Oct 14th - 4:21 pm
Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch’s NY Uprising PAC, which is already roboing for its so-called “heroes” of reform who agreed to sign his trio of pledges to reform ethics, the budget process and redistricing, has now added a new item to its repertoire for the candidates it is supporting and/or opposing: Posters.
“Mayor Koch and New York Uprising remain committed to educating voters across the state as to who is truly committed to cleaning up our dysfunctional legislature in these tumultuous times – and who is satisfied with the status quo,” said NY Uprising’s Mark Botnick.
“We will use every tool at our disposal to draw attention to the Heroes of Reform and encourage voters to throw out the Enemies of Reform.”
NY Uprising supporters were out hanging the poster that appears below today. It boosts Republican Deborah Busch as a “hero” and hits her Democratic opponent, Assemblyman Jack McEneny, who has followed the lead of his conference leader, Speaker Sheldon Silver, in refusing to sign the reform pledges.
Oct 14th - 3:13 pm
State Commission on Public Integrity Chairman Michael Cherkasky just announced that he will resign effective Jan. 1, 2011 – the first day of the next governor’s tenure.
Cherkasky remains the CEO of Altegrity, a global screening and security solutions company, which recently acquired Kroll, Inc. He said that caused an “increasing number of potential conflicts of interest” and a growing demand on his time that made him realize it would be best for him to depart his public post.
Up to this point, Cherkasky said, he has been recusing himself from cases that would pose a conflict, but that solution is “not a long-term solution.”
“Since joining the Commission, I have been impressed with the commitment of the other Commissioners and the staff to foster public trust in State government in a non-partisan manner, as well as pursuing cases wherever they might lead,” Cherkasky said in a press release.
“When Governor Paterson appointed me to this position last year, I had no idea that one of those cases would lead to him.”
Oct 14th - 2:52 pm
Sen. Chuck Schumer, who has been running his re-election campaign entirely through TV ads and has steadfastly refused to even acknowledge the many attacks from his GOP/Conservative challenger, Jay Townsend, has finally agreed to debate, the senator’s office confirmed.
The event will take place on a Sunday (a favorite press day for the senior senator, but not so fantastic in terms of prime time viewers), Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. It will be co-hosted by NY1 and YNN.
The location will likely be somewhere in the Hudson Valley, but has not yet been finalized.
UPDATE1: The debate will take place at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, (which, in case you didn’t recall, is home to the intrepid intern Bryan!)
UPDATE2: I am informed that ratings on Sunday night are actually fairly high, which holds true for most news channel (it is, after all, a school night, which I failed to take into account).
Also, on this particular night, the NY Giants don’t play until 8:30 p.m., so sports fans who also happen to be political junkies – or co-habitate with political junkies – are all set.
Oct 14th - 2:48 pm
A reader forwarded a mailer sent out by the Republicans that urges recipients to “apply to vote by mail today!”
The mailer includes a litany of reasons why New Yorkers should “vote Republican” and “make Albany work for you!” (You’ve heard most of the arguments before: The Democrats tax and spend too much, hurting taxpayers and jobs, etc).
We’ve seen any number of races in recent years come down to a question of paper (the most recent examples that come to mind are NY-23 and NY-20) and then end up in court. So an absentee ballot operation can turn out to be crucial – particularly for the party that doesn’t have an enrollment edge).
Oct. 26 is the last day voters can postmark a mailed request for an absentee ballot, but they can apply in person up to Nov. 1. Filled out ballots must be postmarked Nov. 1 or can be dropped off at boards of elections in person on Election Day (Nov. 2).
Oct 14th - 2:17 pm
The New York League of Conservation Voters has named it’s top general election target with less than three weeks remaining in the campaign: Capital Region Republican Sen. Hugh Farley.
The NYLCV posted this photoshopped image of Farley on its Website and said he has “amassed one of the most appalling environmental records in New York” during his more than three decades in the Senate, adding:
He’s an old-school green foe who has voted against clean energy and environmental justice, sided with polluters rather than residents, and consistently sought to block the protection of endangered species and our natural heritage.”
“Farley’s bad record stretches all the way back to when he was Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee in the 1980s, when he sponsored bills not because he supported them, but to control them to ensure that they did not come up for a vote in his committee!”
The organization has made defeating Farley its No. 1 priority, and has launched an “F is for Farley” campaign that will include several rounds of mail, TV and radio ads, direct voter contact, phone banking and more.
The race between Farley and his Democratic challenger, Schenectady County Legislator Sue Savage, has become heated and a bit nasty of late.
The NYLCV is likely feeling pretty good after playing a role in the loss of its top primary target, Democratic Sen. Bill Stachowski, who was ousted on Sept. 14 by Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy. Stachowski remains on the general election ballot on the Indpendence and Working Families Party lines.
UPDATE: SRCC spokesman Scott Reif e-mailed a response, noting that Farley voted against using EPF money to keep state parks open – a big issue for the environmental community.
Oct 14th - 12:59 pm
The state Democratic Party is again hitting NY-25 Republican congressional contender Ann Marie Buerkle for having outstanding tax bills and yet managing to come up with sufficient funds to loan her campaign close to $30,000.
This is the same attack the Dems launched against Buerkle back in August. But appearently the party leaders thought it was high time for a re-launch in the wake of a poll conducted for the NRCC (and reported by POLITICO) by McLaughlin & Associates that showed Buerkle leading her Democratic opponent, Rep. Dan Maffei, 40- 39, with just over a fifth of the electorate still undecided.
Oct 14th - 12:19 pm
ICYMI: Here’s the new TV ad Mayor Bloomberg and former Mayor Koch filmed for their preferred AG candidate, Staten Island DA Dan Donovan, in which they tout his “independence” as someone two guys who don’t share a political affiliation can agree on.
(Bloomberg, of course, is a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent; Koch is a lifelong Democrat with a habit of crossing party lines to endorse Republicans).
This campaign cycle, Bloomberg has backed two statewide contenders (after saying he would likely back no one but Donovan): Republican Harry Wilson for state comptroller and Democrat Andrew Cuomo for governor.
Koch is all over the map with his endorsements, deeming state legislative candidates “heroes of reform” – regardless of their party enrollment- as long as they’ve signed his NY Uprising PAC reform pledges.
He also endorsed Republican congressional candidate George Phillips (NY-22) against Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey, citing his displeasure with the incumbent congressman’s stance on Israel – a big personal issue for the former mayor.
Oct 14th - 11:57 am
The AFL-CIO just announced its endorsement of Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon and said it plans a “massive” GOTV effort on his behalf.
“The New York State AFL-CIO is pleased to announce its endorsement of Congressman Mike McMahon for re-election,” said the 2.5 million-member organization’s president, Denis Hughes in a press release.
“I am confident Congressman McMahon will continue to fight for the issues important to working men and women. As such, we are coordinating a massive member-to-member grassroots initiative in support of his campaign.”
“Throughout his career in public service, Congressman McMahon has been a leader in the fight to protect the needs, concerns and dignity of working people. His re-election is vital to the future prosperity of our country.”
Oct 14th - 11:38 am
NARAL Pro-Choice NY held a press conference call this morning to attack Republican Attorney General candidate Dan Donovan, calling him an “anti-choice activist.”
NARAL’s president, Kelli Conlin, accused Donovan of securing grant money for the Crisis Pregnancy Center of New York while serving as State Island deputy borough president.
Conlin says CPC “uses deception and scare tactics to dissuade women from considering their full range of reproductive health care options.”
“We are disappointed that Dan Donovan has not been upfront with the women of our state. While insisting that he would protect reproductive rights, he has remained silent about his alliance with the very organizations that make it their purpose to prevent women from accessing reproductive health care,” said Conlin.
“To be clear: our concern is not only that Dan Donovan helped secure grants for the Crisis Pregnancy Center but that he has actively misled New Yorkers about his neutrality on this issue,” she added.
Oct 14th - 11:27 am
GOP/Conservative congressional hopeful Randy Altschuler has a new TV ad that seeks to counter efforts by his opponent, Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop, to highlight his former company’s focus on outsourcing jobs overseas.
Here’s the script for the ad, entitled “Opportunity”, which was proudced by Cold Harbor Films:
Announcer: Tim Bishop is wrong. Newspapers say Randy Altschuler did not send American jobs overseas.
Woman 1: He gave me an opportunity. Man 1: Randy is a job creator. Man 2: That’s what it’s all about…hiring in America. Man 3: The jobs are right here. I’m one of them…you know. Man 4: Randy definitely knows how to create jobs.
Announcer: He’s created over seven hundred American jobs. Randy signed the pledge not to raise taxes. Politician Tim Bishop voted for billions in job killing taxes. Stop Bishop from raising taxes again. Vote Randy Altschuler.
Randy Altschuler: I’m Randy Altschuler. I approved this message.
This was a big issue during the three-way GOP primary in NY-1, as you’ll recall. to refresh your memory, the company in question, Office Tiger, was described as “a leading provider of business process outsourcing service” in this March 20, 2006 news release that announced its acquisition by P.R. Donnelley & Sons Company in an all-cash $250 million deal, adding:
“OfficeTiger, headquartered in New York, provides integrated onsite-offshore BPO services to Fortune 500 companies and to professional services firms through its operations in North America, Europe, India and Sri Lanka.”