Uber Releases New TV Ad In Final Ride-Hailing Push

The ride hailing company Uber on Tuesday released a new TV ad in a final push to have an expansion measure included in the state budget.

The ad will air in upstate TV markets on broadcast and cable from Tuesday through the end of the week, when the budget is expected to pass.

“Time and again, legislators have left the Capitol without delivering on ridesharing for Upstate New York,” said Josh Mohrer, General Manager, Uber NY. “Poll after poll after poll has shown that an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers are demanding better transportation options in their communities and it’s time for Albany to ignore NYC special interests and pass a statewide framework for ridesharing immediately.”

In the ad, Uber urges for the passage of the provision in the budget, given New York is one of two states that do not have ride hailing services statewide.

“Tell Albany to get moving,” the ad’s narrator says. “Let’s get ridesharing across the finish line.”

Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are considering a plan in the budget, but differ on local control issues as well as how to tax hails.

Taxi Coalition Imagines A Driver-Less (And Job-Less) Future

A digital ad released Monday by a group founded by taxi and livery companies imagines a near future that features driver-less cars and tens of thousands of jobs lost.

The ad, first reported Sunday by the Times Union, comes as ride-hailing apps like Uber have pushed forward with automated cars, which various degrees of success and failure. The technology still remains in its trial stages and some cities have already moved to restrict the use of driver-less or automated cars.

Still, for the Upstate Transportation Association, the threat isn’t just a hypothetical one as ride-hailing apps push to expand outside of New York City.

The ad itself is a fake news cast from the year 2020, projecting automated cars have led to 50,000 jobs being cut.

“Uber’s promise of upstate driver jobs is one of the biggest cons in New York political history,” said UTA President John Tomassi. “If New York approves Uber’s expansion without a ban on driverless cars, our state will be caught in an economic trap that turns new jobs into lost jobs. The reality is that Uber doesn’t care about its drivers – so lawmakers must act to prevent a driverless future that would put tens of thousands of New Yorkers out of work.”

State lawmakers are debating a provision in the budget this month that would allow ride hailing outside of New York City. The budget is expected to pass by March 31.

Supportive Housing Advocates Nudge Cuomo, Using His Words

Advocates for supportive housing on Friday are releasing a social media ad urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to back $2 billion in funding for supportive housing construction in New York.

And they are using Cuomo’s own words from Thursday’s Help USA event with former Vice President Joe Biden.

In the video being released by the Campaign 4 NY/NY, the group uses video of Cuomo decrying the homelessness crisis in New York City and in the state.

“As we sit here today the homeless problem is the worst it’s ever been in the history of this city and this state, believe it or not,” Cuomo says in the video. “It’s not enough just to talk, it’s about getting results. It’s about achieving.”

Text flashes on the screen: “Keep your promise. Get the long-term supportive housing plan done.”

Cuomo has insisted the ball is actually in the Legislature’s court to take up approval of his version of the memorandum of understanding on the housing funds.

The money would be used to build 6,000 units of supportive housing over five years and ultimately 20,000 units in total. Cuomo included the money in his $152 billion budget proposal this year, which the campaign points out he did last year as well.

Advocates for the funding were buoyed this week when the Legislature included $2.5 billion in the competing one-house budget resolutions.

Getting Results from Campaign 4 NYNY Housing on Vimeo.

PSC-CUNY Radio Ad: Free Tuition, Plus Fund CUNY

From the Morning Memo:

Free tuition is important, but so is adequately funding public colleges.

That’s the message from the union that represents professional staff at the City University of New York in a radio ad being released today.

The ad plays off Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to provide free tuition to state and city public colleges and universities to students whose families earn less than $125,000.

“Now more than ever, CUNY matters. That’s why Governor Cuomo’s plan to make CUNY tuition free for many students is so important,” says Professional Staff Congress President Barbara Bowen in the ad.

Last year, Cuomo backed off of a plan to shift costs for CUNY from the state after a backlash. But in the ad, Bowen says the system is still lacking for funds to hire new staff.

“Here’s the problem: CUNY is underfunded – short four thousand full-time faculty. Without more funding, CUNY can’t fulfill the hopes of our students or make the promise of the Excelsior Scholarships a reality.”

Anti-Nuke Subsidy Ad Released

An environmental group opposed to the inclusion of a subsidy that would keep a central New York nuclear power plant open has started airing a TV ad on cable.

The ad, below, features a man-on-the-street style in which the subsidy is called a “rip off.” The ad is paid for by Food & Water Watch, part of a broader campaign opposing the subsidy, which also includes a billboard on Albany’s I-787 near the Capitol called “Stop The Cuomo Tax.”

The subsidy is part of larger effort to reduce the state’s reliance on fossil fuels and transition to renewable energy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has said the issues raised by opponents of the nuclear subsidy are overstating the impact of the surcharge on utility ratepayers.

At the same time, the subsidy is avoiding the closure of the James FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego, avoiding hundreds of job losses.

SD-37: Killian Makes Her Case As A ‘Bipartisan’ Candidate

Republican Senate candidate Julie Killian in a TV ad released Thursday afternoon features voters giving their reasons for backing her: Lower property taxes, fighting for school aid, combating corruption and term limits.

“Because you can’t change Albany until you change who you send there,” she says at the end of the ad.

The ad also features Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in an appearance saying the “term limits” line.

Killian is running for the Westchester County Senate district represented by Democratic Sen. George Latimer, who is running for a third term.

Amy Schumer Cuts Pandora Ad For Chuck Schumer

Comedian Amy Schumer has a message for Pandora listeners this Election Day: “Vote for the funny Schumer.”

And by that, she means her cousin, the state’s senior U.S. senator who is in line to become the Democratic leader in Washington next year.

“It’s Amy Schumer. Keeping track of streaming services is hard. Voting isn’t,” Amy Schumer says in the ad. “And this year, it couldn’t be more important. This November 8, vote for my cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer, a champion for equal pay and for gun safety.”

The ad was released days after Amy Schumer’s name was invoked in the Time Warner Cable News/NY1 debate held at Union College on Sunday between Chuck Schumer and Republican Wendy Long.

During the debate, Schumer slammed Republican presidential candidate as unfit to serve in the White House given his comments directed at women and immigrants.

Long had a ready retort, however, invoking Amy Schumer’s often vulgar jokes or the hip hop lyrics of Jay Z.

“I have to say that I find it somewhat hypocritical of some on the left when they say, ‘Oh, we’ve got to cover our children’s ears,'” Long said. “If you just listen to the Howard Stern show and what, for example, Amy Schumer talks about on the Howard Stern show or some of her stand-up routines, with the racism and the misogyny and all of these things that are going on.”

Responded Schumer: “Neither Amy Schumer or Jay Z or Howard Stern are running for president. I don’t think most Americans would think they’d make good presidents, either.”

Watch the full debate here.

NY-21: Stefanik Releases Her Final Ad

Rep. Elise Stefanik released the final TV ad of her re-election campaign on Thursday, pledging she will be “an independent voice” for the 21st congressional “no matter who the next president is” come 2017.

“Fighting for jobs and growing our economy upstate,” she says in the ad. “Protecting Fort Drum and helping our vets get the benefits they deserve, preserving social security for our seniors and bringing greater transparency, accountability, and new ideas to Washington.”

Stefanik was first elected in 2014 and is running against Democrat Mike Derrick for the district that has been considered a battleground race for the last six years.

NY-19: D-Trip Ad Says Faso ‘In The Pocket’ Of Wall Street

The latest television spot from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee takes aim at Republican House candidate John Faso, portraying him as being ‘in the pocket of big corporations and Wall Street.”

The ad comes as the campaigns themselves start to make their own closing arguments in TV ads with less than one week to go until Election Day.

Faso’s campaign in recent days has taken issue with previous D-Trip advertising, including one spot that claims Faso backed a funding cut for education assistance that was not in the approved budget he voted for as a member of the Assembly.

The Faso campaign has called for that ad to be taken off the air.

“Whether it was voting to raise taxes on middle-class families 130 times or supporting tax cuts for special interests, Albany Insider John Faso has always sided with big corporations and Wall Street,” said Bryan Lesswing at the DCCC. “Maybe that’s why Albany Insider John Faso doesn’t want Hudson Valley voters to know that he’s not on their side.”

Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout are locked in a tight and expensive race for the 19th congressional district.

SD-7: Haber Touts Cuomo Endorsement (Updated)

The latest TV ad from Democratic Senate candidate Adam Haber released on Wednesday touts his endorsement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In the spot, Haber points to the Cuomo endorsement as well as his appointed to Nassau County Interim Finance Authority as a key validator in the race to replace Republican Sen. Jack Martins, who is running for Congress this year.

“As Governor Cuomo’s appointment to county’s finance authority, Adam Haber enacted tough reforms,” the ad’s narrator says. “Now, Governor Cuomo has endorsed him for the State Senate and Newsday praised his expertise on important issues.”

Cuomo has endorsed several Democrats running in key battleground Long Island and Hudson Valley Senate races this year, including incumbent Todd Kaminsky and Jim Gaughran, who is challenging Sen. Carl Marcellino.

Haber faces Republican Elaine Phillips.

Updated: Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif responds.

“Adam Haber didn’t ever protect taxpayers, he raised taxes five out of six years as a member of the Roslyn school board,” he said. “When Adam Haber gets to work problems don’t get solved, your tax bill just gets bigger. Nassau County taxpayers and their families would be foolish to trust him with their hard-earned tax dollars in Albany.”