Oct 20th - 2:29 pm
…or so they say.
Here’s the latest Web video from GOP/Conservative state comptroller hopeful Harry Wilson, which reminded me a lot of something NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio did recently to highlight his efforts to get Google to disclose the full scope of its political contributions and influence.
And I’m sure this has been done before de Blasio’s team had the idea; it’s a fairly obvious gimmick – and one that works pretty well without a whole heck of a lot of investment necessary.
Wilson is pushing back today against a Siena poll that shows him gaining on, but still trailing by double digits, his Democratic target, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. The former hedge fund manager has launched what appears to be the last-minute ad blitz of the campaign we’ve all been wondering about and waiting for.
Meanwhile, DiNapoli is being joined by his allies in organized labor to hit Wilson hard on the FiberMark saga.
Oct 20th - 1:46 pm
Oct 20th - 12:45 pm
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is hitting his Republican challenger, Harry Wilson, with two web videos today – each of them featuring interviews with employees of the FiberMark paper and fiber manufacturing firm in Lowville, NY.
The employees describe the harsh work conditions they were subjected to after Wilson’s former investment firm, Silver Point, acquired FiberMark debt during bankruptcy.
Robert McCarthy of the Buffalo News reported on the controversy in Monday’s paper.
DiNapoli’s campaign says the videos will ultimately be trimmed down and made into TV spots.
The transcripts for the videos appear after the jump.
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.