Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and LG Bob Duffy participate in a Capital District Regional Economic Development Council assessment tour.
They’ll kick things off at RPI’s Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, 15th Street and College Avenue, Troy, 9:45 a.m.
Tonight, Cuomo will host a fund-raiser in NYC for the House Majority PAC. Also expected: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel.
The NYS Business Council is scheduled to endorse GOP state Senate candidate Bob Cohen in the 37th SD, 10 a.m., outside the candidate’s HQ at 214 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains.
On the rumble in Boca last night…
The general consensus is that President Obama turned in a much stronger performance in the third and final debate.
A post-debate PPP swing-state poll showed the president up 11 percentage points.
Recognizing it’s almost impossible to win a foreign policy debate against a sitting president – especially one who has a list of achievements like Obama – Mitt Romney adopted a careful, do-no-harm strategy seemingly designed to avoid gaffes and preserve his perceived momentum.
“Attacking me is not an agenda,” Romney told Obama.
Romney sought to reverse – or at least soften – his hawkish stance of the past year, insisting the country “can’t kill our way” out of the “mess” in the Middle East.
Obama tried to paint Romney as out-of-touch about the modern military with his “horses and bayonets” quip.
The NYT eviscerated Romney, saying he “had little coherent to say and often sounded completely lost” – except when he moved back to his “comfort zone” of domestic policy (on which the Gray Lady doesn’t agree with him much, either).
The NY Post insists Romney held his own against Obama’s attacks, and proved himself a more-than-credible commander-in-chief, adding: “By that alone, he gets the win.”
On the heels of the debate, the Obama campaign released a closing-argument TV ad that will run in key swing states. The president speaks directly to the camera, saying: “We’re’ not there yet, but we’ve made real progress, and the last thing we should do is turn back now.”
In non-debate headlines…
Cuomo has no sympathy for local governments struggling to make ends meet and looking to the state for help.
“I have a $1 billion deficit,” Cuomo said. “You know what I want? Mandate relief from the federal government, and when I get it I’ll pass it along.”
Syracuse Mayor and state Democratic Party Co-Chair Stephanie Miner was unconcerned by Cuomo’s “offhand comment at a press conference.”
The governor seems excited to hit the campaign trail for Obama, but says he hasn’t yet received his marching orders.
The NY-1 race has reached a frantic pace in its final weeks. Said Rep. Tim Bishop: “It’s draining.”
The DOH confirmed a case of hantavirus contracted by a Long Island man when he was bitten by a rodent while camping in the Adirondacks.
After unearthing troubling abuses in an initial audit, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced he is launching yet another investigation into the SUNY Research Foundation to probe deeper into how taxpayer dollars are being used.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher says many of the problems with the SUNY Research Foundation cited in DiNapoli’s audit are already being addressed.
Two NYC-based Super PACs have pledged to spend half a million dollars to help Democratic state Senate candidate Cecilia Tkaczyk and to make a point that there should be less money in politics.
A Romney-Biden administration is actually a (very remote) possibility.
The Donald says he has “very big news” about Obama that he will reveal tomorrow.
The $2.25 base fare for subways and buses is likely to increase by 25 cents, warned MTA Chairman Joe Lhota.
US Senate candidate Wendy Long says she sees the America she loves “slipping away.”
The property in Westchester County where the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. committed suicide in May is now for sale for almost $4 million.
Rep. Nan Hayworth accused the Times Herald-Record of misquoting her when it reported last year that she agreed with House GOP leaders that disaster aid for Hurricane Irene victims would have to be matched by spending cuts. The paper is standing by its story.
Public school districts in the Capital Region have some of the highest-paid teachers in upstate New York.
Stan Lundine, former congressman and lieutenant governor, has endorsed Democrat Nate Shinagawa of Ithaca in NY-23.
The Bloomberg administration is suing what is believed to be the largest operator of illegal hotels in New York City, seeking $1 million in damages and the creation of a restitution fund for tourists who have been duped and exposed to dangerous conditions.
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