Oct 20th - 12:27 pm
The “Shutter Island” star penned a letter to supporters asking them to vote to contribute to the Democratic attorney general hopeful’s campaign in the waning days of the election.
“It’s no accident that Environmental Advocates recognized Eric as one of New York’s ‘greenest Senators,’ Ruffalo writes.
“He led the fight for a moratorium on hydrofracking in New York State. He vowed that, as Attorney General, he will sue to make sure that no drilling takes place unless it’s proven that it can be done safely. With Eric as our Attorney General, environmental polluters will be held accountable and the health and safety of the people of New York will always come first.
Ruffalo is also distributing a video explaining his opposition to hydrofracking and his support for Schneiderman.
Oct 20th - 12:06 pm
After three terms as mayor, most New York City residents are not interested in sending Michael Bloomberg to the White House.
That’s according to a Marist College poll out today that finds 64 percent of city voters are opposed to the idea of Bloomberg running for president. Twenty-six percent support the idea and 10 percent are unsure.
As for Bloomberg himself – he insists he has no plans to run in 2012.
Marist also polled Democratic Big Apple voters about who they’d like to see move in to Gracie Mansion in 2013. Congressman Anthony Weiner edges out the pack of potential candidates with 21 percent support.
Former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson takes second with 16 percent, followed by current Comptroller John Liu with 10 percent, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn who nets 9 percent, Public Advocate bill de Blasio at 8 percent and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer with 4 percent.
Thirty-two percent remain undecided.
Oct 20th - 11:34 am
Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino is projecting confidence in his ability to pull off an upset over Democrat Andrew Cuomo.
Paladino’s campaign is also suggesting the results of Siena’s latest poll may not accurately reflect the attitude of the electorate.
His campaign manager released this statement today:
“While we acknowledge we are behind, our internal polls show we are close than Siena’s survey indicates,” said Michael Caputo.
“In politics, thirteen days is an eternity and we believe the race will become more competitive quickly. We are also mindful of the fact that all public polls showed Carl losing in the primary, but he won by 25 percent – a surprise to everyone.”
Oct 20th - 11:24 am
Alec Baldwin has responded via web video to the marriage proposal from Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family” fame… and the answer is “yes.” Nevermind the fact that Baldwin is a straight.
The videos are part of the Fight Back NY PAC’s efforts to elect state Senators who support same-sex marriage and oust those who don’t.
The group’s primary target is Republican Queens Senator Frank Padavan.
Oct 20th - 11:15 am
The Empire State Pride Agenda is throwing it’s support behind Andrew Cuomo for governor – despite the fact that he missed the gay rights group’s annual Fall Dinner.
Cuomo made a last minute decision to deliver remarks during the event’s cocktail hour after his GOP rival, Carl Paladino, made controversial remarks warning against the perils of children being “brainwashed” about homosexuality.
Cuomo has since declared that he wants to be “the Governor who makes marriage equality a reality in New York State.”
“The Pride Agenda PAC is proud to endorse Andrew Cuomo for Governor,” said ESPA Exec. Dir. Ross D. Levi via press release.
“As Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo has been a great champion for the LGBT community, working closely with the Pride Agenda to fight transgender discrimination in employment and to defend our state’s policy of fully respecting the legal marriages of same-sex couples performed out of state. This proven record is bolstered by Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to working as Governor to secure marriage equality, a statewide transgender non-discrimination law and policies, programs and resources to address the health and human service needs of New York’s LGBT communities. We encourage all New Yorkers who care about LGBT equality and justice to support Andrew Cuomo, and we will be working hard toward his election as Governor.”
Before the brew ha-ha over Paladino’s remarks, the ESPA endorsement was ostensibly up for grabs.
The group has back Republicans in the past – including George Pataki during his 2002 re-election bid. In December of that year, he signed the Sexual Orientation Non-discrimination Act into law.
Oct 20th - 10:00 am
In case you missed it, YNN and NY1 are hosting two debates in the coming days.
Tomorrow, junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will square off against her Republican challenger, former Congressman Joe DioGuardi, at Sage College in Troy.
On Sunday, Sen. Chuck Schumer will take on his GOP rival, Jay Townsend, at Marist College in Poughkeepie.
You can catch both hour-long debates live on YNN in Upstate NY and on NY1 in NYC at 7pm. Our very own Liz B. will be a member of the panel both nights. And, stay tuned after each debate for a half-hour wrap-up show.
We hoped to bring you a debate between the candidates for attorney general, but Democrat Eric Schneiderman declined our invitation.
And, of course, we’ll keep you posted if we hear from Andrew Cuomo’s campaign in response to our invitation to debate Carl Paladino.
Oct 20th - 9:42 am
Republican comptroller candidate Harry Wilson is declaring war against Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli over the airwaves.
Wilson released his second TV ad in two days today. The latest 30-second spot titled “Fuse” slams incumbent Tom DiNapoli for causing a spike in property taxes by mismanaging the state’s pension fund.
A rubric-style script of the spot provided by Wilson’s campaign appears after the jump.
UPDATE: DiNapoli campaign spokesman, Eric Sumberg, sent along this response to Wilson’s new ad:
“Wall Street Harry Wilson is down in the polls and desperate to avoid talking about how he made millions by cutting New Yorkers jobs, wages, and health care. Wilson’s latest ad is a lie – playing fast and loose with the facts, just like he and his Wall Street cronies did with our money.”
Wilson’s latest ad will begin airing statewide today. The one released yesterday, which touts Wilson’s newspaper endorsements, will be seen only in New York City.
Today’s Siena poll puts DiNapoli ahead of Wilson by 17 points.
Oct 20th - 9:30 am
Siena College is out with another snapshot of the statewide races finding Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Cuomo’s lead over Republican Carl Paladino has grown.
A poll released Oct. 5th put Cuomo ahead by 24 points among “likely voters.” The new figures separate the rivals by 37 points – a margin of 63 to 26 percent.
Siena also finds that 69 percent of those polled have an unfavorable opinion of Paladino. Almost that many New Yorkers – 62 percent – have a favorable opinion of Cuomo.
“With less than two weeks until Election Day, it’s going to take more than a minor miracle by the Paladino campaign to turn the gubernatorial race around,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.
“Cuomo leads by 59 points in New York City, 25 points in the downstate suburbs and 24 points upstate. He leads by 22 points among men and 50 points among women. He leads by better than two-to-one among independent voters, and even has the support of 30 percent of Republicans, while Paladino has the support of just nine percent of Democrats and 26 percent of independents.”
In the race for attorney general, Democrat Eric Schneiderman enjoys a seven point lead over Republican Dan Donovan according to Siena – 44 to 37 percent.
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is running 17 points ahead of Republican Harry Wilson – 49-32 percent.
Siena finds both incumbent US Senators have a comfortable lead over their Republican challengers. Sen. Chuck Schumer leads Jay Townsend by 39 points and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand bests Joe DioGuardi by 29 points.
Oct 20th - 9:25 am
GOP candidate for governor Carl Paladino insisted on debating against all seven of his opponents prior to Monday’s Newsday/News12 Long Island showdown at Hofstra. Now, though, he’s ready to take on Andrew Cuomo mano-a-mano.
Last week, YNN and NY1 extended an invite to both major party candidates to debate, and last night Paladino accepted. We are still awaiting a response from the Cuomo camp.
Today, Paladino is going after Cuomo and pressuring him to agree to more debates before Nov. 2 – just 13 days away. In fact, Paladino has said previously that he’d like to debate Cuomo everyday until election day.
Paladino announced this morning that he’s also agreed to debate Cuomo on WABC in New York City.
“I’ve accepted the WABC debate, and so should Andrew Cuomo. At this one-on-one debate I will expose Cuomo’s true record as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development,” Paladino said via press release.
I’ve already accepted a debate invitation from NY1. I will accept all legitimate debate invitations, whether they are a one-on-one debate or a forum with all candidates. I hope Andrew will finally appear on NY1 to defend his record.”
According to the “Cuomo Clock” on the NY1′s website, it has been 1,386 days since the attorney general has appeared on their air.
Cuomo has agreed to just two extended TV interviews since launching his bid for governor – one on FOX 5 in NYC and one with our very own Liz Benjamin on “Capital Tonight.”
Oct 20th - 9:00 am
New Jersey’s popular Republican governor, Chris Christie, is weighing in on another NY House race.
Christie is backing GOP challenger Michael Grimm in the 13th congressional district race against Democratic Rep. Michael McMahon.
“As a U.S. Marine, former FBI Special Agent and small businessman, Michael Grimm’s background does not resemble a typical politician,” Christie said via press release.
“It exemplifies Michael Grimm’s spirited dedication to serving this nation. Washington is in dire need of a true representative of the people who will stand up and fight for limited government, cut taxes, rein in spending, and most importantly create jobs and opportunities for the people of his district and our country. Michael Grimm is committed to these principles and therefore, I am committed to helping him win in November.”
The 13th CD includes all of Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn.
Back on Oct. 12, Christie announced his support for Randy Altschuler in NY-1 on Long Island against Rep. Tim Bishop. He is also slated to headline a fundraiser on Oct. 25 alongside NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg to benefit GOP attorney general hopeful Dan Donovan.
Grimm’s race is one of 10 in NYS the National Republican Congressional Committee has committed to helping financially. Grimm also picked up the endorsement of former President George H.W. Bush earlier this month.