Oct 19th - 9:20 am
NY1 contributor Gerson Berrero is reporting that former State Senator Hiram Monserrate has surrendered to federal authorities in Manhattan.
According to Berrero’s report, federal charges will be presented today as part of an unsealed indictment. He reports the charges are a result of Monserrate funneling hundreds of thousands of city dollars to a not-for-profit in Queens called LIBRE, or Latino Initiative for Better Resources & Empowerment. This happened when Monserrate was a member of the city council.
Monserrate was kicked out of the senate by his colleagues back in early 2010, after he was convicted of misdemeanor assault of his then girlfriend, Karla Giraldo.
Update: Monserrate’s attorney Joe Tacopina just spoke to NY1 and told them that the former Senator has not turned himself in yet, but will shortly. He expects Monserrate will be in court later this afternoon. Tacopina says he does not know what the charges are at this time, but believes they are in connection to the slush fund scandal.
Oct 19th - 8:14 am
Political observers agreed Cuomo’s performance was better than Paladino’s.
The Democratic nominee did take a “pummeling” from the minor party candidates.
You can watch the entire debate here.
Schumer and Gillibrand hold commanding leads in the latest NYT poll. Note that the poll is of registered voters, and not likely voters.
Sarah Palin warned Republicans not to stray from the Tea Party message during a rare interview with CNN yesterday.
Obama and Democrats are failing to get the message out that they cut taxes over the past two years.
Republicans are banking on picking up several Congressional seats in New York, if they are going to take back the House.
Rep. John Hall and Nan Hayworth squared off in a debate, and tangled over the stimulus.
Taxes are becoming a central issue in NY-23.
Syracuse Post Standard Editorial Board takes issue with undisclosed funds being inserted into NY-25
Democrat Mike Kaplowitz continues to attack Republican Greg Ball on women’s issues in the 40th SD.
Not sure how I missed this early this morning, but Vogue has an in-depth profile of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Oct 19th - 6:22 am
Hey everyone, if you watched our coverage of the debate last night, you probably noticed that Liz Benjamin is fighting a cold. So, she is actually taking a day off, or at least the morning.
Liz A., Mike Whittemore, and I will be taking care of the blog today. I should have Here and Now done in a few hours.
Oct 18th - 7:37 pm
7:40 p.m. Question from a small business owner: How are you going to help people like me? (We’re only on what, the fourth question? We’re about at the halfway mark now….has anything happened yet?)
Barron starts talking about NYC procurement…minority and women-owned businesses….too much going to “white male-owned companies.” Etc and so on. You can fill in the blanks there.
7:39 p.m. McMillian. He talks about bulldozing those mountains (I think he means the Adirondacks?) “I want my own cable company. I want my own telephone company. I want my own power plant. That’s what I’m going to do to create jobs…for the children, we’ve got to take a bold move and start becoming an independent state…it must be done, must be done.”
7:37 p.m. Paladino says hydrofracking has been proven to be a “well-developed technology today”…thinks the area to the west of the watershed study area upstate should be “opened immediately” to drilling…”this is vital; there’s no way anybody can explain why” we’re not doing it.
7:32 p.m. It’s an environmental question from someone in the audience.
Cuomo paraphrases an ancient Indian (?) proverb: “We don’t inherit the earth from our parents, we’re loaned the earth by our children.” Starts talking about green power.
But really, let’s talk about Jimmy McMillan… A viewer writes: “Jimmy McMillian is the new Paladino.” Another says: “Rent is Too Damn High Dude…Is absolute hit of the debate….has a future as an auctioneer perhaps…over caffeinated to boot!”
OH. Another back-and-forth between Barron and Cuomo. Barron says Cuomo didn’t talk about banning hydrofracking because “his businesses cronies make too much money on that.” And then they have a little tiff about what it’s actually called. Hydraulic fracturing …it’s a phrase, check it out, it’s in the dictionary.”
Davis supports hydrofracking. Hawkins doesn’t. (Big surprise there).
Redlich defends Cuomo, saying he’s taken a “tremendous” amount of special interest cash, but not from the hydrofracking industry “most of it comes from real estate interests in NYC” (laughs).
Oct 18th - 7:20 pm
7:31 p.m. Barron: “Cuomo’s going to be the king of layoffs, trust me.” OHHHH. Cuomo engages! “If they go with you, Charles, they’ll have no jobs.”
7:30 p.m. Davis knows where it’s at. She “borrows a page from Jimmy McMillian’s playbook: The property taxes are too damn high.”
7:29 p.m. Redlich vs. Cuomo (again), says we really don’t have that many more governments now than we did when his “father was governor.” Then he talks about school cuts, mentions “the no administrator left behind policy” – gets applause and laughs.
7:28 p.m. I’m a little worried I might lose my job to Jimmy McMillan.
7:26 p.m. Cuomo says property taxes are “one of the most oppressive taxes in the state of New York, period.” (So, does anyone else get the feeling that Cuomo is sort of just pretending he’s alone up there?)
So, how do we reduce the cost to property owners? Consolidate! Too many governments, etc. etc. “Find economies of scale…” incentivize governments to consolidate.
7:25 p.m. Barron: We’re “turning our schools into test-taking mills.” He’s against property tax caps. “We’re looking at a chancellor in NYC that needs to be fired.” Um, property tax cap? What?
7:24 p.m. Hawkins on a rant about trickle-down economics…Meanwhile, I have received a press release from the Paladino campaign “Cutting the size of government? Don’t trust Cuomo.” It cites a 2001 NY Post story that slams Cuomo’s management of HUD.
7:22 p.m. Davis: Tax cap is “merely a band-aid”…it takes the voters feel good, but what we need is tax reduction. OK, what happens if Davis turns out to be one of the more sane and well-behaved people on stage? And people expected antics from this woman? Except that gay bar line, she’s pretty dry.
7:21 p.m. Redlich apparently forgot the question, too, because he’s just ignoring it altogether and talking about himself. “I’m not your typical NY politician. I’ve never been caught with a prostitute; my dad wasn’t governor.”
Oct 18th - 6:51 pm
7:16 p.m. ZINGER, Davis! She slams the stock transfer tax, says if it’s put in place “businesses will leave this state quicker than Carl Paladino at a gay bar.”
7:15:33 p.m. (I’m going off the clock in the studio here, so maybe it’s not in sync with you folks at home?) Anyway…just got the first Cuomo “Fact Check” press release, entitled: “Cuomo’s record of streamlining government.”
7:15 p.m. Thought: Having Cuomo following McMillian is just too damn easy.
7:14 p.m. allow me to introduce myself. I represent the Rent is Too Damn High Party…this is politics as usual; playing the silly game….Wow. He’s like….rapping, I think. Was that rap?
7:13 p.m. OK, we’re still on the first question folks. THE FIRST QUESTION! Everyone gets another 30 seconds to rebut.
7:12 p.m. A viewer e-mails: “Love the rent guy! What’s with the gloves?” Dude. Good question.
7:11 p.m. Redlich: Goes on rant about the head of the NY Public Library. $689,000 a year. “I know it’s a big public library, but that’s a little much.” Close the Thruway Authority and end the tolls. Let the DOT handle highways.
7:10 p.m. Davis: I’m the only candidate on this stage with a plan to bring in new revenues…legalization of marijuana $1.5 b in new revenue…casino gambling $2.2 b in new revenue…(She doesn’t use the whole 90 seconds).
7:09 p.m. Hawkins: Along the same lines as Barron…Tax cuts for the rich. Wants to cut the rebate for the stock transfer tax. “These cuts are politics, not economics.” Suggests bankers bonus tax. Then wants to go back to 1972 progressive income tax structure…WPA…started here by Gov. Rockefeller (you know who else likes to make that point? Carl Paladino!! When he talks about the Dignity Corps, that is).
7:07 p.m. Barron: First complains that there are no people of color asking questions. Then rejects the “premise of your question…we’re already cut to the bone.” Instead, he proposes taxing the rich. “Andrew Cuomo and Paladino, not only are they going to cut your programs and your vital services” – political bully! “How about taking it out on the rich!”
Yup. First blood, Barron.
7:05 p.m. Cuomo: People get that the state of NY doesn’t get it…state government is still spending too much money, taxes are out of control. (He seems pretty relaxed, pad on knee, gesticulating, legs crosses). “We’re going to have to cut Medicaid, and we’re going to have to fund savings in education” – no specifics there. “I’ve actually shrunk government.”
Oct 18th - 6:16 pm
…Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli just can’t seem to catch a break.
After spending the weekend watching his GOP/Conservative opponent, Harry Wilson, sweep all three major NYC daily newspaper endorsements PLUS Crain’s PLUS Citizen’s Union, DiNapoli is scheduled to hold a fundraiser tonight at the Carlton Hotel in Manhattan (tickets range from $500 for friends to $10,000 for hosts).
The event kicked off at 6 p.m. (VIP reception). The main reception runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., which means it conflicts for the first hour of the gubernatorial debate at Hofstra, where Democratic frontrunner Andrew Cuomo, who has not endorsed DiNapoli, no doubt will be packing the room with supporters…the very same type of people who would be likely to show up at a DiNapoli fundraiser.
Of course, donors can always send a check without showing up in person. Happens all the time. The optics are unfortunate, is all.
UPDATE: DiNapoli’s campaign spokesman Eric Sumberg sent me a (slightly dark) photo of the “packed room here at the Carlton,” adding: “Plenty of DVR’s set to record the debate or follow along your live blog, I am sure. And we did catch a break-Tom DiNapoli’s a great candidate and is beloved by his many supporters.”
Oct 18th - 5:35 pm
Greg Edwards insists tonight’s debate won’t “make or break” Carl Paladino.
Dan Amira provides a pre-debate primer.
Pop quiz! Which candidate goes by the nickname “the Green Hornet”?
Jimmy McMillan’s prediction for tomorrow’s headlines: “You’re going to see my picture, and it’ll say, ‘Wow!’”
This will be the first time Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino actually meet, notes Nick Confessore, who predicts a “boring and quiet debate as everybody tries to be respectable.”
Gov. David Paterson’s advice for the major party candidates: Stick to the issues, have a “tight presentation” and “tune out everything that’s going on.”
You can chat with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer during and after the debate here.
“He has obviously never stopped thinking about the presidency,” Fred Siegel said of Mayor Bloomberg.
M. Myers Mermel will host a Manhattan fundraiser for Paladino.
“Awkward misappropriations of popular culture are legion in politics,” writes Ben McGrath as he weighs in on the NY governor’s race.
Sen. Jeff Klein barely has an opponent, but he does have a TV ad.
Staten Island DA Dan Donovan jumped the gun on an Orthodox endorsement.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to squeeze out some extra campaign cash from an upcoming Bill Clinton fundraiser.
Glenn Beck made fun of CNN for hiring Eliot Spitzer.
A blogger explains why today’s NYT gubernatorial poll was, as he put it, “crap.”
NARAL has a new anti-Joe DioGuardi Web video.
Gillibrand appears in a pro-woman, anti-Albany Web ad for the 12 female state Senate candidates.
Oct 18th - 4:44 pm
The Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Chamber of Commerce held a joint press conference today to endorse GOP congressional candidate Richard Hanna against Democratic Rep. Mike Arcuri in NY-24.
Hanna is a member of the local pro-business group, which I believe also backed in him his unsuccessful attempt to oust Arcuri in 2008.
The organization has mostly backed Republicans, although it is supporting Democratic Sen. Dave Valesky in the 49th SD.
John Kenealy, chair of the Government Affairs Council of the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, said Hanna “is closely aligned with the chambers positions regarding sensible business policies that will promote economic growth and sustainability, as well as sustainable and accountable government spending.”
James DeChene, the U.S. Chamber’s Eastern regional manager, called Hanna “an invaluable leader who has a common sense approach to job creation and getting America back on the road to recovery.”
Both groups cited Hanna’s “strong” opposition to the health care reform bill, on which Arcuri voted “no” – a move that cost him the support of both the Working Families Party and SEIU 1199.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spending on TV ads in races elsewhere in the country. There are independent expenditures underway in NY-24, but so far I haven’t heard of any chamber spending. (Anyone?)
Oct 18th - 4:05 pm
Democratic gubernatrorial frontrunner Andrew Cuomo and his GOP/Conservative opponent, Carl Paladino, are using tonight’s debate as an organizing/GOTV tool by hosting debate parties across the state where supporters can watch the seven-way fun and cheer on their favorites.
The Cuomo campaign has taken things a step further by tapping local elected/party officials to play host at each party – and, presumably, chat with any local media types who might be in attendance.
Here’s the list of who’s where:
Albany – Mayor Jerry Jennings.
Watertown – Jefferson County Democratic Committee Chairman Sean Hennesy.
Oswego – County Legislator Mike Kunzwiler.
Syracuse – Mayor Stephanie Miner.
Binghamton – Broome County Democratic Party Chairman Tony Fiala.
Rochester – Monroe County Democratic Chairman/Assemblyman Joe Morelle.
Buffalo – Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz (in Cheektowaga).
Niagara Falls – Mayor Paul Dyster.
Hornell – Mayor Shawn Hogan.
Utica – Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito.
UPDATE: I’m told there are some NYC surrogates, too, including Assemblyman Jonathan Bing and Rep. Yvette Clarke, who will be working the state Democratic Committee/DL21C party in Hell’s Kitchen.
…I’ll be liveblogging here and also hosting a post-game show at 8:30 p.m. with 2006 gubernatorial nominee John Faso (here in Albany) and Democratic consultant Richie Fife (from NYC). And just in case you’re bored, CapCon’s Casey Seiler has dreamed up a fun debate version of Bingo for you.