Oct 25th - 12:28 am
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YNN is the sponsor of this debate between the candidates for U.S. Senate. Senator Charles Schumer debated his Republican challenger Jay Townsend Sunday evening at Marist College.
Oct 24th - 6:44 pm
7:57 – Schumer and Townsend have warm so long, with the senator slapping his challenger on the back. Good night from Marist!
7:55 – Townsend ends with another link of Schumer to Pelosi and Obama. Schumer, with a flourish and a nod to the state’s splendor, vows a fight for the middle class (energy, property tax, and innovative economy).
7:53 – Final Question is on gun control and terrorism. Townsend, admitting he doesn’t know all the issues, says the second amendment is what it is, and then, in the night’s oddest exchange, claims Schumer has a handgun permit. (Schumer says that he does not, nor is he carrying a gun at this moment). Hmmm… Final statements up ahead…
7:50 – Schumer is asked why he changed courses on same sex marriage. He says he was interested in that which could pass, embracing marriage equality when it became clear it could pass. He deflects charges of political opportunism. Townsend says he is no different than John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on civil unions — but won’t support anything that would compel the states to accept a federal mandate on same sex marriage.
7:43 – Schumer is asked how you have changed. He says he is more focussed on the economy after a solid 10 years. Townsend pounces, says that the economy has long lagged in new york.
7:35 – Fireworks! Townsend says Paladino’s disparaging words are no different than Schumer’s insult to a flight attendant who told him to shut off his phone. I’m not sure I will write the actual word the senior senator was alleged to have used.
Oct 24th - 3:53 pm
The NYT definitively declares the GOP is “poised to seize the House, if not the (US) Senate.”
Paladino’s campaign is trying to get Cuomo’s “defamatory” TV ad that slams three of his aides off the air.
Democrats are warning against apathy on Election Day.
Newsday endorsed Cuomo.
Tom Precious documents his difficulties with the Cuomo campaign.
Cuomo is rejecting Albany as a concept, but embracing his knowledge of how state government works.
There’s actually science behind Paladino’s smelly anti-Albany mailer.
Patricia Ritchie has changed her mind about Paladino.
Federal auditors say Cuomo oversaw a “poorly planned” overhaul of personnel at HUD.
BTW, there’s an LG race, too.
Some SNL fun with a fake Jimmy McMillan:
Oct 24th - 2:54 pm
The AG contenders continue to slug it out over the upstate vote.
Sen. Eric Schneiderman landed two upstate endorsements today – one from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and the other from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand – that could help boost the Manhattan AG hopeful in a region where he’s currently trailing his GOP opponent, Staten Island DA Dan Donovan.
The D&C praised Schniederman’s “comprehensive plans and record of achievement,” saying Donovan also had good ideas, but was “less ambitious” in his view of the AG’s office.
But Donovan also received some upstate nods of his own today, picking up the backing of the Kingston Freeman, which praised him for being an “Albany World outsider” and The Watertown Times, which lauded his “temperament and experience.”
The last Siena poll showed Donovan leading Schneiderman by 12 percentage points among upstate voters. The senator had a very comfortable 30+ point lead in NYC, while the suburbs were a battle ground.
A Siena/Newsday poll today found Schneiderman leading among Long Island voters.
Oct 24th - 2:37 pm
GOP/Conservative candidate Carl Paladino is scheduled to return to Williamsburg this afternoon to meet with Hasidic leaders, although the controversial rabbi responsible for at least one version of the anti-gay remarks the Buffalo businessman delivered during his last visit to the neighborhood is not involved in this trip.
A source close to Paladino said this event, which is closed to the press, was organized by a Buffalo real estate investor who lives in Williamsburg.
It takes some chutzpah for Paladino to go back to Williamsburg after his last experience there was so negative. As you’ll recall, he took so much heat – even from within his own family and party – for saying children shouldn’t be “brainwashed” into believing that homosexuality is a valid lifestyle option that he was forced to apologize.
Paladino later said his comments had been “well-directed,” but he regretted his choice of words.
That did nothing to mollify Rabbi Yehuda Levin, who very publicly rescinded his endorsement of Paladino following the candidate’s apology. But that was one vote Paladino probably could well afford to lose.
Oct 24th - 12:14 pm
As Liz B reported yesterday, the Cuomo campaign has launched two ads calling into question the background of some of Paladino’s aides.
The only difference between the two is that the first one takes a shot at Paladino, calling him a capitol insider. The second one instead takes a shot at State GOP Chairman Ed Cox, for his relationship to Richard Nixon.
The ad is in response to negative attacks by Paladino tying Cuomo to Steve Rattner, Andrew Farkas, and Pedro Espada Jr.
“[Michael] Caputo can dish it out but can’t take it. Typical,” source inside the Cuomo campaign told CapTon.
Oct 24th - 9:36 am
The Glens Falls Post-Star endorsed Democratic frontrunner Andrew Cuomo for governor, calling him the only candidate in the field with the “good ideas” and “experience” to fix state government and declaring bluntly: “This is no time to be messing around.”
The paper’s editorial board members said they “admire Carl Paladino’s rage against the machine,” but worry his administration would be “four years of stagnation.”
They also were “particularly impressed” by the Libertarian candidate Warren Redlich, an attorney and Guilderland Town Board member, echoing something I’ve heard a number of people say – that he turned in a strong performance at last week’s seven-way debate.
“(Redlich) distinguished himself at the lone gubernatorial debate with reasonable, well-considered, educated responses to discussion of the state’s problems,” the Post-Star stated.
“He is willing to be specific about how he will eliminate several state agencies, end corporate welfare, and cap public sector pay and pensions as a way of stopping the state’s wasteful spending practices.”
“With more governing experience and by broadening his voter base, Mr. Redlich could become a serious statewide candidate in the future. If you’re casting a protest vote, Mr. Redlich is your best choice. But now is not the time to install a newbie in the governor’s office, even an articulate one with good ideas.”
Oct 24th - 9:27 am
Three more endorsements this weekend for GOP/Conservative state comptroller hopeful Harry Wilson, this time from The Journal News, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and (this is newly added) The Kingston Freeman.
The political newcomer is so far dominating the battle for newspaper nods, sweeping all three major NYC dailies and also landing Crain’s.
Democratic Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has received the support of just one newspaper to date (The Watertown Times, which lauded his “independence”), but he insisted during a CapTon interview Friday that he’s not worried, noting he’s leading in the polls and has considerable support from labor unions that will be working the GOTV angle hard for him on Election Day.
UPDATE: I initially said DiNapoli had received no endorsements, but overlooked the WT. Sorry. Also, Wilson
The Journal News praised DiNapoli for doing a “commendable” job and taking “critical” steps toward reform, but decided Wilson’s “real-world experience and innovative, activist approach make him the better choice going forward.”
The Democratic and Chronicle said Wilson “possesses the financial know-how to put the state on firmer fiscal footing” and praised his “outstanding track record for turning around companies while working on Wall Street.”
The paper didn’t ding DiNapoli very hard, but did express disappointment that he has failed to use the bully pulpit of the office he received from his former legislative colleagues to the fullest advantage to call for reform, “perhaps for fear of offending Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was a major force in his appointment.”
Oct 24th - 9:08 am
Staten Island DA Dan Donovan picked up his second tabloid endorsement this morning, landing the support of the Daily News, which said the Republican’s years of prosecutorial experience and lack of political ties to Albany make him “best suited” to clean up public corruption in state government.
The DN gave Donovan props for having the “spine” not to join in former GOP gubernatorial contender Rick Lazio’s anti-moqsue drumbeat, for taking himself out of the running for the Independence Party line to investigate it (the probe resulted in no charges) and handing the case the grandson of his former boss, Staten Island BP James Molinaro, over to a special prosecutor.
“The pattern indicates that Donovan has legal smarts and a solid commitment to ethics – a combination that fits exactly with the attorney general’s duties,” the DN determined.
The paper gave mixed marks to Donovan’s Democratic opponent, Sen. Eric Schneiderman.
On the one hand, the paper said, Schneiderman “has stood out as among the smartest and most active in his legislative house.”
On the other hand, the DN said, the Manhattan lawmaker “made peace with Albany’s ways,” going along with the reinstatement of Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. after the 2009 Senate coup and stalemate and declining to call for Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson’s ousted in the wake of last week’s bombshell IG report on the AEG scandal.
The DN also dinged Schneiderman for the Rev. Al Sharpton/National Action Network “annex” remark and for jettisoning his long-held progressive policy positions to endorse Andrew Cuomo’s “New New York Agenda” in order to land the gubernatorial frontrunner’s support.
Oct 24th - 8:54 am
In a move that isn’t entirely surprising, but still must still somewhat for Carl Paladino, the Buffalo businessman’s hometown paper and the paper of the next largest Western NY city to the east have endorsed Democratic frontrunner Andrew Cuomo for governor.
The Buffalo News did not mince words in its editorial, saying “there is no choice” but Cuomo to lead the state, adding: “It’s not just because Carl Paladino burned his own campaign to cinders after scorching Rick Lazio in September’s gubernatorial primary.”
“While it has become trendy to sneer at ‘career politicians,’ the fact is that a good one knows his stuff: how to work the levers of power to best advantage; who the players are; where the bodies are buried,” the paper continued.
“Cuomo knows all that and he has laid out an approach for taking the state back from the special interests and the lawmakers they have bought.”
“Of the two major-party candidates, only Cuomo has a chance of bending the state toward rational decision-making. It won’t be easy and Cuomo will have to guard against the old-boy network that helped to produce him, but he has the skills, the background and, if his campaign platform is to be believed, the desire and fortitude to reform an oppressive government that is willfully suffocating the state’s economy.”
The Buffalo News said its local candidate has “only” money and anger going for him, lacks the “temperamental balance” necessary to lead the state, and “ruled himself out as fit” for the job by making anti-gay statements and forwarding pornographic and racist e-mails.
The paper makes clear that Cuomo has a big challenge ahead of him if he’s elected on Nov. 2, and gave Paladino some credit for rendering a “valuable service” to the state by exposing just how angry New Yorkers are at Albany and making it “easier for Cuomo to act forcefully, and harder for any officeholder to deny the political need for reform.”
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the hometown paper of Cuomo’s hand-picked running make, Mayor BOb Duffy, also backed the AG, while giving a shout-out to Paladino’s running mate, Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards.
The D&C also highlighted the challenges that await Cuomo and Duffy in Albany. Most notably, the paper said, the AG must “must move quickly as governor to settle concerns that much of his huge war chest comes from special interests,” adding:
“It makes this page uneasy knowing that many of the opponents to real reform in Albany are contributors to Cuomo’s campaign such as public employee and teachers unions. A big test will be how Cuomo renegotiates labor contracts.”