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Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

At 7:20 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a guest on 91.1 WFMU JM in the AM with host Nachum Segal.

At 8:05 a.m., Chemung Country Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss appears live on “Good Morning Westchester” on WVOX 1460 AM.

At 9 a.m., Brooklyn elected officials will speak to the media about why Prop. 1, a constitutional amendment revising redistricting, should be rejected by the voters on Nov. 4, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

At 9:30 a.m., Moss appears live on “Binghamton Today” on WNBF 1290 AM.

At 10 a.m., Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins and his running mate, Brian Jones, will conduct a conference call with with reporters, discussing their disgust with Cuomo’s latest attack on public teachers and public education.

Also at 10 a.m., P.S. 203Q, Queens Councilman Mark Weprin and other elected officials welcome a delegation of mayors, superintendents, principals, school administrators and municipal assistants from the Republic of Chile, 53-11 Springfield Blvd., Queens.

Also at 10 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, Assemblyman Victor Pichardo and others celebrate affordable housing groundbreaking, 2247 Walton Ave., the Bronx.

At 10:05 a.m., Moss appears live on “Live from the State Capital with Fred Dicker” on Talk 1300 AM Albany.

At 10:40 a.m., Astorino will be a guest on WOR radio with host Mark Simone.

At 11 a.m., Astorino will host a meeting with African American and Hispanic clergy members, Royal Coach Diner, 3260 Boston Rd., the Bronx.

Also at 11 a.m., 49th SD GOP candidate Terrence Murphy addresses allegations that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is funneling cash into key state Senate races, Yorktown Courthouse, 2295 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights.

At 11:30 a.m., de Blasio will join New York Road Runners at a press conference in the Javits Center to kick off the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon, 2nd Floor, 11th Avenue and West 35th Street, Manhattan.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver attends news conference announcing technology initiative, Westinghouse, 20th Floor, 150 Broadway, Manhattan.

At noon, Cornell University environmental science professor Toby Ault delivers the keynote address at Business Council’s annual environment conference, The Saratoga Hilton, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

At 12:30 p.m., Astorino will be a guest on WYSL/Rochester & WKAL/Utica with host Shannon Joy.

At 1 p.m., Astorino will hold a press conference to “criticize the disdain Cuomo repeatedly shows state employees and pledge to treat employees with respect as the next governor,” Tweed Courthouse, north side, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

At 2:15 p.m., US Kirsten Gillibrand will tour the Oneonta Job Corps Center and meet with students there, 21 Homer Folks Ave., Oneonta.

At 5 p.m., Astorino will be a guest on WBEN with host Tom Bauerle.

At 5:30 p.m., former President Clinton appears at a rally with Cuomo and Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, 310 W 43rd St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., LG Bob Duffy delivers remarks at the 43North Finalists Awards Ceremony, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo.

At 6:30 p.m., Astorino will be a guest on the Kris La Grange Show, 94.3 The Shark.

At 7 p.m., Democratic AG Eric Schneiderman and his GOP opponent, John Cahill, face off in their first and only televised debate, hosted by TWC News, Hilbert College, 5200 S Park Ave., Hamburg.

Also at 7 p.m., Astorino will attend a Nassau GOP Rally, Levittown Hall, Levittown Parkway, Hicksville.

At 7:30 p.m., Hochul speaks at a New Castle Democratic Committee rally, Mount Kisco Country Club, 10 Taylor Rd., Mount Kisco.

At 8 p.m., Moss appears live on “Political Party Night” on WSKG TV and Radio Binghamton.

Headlines…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s first use of the Moreland Act to investigate failures of electric companies in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy foretold the fate of the short-lived corruption-busting panel he created, meddled with, and the abruptly shut down.

The US health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an AP review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network.

As Bellevue Hospital Center goes into its eighth day of treating Dr. Craig Spencer, who had worked with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, some of its employees are feeling stigmatized — a harsh consequence of being at the first hospital in the city to deal with an outbreak that has killed about 5,000 people in West Africa.

Facing increasing pressure to publicly outline specific for their mandatory Ebola quarantine policy, New Jersey officials were moving quickly to finalize a detailed set of protocols for handling people returning to the US from Ebola-stricken nations.

With less than a week before the general election, Cuomo stressed his “special relationship” with the Orthodox Jewish community during a visit to Borough Park, Brooklyn last night.

If Syracuse wants a billion-dollar taxpayer-financed economic development package like its Buffalo neighbor, then local officials, academics and business officials need to put together a large-scale job creation proposal with committed private investment, Cuomo said.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli penned an OpEd against Prop. 1, saying it would “maintain the worst aspects of the system we have now and prevent the strong action necessary to create a more fair and transparent redistricting process.”

The Staten Island Advance endorsed embattled GOP Rep. Michael Grimm, though it lamented “the choice we have in making an endorsement in a race that could not be much uglier.”

In the final month leading up to Election Day, Grimm’s Democratic opponent, former NYC Councilman Domenic Recchia, has been all but invisible to reporters on the campaign trail, rarely sending out official campaign releases or holding press events.

The Journal News endorsed Democrat Justin Wagner in the 40th SD, saying he “demonstrates a dedication to (the district) and its residents, and a willingness to work for them and not for party alliances.”

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s asking the state’s hospitals to recommend incentives that the state could offer doctors, nurses and other health professionals who go to Ebola-stricken regions.

Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who traveled to West Africa to care for Ebola patients, said that she won’t self-quarantine for 21 days, setting up a possible legal battle with the state.

The WFP turned on Cuomo, its endorsed candidate for governor, for his comments comparing the state’s public school system to a “public monopoly.”

Democratic activist Bill Samuels says it will be Cuomo’s fault if the Senate Democrats don’t succeed in taking back the majority.

Cuomo called criticism of his handling of the Moreland Commission “a lot of political baloney,” and took a swipe at US Attorney Preet Bharara.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is putting off a visit to a Pennsylvania drilling site designed to highlight the benefits of fracking until after the election.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani is appearing in a TV ad for GOP NY-24 candidate and fellow former prosecutor John Katko.

Cuomo appeared today with GOP Rep. Michael Grimm, and insisted he’s supporting Grimm’s Democratic challenger, Domenic Recchia, but wouldn’t commit to campaigning for him.

NRCC Chairman Greg Walden and his deputy will appear at a GOTV rally for GOP NY-18 candidate Nan Hayworth tomorrow.

GOP NY-26 candidate Kathy Weppner says she carries a gun every day. (But not when she visits a school).

As she tries to unseat the only openly gay member of Congress from New York, Republican former Rep. Nan Hayworth has a new TV ad featuring an emotional testimonial from her gay son.

Rep. Nita Lowey is among the House Democratic conference’s senior members who are tens of thousands of dollars short on their DCCC dues.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t be voting on the Women’s Equality Line.

David Denenberg and his criminal defense attorney insisted he still is not campaigning despite a press release that said the community “supports Dave Denenberg for New York State Senate.”

The New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation has rleased its 2014 general election voter guide.

Sales of Cuomo’s memoir fell by more than 43 percent to 535 copies in its second week on shelves.

WNY Assemblyman Dave DiPietro is having a Second Amendment/Sportsmans fund-raiser with lots of guns as door prizes.

The Rothenberg Report changed the ratings for four New York House races in the GOP’s favor – NY-1, NY-11, NY-18 and NY-24.

Cuomo announced New York State has been honored with the title of “Wine Region of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Citizens Union released a white paper that shows the deepening effects of partisan gerrymandering in this year’s election cycle.

Long Island Assembly candidate Todd Kaminsky, a Democrat, has his great-uncle Mel Brooks robo-calling on his behalf.

A coalition of business groups that support the Common Core says it would cost the state $280 million to repeal the learning standards, as Astorino has promised to do.

The lawsuit over public school funding in eight small upstate cities has a new trial date – Jan. 21, 2015 – and a new judge, state Supreme Court Justice Kimberly A. O’Connor. (No link).

Maffei Ad Defends Family Against ‘Personal Attacks’

On the heels of a poll that shows he has lost the lead in his re-election bid, Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei has released a new TV ad featuring his wife and newborn daughter that slams his Republican opponent, John Katko, for making “personal attacks on my family.”

“Rep. Dan Maffei grew up in Central New York, on the East Side of Syracuse, and is committed to making the middle class in Central New York stronger,” said the congressman’s campaign manager Kane Miller, campaign manager. “He couldn’t be more proud of his wife Abby, her career, and their daughter Maya. He will continue to stand up for his family and middle class families across Central New York, and will never allow personal attacks from John Katko or anyone else about his family.”

The decision by Maffei and his wife to purchase a $700,000 home in the D.C. suburbs this past spring, coupled with the fact that Abby Maffei split her time between Syracuse and D.C. for her job at CARE, an international humanitarian group that fight global poverty, and that the couple’s daughter was born in a D.C. hospital have all become fodder throughout the campaign for Katko, who has questioned the congressman’s dedication to the district.

Maffei took issue with this line of attack during a TWC News debate in Syracuse this week, saying his wife and daughter should be ”out of bounds” - even though he has included them in his campaign literature and ads (like this one, for example). The congressman said the birth of his daughter in D.C. enabled him to “make every single vote for this congressional district while I was being a good  father.”

He said the baby is now in New York, where he is spending all of his time campaigning to keep the seat he first won in 2008, lost in 2010 (to former Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle) and then won back (from Buerkle) in 2012.

Here’s the transcript of Maffei’s new ad, which starts airing this week on stations across NY-24:

Eldridge Plays Up NYT Endorsement, Pay Equity In New Ad

Though he continues to trail his GOP opponent by double digits, Democrat Sean Eldridge is still forging ahead with his campaign in NY-19, releasing yet another TV ad that highlights his recent endorsement by the New York Times.

The Gray Lady praised Republican Rep. Chris Gibson for being will to buck his own party – “at least occasionally.” But criticized his lack of support for “the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage or comprehensive immigration reform, all of which are important to the lives of his constituents.”

As for Eldridge, the paper liked his “fresh face and strong ideas,” praising his “energetic” advocacy for same-sex marriage and campaign finance reform, and highlighting is pledges to be a champion for reproductive rights and equal pay for women.

Pay equity has been a big issue in this campaign cycle, but more so at the state level, where it is one plank of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act.

Eldridge has now spent more than $4 million of his own cash on his campaign. According to the second TWC News/Siena poll of this race, all that money hasn’t managed to budge voters much, or convince them to support the Democratic newcomer.

Here’s the script for Eldridge’s latest ad, which hits the airwaves tomorrow:

“Every day I hear from families who are struggling – who feel like the deck is stacked against them and no one in Washington is on their side. It’s time that changed.”

“I’m Sean Eldridge. I run a company that invests in local small businesses to help them succeed and create jobs. In Congress, I’ll fight to make college more affordable and make sure women get equal pay for equal work.”

“Washington is broken. We need an advocate who will shake things up and put families first.”

“I’m Sean Eldridge, and I approve this message.”

Senate Dems Giving for the Cause

From the Morning Memo:

The so-called “regular” Senate Democrats entered this election cycle at a financial disadvantage, trailing the Republicans by several million dollars, though – for the first time in years – they were debt free.

That was largely thanks to the fundraising efforts to DSCC Chair Mike Gianaris, of Queens, who has personally kicked in $135,000 to the conference kitty since last January.

A number of Democrats who don’t have to worry about re-election this fall (either because they face weak challengers or no challengers at all) are contributing their campaign cash to the effort to win back the majority.

That includes Sen. Andrea-Stewart-Cousins, who (assuming the current state of affairs holds, which isn’t actually a safe assumption) could become majority leader, depending on how things shake out on Nov. 4. The Yonkers lawmaker has given the DSCC $127,500 over the past 10 months.

Other members of the conference who have been contributing to the case include a number of the usual suspects – Manhattan Sen. Liz Krueger ($40,000, though she also is giving to individual candidates through her No Bad Apples PAC), Brooklyn Sen. Daniel Squadron ($48,000), Albany-area Sen. Neil Breslin ($50,000), and Bronx Sen. Gustavo Rivera ($30,000, he can afford to be generous after winning the September primary).

Coming in at No. 3 on the giving list is a new face – freshman Democrat, Manhattan Sen. Brad Hoylman, who ponied up $52,000.

Hoylman, who won a primary in 2012 to replace retiring Sen. Tom Duane in the chamber, has been an outspoken reformer intent on trying to re-make the conference and help it shed its post-coup reputation for corruption and dysfunction.

The fact that all but one (conservative Bronx Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr.) of the key players from the 2009 leadership crisis are gone has been a big selling point for the Senate Dems as they seek to re-take control of the chamber.

Of course, the Republicans are trying their best to remind voters of the downstate-dominated conference’s short-lived and rocky tenure in the majority.

Internal Poll Shows Maloney Up 6 in NY-18

From the Morning Memo:

A poll conducted by the Global Strategy Group for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney shows the Democratic congressman with a 6-point lead over his Republican opponent, former Rep. Nan Hayworth, heading into the final stretch of their re-match in NY-18.

According to this poll of 401 likely voters, Maloney is leading Hayworth 46-40 with 14 percent still undecided, even though Election Day is right around the corner.

The poll was conducted Oct. 21-23, and Maloney’s campaign – as is standard operating procedure at the congressional level – only shared a portion of the poll results. (At the state level, it’s an all-or-nothing proposition when it comes to making poll data public).

Voters’ opinions of Maloney’s job performance were largely positive, 47-35, and his favorable/unfavorable rating was 44-29.

Hayworth’s favorable/unfavorable rating was 39-41.

Only 30 percent of voters believed she would be able to working with members of both parties on behalf of the Hudson Valley, while 43 percent said Maloney is able to cross party lines to get things done.

Bipartisanship has been a big focus in this race, with Maloney touting the support he has received from a number of local GOP elected officials – especially state Sen. Bill Larkin – in the closely-divded district.

Hayworth released an internal poll of her own this week, which, not surprisingly, does not concur with the findings of Maloney’s survey.

According to the Public Opinion Strategies poll conducted Oct. 23-25 of 400 likely voters for Hayworth’s campaign, the NY-18 race is a dead heat, with each candidate receiving 42 percent of the vote, and a third party candidate, Scott Smith, getting 3 percent.

The Global Strategy poll billed this race as a “two-way contest” between Maloney and Hayworth.

A ballot test that did not include the third party candidate was still a 44-44 tie, according to the Public Opinion Strategies poll, suggesting neither is either helped or hurt by the presence of a contender with no money or name recognition. (Smith is running on the self-created “Mr. Smith for Congress” line).

Both polls have a 4.9 percent margin of error.

According to Hayworth’s poll, the former congresswoman “has the momentum” as Election Day nears, as she was down eight percentage points in a September Siena poll, (50-42, with 8 percent undecided).

Siena is about to release a second poll of this district, so we’ll get yet another assessment of the race before voters head to the ballot box for, as candidates like to say, the only poll that really matters.

NY 18 Poll Memo 10.28.14-2.pdf by Nick Reisman

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

At 7:10 a.m., Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss appears live on “First News in the Morning” on WIBX 950 AM, Utica.

At 7:15 a.m., former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, now president of Washington investment consulting firm Greenspan Associates LLC, speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations; 58 E. 68th St., Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is a guest on Radio Woodstock, 100.1 FM.

Also at 9 a.m., SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher delivers keynote address for SUNY’s 4th annual Critical Issues In Higher Education conference at The New York Times Center, 242 W. 41st St., Manhattan.

At 9:15 a.m., US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NYC Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg deliver keynote speeches to open an annual workshop titled “Transforming Access, Mobility and Delivery in Cities: Turning Knowledge into Action,” Ford Foundation, 320 E. 43rd St., Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Rep. Dan Maffei will welcome Rep. Joe Kennedy III to NY-24 for a tour of the Historic Tipperary Hill Neighborhood, (Stone Throwers Monument, Tompkins Street and Milton Avenue, Syracuse), followed by phone banking, (NYS Democratic Committee field office, 521 East Washington St., Syracuse).

At 10:15 a.m., GOP gubernatorial candidate and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will be a guest on “Live from the State Capitol” with host Fred Dicker, Talk 1300 AM.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks after helping to rebuild a Sandy-damaged home, 2924 Neptune Ave., Brooklyn.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Hawkins is a guest on WGXC, community radio for Greene and Columbia counties, 90.7 FM and streaming at http://www.wgxc.org.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Astorino will tour businesses affected by Sandy, starting at Curran’s Butchers, 239 Beach 116th St., Rockaway Park.

At 11 a.m., Cuomo highlights Superstorm Sandy recovery, 109 Fox Beach Ave., Staten Island.

Also at 11 a.m., Moss greets voters with Onondaga County Sheriff candidate Gene Conway, Stella’s Diner, 110 Wolf St., Syracuse.

At noon, the Commission on the Public’s Health System and SEIU Doctors Council sponsor a a “Rally for Respect and Quality Patient Care”; Woodhull Medical Center, 760 Broadway, Brooklyn.

Also at noon, de Blasio holds a press conference, Midland Beach Fishing Pier Boardwalk, 664 Father Capodanno Blvd., Staten Island.

Also at noon, Moss greets voters with state Comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci and Conway at the Onondaga Senior Center, 4834 Velasko Rd., Syracuse.

Also at noon, Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hocul speaks at the Cayuga Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon, Cayuga Centers, 210 Osborne St. Annex, Auburn.

Also at noon, Astorino will hold a press conference with Long Island residents on an AARP study that shows 70 percent of baby boomers plan to leave NYS when they retire, Nautical Mile, Woodcleft Avenue & Suffolk Street, Freeport.

At 12:30 p.m., Astorino will be a guest on Long Island News radio with host John Gomez.

At 1 p.m., Moss greets voters with Antonacci and Conway at the Clay Senior Center, 4948 State Highway 31, Clay.

At 2:45 p.m., Moss tours North Star Orchards with Rep. Richard Hanna, 4741 State Route 233, Westmoreland.

At 3 p.m., Hochul tours Eastman Business Park with LG Bob Duffy and local leaders, 200 West Ridge Rd., Bldg 28, Rochester.

At 5 p.m., Astorino will attend the Grand Opening of Kennedy’s Restaurant after Sandy, 406 Bayside (Corner of Beach 215th Street and Rockaway Point Boulevard), Breezy Point.

Also at 5 p.m., Hawkins holds a meet-and-greet with supporters, Swallow Coffee, 433 Warren St., Hudson.

At 6 p.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts a town hall forum on Ebola, at which representatives of the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene speak, 1040 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

Also at 6 p.m., Moss attends and delivers remarks at the Otsego Republican Reception, Cooperstown Distillery, 11 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown.

Also at 6 p.m., Assemblywoman Deborah Glick holds an anti-fracking town hall, John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Ave., Room U100, Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., Hochul speaks at the Monroe County Democratic Party’s Annual Dinner with Rep. Louise Slaughter, Chairman David Garretson and local leaders, Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E Main St., Rochester.

Also at 6:30 p.m., de Blasio delivers remarks at Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, Riverpark, 450 East 29th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6:30 p.m., Astorino will attend the Sandy Service of Remembrance, Boardwalk at Midland, Staten Island.

At 6:45 p.m., House Speaker John Boehner headlines a GOTV rally for NY-1 GOP candidate and state Senator Lee Zeldin, Portuguese America Hall, 1216 Portion St., Framingdale.

At 7 p.m., Hawkins holds a meet-and-greet with supporters, Arthur’s Market, 35 North Ferry St., Schenectady.

Headlines…

With less than a week until the election, the Ebola crisis once again has put Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s aggressive style on full display, drawing criticism, praise and national attention.

Offering the first detailed account of how New York’s quarantine order for travelers returning from West Africa will be put into effect, the Cuomo administration issued guidelines that go beyond federal recommendations but seek to allow people to choose where to spend their enforced isolation.

The father of a Connecticut third-grader filed a federal lawsuit saying his daughter has been unfairly barred from school amid fears she may have been exposed to the Ebola virus while in Africa.

Gov. Chris Christie has a simple message for the nurse quarantined in New Jersey over fears of spreading the Ebola virus if she decides to sue the state for being detained for more than 65 hours: “Whatever. Get in line.”

Christie called the Obama administration’s new guidelines for isolating those exposed to Ebola “incredibly confusing,” and defended the state’s stricter policy requiring quarantines for health-care workers exposed to the virus.

The question of costs has arisen after states scrambled to enact public policies in response to dozens of scares and the handful of confirmed Ebola cases in the US. Many say they will look to the federal government for assistance.

A Yale University graduate student who spent three weeks of volunteer service in Liberia and had no contact with Ebola patients is being quarantined in his apartment. He has been tested three times for the disease, coming up negative each time.

The NY Post “heartily” endorsed GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, saying he “offers a bold platform the Empire State desperately needs.”

Cuomo called a controversial mailing by the state’s teachers union that uses an image of a battered woman in a campaign to defeat Republican State Sen. Mark Grisanti “disgusting” and “outrageous”, adding: “Not only is it unfair to Grisanti and deceptive about Grisanti, but it also exploits the women’s equality movement.”

Bill Hammond says “Cuomo’s full-court press for women’s votes has grated on some feminists, including me, like fingernails on a blackboard,” but the effort nevertheless paid off, as the governor enjoys a wide lead in the polls with New York women.

With six days to go until Election Day, Cuomo is expected to visit the orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Borough Park late this afternoon, though the event is not on his public schedule.

Cuomo’s statements calling public schools “monopolies” that he plans to break in favor of charter schools have his critics up in arms. “It’s like his mouth exploded,” said New Paltz mom and special education teacher Bianca Tanis, who is a member of the group Re-thinking Testing: Mid-Hudson Region.

In the final days of this year’s legislative session, Cuomo left the Capitol, boarded a state helicopter and flew to Manhattan, where he spent an hour talking about education policy with a room full of billionaires at the Forbes 400 Philanthropy Summit.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio steered at least one massive donation from John Catsimatidis to an upstate Democratic committee that promptly funneled the money to two state Senate candidates — taking advantage of a huge loophole in campaign finance rules.

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President Obama delivered an implicit rebuke to states that have imposed strict Ebola quarantine rules, warning they could undermine American efforts to counteract the spread of the virus.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will get his second Clinton bump within the span of a week. Former President Bill Clinton will headline a rally for the governor in NYC Thursday.

The Cuomo administration has issued guidelines that go beyond federal recommendations but seek to allow individuals to spend their enforced isolation in a location of their choosing.

A Vermont resident recently returned from West Africa and entered voluntary quarantine, showing no signs of Ebola symptoms.

A spokesperson for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “The City anticipates the costs of preparing for and treating Ebola will be significant – in the many millions…The City will be seeking federal assistance.”

How will Ebola impact the governor’s race?

Citing potential fraud, state Senate Democrats are considering going to court to try and keep all GOP senators from running on the Rob Astorino-created Stop Common Core ballot line.

As a state senator, Eric Schneiderman was a staunch supporter of the CFE case, now, as AG, his office is obligated to defend the Cuomo administration against essentially the same lawsuit.

Republican Virginia US Senate candidate Ed Gillespie pledges in a TV ad to oppose “the anti-Redskins bil.”

“The last time a Virginia Republican senate candidate (George Allen) actively promoted a racial slur, voters rightly rejected him,” said Change the Mascot spokesman Joel Barkin.

The House Majority PAC released a new TV ad slamming GOP Rep. Michael Grimm. The buy is $1.7 million, and the ad runs through Election Day.

New York was again ranked 49th in its business tax climate Tuesday by the Tax Foundation, even after the group earlier this month feted Cuomo for his tax policies.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is featured in a new ad from the Republican Party of Florida running across the Sunshine State.

Our NY-24 debate question on Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei’s baby made national news.

Even the metal detectors have been decorated for the Gracie Mansion Halloween open house.

Newsday endorsed GOP Sen. Lee Zeldin in NY-1, where he’s challenging Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop.

Cuomo ordered the lowering of flags on state buildings to half-staff tomorrow in honor of the 61 people who died in New York as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

The Buffalo School District has an Ebola plan.

US Sen. Chuck Schumer endorsed Madelyn Thorne, the Democrat challenging GOP Sen. Hugh Farley in the 49th SD.

Your political affiliation apparently dictates your taste in music.

Former Democratic LG candidate Tim Wu appears in an anti-Prop. 1 online video.

NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is engaged in a war of words with GOP Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.

A DailyKos blogger predicts Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins will cause Cuomo’s demise on Nov. 4.

NYSUT and Democratic Committee have launched separate, last-minute efforts to push for passage of a $2 billion education bond act.

Cuomo is becoming more vocal about his support for the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act, but he’s not saying much about Prop. 1, the redistricting amendment he purports to back.

Amber Vinson, a nurse who fueled Ebola fears by flying to Cleveland after being infected by her dying patient in Dallas, was released from a hospital isolation unit.

A plan by Erie County and Erie Community College officials to locate a new $30 million academic building in Amherst is being challenged in state Supreme Court by former County Executive Joel Giambra.

Vowing to break “one of the only remaining public monopolies,” Cuomo said he’ll push for a new round of teacher evaluation standards if re-elected.

Grisanti’s Daughter Comes To His Defense

Sen. Mark Grisanti, who, like other Republican incumbents and first-time candidates across the state, is under fire from Democrats and their allies in women’s rights advocacy organizations for failing to support the full Women’s Equality Act, has tapped his daughter, Theresa, to defend his record.

A WNY SoP reader forwarded a robocall he received from Theresa Grisanti, (who I believe is 26), who insists her father has “been there for all women in New York State” and “will continue to fight for women’s equality” if re-elected on Nov. 4.

Grisanti, like his GOP colleagues, opposes the abortion rights plank of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, but voted “yes” on the nine remaining planks when they were brought to the floor as stand alone bills. Nevertheless, the senator’s opponents – most notably NYSUT – have been casting him as anti-woman. Grisanti is one of a handful of Republicans in hotly contested districts targeted by a mailer paid for by NYSUT’s political arm that features a graphic image of a domestic violence victim.

Democrats like Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz have deemed the mailer “disgusting,” and called on Grisanti’s Democratic opponent, Marc Panepinto, to repudiate it. Grisanti himself has called for an apology. (So far, that has not been forthcoming; NYSUT remains unapologetic about the mailer, and Panepinto’s campaign has sought to distance the candidate from it, while also not decrying its existence).

Theresa Grisanti notes in her call that her father is running on the Independence Party line next month. He lost the GOP primary in September to attorney Kevin Stocker.

Here’s the robocall script:

“Hi, my name is Theresa Grisanti, and I’m calling to tell you about my dad, Mark Grisanti. He has always been there for me, and he has been there for all women in New York State.

My dad voted for women’s equality in Albany. He voted for equal pay for equal work. He voted to increase penalties for human trafficking, and he voted to make sure no women ever has to put up with harassment in the workplace.

I know my dad, and I can promise you, he will continue to fight for women’s equality.

I hope you will join me on Election Day, November 4th, and vote for my dad, Mark Grisanti, on Row 11 E. Thank you.”

AAN Hits Rep. Maloney With Drone Ad

Last month, the American Action Network, a conservative 501(c)4 run by former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, announced it would spend $600,000 to try to oust Maloney during the final weeks of the campaign.

The organization is hitting the airwaves today with an anti-Maloney TV ad, which highlights the congressman’s controversial use of a drone to record his summer wedding to his longtime partner (and now husband) Randy Florke.

The Federation Aviation Administration prohibits the use of commercial drones, and Maloney got in hot water for (apparently) not being aware of that fact, since he sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee, which oversees the FAA.

As of July, the FAA was investigating the use of the drone (AKA “unmanned aircraft) at the Maloney-Florke wedding in Cold Spring on June 21. But so far, nothing has come of that probe.

Here’s the script of AAN’s new ad, which the organization says will be accompanied by a “significant” direct mail campaign:

NEWS ANCHOR 1: The FAA is investigating a New York congressman over his…

NEWS ANCHOR 2: Video may violate FAA rules.

ANNCR: Sean Patrick Maloney. His committee overseas the FAA, but he still ignored FAA rules banning commercial drone use.

Maloney also supported giving Congress taxpayer-funded health care for life, while voting against efforts to stop Congress from flying first class on our dime.

Sean Patrick Maloney, looking out for himself, not us.

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