Sep 22nd - 5:08 pm
NYT editor Dean Baquet fielded a call from an “anxious” Gov. Andrew Cuomo prior to the paper’s bombshell report on the Moreland Commission’s demise.
Get ready for another anti-terrorism news conference with NJ Gov. Chris Christie and Cuomo – their second in a week, and third for Cuomo. (He had his solo event last Friday).
The identity of the senator who once called his colleague, Sen. Kisten Gillibrand, chubby is revealed: It was the late Daniel K. Inouye, Democrat of Hawaii.
A “debate” (of sorts) between Cuomo and his GOP challenger, Rob Astorino, compliments of NewYorkTrue.com.
With the end of Derek Jeter’s career nearing, AG Eric Schneiderman is warning against the potential scams that could come with second-hand ticket sales to upcoming games.
“Never count your chickens before they hatch. Because you never know whether the governor’s going to lay a rotten egg.”
Democrats slammed Astorino for boasting he has visited all 62 counties in New York at least once, noting he wasn’t attending to his day job while on the campaign trail.
Several hundred people briefly marched through lower Manhattan and staged a sit-in along Broadway at the Charging Bull statue near Wall Street as part of a climate change rally.
…multiple arrests were made.
Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg: “Just remember: Happiness can never buy money.”
The Clintons’ first grandbaby is due any day now.
The first NY-1 congressional debate between Sen. Lee Zeldin and Rep. Tim Bishop takes place tonight.
All fraternities at Wesleyan University must include both men and women within the next three years.
Bloomberg said going back to work at the company he founded bests staying home and talking to his girlfriend, Diana Taylor, about “feelings.”
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining a video game company’s legal fight against disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega.
The Atlantic will soon shut down The Wire.
Page Six updates its report on Cuomo’s memoir, which is delayed, but not scrapped altogether. The governor will promote it on Oct. 15 in NYC.
Cuomo signed into law the Community Risk and Resiliency Act.
The US Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin’s suburban Syracuse plant a contract worth $147 million to upgrade its electronic warfare defenses against threats such as anti-ship missiles.
The mayor of Cleveland is concerned about the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.
Four Democratic Long Beach City council members have endorsed Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice in her bid against Republican Bruce Blakeman in NY-4.
Cuomo launched “Combat Heroin” - a campaign to inform and educate New Yorkers about the risks of heroin and prescription opioid use, the signs of addiction, and the resources available to help.
Online registration for Capitol hauntings tour is now open.
Onondaga County DA William Fitzpatrick will return to the Syracuse.com offices at noon tomorrow for a live reader Q&A.
Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will host a Sept. 28 fund-raiser for Long Island Senate candidate Dave Denenberg.
Sep 22nd - 4:53 pm
The campaign of Republican Sen. Jack Martins on Monday continued to blast Democratic candidate Adam Haber for a campaign finance report that is now 45 days late.
The report, due to be filed with the state Board of Elections, would cover contributions from July 12 through Aug. 4.
“Adam Haber, the multi-millionaire commodities trader, is trying to buy a state senate seat and hiding the facts from the voters. He is out of touch and breaking the law by not providing required information to the public. Haber should be ashamed of himself,” said O’Brien Murray, a Martins campaign advisor.
The Haber-Martins race on Long Island is expected to be among the half dozen or so hotly contested state Senate races this year.
Martins, a second term lawmaker, narrowly won re-election in 2012 despite facing a Democrat who received scant coverage and was not on the radar for a competitive race.
Now he faces Haber, a more known quantity who ran for Nassau County executive and has deep pockets.
Naturally, the Martis campaign is questioning why Haber hasn’t made the disclosure.
“Adam Haber’s last report was 17 days late and showed he put $200,000 into his campaign account. What else is he keeping hidden? When will Haber come clean with the voters and stop hiding the source of his campaign funds?” Murray said.
Updated: Haber’s campaign responds.
“Jack Martins is trying to distract voters from his own history of repeated campaign violations and the fact that he secured tax breaks for his own deep-pocketed donors,” Jacob Tugendrajch, a Haber spokesman, said. “Martins’ shameful record is why he and his Republican cronies have blocked any real attempt at cleaning up Albany.”
Sep 22nd - 4:16 pm
When Rob Astorino became the nominee for governor of the Republican Party, he took to the stage at the GOP convention to the ubiquitous song “Happy.”
The campaign theme seemed to be a break with the 2010 candidate for governor, Carl Paladino, whose orange and black campaign signs included the slogan “I’m mad too, Carl!”
Indeed, Astorino is a lot sunnier in disposition than the Buffalo businessman was on the campaign trail, even when discussing what he considers the ills of the upstate economy.
But Astorino’s campaign hasn’t been able to garner any traction or support from what would be on the surface natural allies for a Republican candidate: The state Business Council and GOP members of the state Senate.
The reason, in part, has been Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s aggressive courting of both the business community and the Senate Republican leadership.
This, in turn, has led to political headaches for Cuomo on the left, and the Business Council still remains weary of the governor’s pledge to flip the Senate to full Democratic control, which could be even more tangibly problematic in the second term.
But in the near-term, it means Astorino’s campaign must move forward with few surrogates and friends who have a statewide platform (He does have help from the governors of Texas and Louisiana, while Paladino has come around to supporting the Westchester County executive).
Astorino earlier on Monday in Syracuse insisted he didn’t want the backing of the “status quo” in New York — Republican or Democrat.
“The only thing that’s undermining me is the status quo,” Astorino told reporters. “Any politician on either side of the aisle that says things are going really well in New York has their head in the sand. If they’re going to stand for the corruption in Albany and the high taxes and the lousy economy and look the other way when 400,000 move out of the state, I don’t want your endorsement.”
Astorino added that his speech to the state Business Council — in which he told them to stop fearing reprisal from the state should they not endorse the governor and take Albany on more aggressively — was well received, despite the lack of applause.
“My message to the business community was very simple: You better speak up and you got to stop supporting those who are destroying this economy because you’re going to be left behind too,” Astorino said. “They didn’t stand up and applause and cheer wildly and say where do we go protest. That’s not what they do. But they came up to me afterword saying thank you for speaking up.”
Sep 22nd - 3:22 pm
Senate Racing, Wagering and Gaming Committee Chairman John Bonacic released a letter to state gaming regulators on Monday expressing concern that placing a casino in Orange County would hurt downstate gaming parlors with video-lottery terminals and not help the jobs-starved Catskills region.
“Proposals in the Catskills are significantly further along, if not finished with their reviews and approvals for construction of their projects, as opposed to projects through the southern part of the region which have only begun the process,” Bonacic wrote in the letter dated Sept. 18.
He adds that having casino resorts built in Orange County — Genting is proposing a massive resort in the county and locating it as closely as possible to New York City — would harm revenue going to Yonkers and Aqueduct VLTs.
The four-page letter repeatedly notes the intent of the amendment to expand casino gambling as outlined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Bonacic himself in New York beyond Indian-run gaming halls was to boost the economic outlook of financially strapped regions.
“Voters throughout New York state relied on these statements, and others like them, when they passed with over 57% support, the constitutional amendment necessary to bring about this process,” Bonacic wrote.
Developers seeking up to four lucrative licenses from the state Gaming Commission have told officials on the casino location board that a casino placed in Orange County would likely cut off any revenue for a casino built in the Catskills to the North.
The state is considering casinos for three regions: the Hudson Valley/Catskills, the Southern Tier and the Capital Region.
Sep 22nd - 2:28 pm
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, insisted Gov. Andrew Cuomo remains committed to a full takeover of the state Senate by their party even as both mull an endorsement of Republican Sen. Mark Grisanti.
Hochul was in Colonie, outside of Albany, on Monday for the party’s annual fall meeting.
In a speech, Hochul didn’t mention the state Senate, but pointed to the governor’s record on a range of issues from boosting the state’s minimum wage to gun control and same-sex marriage.
Speaking with reporters after the event, Hochul said nothing had been decided yet on a Grisanti endorsement.
“That’s still evolving. That’s something the governor and I are speaking about and we’re finding our position on that one,” she said.
Grisanti, a western New Yorker like Hochul, lost his Republican primary two weeks ago to Republican Kevin Stocker.
The incumbent lawmaker retains the Independence Party ballot line and has signaled he will go ahead with a November campaign.
The Grisanti primary loss has complicated the Senate map for both parties: Senate Republicans still have not decided whether they will back the incumbent or Stocker, while Cuomo — who pledged to help Democrats gain control of the chamber — doesn’t want to lose the final Republican in the Senate who voted for same-sex marriage in 2011.
The governor in 2012 had offered to help Sen. Roy McDonald, another GOP lawmaker who backed the measure who lost his primary, in the general election on the Independence Party line. McDonald dropped his campaign instead.
Cuomo did wind up endorsing Republican Sen. Stephen Saland that year, but the Poughkeepsie Republican lost his three-way race to Democratic Sen. Terry Gipson.
Cuomo last week at the Business Council’s annual meeting in Bolton Landing said the Grisanti situation is a complicated one, considering the marriage vote.
“It’s a difficult problem for me, because I want to be there, I want to be supportive,” Cuomo said.
Former Gov. David Paterson, the state party chairman, said earlier in the day whether Cuomo backs Grisanti or Democrat Marc Panepinto is “the governor’s choice.”
“Senator Grisanti — just showing there are Republicans who can think differently than other Republicans — took a courageous vote a few years ago,” Paterson said. “I certainly wish him well.”
Cuomo had made his promise to help Democrats take full control of the Senate — now under the control of Republicans and the five-member IDC — upon receiving the backing of the labor-aligned Working Families Party, which had threatened to back Fordham Law School Professor Zephyr Teachout.
In the end, Cuomo announced he would support a host of liberal issues, including a faster phase-in of the minimum wage increase to $10.10.
Still, the pledge to push for a Democratic Senate has given pause to the business community and its statewide lobbying organization, which endorsed Cuomo in 2010.
But at the same time, Cuomo has been appearing in public with Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, the GOP co-leader of the Senate who he has a good working relationship with.
While Cuomo campaigned with Democratic Senate incumbents in the lead up to the primary, the Skelos appearance at a news conference on the state’s anti-terrorism efforts raised eyebrows for members of both parties.
Bill O’Reilly, a top advisor to GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino, blasted Skelos on Twitter, saying Democrats should be “furious” the governor and Republican lawmaker are on friendly terms (O’Reilly had previously lambasted Skelos after the lawmaker wasn’t complimentary of Astorino’s ethics proposals).
Hochul, however, defended Cuomo’s work with Republicans in Albany, saying it’s a matter of government work versus political work.
“I think the thing people need to understand is the difference between governing and campaigning. When the governor is appearing at government functions and continuing to work on issues already pre-existing before the campaign, it makes sense to be working with Republicans,” she said, while adding, “When you’re in campaign mode, he is also committed to helping elect Democrats which is why I’m being sent all over the state as well to help make sure they have the support they need. So I don’t think it’s inconsistent. People understand working with the people who are elected versus campaigning for change in November.”
Sep 22nd - 1:59 pm
Former Gov. David Paterson, the chairman of the state Democratic Party, is a little more bullish these days on a full Democratic takeover of the state Senate.
Well, sort of: He’s gone from not going to happen to “too close to call.”
Paterson, a former Senate minority leader before being chosen as Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s running mate in 2006, in May at the state convention said he didn’t want to “raise expectations” and pointed to the failed “six and change” strategy of taking the chamber out of Republican hands.
“I don’t necessarily think that has to happen,” Paterson said at the time. “…when you have less resources…you have to have a plan that’s sometimes more pragmatic than hopeful.”
But today, at the state Democrats’ annual fall meeting at the Desmond Hotel in Colonie, Paterson was a little more open to the party’s chances.
He pointed to an aggressive get-out-the-vote effort the party is launching which will include a combination of targeted digital advertising and door knocking.
“I think because of a very coordinated effort the state party is making, their whole ability to drill down on voters makes this election too close to call right now who will take the Senate,” Paterson said.
The Senate is currently controlled by a coalition of five independent Democrats and Republicans.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in May pledged to help the party gain full control of the Senate after receiving the endorsement of the state Working Families Party.
Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in June brokered a new coalition agreement between the mainline conference and the IDC that will form after Election Day.
Sep 22nd - 1:11 pm
After being pushed by the state Democratic Committee, Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino’s campaign will release his 2013 tax filings for public viewing.
The tax documents will be made available in White Plains on Tuesday at Astorino’s campaign headquarters.
Democrats, acting as surrogates for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election effort, had called on Astorino following the conclusion of the September primary to release his tax records, along with the obligatory “he-must-be-hiding-something” claims.
Still, Astorino is only releasing a year’s worth of tax information, compared to candidates traditionally releasing tax records dating back five years. And he is making the information available in White Plains, about 2-1/2 hours driving time from Albany, where the political reporters covering the race for governor are mostly based.
He has, however, released the required financial disclosure information with Westchester County for the last four years.
In related Astorino campaign news, the Republican candidate announced on Monday he had visited all 62 counties in the state — a feat usually reserved for Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer.
“I have met tens of thousands of New Yorkers in each of the state’s 62 counties since March and I can report two things,” Astorino said in a statement. “New Yorkers have what it takes to succeed, but they have lost faith in the leaders in Albany whose crazy high taxes and pay-to-play corruption have driven good jobs out of New York. There is no trust among New Yorkers that Governor Cuomo and the other leaders in Albany are doing anything other than what’s good for themselves.”
Updated: And the state Democratic committee has weighed in.
“Five years of tax returns was the minimum standard set by former Republican Governor George Pataki, not to mention every other serious candidate for office,” said Democratic spokesman Peter Kauffmann. “Why does Rob Astorino think he can dupe the press and get away with not showing his full returns? What does he have to hide? What’s in those missing four years of returns that Astorino doesn’t want New Yorkers to see?”
Sep 22nd - 11:59 am
Hillary Clinton has been stepping up her political activity in recent weeks, fanning the flames of speculation about her potential presidential run in 2016.
The former first lady and ex-secretary of state and her husband, former President Clinton, recently traveled to Iowa, which hosts the the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, to attend the 37th and final steak fry hosted by Sen. Tom Harkin.
Later this month, Hillary Clinton will appear at a Washington, D.C. fund-raiser for a state senator in New Hampshire, which is home to the nation’s first presidential primaries. And the former president will be heading to the state to speak at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner on Oct. 16.
Hillary Clinton is also gearing up to assist Democratic congressional candidates in her home state. She’ll be headlining a high-dollar fund-raiser on Sept. 29 in New York City at Le Parker Meridien hotel to benefit the DCCC, which is headed by Long Island Rep. Steve Israel. And she’ll also appear at another event to benefit the DCCC that’s being held in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s home state of California.
Today, Hillary Clinton leant her name to a DCCC fundraising email with the subject line, “a Choice and a Chance.”
“Every election is an opportunity to shape our future,” she wrote. “This November, we have a clear choice – and a chance. It’s a chance to elect Democrats to Congress who will fight for us every day. It’s a chance to elect leaders who believe that our economy and our democracy should work for everyone.”
“That’s why I’m writing you. My friends at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) are pulling out all the stops to help us seize this chance. But they need our help. It’s going to take all hands on deck to get this done. Can we count on your support?”
The email includes six links to an “ActBlue” fundraising web page that features a large photo of Clinton. Options include contributions starting at $5 and going as high as $1,000 (or any other amount a contributor would like to give). There’s also an option to make a weekly donation though the Nov. 4 general election.
There are a number of tight congressional races across the country, including a handful here in New York, despite the fact that the Democrats enjoy a roughly 3-to-5 enrollment edge across the state.
Sep 22nd - 10:41 am
Democratic Comptroller Tom DiNapoli endorsed Sen. Terry Gipson on Monday, a Democratic lawmaker who faces a stiff re-election challenge in the Hudson Valley.
Gipson, a freshman, was “enthusiastically” given the nod from DiNapoli, who also faces re-election this year.
“His dedicated work in safeguarding public education, fighting drug abuse, promoting economic growth and advocating for the people of Dutchess and Putnam counties, makes clear why he is the best candidate in this race. I am proud to support Terry Gipson and look forward to continuing to work with him on protecting Hudson Valley taxpayers,” DiNapoli said.
Gipson’s Republican rival, Sue Serino, on Saturday opened a campaign headquarters with GOP Rep. Chris Gibson, who represents the overlapping congressional district.
Serino is also campaigning with Gibson later today, promising a “major announcement” this afternoon. Gibson faces Democrat Sean Eldridge for the 19th congressional district, a race where a TWC News/Siena College poll showed him leading by 24 percentage points.
Democrats, too, are seeking to coordindate efforts on GOTV between state legislative and House candidates.
Sep 22nd - 6:17 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
The Clinton Global Initiative gathers in New York this week for its 10th annual meeting, both former President Clinton and Hillary Clinton are scheduled to speak.
Climate Week events continue.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will meet with the Mayor of Paris Anna Hidalgo in Manhattan. This meeting will be closed press.
From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., a public hearing will be held on proposals to put a casino in the Capital Region, Holiday Inn, 205 Wolf Rd., Colonie.
At 7:05 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a guest on 100.7FM WUTQ.
At 8:30 a.m., Astorino will attend a Cortland County meet-and-greet, Ramada Inn, 2 River St., Cortland.
Also at 8:30 a.m., Republican state comptroller candidate and Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci attends a meet-and-greet, Apollo Family Diner, 3387 South Park Ave., Lackawanna.
At 9 a.m., AG Eric Schneiderman will deliver the keynote address at a panel titled “Leading by Example: State and Local Governments as Catalysts for Action on Climate Change” at an event hosted by the New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th St., Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., Reps. Joe Crowley, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng and Jerrold Nadler, and NYC and federal transportation officials publicize federal funding to make public transit systems better able to withstand natural disasters; Peter Minuit Plaza, Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal, State and Whitehall streets, Manhattan.
Also at 10 a.m., 10 a.m. Antonacci attends a meet-and-greet, Ralph Wilson Stadium parking lot, Orchard Park.
Also at 10 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito testifies at Chief Judge Lippman’s hearing on Civil Legal Services, at 27 Madison Ave., Manhattan.
At 10:15 a.m., Astorino will participate in a Central New York Manufacturing Roundtable discussion with area business leaders, Century Club, 480 James St., Syracuse.
At 11 a.m., the New York State Democratic Committee will hold its fall meeting, Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul will speak, The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, 660 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany.
Also at 11 a.m., RACC holds a Finger Lakes golf outing, Bristol Harbor Golf Club, County Route 16, Bristol.
At 11:15 a.m., the state Tourism Advisory Council meets, Blue Room, Capitol, Albany.
At 11:25 a.m., state Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky participates in a conversation with Bloomberg TV’s Erik Schatzker at Bloomberg Markets Most Influential Summit, Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl., Manhattan.
At 11:30 a.m., de Blasio speaks at an NBA announcement, 915 Father Capodanno Blvd., Staten Island.
At noon, her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain will be joined by NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña at PS 103 – Dos Puentes Elementary to welcome four New York schools as members of the International Spanish Academies, 185 Wadsworth Avenue, between 182nd and 183rd streets, Manhattan.
Also at noon, the US Chamber of Commerce makes an announcement about state Sen. Lee Zeldin’s congressional campaign, J&R’s Steak House, 2330 Route 112, Medford.
At 1 p.m., Astorino will hold a meeting with the Greater Area Utica Chamber of Commerce, Radisson Hotel, 200 Genesee St., Utica.
Also at 1 p.m., Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss attends the NYSAC Board of Directors meeting and fall seminar, Hyatt Buffalo/Niagara Convention Center, 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo.
At 2 p.m., Hochul tours downtown Troy with Mayor Lou Rosamilia, 9 Broadway, Troy.
Also at 2 p.m., Rep. Chris Gibson joins Dutchess County Legislator and 41st state Senate District candidate Sue Serino to make a “major announcement,” Plankenhorn Farm, 353 Gretna Rd., Pleasant Valley.
At 4:15 p.m., Astorino will greet voters at the Whitesboro Farmers Market, Whitesboro Village Green, corner of Main and Clinton Streets, Whitesboro.
At 5 p.m., Hochul speaks at a Democratic rally, Mama Mia’s restaurant, 185 Ballston Ave., Saratoga.
Also at 5 p.m., Moss appears live on the Tom Bauerle Show, WBEN 930 AM Radio Buffalo.
Also at 5 p.m., Astorino will attend an Oneida County meet-and-greet, Harts Hill Inn, 135 Clinton St., Whitesboro.
At 6 p.m., Moss attends and speaks at a Town Hall Meeting at the Niagara Gun Range, 3355 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda.
At 9:05 p.m., de Blasio attends the C40 Leadership Awards, Manhattan Center, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th St., Manhattan.
With just six weeks left until the general election, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to begin campaigning in person for Senate Democrats. And he remains noncommittal on the issue of endorsements.
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino, struggling for traction in his uphill fight against Cuomo, will deliver what some campaign aides see as a make-or-break speech next month outlining his vision for New York.
After having mainly reached out to voters through a massive TV ad campaign, the Cuomo campaign is set to unleash a digital and door-knocking operation designed to motivate women voters in November.
The left-leaning Fiscal Policy Institute will release a report today recommending that the de Blasio administration levy a tax on very expensive pied-à-terres. This requires a green light from Albany.
Kevin Law, the head of the state Gaming Facility Location Board, said there’s no guarantee that the panel will recommend four casinos for three regions of the state. He said they could decide to simply do one for each region.