Nov 4th - 12:45 pm
Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb told Kaitlyn Ross on CapTon last night that he expects to have “anywhere from 49 to 51 seats” come Jan. 1, and predicted the GOP will be a power the Democrats are forced to reckon with – even if Speaker Sheldon Silver maintains his veto-proof majority.
The Republicans needed to win 10 seats to rob Silver of his single-conference override power. But even if that doesn’t happen after all the dust settles, Kolb argued the margin will be close enough to give some Democrats – particularly the upstaters – pause.
“I think we’re going to be darn close…We’ve got four or five seats that are going to go to absentee ballots. You’ve got to go through the recanvassing process. I got here on the absentee ballot victory ten years ago I won by a whopping ten votes, so I know what this process is like.”
“I think we’re going to be anywhere’s from 49 to 51 seats, but I think the significance of being that close, especially in this environment, I think there’s going to be some Assembly Democrats across the state that’d be a little reluctant just to vote in lock-step with the leadership and the New York City-dominated Assembly majority.”
Nov 4th - 11:27 am
Working Families Party Executive Director Dan Cantor sent a triumphant memo to the labor-backed party’s committee members yesterday, touting its performance Tuesday in New York, Connecticut and Vermont after a tumultuous year.
While warning that the Nov. 2 numbers have not yet been finalized, Cantor provided the following list of WFP accomplishments:
1. Over the last year, there have been scores of newspaper stories with the theme of “WFP on last legs” and “WFP on life support” and “Kill the WFP.” It was a tough year, with an immense amount of corporate firepower brought to bear in an orchestrated campaign to destroy one of the most important progressive political organizations in the nation.
2. Two months ago, you couldn’t have found a pundit in the state who thought the WFP would turn out to be a decisive factor in the elections.
3. Yesterday, the voters got their say, and….we rocked. We will get 135,000-plus votes for Andrew Cuomo, and that’s without the paper ballots or the machine re-canvass.
3a. Row D? Maybe, maybe not. We’re about a thousand votes behind the Independence Party in our projection. Conservatives did well and will move from D to C. Greens made the ballot.
4. Eric Schneiderman. Totally sweet victory. Actually one of the best wins in the nation for progressives.
5. Tom DiNapoli: Margin of Victory on WFP line.
Nov 4th - 11:01 am
Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo is old school when it comes to the media, vastly preferring the dead tree version of reporting to the rapid-fire blogosphere.
During an interview with The Post’s Fred Dicker on Talk 1300 this morning, Cuomo lamented the 24-hour news cycle, and said he has no plans to let it have undue influence over his administration.
“I understand the press’ need to write a story every day,” Cuomo said. “I always understood that.
“The new phenomenon is the press has to write a story every hour…(Here Dicker cut in, denigrating blogs and calling them “awful”).
“It is awful,” Cuomo agreed. “And I understand that need. However, I’m not going to allow that to dictate the pace of government, and government is going to happen in an orderly process.”
Cuomo’s comments came during a discussion about his transition, which is already well underway. The governor-elect joked about the fact that he had headed his father’s transition, noting that he has some experience in how the next few months will work.
He also said the focus of his transition will be on personnel, not policy, reasoning that he already spent a considerable amount of time outlining his vision for government on the campaign trail.
“On the macro, this transition is going to be a little different than past transitions because a big part of it has already been done,” Cuomo said.
” …There are diff types of transitions. Me campaign did extensive policy work – mock me if you must – seven, eight books of policy. So I don’t need to do a lot of policy work in this transition. We also we know the budget. We know the numbers and you update the numbers.”
“The focus for me is going to be on the personnel side and working very hard to attract new talent to state government, or begin to attract new talent. That is not an easy sell right now, and we’re not going to turn that around, by the way, in three weeks. That is going to be a work in progress.”
Nov 4th - 10:50 am
In his first extended interview since his landslide victory Tuesday, a jubilant Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo said he expects to bring progress to a scandal and dysfunction-weary state, but warned change won’t come quickly or easily.
In doing so, Cuomo took a subtle swipe at his predecessor (two governor’s ago), Eliot Spitzer, for his infamous 2006 campaign slogan: “Day One, Everything Changes.”
“Some people are now going to say, ‘Everything should change on day one,” the governor-elect told The Post’s Fred Dicker on Talk 1300.
“…I’m saying if someone wants to say everything should change on day one I’m going to say, ‘Been there, done that.”
“I would say it this way, people expect to see progress and realistic progress. No one who’s at all informed would say everythings going to change on Day One. But yeah, would people expect to see progress? Of course. And I expect to achieve progress. And that’s what this is all about.”
Spitzer, as you’ll recall, never got along all that well with Cuomo. He wasn’t thrilled with the idea of having a guy who had his eye on the governor’s office as AG back in 2006, and then came Troopergate, which did nothing to improve the Cuomo-Spitzer relationship.
Nov 4th - 8:44 am
During an interview on AM 710′s “The John Gambling Show”, Governor Paterson asked the state legislature to give him the power to implement the same FMAP contingency plan lawmakers agreed to back in the summer when they weren’t sure if the state aid bill would pass.
Paterson said the gap in the budget is roughly the same size as the expected gap in federal funding. So, he figured it would be easiest if the legislature just gave him the authority to make a 1% cut across the board on all state spending when they come back for a special session.
“All I need the legislature to do is authorize me to cut the $300m gap,” Paterson told Gambling. “It shouldn’t be that hard to do.”
Originally, Paterson called that special session for November 15th, but admits it may need to be later now, because of the uncertainty over who will be in control of the state senate next year.
The Governor made it clear that he planned on calling a special session at some point, saying he wanted to hand off a balanced budget to Andrew Cuomo before he takes office on Jan. 1.
Nov 4th - 8:05 am
Good Morning everyone. Liz B. is on a plane to Puerto Rico to cover Somos El Futuro, so I am going to take care of the blog until she lands.
The DN says, no matter who wins, the leaders must learn to get along.
President Obama called to congratulate Andrew Cuomo yesterday.
Andrew Cuomo’s inauguration will be less lavish than his predecessors.
Cuomo told the Times Union Editorial Board they would know if he is a success or failure by June.
As is often the case, NY Dems have unions to thank for their election day wins.
Ed Cox future is uncertain, after Republicans failed to win any of the statewide races.
Most of the blame is being directed at Carl Paladino.
Could we see Mayor Paladino in 2014?
Paladino wasn’t the only millionaire candidate who had a bad day on Tuesday.
Attorney General-elect Eric Schneiderman is still pledging to be the next “Sheriff of Wall Street.”
Nov 3rd - 7:05 pm
Andrew Cuomo is relying heavily on Michael J. Del Giudice, an Albany veteran, to coordinate the transition.
President Obama called Rep. Peter King to congratulate him on his imminent chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee.
Gene Russianoff has some advice for Cuomo.
Proof that Election Day is officially over: Yesterday’s campaign signs are today’s garbage.
A third party ballot shuffle is in the offing.
Rudy Giuliani said on The View that Palin “has a hell of a lot more qualifications to run (in 2012) than Barack Obama did when he ran for president.”
OGS is cool with Sandra Lee moving into the executive mansion.
Yeshiva World News does a winners & losers list.
A scorecard of endorsements by Sarah Palin, Mayor Bloomberg and NJ Gov. Chris Christie.
Doug Muzzio doesn’t think Bloomberg’s endorsements help to advance his presidential aspirations, assuming he harbors any.
NARAL Pro-Choice NY released a final video to congratulate its victorious candidate.
Last night brought a mixed bag of results for the WFP.
The future of gay marriage in the Senate remains murky along with the who-controls-the-chamber question.
Nov 3rd - 6:11 pm
In 2006, Eliot Spitzer’s first day as governor-elect had him holding a news conference with his soon-to-be-predecessor and huddling with leaders from labor and business.
Fast forward four years.
The 2010 governor-elect Andrew Cuomo spent Nov. 3 holed up in his office, making no public appearances, NY1′s Josh Robin reports.
The governor-elect, according to a source briefed on his day, was on the phone for much of the noontime hour. He chatted with President Obama briefly (presumably Obama, who made his gubernatorial preference clear long ago), and had a longer talk with outgoing Gov. David Paterson on the transition and the budget.
“The Governor and AG Cuomo had a long and productive conversation today – for more than and hour – about transition,” said Paterson spokesman Morgan Hook. “Governor Paterson offered any help the Attorney General may need to ensure a smooth transition of state government.”
Also on Cuomo’s call list: Dean Skelos, the Republican State Senate leader (and maybe Majority Leader, though it’s too soon to tell). A Senate Democratic source said Conference Leader John Sampson called to congratulate the governor-elect this morning, too.
Cuomo spoke with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver last night. Aside from pleasantries, the budget is a top agenda item. The deficit is inching dangerously close to the $10 billion level and even before the official victory, Cuomo has been preparing for tackling the morass.
Expect a formal news conference announcing transition information as early as tomorrow.
Nov 3rd - 6:06 pm
Now that he is formally no longer a judicial candidate after taking what he laughingly described as a “brutal” beating in the Bronx state Supreme Court race, Rick Lazio is “freed” – as he put it – to tell us how he really feels.
And he’s not holding back.
“(Carl) Paladino performed, it seems to me in terms of numbers, about as well as Jay Townsend,” the ex-gubernatorial candidate said, comparing his erstwhile primary foe to the little-known Republican trounced by Sen. Chuck Schumer yesterday.
“To win statewide, you have to be credible at showing balance,” Lazio continued. “You can’t veer off into the far corners of either ideological extreme and expect to do well. It pretty much played out the way I expected in the governor’s race. It has to be pretty painful for Harry Wilson, having gotten as close as he did, to come up so short.”
I asked Lazio if he thought Wilson would have won had he been the GOP/Conservative standard-bearer instead of Paladino, and he replied:
“I think he would have won, yes. I think I would have provided a lift in the suburban areas; I would have run more competitively statewide, too.”
Nov 3rd - 4:12 pm
The Conservative Party candidate in New York’s 23rd Congressional district is blaming the political establishment for Democrat Bill Owens’s re-election victory.
Despite suspending his campaign and endorsing Republican Matt Doheny after the September primary, Hoffman remained on the ballot and received six percent of the vote, which likely tipped the balance for Owens, who beat Doheny by just two percentage points.
“The outcome of the 23rd Congressional race is proof positive that the Republican and Conservative Parties must work together to achieve victory,” Hoffman said in a statement.
“The spoilers in this race are the political bosses who have yet to come to that realization. The 23rd Congressional District’s 11 Republican County Chairs knew since January that I would be on the Conservative Party line and that I would have no legal way to get off it after July. Yet, they endorsed Matt Doheny even though I had the grass-root support and momentum from the 2009 campaign to create a Republican/Conservative landslide in 2010. The Republican bosses in the 23rd CD have to live up to their big tent philosophy. I am a living example that they did not.”
Based on recent polling by Siena, many voters either did not know Hoffman was still on ballot, or in some cases were told and still supported him anyway.