Nov 3rd - 9:03 am
Andrew Cuomo and Mario Cuomo are New York’s first-ever father-son gubernatorial legacy.
It’s 1983 all over again, says Dan Janison.
The Post’s wood: “Son Rise.” The paper also hopes the left won’t influence the governor-elect too much.
Says the DN: “It’s Andy!”
Cuomo’s easy win was “a painstakingly plotted comeback from political ruin nearly a decade ago,” Nick Confessore writes.
OK, so now he’s the (all-but-sworn-in) governor. Now what?
If Cuomo succeeds in New York, there’s “no reason” why Washington, D.C. and a presidential run can’t be in his future, says Fred Dicker.
Cuomo didn’t mention his vanquished foe, Carl Paladino, in his victory speech, but Paladino warned the governor-elect – and New York in general – haven’t seen the last of him.
Paladino was his own worst enemy in this campaign, says his hometown paper (which endorsed Cuomo).
Nov 3rd - 8:13 am
Sorry for the delay folks. It was a rather late night/early morning. My co-anchor, Roma Torre, and I didn’t get off the desk last night until close to 2 a.m. – after Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli delivered his victory speech.
It was a big night for New York Democrats, who provided a bright spot of success in a nation that saw big GOP gains. The Dems swept the statewide races, picking up the offices of governor, LG, both US Senate seats, attorney general and comptroller (it appears).
As for the congressional races, it looks like the GOP picked up five – and possibly six – seats in Democrat-dominated New York, which helped the party re-gain control of the House. They are:
NY-13 Michael Grimm beats Rep. Michael McMahon.
NY-19 Nan Hayworth beats Rep. John Hall.
NY-20 Chris Gibson beats Rep. Scott Murphy.
NY-24 Richard Hanna beats Rep. Michael Arcuri.
NY-29 Tom Reed defeats Democrat Matt Zeller to win an open seat that used to belong to Democratic former Rep. Eric Massa.
NY-25 Rep. Dan Maffei leads Mary Ann Buerkle by just 5,000 votes. (NOTE: I’m told this race has tightened further, with only several hundred votes separating the two candidates, and about 7,500 paper ballots still out).
The state Senate is still too close to call. The Democrats’ best hope is 32-30 to retain the majority. The GOP’s best is 33-29 to regain control. The rundown of what we know:
Nov 3rd - 7:58 am
Republican state comptroller hopeful Harry Wilson is scheduled to make an announcement at 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton, his campaign informed the weary press corps via an alert that hit my in-box at 7:16 a.m.
No details were provided, but I think it’s a safe bet this is the concession speech to his Democratic opponent, incumbent Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, that we didn’t see very early this morning after NY1/YNN called the extremely close race in favor of the former Long Island assemblyman.
Wilson sent out a statement last night refusing to concede and noting that there are some 210,000 absentee ballots out that have yet been counted. With 94 percent of precincts reporting, DiNapoli led Wilson by 125,000 votes or 3 percentage points – a pretty much insurmountable lead if the yet-uncounted ballots broke the same way the general election ballots did.
Wilson had the cash advantage (thanks to an investment of about $4 million of his own money) and nearly all the newspaper editorial boards in the state behind him, and DiNapoli did not, unlike his fellow Democratic statewide contender, AG-elect Eric Schneiderman, have the support of the party’s standard-bearer, Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo, behind him.
In the end, however, Wilson could simply not overcome organized labor, which was behind DiNapoli and pushed hard to get out the vote on his behalf.
This is really a big win for unions (and they need one, considering the battle they’re facing with Cuomo in the next budget cycle) and also for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who stood right next to DiNapoli early this morning during victory speech.
Nov 3rd - 1:47 am
Carl Paladino ended his first run for office the same way he came in: unapologetic and unpredictable.
In his concession speech this evening, Paladino thanked his supporters, including members of the Tea Party movement, who inspired him to take on the Republican establishment and make it to the finish line in the general election.
“Last year with the unexpected and remarkable ascent of the tea party we saw the passion of regular people spill into the streets,” said Paladino.
“I shared their feelings; we’re frustrated with big government, we’re tired of our politicians spending like drunken sailors and giving us weak elected representatives, we’re tired of backroom deals and contempt for the people of the people…and yes i joined the tea party movement for the same reason I joined the united states army because I love my country and I’m passionate about new york state and saving it.”
Paladino’s entire speech is after the jump:
Nov 3rd - 1:38 am
Incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli currently leads Republican challenger Harry Wilson by three points and YNN and NY1 has called Tom DiNapoli the projected Winner.
DiNapoli has not taken the state, but just released this statement:
Public service has been what my life has been about. To be the people’s choice for Comptroller is truly the greatest honor.
I commend my opponent on a spirited campaign.
This victory shows it’s not about the polls, nor the pundits, nor the papers. It’s about the people.
We still have enormous challenges ahead of us and an immediate challenge in dealing with our current budget. I will continue to exercise leadership in resolving these problems.
I congratulate our new Governor, Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy as well as our new Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, on their victories tonight. Together, we will move our state forward.
I owe thanks to everyone who has believed in me and in my candidacy over these past few months: the Democratic Party, the Working Families Party and especially my brothers and sisters in the labor movement.
I look forward to getting back to work with my new colleagues in state government and to doing the people’s business day and in and day out.
THANK YOU NEW YORK!
However, with such a tight margin, Wilson is not ready to concede the race. His campaign sent this statement:
“I want to thank my family and my supporters, including the hundreds of thousands of Democrats and independents who crossed party lines today to vote for me. This race is too close to call tonight, but I remain hopeful that I will prevail in my campaign to bring fiscal accountability to Albany and professionalism to the office of the New York State Comptroller.”
If DiNapoli wins, this will be his first full term in statewide office. He was appointed to the position after Alan Hevesi resigned.
Nov 3rd - 1:31 am
With almost 90 percent reporting the Green Party candidate, Howie Hawkins, is the only one with more than 50,000 votes, which means the party can claim official ballot status.
Liz B points out to me that they’ve actually had the status before when they ran “grandpa” Al Munster (no joke) in 1998 and got more than 52,000 votes. However they lost it in 2002 when they ran CUNY professor and labor advocate Stanley Aronowitz, campaign finished in 5th place, receiving 41,797 votes
Other third-party candidates fared well, but it doesn’t look likely the Anti-prohibition Party or the Rent is 2 Damn High Party will secure ballot status this year. Next time, Jimmy!
Here are the results with 88.29 percent of the precincts reporting:
Howie Hawkins: 52,370
Warren Redlich (Libertarian) 40,671
Jimmy McMillan (Rent is 2 Damn High) 36,064
Kristen Davis (Anti-prohibition) 21,092
Charles Barron (Freedom) 19,217
Nov 3rd - 12:01 am
YNN and NY1 has projected Eric Schneiderman to win the race for Attorney General. Schneiderman will beat Republican Dan Donovan by a wider margin than was previously predicted.
Nov 2nd - 11:53 pm
With about 42 percent of the precincts reporting, Democratic challenger is leading Republican incumbent Frank Padavan in the 11th state Senate district 53 to 47.
But, that’s good enough for Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson, who issued this statement a short time ago:
“Senator-Elect Tony Avella has a long record of reform and political independence – the perfect antidote to 38 years of status quo Albany dysfunction. Senator-Elect Avella ran a tireless campaign. He went door-to-door in Queens to make his case and I am particularly proud he made women’s rights and healthcare a centerpiece of his campaign. I look forward to working with Senator-Elect Avella to regain New York’s trust in government, and to make sure the Senate continues to advocate for those most in need.”
Nov 2nd - 11:44 pm
With 85 percent of precincts reporting, only 22 votes separate incumbent Antoine Thompson (D) and Mark Grisanti (R) with Grisanti in the lead.