – including in the NY-19 debate that TWC News hosted yesterday and aired last night. (In case you missed it, you can find it here).

UPDATE: Eldridge’s campaign released a point-by-point rebuttal of Gibson’s ad, which spokeswoman Sophie Friedman, said proves the congressman is willing to “lie to his friends and neighbors” and continues his practice of “false, personal attacks against Sean.”

Team Eldridge notes that Gibson is a member of the “least productive Congress in history,” and therefore cannot honestly claim to be working hard on behalf of his constituents. It also points out that the congressman supports fracking and has received a 33 percent lifetime rating from the League of Conservation Voters.

What’s more, according to Eldridge’s campaign, Gibson has “refused to lead by example and speak out against the more than $5 million that has been spent by outside groups on his three bids for Congress.”

Here’s the script for Gibson’s new ad:

Female Narrator: “The story of Chris Gibson’s life of service starts here.

Male Narrator: But Sean Eldridge just moved here, filing to run for office before registering to vote.

Female Narrator: While Chris worked hard for us…

Male Narrator: Eldridge was deceiving you about Chris’ position on fracking, distorting Chris’s record of protecting our environment.

Female Narrator: Chris proposed to limit spending in this election.

Male Narrator: But billionaire Eldridge said no, supporting tax dollars paying for politicians’ negative ads.

Female Narrator: This election comes down to trust. The clear choice? Chris Gibson.

Chris Gibson: I’m Chris Gibson and I approve this message.

Balboni for Schneiderman (Again)

Former GOP Sen. Mike Balboni and his wife will host a fund-raiser for Democratic state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman next Monday at their Long Island home, according to an invitation sent out by the Nassau County Democratic Party.

The event, which costs between $1,000 (for individuals) and $10,000 (for hosts) to attend, will provide Schneiderman will a last-minute infusion of cash as he heads into the final days of the race with his GOP challenger, former Pataki administration official John Cahill.

Balboni and Schneiderman were once Senate colleagues, and the former senator – who refers to himself as a “lifelong Republican” – crossed party lines to endorse Schneiderman the first time he ran for AG in 2010 against GOP Staten Island DA Dan Donovan.

Balboni’s efforts on behalf of the Democratic AG could be viewed as a snub to Cahill. But the ex-lawmaker’s dalliances with Democrats date back a long way.

Balboni angered his fellow Republicans when he departed the Senate in December 2006 to accept a job offer from Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer, serving as the administration’s homeland security czar.

Balboni has long held his Long Island seat largely by force of personality (and incumbancy). Fueled by camapign cash that Spitzer, who was very interested in wresting control of the Senate from the GOP, the Democrats won the seat in a 2007 special election, elevating Democratic Nassau County Legislator Craig Johnson to the state legislative post.

Johnson won a full two-year term in the 2008 elections, but lost his seat in a very tight race 2010 to Republican Mineola Mayor Jack Martins, who is now in a hotly contested race with Democratic businessman Adam Haber.

Balboni remained in his post following Spitzer’s resignation due to a prostitution scandal, but tendered his resignation to Spitzer’s successor, former Gov. David Paterson, in January 2010, to take a job in the private sector. In 2012, he founded a consulting/lobbying firm – RedLand Strategies - that focuses on public safety, government relations, media management and business development.

The former senator has been mentioned from time to time as mulling a potential return to political life, but has so far restricted his efforts to raising campaign cash for other candidates. He

Earlier this year, Balboni, who has some clients who do business with the state, co-hosted a “Republicans for Cuomo” event at The Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, – an event for which tickets went for as much as $50,000 a head.

Balboni is not alone among Nassau County Republicans in his support of Cuomo. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano crossed party lines to not only endorse, but appear in a TV ad on behalf of, the Democratic governor this campaign season.

Meanwhile, Nassau County GOP Chairman Joe Mondello will be hosting a luncheon fund-raiser for Cuomo’s opponent, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, on Monday – the same day as the Balboni event.

24-Hour Notices: Labor Comes In Big For Senate Democrats

The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee received a flood of donations on Wednesday from high-profile labor groups that support the conference’s takeover of the state Senate.

Filings with the state Board of Elections show the contributions range include $12,500 from the AFL-CIO and $50,000 from the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union.

The political action committee of the Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 contributed $6,000.

One of the largest contributions came from JSTD Madison LLC, which gave $102,300, records show.

The conference also received a $40,000 contribution from Stephen Silberstein, a California software magnate and Democratic Party booster.

All told, the mainline Democratic conference received more than $408,000 in contributions in a one-day period.

The money comes after a filing earlier this month showed the conference with $1.4 million in cash on hand, compared to the $2.8 million in the bank for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee.

With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, Democrats are trying to defend three seats upstate held by freshman Sens. Cecilia Tkaczyk, Ted O’Brien and Terry Gipson.

The conference is also trying to play some offense, including open seats in Suffolk and Westchester counties as well as trying to knock off GOP incumbent Jack Martins.