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Posts by Maureen McManus
Aug 26th - 6:55 pm
Our debate between the three candidates in the 21st Congressional District will be October 8. Republican Elise Stefanik, Democrat Aaron Woolf, and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello have all agreed to participate. Stefanik is a former Bush White House aide, Woolf is a documentary filmmaker, and Funiciello owns a bakery. The three are running for the North Country seat held by Rep. Bill Owens. Owens won the seat in a 2009 special election, making him the first Democrat to represent the region in over a century. But he decided earlier this year not to seek another term. It’s the largest geographic district in the state, and the debate will air at 7pm on TWC News in the Capital Region, Northern New York, and Central New York and online at twcnews.com.
The race will also be featured in our Fight for the House series airing this week on Capital Tonight.
Aug 1st - 12:01 pm
Updates from Washington as Congress prepares for the August recess, and a discussion of the Highway Transportation Fund with Mike Elmendorf of the Associated General Contractors. Plus, Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins shares his reaction to possible interference with the Moreland Commission.
Jul 25th - 8:56 pm
According to a new report out from the American Lung Association, New York state is not doing enough to help people quit tobacco. The report looks to the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that many lives and billions of dollars in state and federal funding could be saved if more coverage was provided. Michael Seilback of the American Lung Assocation explains how much the state should be spending.
Jul 25th - 8:54 pm
NYS Public Radio’s Karen DeWitt, Ken Lovett of the Daily News, and Gannett’s Jon Campbell discuss the ongoing criticism of Governor Cuomo’s involvement with his anti-corruption Moreland Commission.
Jul 25th - 8:52 pm
Millions of dollars will be spend on this year’s congressional races, and those totals are only expected to increase each cycle. That’s at least in part due to recent Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and McCutcheon. Now, some members are Congress are working on a constitutional amendment to change the campaign finance system. Congressman Paul Tonko explains.
Jul 8th - 10:58 am
One week after being indicted on a charge of lying to the FBI, Senator Tom Libous says he is innocent. Libous did a phone interview with Binghamton area radio station WNBF Tuesday morning, and repeatedly asked voters to have confidence in him.
The charges brought by US attorney Preet Bharara relate to a case against Libous’s son Matthew, who is accused of filing false tax returns and making false statements about his income.
Prosecutors say Tom Libous urged a Westchester County law firm to hire Matthew Libous, and then arranged for a lobbying firm to pay his salary.
In the interview, Senator Libous said he did not want to comment on his son’s case but had plenty to say about his own defense. Libous pointed out that the accusations were that he made a false statement, not that he accepted bribes or abused his office. And furthermore, Libous told the host “I know it in my heart, I didn’t do anything wrong” and he expects to be found not guilty.
Of course, the case won’t go to trial immediately and in the meantime Libous does have an election to worry about. Libous said he is still planning to run for re-election, denying a suggestion from 2010 gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino that he planned to eventually drop out in an attempt to pick his own replacement.
That suggestion was made on the same radio station last month, but Libous said Paladino “is not my doctor” and that in fact despite his ongoing battle with cancer his doctors have encouraged him to run. That cancer is manageable but not curable according to the senator.
The accusations against Libous have lead to conflicting responses from his own party. State GOP chairman Ed Cox suggested that Bharara’s decision to indict Libous so close to the election was politically motivated.
Libous neither agreed nor disagreed with Cox, saying only that people can say what they want. Libous also said he was not surprised that the GOP candidate for governor, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, seems to believe he is guilty. Last week Astorino called the case evidence that Governor Cuomo has not done enough to clean up Albany.
Astorino has introduced his own ethics plan, which focuses largely on the state legislature, citing the growing list of federal indictment against lawmakers as major problem in state government.
Meanwhile the current governor is largely staying out of the matter. But Libous said Cuomo did call him and left a message, although the two have not spoken directly and Libous would not say what was in the message.
Libous does face a possible primary challenger, businessman Denver Jones, and a Democratic opponent, former Vestal town Supervisor Anndrea Starzak. He did use the radio interview to remind voters of past accomplishments, like saving the psychiatric center and helping bring new construction to Binghamton University, and ask them to have confidence in him moving forward.
Jun 17th - 1:06 pm
Reports on visits from gubernatorial candidates as the legislative session winds down and on the Malcolm Smith trial, plus interviews with Senator Diane Savino, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu.
Jun 16th - 8:57 pm
After Governor Cuomo vowed to flip the Senate chamber in favor of the Democrats in exchange for the Working Families Party nod, New York state voters are telling the governor to stay out of it. This is according to the latest Siena Research Poll. But when it comes to the governor’s race, Cuomo still has the lead. Pollster Steve Greenberg goes over the numbers.
Jun 16th - 8:56 pm
As the legislative session draws to a close, Senate Democrats are making an all-out push for their top priorities, including the full ten point women’s equality act, the DREAM Act, and a statewide public campaign finance system. But most of those issues do not have a good chance of getting resolved before the end of the week. And that means they will likely become campaign issues. Conference leader Andrea Stewart Cousins discusses what happens next.
Jun 16th - 8:54 pm
Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu today officially announced their bid for the Democratic nomination for Governor and Lieutenant Governor on Monday. The two law professors refer to themselves as “Progressive democrats,” and at the campaign rollout Teachout said she sees two Republicans in the race – Rob Astorino and Andrew Cuomo. The pair explain why they want voters to choose them over the incumbent and his running mate, Kathy Hochul.