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Per-Vote Cost Correction

Last item from (a very full) Morning Memo:

There have been multiple reports that Cuomo’s primary win this past Tuesday came at a steep price – both literally and figuratively.

The cost-per-vote calculation that has been widely cited was initially reported by The Washington Post’s “Fix” blog, which said the Cuomo-Hochul campaign spent $60.62 for each vote it received to Teachout-Wu’s $1.57.

But, as the Fix’s Phillip Bump readily acknowledged, that figure is based on all $20 million worth of campaign cash the governor has spent since 2011 – presumably with an eye toward this year’s elections.

The per-vote cost goes down to $42.64 if you use the amount Cuomo has spent in 2014 (about $14 million).

That’s still pretty high. And the governor’s campaign maintains it’s also still inaccurate.

By Team Cuomo’s calculation, it’s unfair to include non-primary spending – on ads slamming Astorino, for example – in the final tally.

According to the campaign, the governor spent $2.6 million on the primary, while his running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul, dropped about $800,000, bringing their total to $3.5 million – about $1 million of which was spent on TV ads.

That also accounts for spending by the state Democratic Party, which, as we know, acts as an extension of the governor’s political operation. (Note: This has been corrected from the Morning Memo version, which said the $3.5 million total did NOT include state party spending).

Using the Cuomo campaign’s numbers, the per-vote cost was closer to $10.69 – still a lot more than Teachout-Wu spent, but considerably less than $60.62.

NRCC Hits Airwaves With Anti-Maffei Ad

The National Republican Congressional Committee has been ramping up its spending in New York in recent weeks, buying air time on behalf of GOP candidates in several contested House races.

Today, the committee is adding NY-24 to its list.

The first ad in $1.2 million worth of air time reserved in the district by the NRCC to assist John Katko, the former prosecutor challenging Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei, is going up today, and will run through the election.

You can view the ad here, and here’s the script:

“Announcer: The definition of a Washington politician – Dan Maffei. Maffei used our tax dollars like his own. Giving his Washington staff $200,000 in bonus pay right after losing re-election.

Now Maffei is back at it, voting to allow first class travel for Congress.

John Katko’s different. He took on violent gangs and crooked cops. Earning bipartisan praise for putting families first.

John Katko for Congress.”

After Teachout-Wu Loss, No Endorsement By PEF

Also from the Morning Memo:

The Public Employees Federation went out on a limb prior to the primary and endorsed the insurgent team of Teachout and Tim Wu – the only labor union to do so.

Now that the primary is over and Team Cuomo-Hochul has emerged victorious, PEF is joining several other unions in sitting out the general election, declining to pick a favorite between the Democratic ticket and the Republicans, Astorino and his running mate, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss.

“I don’t foresee that the Public Employees Federation will do an endorsement in the general election,” union President Susan Kent said during a CapTon interview lat night.

“I think we looked at all candidates prior to making our recommendation for the Zephyr-Wu ticket, and I think now that the primary’s over we will not be making an endorsement.”

“This wasn’t about ‘find a candidate to run against the governor,’” Kent insisted. “This was about Zephyr and Tim, who were candidates that matched up with us very well and our members were excited about it…This was really something that was really a positive movement for candidates that were aligned very well with our goals.”

Four years ago, PEF broke ranks with its fellow public sector unions – CSEA and NYSUT – and backed Cuomo for governor. This time around, Cuomo is running without the support of all three, and he doesn’t have the backing of the AFL-CIO, either.

Kent said the union’s focus will now move to contract negotiation preparation, noting that PEF has to return to the bargaining table next year – a year ahead of its fellow public sector unions.

I asked Kent if she’s concerned that Cuomo (assuming he’s re-elected in November) might retaliate against PEF for its support of Teachout-Wu.

“I’m not going to choose to believe that because the governor cannot get his own way with absolutely everything that he would be someone who would take that out at the contract table,” Kent replied. “…that’s not something I would put up with, as a union president.”

Business Community Hedges on Cuomo

From today’s Morning Memo:

Four years ago, the state Business Council broke with tradition and made an endorsement in the governor’s race for the first time in its 30-year history, backing then-state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic frontrunner, over his Republican challenger, Carl Paladino.

The decision, made while Ken Adams (now a member of the Cuomo administration) headed the Council, wasn’t that big of a stretch, despite the fact that the business community traditionally trends toward the Republican side of politics.

Paladino, despite his own considerable prowess as a businessman, wasn’t considered a viable candidate. His strategy of bringing a baseball bat to Albany to more or less blow up the establishment didn’t sit terribly well in the risk-averse business world.

But this time around, things are different.

The state’s business community has fared fairly well under Cuomo – perhaps not as well as its members would have liked, and too well in the eyes of liberals, which arguably makes things about even.

This year, however, Cuomo’s rhetoric has taken a decidedly leftward turn – especially given his public support of a full Democratic takeover of the state Senate.

All the talk of progressive policies like another minimum wage hike and establishment of a public campaign finance system and a formal fracking ban makes business leaders very nervous.

Also, the Republican challenging Cuomo in the November election, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, is no Carl Paladino, though he is unknown and under-funded and highly unlikely to win.

So that puts the business community in a bit of a fix.

Should they back Astorino, whose policies are more in line with their way of thinking, compared to this new, progressive version of Cuomo (provided his words aren’t just empty campaign promises)? Or should they play it safe, politically speaking, and either remain neutral or support Cuomo outright?

State Business Council spokesman Gary Hughes told me yesterday that whether the organization will choose a favorite in the governor’s race “hasn’t been determined at this time.” He didn’t provide much more in the way of specifics, and couldn’t give me a timeline.

It’s worth noting that Astorino is on the schedule to speak Thursday night at the Council’s annual meeting at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing next week – site of the infamous Paladino-Dicker smackdown.

Cuomo has received multiple invites to attend, but has no far not replied to a single one, Hughes said.

Other candidates – including Democratic state AG Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and their respective GOP challengers, John Cahill and Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci – are all scheduled to attend.

It’s worth noting that the Council didn’t announce its support for Cuomo in 2010 until early October, so there’s certainly still plenty of time for it to act this year.

Also, Cuomo didn’t attend the Council’s 2010 conference, sending his running mate, then-Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy, in his place.

The organization that represents the state’s small businesses, NFIB, hasn’t weighed in on the governor’s race yet, either.

NFIB released its legislative endorsements yesterday, and its state director, Mike Durant, came onto CapTon to discuss the list.

On the governor’s race question, he said:

“We have a major concern with the governor’s agenda for the next four years with the Working Families Party, talking about minimum wage, talking about a progressive Senate.”

“We’ve seen today labor leaders feel like they’re owed favors now. (New York City Mayor) Bill de Blasio feels he has chits. And that should make the business community and taxpayers feel very concerned.”

“That said, it’s still on the table, we’re still looking at that race, and we hope to have a decision in the coming days.”

I asked Durant if he was concerned that backing Astorino would make him an enemy of the Cuomo administration. He (surprisingly) channeled the governor’s failed primary challenger, Zephyr Teachout, recalling her advice for anyone contemplating a run future run for political office: Be brave.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. Sen. John Sampson told NY1 that the governor will be meeting with black elected officials from Brooklyn this afternoon in his Manhattan office to discuss education funding, raising the minimum wage and other issues.

At 9 a.m., GOP AG candidate John Cahill visits the new 9/11 exhibit at the NYS Museum, 222 Madison Ave., Albany.

At 9:30 a.m., a hearing is scheduled on the lawsuit challenging the ballot language for Prop. 1 – the redistricting reform constitutional amendment, 16 Eagle St., state Supreme Court, Albany.

At 10:05 a.m., Cahill is a guest on “Live from the state Capitol with Fred Dicker,” Talk 1300 AM.

At 11 a.m., New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters joins the Brooklyn and Staten Island district attorneys to announce fraud arrests; DOI’s offices, 80 Maiden Lane, 19th floor, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., a memorial service will honor the late poet, actress and civil rights leader Maya Angelou, Hillary Clinton is scheduled to attend and speak, Riverside Church, Riverside Dr. near W. 120th Street, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Louise Slaughter will visit Action for a Better Community’s Clifford Avenue Head Start Center to celebrate the beginning of a new school year, 1772 Clifford Ave., Rochester.

Also at 11 a.m., a coalition of over 100 elected officials, housing groups, and community activists make an announcement about a new campaign to combat Airbnb and other illegal hotel operations in New York City, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., Green Party lieutenant governor candidate Brian Jones holds a press conference, steps of Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

At 11:35 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a guest on AM970 with host John Gambling.

At noon, Democratic state Senate candidate Anndrea Starzak holds a press conference, Broome County Courthouse, 92 Court St., Binghamton.

At 1 p.m., LG Bob Duffy speaks at Datto Inc.’s New York offices ribbon cutting ceremony, Rochester Institute of Technology, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship, Fourth Floor, 40 Franklin St., Rochester.

At 2:08 p.m., Astorino will be a guest on WCBS radio Eye on Politics with host Steve Scott.

At 3:15 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina joins NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to tour an after-school program, M.S. 255, Salk School of Science, 320 E. 20th St., Manhattan.

At 4 p.m., Clinton speaks at the conclusion of a “Women and Girls Rising” conference that began Thursday and marks next year’s 20th anniversary of the U.N.’s “Fourth World Conference on Women” that took place in Beijing from Monday, Sept. 4, 1995, through Friday, Sept. 15, 1995; Ford Foundation, 320 E. 43rd St., Manhattan.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., National Action Network representatives and relatives of a 43-year-old Staten Island resident Eric Garner, who lost consciousness and died as NYPD officers attempted to arrest him on July 17, hold a vigil; 41 Bay St., Staten Island.

At 6 p.m., Astorino will attend the Feast of San Gennaro, Mulberry & Mott Streets between Canal & Houston Streets, Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Astorino will be a guest on “Inside City Hall” with Errol Louis, followed by an 8 p.m. appearance on “Capital Tonight.”

At 7 p.m., Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss attends and delivers remarks at Schoharie County SCOPE Meeting, Carlisle Town Hall, 541 Crommie Rd., Carlisle.

Headlines…

The nation’s gathering war against a new upsurge in Islamic terror hung heavy over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, stirring both anxiety and determination among those who came to ground zero to remember their loved ones.

Notably absent from the memorial ceremony was US Sen. Chuck Schumer. A spokeswoman said the senator he “had to be in Washington to pass his Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act – a huge priority of the 9/11 families – through the Judiciary Committee.”

This week, 150 miles north of Ground Zero, the Family Room — and a thousand stories of love and loss from 9/11 — has opened to the public for the first time, in an exhibition at the New York State Museum in Albany.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani admitted there were times he was “bluffing” on 9/11, holding it all together to provide a strong facade for shocked New Yorkers.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio defended President Obama’s plans for dealing with terror threats from the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and cautioned against deploying American ground troops.

De Blasio’s top aide, Emma Wolfe, will take time off from City Hall to help Democratic state Senate candidates in key districts – an effort to realize her boss’ desire to flip the chamber into Democratic control to help ease his progressive agenda through Albany.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be ready to put the Democratic primary behind him, but a filmmaker who shadowed his challenger, Zephyr Teachout, throughout her underdog campaign is working to edit hundreds of hours of footage into a documentary.

More >

Extras

Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes the terror threat faced by New Yorkers is worse today than it was 13 years ago.

Former Gov. George Pataki said it is “really disappointing” that high-profile Republicans are not rallying behind GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.

Cuomo and his girlfriend Sandra Lee participated in a 9/11 memorial motorcycle ride.

The duo rode the governor’s Harley Davidson Electra Glide that bears the number “56.” (He’s the 56th governor).

Cuomo spent $60.62 on each vote in Tuesday’s primary. Zephyr Teachout (who ended up with more than a third of the vote) spent $1.57.

Chris Churchill: “(T)he best explanation for Tuesday’s surprise is this: Many upstate voters can’t stomach the governor’s bullying and impolite style.”

Sen. John Sampson learned on Twitter that the governor would be backing his (unsuccessful) primary opponent.

Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell, chair of the Corrections Committee, is on a tour of upstate prisons. (It’s the 43rd anniversary of the Attica uprising).

Former Assemblyman Nelson Castro received no jail time for his guilty plea to perjury charges, but was sentenced to two years probation.

The Catholic League won’t participate in next year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade because parade organizers reneged on a promise to permit a antiabortion group to march.

Tim Wu on political reporters: They “look like other reporters but they have a poisonous sting.”

Kathy Hochul acknowledged her erstwhile primary opponent by name for the first time on Twitter.

About 35,000 E-Z Pass customers who entered the state Thruway northbound from Route 17 in Woodbury, Orange County, were overbilled for nearly a month.

The Buffalo Bills’ Sunday home opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium against the Miami Dolphins is sold out, and thus will be televised locally.

Assemblyman Michael Kearns is threatening legal action to get information from the state agency responsible for placing convicted sex offenders in a West Seneca neighborhood late last year.

Kiryas Joel is the youngest place in New York, with a median age of 11.4.

Cuomo and NJ Gov. Chris Christie announced a plan to collaborate on enhancing security preparedness and coordination in the New York-New Jersey region.

On the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani recalled the day he calls “the worst day in my life, and in some ways the greatest day.”

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton warned that ISIS is recruiting women as potential terrorists, to attack targets overseas and, potentially, in America.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli endorsed Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice’s NY-4 run.

VP Joe Biden will make a splash in Iowa with an official White House visit next week, just three days after Hillary Clinton basks in a major media spotlight there.

RIP William B. Wilmot.

Here and Now

It is the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

At 8:30 a.m., Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and many other elected officials and candidates will attend the commemoration ceremony at 9/11 Memorial Plaza, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., LG Bob Duffy speaks at the AmCon Design and Contract Manufacturing Trade Show, Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Seminar Room A, 123 East Main St., Rochester.

At 9:30 a.m., Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss appears live on WNBF 1290 AM’s “Binghamton Now” with Bob Joseph radio show. Available to listen online at www.wnbf.com.

At 10:30 a.m., Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins holds a press conference, outside Rochester Central School District office, 131 West Broad St., Rochester.

At 10:32 a.m., Moss will be a guest on “Live from the State Capitol with Fred Dicker,” Talk 1300 AM.

At 1 p.m., NYC Fire Museum Director Sarah Strickland-Judd, city fire department officials including Chief of Department Edward Kilduff and Commissioner Daniel Nigro and firefighters participate in the museum’s 9/11 memorial service; 278 Spring St., Manhattan.

At 1:30 p.m., Cuomo will participate in the 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride, which begins at Rescue 1 Firehouse, 530 West 43rd St., and ends at the intersection of Washington and Vesey Streets, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey presents an “Interfaith Remembrance Service”; St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 22 Barclay St., Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., Hawkins holds a press conference, Niagara Square, Buffalo.

At 5 p.m., Hawkins holds a meet-and-greet with supporters, Polish Cadets Hall, 927 Grant St., Buffalo.

At 6:30 p.m., de Blasio speaks at the Staten Island September 11 Postcards Memorial, enter from Richmond Terrace at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, Staten Island.

At 7:30 p.m., GOP AG candidate John Cahill will attend the 11th Annual Warren County GOP Chicken/Clam Bake, The Docksider Restaurant, Glen Lake Road, Lake George.

Also at 7:30 p.m., Hawkins attends the Monroe County Green Party meeting, Press Coffee Company, 480 East Main St., Rochester.

Headlines…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not see the primary results as anything resembling a rebuke, saying he’s “fine” having received 60% of the vote against Zephyr Teachout.

“Where I come from and you win with 60 percent, you say, ‘Thank you very much,’” Cuomo said at a victory celebration in Buffalo with his running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul.

“For an incumbent governor to be held under two thirds of a vote in his own party is not a sign of strength, even if nobody turned out to vote, and the fact that nobody turned out to vote makes it clear that his candidacy was uninspiring,” said Ken Sherrill, a political science professor at Hunter College.

“Cuomo’s vote percentage is an indication of what Democrats who know Cuomo best think about him. Apparently, they have major reservations.”

Cuomo has turned his attention to the general election, calling his GOP opponent, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, an “ultraconservative.”

The governor also called the primary “liberating,” saying he had learned that “you can do the right thing by the people of the state, make the responsible judgments in the best interest of the state and incur political retaliation and still win with 60%.”

After he loss, Teachout has returned to the classroom in her role as a Fordham Law School professor, but says she won’t fade away, and will try to use her primary showing to keep alive issues like public campaign financing. She hasn’t decided whether to endorse Cuomo.

The governor refused to debate Teachout, but said he expects to face off against Astorino before the general election.

Teachout’s running mate, Tim Wu, blamed his loss to Hochul largely on the efforts of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The morning after the primary, de Blasio and one of his top aides made a fund-raising pitch on behalf of Democratic state Senate candidates, telling a room of potential donors that he needs a Democratic majority to push through his agenda in Albany.

Eager to introduce Astorino to New Yorkers, his campaign said it would spend more than $1 million this week to run ads on broadcast and cable television.

Cuomo had nothing but praise for the Pegulas, who are buying the Buffalo Bills, but isn’t so sure about a new stadium.

More >

Extras

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s “happy, happy, happy” with his 60% showing in the primary, and blamed Zephyr Teachout’s unusually strong results on low turnout and people he’ll never please.

Some of the counties that supported Barack Obama the most strongly in 2012 were those that offered Cuomo the most support in yesterday’s primary.

Teachout’s advice for future candidates: Be brave.

The Democratic primary race is shaping up as one of the lowest-turnout statewide contests in recent memory – under 10 percent.

Cuomo eked out a hometown win in New Castle by just 19 votes, winning by 51 percent, to Teachout’s 47 percent.

The leader of Madison County’s Democratic Party has no idea why 743 people voted for Teachout over Cuomo, saying a lot of people he spoke to didn’t know who she was.

Brooklyn Democrats celebrated the victory of Sen. John Sampson, who won his primary race despite facing embezzlement charges.

The day after Sampson survived the primary battle, his political consultant, Melvin Lowe, was found guilty by a federal jury of conspiring with Sampson to defraud the DSCC.

DSCC Chair MIke Gianaris predicted Sampson, Sen. Simcha Felder and Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. will all caucus with their fellow Democrats next year.

The 11-year-old son of Jesse Hamilton, who won the Democratic primary for the seat of former Sen. Eric Adams, wants to interview Cuomo about fracking.

According to Sen. Diane Savino, Jesse Hamilton will be an IDC member. (His campaign says he is keeping his options open).

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey thinks she has defeated challenger Karen Bisso in the GOP primary, but the race remains too close to call.

The NYLCV helped Sen. Tony Avella over the finish line in his tight primary battle with former NYC Councilman John Liu.

Does the New York Times’ endorsement actually carry any weight any more?

US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand slammed the NFL, saying their response to revelations Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hit his wife made her “furious.”

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is bringing on Goldman Sachs to help the state retirement fund invest in global stocks.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council will face off in a softball game next Wednesday, taking over the Brooklyn Cyclones’ home stadium in Coney Island.

Rep. Dan Maffei says he and Republican challenger John Katko have agreed to face each other in a series of six debates and forums to be held next month in NY-24.

An uncommon respiratory virus that has sent dozens of children to hospitals elsewhere in the country may now be in Buffalo.

Martins’ 1st TV Ad Touts Equal Pay Vote

As further proof that women’s issues are going to dominate the general election debate in key Senate races, Long Island Republican Sen. Jack Martins has released his first TV ad of the 7th SD race, touting his support of an equal pay bill.

Martins has been under attack from his Democratic opponent, Adam Haber, for the Senate GOP’s refusal to allow Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s full 10-point Women’s Equality Act to come to the floor for a vote as a result of opposition to the abortion-rights plank.

In June, the Senate passed three of the act’s 10 bills - including an equal pay measure – and have accused their Democratic colleagues of holding these and other pieces of of the WEA hostage in their all-or-nothing effort to force the abortion issue. Martins said through a spokesman in June that protecting women from discrimination and sexual harassment “have nothing to do with expanding late-term and partial birth abortions and allowing non-doctors to perform abortions, which is why they should not be linked.”

That hasn’t stopped Haber, who has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice NY, from continuing to hammer away at Martins on this issue. And Martins is clearly feeling the pressure, as this ad demonstrates.

The ad features Martins’ wife and his four daughters. It started running on cable stations on Long Island last night, and the buy is “significant,” according to a source familiar with the senator’s campaign, though he did not provide any specifics. Here’s the script:

“I want to be a scientist.”

(Daughter 2): “I want to be a surgeon.”

(Daughter 3): “I want to be a chef.”

(Daughter 4): “I want to be a princess.”

“I’m Jack Martins. As the father of four girls, I understand the challenges facing women in the workplace. That’s why I voted to require businesses in New York to provide equal pay for women. Because they can be anything they want…and earn what they’ve deserve.”

(Daughter 2): “Does this mean you’re raising our allowance…?”

Venditto: Denenberg Will ‘Fit Right In’ With Corrupt Albany Pols (Updated)

Now that the primary is officialy in the books, general election contests are heating up all over the state – including on Long Island, where Republican Michael Venditto is poised to release a hard-hitting ad that slams his Democratic opponent and fellow Nassau County legislator, Dave Denenberg, for his 2005 conviction on petition fraud charges and says he’ll “fit right in” with the string of Albany lawmakers busted on corruption charges.

Denenberg and Venditto are battling for the seat vacated by former Sen. Chuck Fuschillo. Venditto, an attorney and the son of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, was unanimously nominated by local Republicans back in March over veteran Assemblyman Joseph Saladino.

The Republicans need to retain this seat if they are to have a shot at their goal of taking back the majority in November. But the Democrats are feeling very bullish about Denenberg, who they believe might be able to pull off an upset victory. In his past local races, Denenberg, who has been in office since 1999, has carried as much as 73 percent of the electorate in a district that was almost 47 percent Republican. (The dsitrict has since been redrawn, but remains heavily Republican).

The 8th Senatorial District had 82,385 active Democrats, 75,445 Repulicans and 48,050 blanks as of this past April, according to the state Board of Elections.

If this ad is any indication, the GOP is prepared to go all-out on this race. I believe this is Venditto’s second ad of the campaign, but the first wasn’t an attack spot. This new ad will be running on cable stations on Long Island.

UPDATE: Deneberg’s campaign manager Jeff Friedman sent the following response (the day after I posted this item):

“This is a desperate attempt by the Venditto campaign to distract voters from the real issues of property taxes, fee increases and the budget deficits that he and the Republicans supported and created. Venditto’s record of repeatedly raising fees and creating budget deficits by mismanaging money and his anti-women positions are unacceptable to residents of Nassau and Suffolk, and this ad only proves that he knows it. Dave Denenberg is the only candidate in this race who will fight for lower taxes, women’s equality and a real minimum wage increase, and nobody will fight harder than Dave Denenberg.”

Here’s the script for Venditto’s ad:

“Who will ever forget this picture? Dave Denenberg was accused of fraud and deceit. And his law license was suspended in New York and New Jersey after he pled guilty. Dave Deneberg believes this qualifies him to be state senator. There are already too many criminals in ALbany. We don’t need another. Tell Dave Denenberg ‘no,’ because Deneberg won’t change Albany, he’ll just fit right in.’”

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