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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

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.


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.

American Action Network is responsible for the content of this advertising.

NOW-NYS Gives Late Nod To Schneiderman

The National Organization for Women New York State (NOW-NYS) is poised to announce its support today for Democratic state AG Eric Schneiderman, saying he has been an “incredibly strong defender of women’s rights.”

“From introducing the Reproductive Rights Disclosure Act, to expanding clinic buffer zones, to investigating so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers’, Eric has taken on tough fights for the women of New York State,” said NOW-NYS President Zenaida Mendez.

“Meanwhile his opponent has an extreme anti-choice record that’s simply wrong for New York. That is why NOW-NYS is proudly supporting Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s re-election.”

This is a continuation of a theme that Schneiderman and his allies have kept up throughout the campaign – that Republican AG candidate John Cahill, a practicing Catholic who personally opposes abortion, is too extreme to be the state’s top attorney.

Cahill has repeatedly said that despite his personal beliefs, he will uphold and defend all of New York’s laws if he’s elected on Nov. 4.

To bolster the NOW-NYS endorsement, Schneiderman’s campaign is releasing a new online video that features young women slamming Cahill for his opposition to abortion rights and what they deem his “anti-choice” record while serving as a top official in the administration of former GOP Gov. George Pataki.

Pataki, for the record, is a moderate Republican who at times got into hot water with conservative supporters by describing his own position on abortion as “pro-choice.”

However, he has said he opposes the abortion-rights plank in Cuomo’s 10-point Women’s Equality Act, which Cahill also does not support.

Rep. Maloney’s New NY-18 Ad – A Tale of Two Bills

From the Morning Memo:

On the heels of Hillary Clinton’s appearance on his behalf in Somers yesterday, Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is out with a new ad that features her husband – and his former boss – former President Clinton.

The ad, entitled “Agree”, stars the ex-president and GOP state Sen. Bill Larkin, who has crossed party lines to support the congressman’s battle against the Republican he ousted two years ago, former Rep. Nan Hayworth.

Maloney served as a senior advisor in the Clinton White House – a fact Hillary Clinton alluded to during her appearance on the congressman’s behalf yesterday.

“I’m here not only because I remember that young man – he looks pretty much the same as he did nearly 25 years ago – that I met all those years ago in New Hampshire, that worked in the White House,” the former first lady and ex-secretary of state said.

“I’m here because he’s been a good congressman for this district, for the people he has represented.”

Both Bill and Hillary Clinton have been stumping across the nation on behalf of Democratic candidates this campaign season – an effort that is widely viewed as chit-collecting in advance of her possible 2016 presidential run.

Aside from the fact that Maloney is a former employee, this race also has particular significance for the Clintons since it’s taking place in their backyard. (Westchester County).

Maloney’s campaign said there’s a “significant six-figure buy” behind this ad, which is running on NYC broadcast stations.

The NY-18 race has tightened considerably as Election Day draws near, and is now widely viewed as a neck-and-neck situation.

Hayworth recently infused a cool $1 million of her own cash into her campaign, while the DCCC pulled support from other Democratic candidates in New York to redeploy resources on Maloney’s behalf.

Here’s the script of the congressman’s new ad:

Announcer: “Here’s one thing Democrats and Republicans agree on, Sean Patrick Maloney has a record of bipartisan results. Creating Jobs. Protecting a Woman’s Right to Choose. Fighting for Veterans.

Republican Senator Bill Larkin: He has taken a position of let’s work together for the people we represent. He has been a staunch supporter of veterans.

President Bill Clinton: Sean Maloney’s got a better jobs plan. He’s got a better budget plan. He’s got a better education plan. He’s got a better plan for the future.”

‘The Real Rob Astorino’ Robos in Buffalo

From the Morning Memo:

A Western New York CapTon fan reports GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is robocalling residents in the region – an area on which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has lavished attention over the past four years and very much wants to win on Nov. 4.

According to a transcript helpfully provided by this reader, the call features “the real Rob Astorino,” as opposed to the one Cuomo (according to the Westchester County executive) is “spending millions to smear.”

Astorino goes on to decry Cuomo’s $44 million worth of negative TV ads, which he deems “ridiculous”, and also accuses the governor of believing New Yorkers are “dumb” enough to believe the “lies” he’s spreading about his GOP opponent.

The county executive then gives his own version of his record: That he has twice been elected with bipartisan support, cut taxes, and created jobs.

He makes a point of noting that he wants to improve education – without the Common Core – and urges listeners to check out his campaign website to learn more about that, as well as his economic development proposals and his support for term limits.

Robocalling, of course, is a heck of a lot cheaper than buying TV air time – even in Western New York, where it’s considerably more affordable than the NYC metro area to run ads.

Astorino has been out-gunned by Cuomo on the fundraising front since Day One of this race, and so he’s doing what he can to get his message out.

Here and Now

Nothing yet on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s public schedule or whereabouts today.

At 7:15 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino ill be a guest on WPIX Morning News.

At 8:30 a.m., GOP AG candidate John Cahill is a guest on Frankly Speaking with Frank Acomb, News/Talk 1230 AM, WENY.

At 9:30 a.m., on the eve of the 2nd anniversary of Sandy, Astorino will hold a press conference slamming Cuomo “for hijacking $37.5 million in federal funds earmarked for storm victims for his election year television ads”, outside FEMA, 26 Federal Plaza, #1337, Manhattan.

At 9:45 a.m., Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss joins Erie County Comptroller Stefan Michajliw to tour Accadia Site Contracting’s Brighton Road Reconstruction Project, Corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Brighton Road, Amherst.

At 10:30 a.m., Cahill is endorsed by the Westchester Policeman’s Benevolent Association, Van Der Donck Park, Dock Street, Yonkers.

At 10:45 a.m., Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, state Education Commissioner John King and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina participate in a panel discussion at New York State School Boards Association annual conference, Sheraton Times Square, 811 7th Ave., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Moss and Michajliw tour Response to Love Center Soup Kitchen and Shelter, 325 Walden Ave., Buffalo, NY.

At 12:15 p.m., Moss greets voters at Dog-E-Style Hot Dogs, 128 Genesee St., Buffalo, NY.

At 12:30 p.m., Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul speaks at a rally hosted by the Broome County Democratic Committee, Sons of Italy Lodge Order 487, 62 Carroll St., Binghamton.

Also at 12:30 p.m., NYSCOPBA releases a new report on assaults in the state’s prisons it says are being underreported by DOCCS, outside Attica Correctional Facility, 639 Exchange St., Attica.

Also at 12:30 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a media availability, 1918 First Ave., Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., the SUNY Board of Trustees academic medical centers and hospitals committee meets, The SUNY Global Center, 116 East 55th St., Manhattan.

Also at 2 p.m., Rep. Louise Slaughter and state DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald will be joined by state and local officials and industry leaders for an announcement about the new Rochester Train Station, 320 Central Ave., Rochester.

At 2:30 p.m., Hochul tours Byrne Dairy Farm, Finger Lakes East Business Park, 1710 Rte 13, Cortland.

At 3:00 p.m., Moss appears live in-studio on “The Tom Bauerle Show” on WBEN 930 AM Buffalo.

At 4:30 p.m., Moss Joins Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard to greet voters at Gigi’s Restaurant, 257 E. Ferry St., Buffalo, NY.

At 5 p.m., Hochul speaks at a rally hosted by the Oneida County Democratic Committee, Italian Heritage Club Of the Mohawk Valley, 644 Bleecker St., Utica.

Also at 5 p.m., de Blasio and his wife, First Lady Chirlane McCray, host Gracie Mansion’s Halloween Open House, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr. and the NYC Health Department hold a town hall forum on Ebola, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.


Federal health officials have revamped guidelines for doctors and nurses returning home to the United States from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, stopping well short of controversial mandatory quarantines that are being imposed by some states.

The US Army has begun quarantining soldiers who deployed to in West Africa, even though they have not shown any symptoms of Ebola and are not believed to have been exposed to the virus.

Following New York and New Jersey, Connecticut has ignored the federal guidelines and enacted a mandatory quarantine as a precaution against Ebola.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s unified, bipartisan front with Cuomo on responding to Ebola appeared to evaporate in just two days – a rare fissure between the two governors.

A five-year-old boy who was being tested for the Ebola virus has tested negative for the diseease, according to New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

With a spotlight trained on City Hall, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio – known more for flights of rhetoric than feats of management – has seized on a largely unfamiliar role: the coolheaded executive, stern and sober, urging New Yorkers to go about their lives.

City officials launched an investigation into reports that two boys who recently immigrated from Senegal were bullied during a scuffle last week at a Bronx school by classmates who at one point teased them with chants of Ebola.

Kaci Hickox, the nurse whose outcry against being quarantined in New Jersey after working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone upended the debate about stopping the spread of the virus, was allowed to return to her Maine home. Hickox, who is asymptomatic, agreed to stay inside and not venture into large public spaces.

Cuomo spokesman Melissa DeRosa sent the NYT what she described as a “word for word” transcript of a portion of the governor’s Friday Ebola news conference, which she said showed he had intended all along for the quarantine to take place primarily in private homes. But the transcript omitted language showing Cuomo agreed with Christie that some patients would be held in designated facilities. DeRosa said the omission was a mistake.

A panel created by Cuomo laid out a plan to guide the spending of a $2 billion bond for increasing technology in schools, but voters will have to approve the borrowing first.

Citing “his diligence and his independence,” the Times Union endorsed state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for re-election.

Ditto, The Journal News, which said: “There is more to do, and DiNapoli deserves the chance to keep the comptroller’s office evolving.”

Cuomo’s erstwhile Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout won’t be endorsing the governor prior to the Nov. 4 election.

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