Labor Day Wrap-Up
The West Indian Day Parade in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, drew all manner of elected officials and candidates, including both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Democratic primary opponent, Zephyr Teachout, and her running mate, Tim Wu.
Cuomo dismissed speculation that his running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul, could lose the Sept. 9 primary to Wu, insisting: “It’s not going to happen.”
“Ask Nancy Pelosi about Kathy Hochul,” Cuomo said. “Ask Charlie Rangel about Kathy Hochul. She represented a district in upstate New York that had some very conservative areas, some areas more conservative than New York City, but she’s a progressive through and through, there’s no doubt about that.”
Hochul did not attend the West Indian Day Parade, but marched with Rep. Brian Higgins in her native Buffalo.
Richard Johnson: “(D)on’t underestimate the number of knee-jerk liberals who will vote for Wu just because he has the endorsement of the New York Times.”
It’s “Hochul” – rhymes with “local” – not “Hoople” or “Hopeful,” (although technically speaking, that last one is applicable).
According to Fred Dicker, Cuomo’s political operatives are eyeing a “painful scenario” to dump Hochul as the governor’s lieutenant governor candidate amid growing signs Wu is picking up steam.
Former Gov. David Paterson criticized Wu, saying he’s treating the post of LG “like it’s a joke instead of a real job.”
Wu called the attack by the former governor (and LG) a “sign of desperation,” adding: “I’m going to do a lot more than David Paterson did in that job.”
Wu could be the first Asian-American to win statewide office. He has campaigned heavily in Flushing, Chinatown and Sunset Park, and even used his fluent, if slightly out of tune, Mandarin.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is backing Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky in her primary battle with businessman and activist SJ Jung.
The de Blasio family reprised their “Smackdown” dance at the West Indian Day Parade.
The DCCC has launched its second TV ad attacking Rep. Michael Grimm over his indictment — reprising the tagline “Can you believe this guy?”
AG Eric Schneiderman issued a Labor Day report containing highlights of his office’s labor enforcement work over the past three years.
A week before the Democratic primary, Cuomo is scheduled to meet tomorrow with a group of prominent Jewish leaders in New York City to brief them on his recent trip to Israel.
With the Senate Republicans striving to hold on to power in Albany and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino trying to gain it, their message isn’t always in unison.
Talk of a Mitt Romney 2016 run is heating up. A USA Today poll shows Romney with a huge lead in Iowa, far ahead of 14 other potential GOP candidates.
For the first time in the contest’s 13-year history, the U.S. National Buffalo Wing-Eating Championship was broadcast live on ESPN3. Joey Chestnut, the No. 1-ranked eater in the world, won by eating 192 wings in 12 minutes.
A new study found that the proportion of working-age New York City residents who were members of unions had rebounded in the last 18 months to nearly one in four.
Time and again, villagers have steadfastly voted down attempts to wipe their boundaries from the map. The New York Department of State says 11 villages have shut down since 2009.
Capital Region leaders hoping to reap fiscal rewards from gambling should be rooting for the Rensselaer casino project with the Hard Rock brand, if anticipated gross gaming revenues are considered.
New York’s late arrival at the betting table is forcing developers to think smaller.
Former Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz is backing indicted state Sen. John Sampson’s re-election bid.
More people have attended this year’s New York State Fair than last year, and the first-ever Dollar Day is still going strong.
Chobani yogurt, which is based in the upstate town of Norwich, has planted branded refrigerators filled with its Greek yogurt in the DC offices of US Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Richard Hanna.
A new invasive insect has devastated northeastern berry crops, and growers are working with Cornell University plant experts to develop strategies to fight it.
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