Extras

A quick note heading into this holiday weekend: There will be sparse blogging over the next three days, and no Morning Memo on Monday (Labor Day). Regularly scheduled blogging will return Tuesday, Sept. 2. For those SoP readers who are also CapTon viewers, there will be no show on Monday night. We will return Tuesday night at 8 p.m. And now, some late afternoon headlines…

Chelsea Clinton is leaving NBC News.

Syracuse Post-Standard: “Come out, come out, wherever you are, Gov. Andrew Cuomo” (and debate Zephyr Teachout).

Former Gov. David Paterson told radio listeners he believes the recent spike in heroin overdose deaths is a consequence of over-medicating children.

NYSUT filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit challenging teacher tenure.

While at SUNY New Paltz, Teachout said higher education should be “basically free.”

Cuomo has directed state agencies to suspend road construction that would cause traffic delays over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Roger Stone believes a yet-to-break scandal will prevent Hillary Clinton from running for president in 2016.

Teachout slammed one of Cuomo’s most prized initiatives by calling for a reversal of what she claims was an unconstitutional reorganization of the Long Island Power Authority.

Donald Trump did the ice bucket challenge in a suit and tie, with the help of Miss USA and Miss Universe.

Onondaga County GOP Chairman Tom Dadey – assisted by two youngsters, no beauty queens – also did the ice bucket challenge in a suit.

Sen. Greg Ball did his ice bucket challenge on a Texas beach, in what was possible the “most Greg Ball video ever.”

Phil Reisman is annoyed by the president’s Westchester visit.

Disgraced ex-Senate Majority Leader John Sampson refused to acknowledge he was booted from the Democratic conference after his indictment on embezzlement charges.

“The President stands squarely behind the decision he made yesterday to wear his summer suit,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

Rep. Pete King is furious about the tan suit.

Democratic Syracuse City Councilor Jean Kessner, briefly a state Senate candidate, pressed NY-24 GOP candidate John Katko on the 2000 theft of his loaded gun.

There are big deals to be had at the State Fair on Labor Day.

The “Twinx” probably contains about 1,000 calories, but fairgoers don’t seem to care.

US Sen. Charles Schumer doesn’t always endorse in Democratic primaries, but he has made an exception for Queens Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky.

It was 25 years ago this month when Ralph C. Wilson Jr. caused panic and outrage with the idea he might move the Bills out of Orchard Park at the end of the team’s original lease on Rich Stadium.

Harry Reid’s alma matter, Southern Utah University, is removing his name from a school building after citizens and alumni lobbied the school president and pledged more than $40,000 to the cause.

An unusual post-layoff goodbye.

Cuomo Raises $600K In 20 Days

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign on Friday reported raising more than $603,000 since Aug. 9, while spending $2.4 million.

The campaign has $30.6 million in cash on hand ahead of the Sept. 9 primary with Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout.

The filing shows Cuomo has heavily during the normally sleepy month of August.

Cuomo’s campaign spent $806,904 on television advertising, while the state Democratic committee — which have been surrogates attacking Republican rival Rob Astorino, spent $571,497 on TV ads. The state Democratic Committee during this 11-day filing period raised $206,100.

Cuomo also spent $40,470 on polling on Aug. 20, records show. The polling comes as his running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul, began to focus her primary campaign against Columbia professor Tim Wu by defending her voting record in Congress as well as her liberal credentials.

The governor’s air travel expenses to Israel — an expenses footed by the campaign — was $23,596.

The campaign also has had its share of legal expenses this month.

As part of an unsuccessful effort to knock Teachout off the ballot, Cuomo 2014 paid election lawyer Marty Connor, a former state senator, $23,441.

Records also show Cuomo’s campaign spent $10,000 on representation from Elkan Abramowitz, a white-collar criminal attorney who is representing the administration in the ongoing federal investigation of the Moreland Commission.

Cuomo’s campaign, meanwhile, Hochul’s campaign account $246,787 in the form of a loan for TV ads and mail dated Friday.

Hochul reported raising $368,114 and has a cash-on-hand balance of $863,932.

Avella Endorsed By Nurses Association

The New York State Nurses Association on Friday endorsed Queens Sen. Tony Avella’s re-election.

Avella, a member of the Independent Democratic Conference, faces a primary challenge from former city Comptroller John Liu next month.

“Registered nurses are proud to stand with Tony Avella because he shares our values of promoting quality, affordable healthcare for all New Yorkers,” said Jill Furillo, RN, Executive Director of NYSNA. “Tony is a strong advocate for the people of Queens and has supported our efforts to enact safe staffing ratio legislation, in keeping hospitals open for care, protecting patient care and stopping the for-profit takeover of our hospitals. NYSNA believed Tony will best represent the interested of all working people in New York.”

The association represents 37,000 registered nurses in New York.

“Whether it’s working to reach safe staffing goals or fighting to keep hospitals providing the best care possible, NYSNA has been on the front lines of healthcare issues. I was proud to fight alongside NYSNA this year for the inclusion of safe staffing in the budget, and I am honored to receive their endorsement for my re-election,” Avella said in a statement.

Hochul Receives Women’s Campaign Fund Nod

Another endorsement was rolled out for Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul on Friday when she received the unanimous backing the Women’s Campaign Fund.

The endorsement comes after the National Organization for Women’s New York chapter announced over the weekend it was endorsing the primary rival of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham law professor.

“I have traveled across the state to support women’s equality, and I’m proud to receive the unanimous support of the Women’s Campaign Fund as we fight to put women’s rights front and center, where it belongs, ” said Lt. Governor candidate Kathy Hochul. “The women of New York deserve nothing less than true and full equality, and working with greater partners like WCF, I am confident that we will win this fight to have our voices heard and counted.”

Hochul had the backing of the group in 2011, when she ran in a special election for Congress to win a seat vacated by Republican Rep. Chris Lee.

She has also been the point person for the creation of the Women’s Equality Party, a ballot line Democrats formed for the November election.

Hochul faces Tim Wu, a Columbia University professor, in a Democratic primary next month. If elected, Wu would be the first Asian-American to win a statewide office.

“Women’s Campaign Fund is thrilled to endorse former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul in her race for Lieutenant Governor,” said Betsy Mullins, President and CEO of WCF. “Kathy is a proven leader who will use the office of Lieutenant Governor to improve the lives of all New York families. With her record of public service as a Congresswoman and County Clerk, in addition to her legal experience, Kathy is the most qualified candidate in the race. We are proud to have stood with Kathy all these years and we are especially proud to stand with her today.”

Earlier today, her campaign announced the endorsement of a trio of Asian-American elected officials.

United Food And Commercial Workers For Klein

The United Food and Commercial Works Union Local 2013 on Friday endorsed Sen. Jeff Klein’s re-election bid.

In giving its nod to the Bronx lawmaker and Independent Democratic Conference leader, the union pointed to Klein as a “strong ally” in negotiations with FreshDirect and overall support for labor.

“We are proud to announce our support for Senator Jeff Klein today,” said Mark Carotenuto, President of UFCW Local 2013. “Senator Klein has been a strong ally in our contract negotiations with FreshDirect and a fighter for union workers across New York. When it comes to supporting working families, Senator Klein’s track record is unparalleled – from freezing rents for seniors to providing universal Pre-K to increasing the minimum wage – he has delivered for New York families. We strongly endorse Senator Klein and we look forward to working with him and a new Democratic majority in the Senate.”

UFCW Local 2013 represents 15,000 workers.

Klein faces former city Councilman Oliver Koppell in a primary next month.

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the UFCW Local 2013, whose men and women work so hard each and every day and I was proud speak up for their workers in FreshDirect negotiations that now will bring good union jobs to The Bronx. I will continue to be a voice for them in Albany and all hardworking New Yorkers across this state,” Klein said in a statement.

Dems Shun Anti-Cuomo Clemency Event

From today’s Morning Memo:

Our report on State of Politics yesterday about a march and vigil to call out Gov. Andrew Cuomo for failing to exercise his clemency powers appears to have touched a nerve.

Minutes after we posted an item about the event, which is to be held outside the Mount Kisco home Cuomo shares with Food Network star Sandra Lee on Sept. 6 – three days before the Democratic gubernatorial primary – our phone started ringing off the hook.

On the line were members of the Senate Democratic conference and one Senate candidate whose names were listed on a flyer for the vigil as “participating or supporting.”

They were calling to make sure we knew that they had no intention of actually showing up on the governor’s doorstep to protest anything at all, though one senator did assure me that he’s very much in favor of clemency “when it’s appropriate.”

Those who went out of their way to call (either in person or via emissary) were: Sens. Jose Peralta; Liz Krueger; Gustavo Rivera (“I’m very busy in my primary campaign and in my district,” he said); and Brad Hoylman.

Also not attending: Former NYC Comptroller John Liu, who is challenging Sen. Tony Avella, an IDC member, in the Sept. 9 primary; and former Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, who called this afternoon to say that he had been asked to sign on to a letter described as “harmless” that would express support for clemency, but did not agree to participate in an event that is “clearly an attack on the governor.”

The Sept. 6 event is being supported by a number of organizations and individuals that have made clear their disappointment with Cuomo this campaign season, including NOW-NYS (which endorsed his primary opponent, Fordham Law Prof. Zephyr Teachout), the Village Independent Democrats (also backing Teachout), and Democratic gadfly/donor Bill Samuels.

Several actors from the Netflix hit “Orange is the New Black” are scheduled to participate, as is “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” star Kathryn Erbe.

The vigil is being organized by Allen Roskoff, who is president of the Jim Owles Democratic Club and an outspoken – and often controversial – LGBT activist.

In a series of telephone and email conversations yesterday, Roskoff said only one person – Liu – had actually renegged on attending this event.

The others, he said, made it clear to him that they’re supportive but weren’t able to make it that night.

Roskoff also accused the governor and members of his staff of “strong arming people to not participate in a peaceful vigil for clemency” instead of “debating a primary opponent and governing the state.”

One source did say that calls had been made after our blog post appeared by “interested parties” connected to Cuomo seeking information about who planned to attend. But that source refused to name names.

Cuomo has exercised his clemency power far less than his predecessors – something that has drawn criticism from the left, including from comedian/activist Randy Credico, who is mounting a long-shot primary challenge to Cuomo this fall.

In December 2013, Cuomo issued three pardons to New Yorkers who had completed their sentences, but “whose legal status and rights were hampered by their criminal records,” according to his office.

Poloncarz Sends Fundraising Appeal For Hochul

Democratic Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Friday sent out a fundraising appeal for “hometown candidate” Kathy Hochul, the former representative now running for lieutenant governor alongside Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Kathy has fought for us and now we must fight for her. Please consider making a donation, any size donation, even $5.00, to her campaign,” Poloncarz wrote in an email. “And all Western New York Democrats must come out and support Kathy on Primary Day. Please consider visiting her website at kathyhochul.com and donating to her campaign.”

The email includes a link to a video released by state Democrats on Thursday that features Hochul for three minutes defending her liberal credentials, a move that comes her primary opponent, Columbia professor Tim Wu, has criticized her conservative voting record in Congress.

The email from Poloncarz reiterates a number of the points made in the video by Hochul, including her campaigning against cuts to Medicare and her loss in 2012 to Rep. Chris Collins.

“Now, she has been selected as the running mate of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has fought to pass the SAFE Act, marriage equality and is fighting to pass the DREAM Act, and the entire 10 point Women’s Equality Agenda that will end pay discrimination and protect a woman’s right to choose,” he writes.

Poloncarz is a key western New York ally for Cuomo, who has lavished attention on the region since taking office. Cuomo lost a large swath of western New York in 2010 to Republican nominee Carl Paladino, a Buffalo businessman.

Cuomo 2014 Collects $182K In One Day

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign reported raising $182,346 over the last 24 hours, according to filings with the state Board of Elections.

The contributions included money from key labor unions, including $35,000 from the Communications Workers of America and $27,596 from the Hotel Trades Council.

Cuomo also received $50,000 from California businessman John Scully.

Cuomo earlier this month reported $32 million in cash on hand.

Both Cuomo and his running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul, face a primary challenge next month from Fordham Law School Professor Zephyr Teachout and her running mate, Columbia professor Tim Wu.

Hochul Rolls Out Asian-American Endorsements

As she faces a primary challenge from Columbia professor Tim Wu, former Rep. Kathy Hochul’s campaign on Friday rolled out a trio of endorsements from Asian-American elected officials.

Hochul, a western New York Democrat and the running mate of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was endorsed by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, Assemblyman Ron Kim and New York City Councilman Peter Koo.

“I’m deeply honored to receive the support of so many leading members of New York’s Asian American community, and I look forward to working hand-in-hand with them as we move our state forward,” said Lt. Governor candidate Kathy Hochul. “Delivering a quality education for our children, strengthening our small businesses, and protecting and expanding services for our seniors are common goals we will achieve through collective action with the support of the Asian American community.”

The endorsements come after several days of Hochul shoring up her liberal bona fides against Wu, who would be the first Asian-American elected statewide if he were to win the lieutenant governor’s post.

The state Democratic Committee this week released a 3-minute web video featuring Hochul tout her liberal credentials in Washington as Wu and his running mate, gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout, criticize her voting record while representing a heavily Republican district.

At the same time, more than $60,000 has been contributed to Hochul’s lieutenant governor campaign account in the last 24 hours.

In the endorsements this morning, the officials pointed to Hochul’s support for the Dream Act, education issues and small business.

“In Congress, Kathy Hochul fought for federal support for education, working men and women and jobs,” Meng said in a statement. “I know she will do the same for all New Yorkers as Lieutenant Governor.”

Teachout-Wu Campaign Zero In On Hochul

The insurgent Democratic primary campaigns of Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu are gaining some traction through endorsements from labor unions and, on Thursday, the New York Times backed Wu’s run for lieutenant governor.

“We are tapping into something, clearly,” said Wu during his visit to Albany Thursday. “I’d love to give credit to Zephyr and I, but I really think there’s something going on in this state and frankly in this country.”

Wu criticized the environmental record of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul.

“She’s going to play the traditional, lackey-like position of lieutenant governor, which in my opinion is a waste of a constitutional position, of a constitutional office,” Wu said.

After that, Wu went across the street to attend a pro-labor rally on the steps of the state capitol.

Wu said he’d use the job of lieutenant governor as an independent and activist one.

“I think of the position, I can serve as a public advocate. My whole life I’ve put the interests of the public first,” said Wu.

Hochul, meanwhile, defended her voting record in Congress in a three-minute YouTube video released by the state Democratic Committee.

“I never backed down from our core Democratic values of pro-choice, pro-marriage equality and pro-worker values,” Hochul said in the video.

Both Cuomo and Hochul have not responded to invitations to hold televised debates with Teachout and Wu.

Wu said he would prefer to have a one-on-one debate with Hochul rather than respond to her in news conferences.

“If she wants to clarify her views on her record, as opposed to having these weird conversations where she puts out videos and put our dossiers on her record piece by piece, we could actually meet in a debate and see who’s right,” Wu said.

Teachout later in the day appeared at a rally in Albany on the steps of the state Education Building. She said Hochul’s record is too out of step with Democratic voters.

“The best way to establish your bonafides as a Democrat is to vote like a Democrat when you’re in Congress,” said Teachout.

Meanwhile, there were even more signs on Thursday the Cuomo re-election campaign was gearing up to defend Hochul.

Hochul’s campaign account, meanwhile, reported receiving more than $60,000 in donations in the last 24 hours, with contributions coming from key labor groups and an LLC with ties to prolific Cuomo donor, Leonard Litwin.

And earlier in the week, the state Democratic Committee released a mailer that prominently featured both the governor and Hochul, reminding party members to vote on Sept. 9.