Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
LG Bob Duffy is in Buffalo. At 11 a.m., he’ll tour key state projects remaking the Inner Harbor. 1 Marine Dr.
US Senate candidate Wendy Long continues her radio show blitz with appearances on Talk of The Town Show with Elijah X. Norwood, WUTQ, Utica, 8:45 a.m.; and Bob Joseph’s Binghamton Now Radio Show, WNBF, 9:30 a.m. At 6 p.m., she’ll attend a GOP Women’s Coalition fund-raiser in NYC.
The new must-have swing voters – “waitress moms” – are still undecided with less than two weeks remaining in the 2012 presidential race.
An AP-GfK poll finds Romney has all but erased Obama’s double-digit lead among women voters.
Mayor Bloomberg says having a consistently high approval rating means “you’re skiing down the slope and you never fall,” adding: “Well, you’re skiing the baby slope, for goodness’ sakes. Go to a steeper slope.” (Ahem, governor?)
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it’s “unlikely” the Libya mess will cause her to extend her time in office, but also left the door open to doing just that.
“Rape is rape; it is a crime,” Obama said on a “Tonight Show” appearance in response to Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s comments that pregnancies resulting from rapes are God’s will.
After his booze summit, Cuomo announced the state will invest $1 million in promoting the wine, beer and spirits industry. He said $2 million more could be spent on advertising, as long as the businesses provide matching funds.
Tom Kaplan writes: “At one point in the day, the Executive Mansion was transformed into an elaborate tasting room: nearly two dozen breweries, wineries and distilleries offered samples, and visitors were given souvenir corkscrews bearing Mr. Cuomo’s name.”
“New York beer is my favorite beer,” Cuomo said. “I am a beer and wine and hard cider and distilled products guy. Anything New York.”
The House Majority PAC launched yet another TV ad in New York, this one slams NY-1 Republican candidate Randy Altschuler for outsourcing jobs.
Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul is a top GOP target this year, but that hasn’t stopped GOP state Sen. Patrick Gallivan from appearing with her three times since May – twice in the final weeks of the campaign.
The Buffalo News endorsed Hochul, saying her opponent, former Erie County Executive Chris Collins, “flat-out has no business in Congress.” The paper also backed two other incumbents: Rep. Brian Higgins and Rep. Tom Reed.
As head of the DCCC, Rep. Steve Israel is under extra pressure to win races in his home state.
State GOP Chairman Ed Cox says Mittmentum is spilling over into New York’s competitive House races and boosting Republican candidates.
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle attacked Democrat Dan Maffei during the first three-way NY-24 debate for TV ads she said “lied to women” on the issue of rape.
Sen. Mark Grisanti, who hasn’t (yet?) received Cuomo’s formal endorsement, referenced his good working relationship with the governor several times during a 60th SD debate yesterday morning.
Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond, a Democrat, has directed the Adirondack Phantoms to include a disclaimer on game-night advertising that Republican congressional candidate Matt Doheny’s campaign purchased, making it clear that the city is not endorsing his candidacy.
Cuomo signed off on extraditing the suspect in the murder of a Southern Tier school superintendent. Virginia’s governor must also agree.
A preliminary estimate by the NYC EDC found moving the Islanders from Nassau County to Brooklyn could generate $175 million in economic activity each season.
The Nation sides with AG Eric Schneiderman against JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.
The Bedford estate where Mary Kennedy killed herself has been sold.
Thirty-one percent of likely Romney voters in New York plan to vote for Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the race for U.S. Senate, according to a Marist/NY1/YNN poll released today.
According to Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, the state is spending about $12 billion a year to deal with obesity, which is reaching “epidemic proportions” in children, affecting nearly one-third of them.
A consortium of environmental groups has petitioned the EPA to include gas drillers and developers on the list of industries required to participate in the Toxics Release Inventory.
Gillibrand says she supports Cuomo’s approach to hydrofracking and wants more information before the state allows companies to begin drilling.
If there’s a post-election deal that includes a legislative pay increase, Sen. Joe Griffo says he’ll vote “no.”
Health care costs are more of a concern to businesses than taxes when they’re seeking to relocate, expand or establish themselves, says DOH Commissioner Nirav Shah.
Republican former Secretary of State Colin Powell echoed his 2008 endorsement of Obama and says he’ll vote for the president on Nov. 6.
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