Oct 19th - 11:38 am
Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout on Wednesday released her latest TV ad that spotlights everyday people — people she says “pay the price” for pay to play corruption.
In the 30-second spot, black and white images of people are shown with Teachout narrating over the montage.
“This is who pays the price for corrupt politics and a broken system,” Teachout says in the ad. “I’m Zephyr Teachout, and my entire career I’ve been an independent voice for people. This is who I stood up for when I fought corruption in Albany.”
She also takes her Republican opponent John Faso to task in the ad, criticizing his resume as a state lawmaker and later a lobbyist in Albany.
John Faso worked for the special interests as an Assemblyman, and now as a lobbyist,” she says. “And this is who I stood up for when I took on corporate polluters. John took money from GE, then let them off the hook for polluting the Hudson. I approved this message, because in Congress, I’ll be fighting for them, too.”
Teachout and Faso are competing for the open 19th congressional district in the Hudson Valley which is being vacated by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson.
Oct 19th - 7:15 am
From the Morning Memo:
New Yorkers For Quality Health Care, an independent expenditure committee backed by the Greater New York Hospital Association, has expanded its campaign efforts in the state Senate.
Filings with the state Board of Elections show the PAC is spending $273,000 in two potentially pivotal battleground races: Senate district 40 and the 39th Senate district, both in the Hudson Valley.
The money, which includes spending for mail and digital advertising, aimed at bolstering Republican Sens. Bill Larkin and Terrence Murphy.
Previously, the hospital PAC had committed $115,199 in independent expenditure spending to aid the re-election effort of Republican Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon on Long Island.
Oct 19th - 7:00 am
Three weeks away from the election, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer found his way to Western New York on “official” business yesterday.
While his press conferences in Rochester and Buffalo were not technically campaign events, there were plenty of public officials singing the senior senator’s praises for saving jobs and securing federal funds, respectively.
When questioned in Buffalo about the timing of his events, which just so happen to coincide with his re-election bid – not to mention his push to become majority leader, should the Democrats take control of the upper house next month – Schumer reminded reporters this is nothing new for him.
Seeking his fourth term, the senator is well-known for trying to regularly visit all 62 of the state’s counties at least once every year.
“I always find the best way to get re-elected is just do your job,” Schumer said. “That’s what I’m doing now. I’m not overtly campaigning. The people of Buffalo, the people of Western New York know I’ve worked hard for them hopefully and then everything else, the politics works itself out.”
Schumer isn’t exactly neglecting his campaign, though. He has made significant statewide and regional television buys, even though his Republican opponent, attorney Wendy Long, perhaps best known for losing in a landslide to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012, is trailing badly in fundraising and public polls.
Anyone who has watched a Buffalo Bills game in Western New York has probably seen Schumer’s commercial filmed at a tailgate party in front of the team’s stadium.
“I thought it was fun and, you know, obviously, obviously the bottom line is when you run for re-election you like to let people know some of the things you’ve been able to do,” Schumer explained.
Schumer also unveiled a new TV ad this week that highlights his efforts to boost upstate’s dairy and yogurt industries, which features the senator in his shirtsleeves, standing in a sun-drenched field with an anonymous cow.
The senator’s main focus, however, seems to be on helping fellow Democrats elsewhere in the country, in hopes that his party will see success in winning back the majority, allowing Schumer to succeed Majority Leader Harry Reid retires at the end of the year.
Schumer recently transferred more than $6 million to the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee. He said he’s “one the phone talking to the candidates all the time” – even while criss-crossing his home state in pursuit of this year’s 62-county goal.
Oct 19th - 6:45 am
From the Morning Memo:
The congressional campaign of Martin Babinec on Wednesday is rolling out the first episode of a documentary series chronicling his bid for the open House seat.
The 5-minute first episode of the series “Running Independent” portrays the beginnings of the campaign for Babinec, who is running an independent bid for the 22nd congressional district.
“My goal is to bring voters on the road with the campaign and experience a process that is stacked against average citizens running for office – we can make a difference here,” said Babinec.
The series is being produced by Floating Hope Films.
Babinec’s campaign says the series is aimed at giving “an inside look” at an independent bid for Congress. An independent candidate has not been elected to Congress in 26 years.
Babinec, who would caucus with House Republicans if elected, faces Democrat Kim Myers and Republican Claudia Tenney. Incumbent Republican Richard Hanna is retiring at the end of the term.
All three candidates will square off in a TWC News debate on Thursday at 9 p.m.
Oct 19th - 6:30 am
From the Morning Memo:
The latest ad from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released for the 24th congressional district in central New York seeks to further yoke Rep. John Katko to the nominee of his party whom he has refused to endorse: Donald Trump.
The ad is a “greatest hits” of Trump’s controversial remarks on veterans and abortion, linking Katko to the comments.
“Despite disparaging war heroes and denigrating women, Congressman John Katko hitched up with Donald Trump,” said Bryan Lesswing at the DCCC. “Katko clearly put politics first when he jumped on the Trump bandwagon, and left Central New York far behind.”
Katko has sharply criticized Trump and has not endorsed his campaign. Katko has indicated he may vote for a third party candidate in the presidential election.
Running for a second term in a swing district that hasn’t granted more than two years to House representatives over the last several cycles, Katko faces Democrat Colleen Deacon. Both candidates square off in a Time Warner Cable News debate on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
Oct 19th - 6:15 am
From the Morning Memo:
Democratic congressional candidate Sean Patrick Maloney’s re-election bid is being endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, his campaign is set to announce on Wednesday.
The organization, the oldest police association in the country, doesn’t always endorse in congressional races, but did back Maloney and Republican Rep. Peter King two years ago in their re-election bids.
“I’m proud to have the support of the Fraternal Order of Police and so many of our brave men and women in blue who put their lives on the line to protect our communities,” said Maloney. “I’ve worked hand-in-glove with our local police departments to get more cops on the beat, combat the heroin and opioid epidemic, and keep our neighborhoods safe for families and businesses.”
Maloney faces Republican opponent Phil Oliva, a former aide to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, for re-election in the 18th congressional district in the Hudson Valley.
Oct 19th - 5:31 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump face off in their final debate before the Nov. 8 election in Las Vegas, NV at 9 p.m.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will attend and deliver remarks at The Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union’s Executive Board meeting, which is closed to the press.
At 7 a.m., the PBA protests e Blasio outside the Brooklyn YMCA where the mayor generally does his morning workout, Park Slope Y, 361 15th St.
At 8 a.m., Bowzer from Sha Na Na campaigns for NY-23 Democratic candidate John Plumb, Clarion Hotel, 30 Lake Shore Dr. E., Dunkirk.
At 8:30 a.m., the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City Milstein Criminal Justice Policy Forum breakfast is held, with remarks from NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, Sea Level Cafe, 6 E 43rd St., Manhattan.
At 9 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers opening remarks at the governor’s Sustainable Development Regional Conference, Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Dr., Hyde Park.
At 10 a.m., Cornell Tech hosts a press briefing to kick off a 12-month countdown to the opening of its new campus on Roosevelt Island, Cornell Tech at the Google Bldg, 111 8th Ave., Manhattan.
Also at 10 a.m., Brooklyn Bridge Park holds a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on Pier 3. Attendees include New York Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, BBP President Regina Myer, Sen. Daniel Squadron, Brooklyn Bridge Park Executive Director Nancy Webster and park designer Michael Van Valkenburgh.
At 11 a.m., Vice President Biden speaks on the Cancer Moonshot Initiative at the SAP Global CEO Summit, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle, Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., Community Service Society, the Riders Alliance and representatives from a broad coalition of advocacy, labor, legal and community-based organizations join elected officials announcing their support for half-price MetroCards for the city’s lowest-income residents, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Medical Center CEO Jim Barba make an announcement regarding the hospital’s payment in lieu of taxes, Huyck Auditorium, Albany Medical Center, 47 New Scotland Ave., Albany.
At 12:30 p.m., de Blasio will visit a College Access for All high school that is participating in College Application Week, Frederick Douglas Academy III, 3630 Third Ave., the Bronx.
At 1 p.m., attorney Normal Siegel, street fair vendors and activists hold a rally to denounce the mayor’s proposed street fair rules for 2017, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
Also at 1 p.m., Assemblyman Sean Ryan will join representatives of Walgreens Pharmacy to announce new safe medication disposal kiosks in Erie County, where people can return unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medication, 650 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.
At 3:30 p.m., Families for Excellent Schools holds a rally calling for the charter school sector to grow to 200,000 students by 2020, Foley Square, Manhattan.
Also at 3:30 p.m., Hochul launches a Community College Council Meeting in the Capital Region, Hudson Valley Community College, Siek Campus Center, Room 204, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy.
At 5:30 p.m., the Queens Borough Board, chaired by Borough President Melinda Katz, will hear a presentation on homelessness in the borough from Steven Banks, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Social Services, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, Queens.
At 6 p.m., Pace University holds a “The Trump Foundation, The Clinton Foundation, and the 2016 Election: What Does it All Mean for Philanthropy?” panel discussion, 1 Pace Plaza, Manhattan.
Also at 6 p.m., Trump’s childhood home in Queens goes up for auction with an opening bid set at $849,000, The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E 45th St., Manhattan.
At 6:15 p.m., de Blasio delivers remarks at the Real Estate Marketplace Awards, Terrace on the Park, 52-11 111th St., Flushing, Queens.
At 7 p.m., de Blasio hosts a Diwali celebration at Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.
Also at 7 p.m., former NYC Mayor David Dinkins hosts a debate watch party in support of Clinton, The 40/40 Club, 6 W 25th St., Manhattan.
At 7:45 p.m., Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley speaks on New York’s economic history, the Lotos Club, 5 E 66th St., Manhattan.
At 8 p.m., U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer attends a debate watch party, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St., Manhattan.
The feds have reportedly interviewed the 15-year-old girl at the center of the latest Anthony Weiner sexting scandal. Investigators believe they have a strong case against the disgraced ex-congressman and he could be indicted, according to a source familiar with the case, who added: “It wouldn’t surprise me.”
Donald Trump’s talk of a rigged election and calls for supporters to turn out in droves to monitor polling sites has stirred increasing fears of intimidation of minorities inside polling places, where their qualifications to vote could be challenged, or outside, where they would face illegal electioneering.
President Obama ridiculed Trump for saying that the presidential election was rigged against him, telling the Republican nominee to “stop whining and go try to make his case” to win more votes than Hillary Clinton.
Singer Wayne Newton, a staple in Sin City, will join The Donald in Las Vegas as a guest at the debate, he told WABC radio host Rita Cosby. Newtown, 74, said he has never seen Trump “under any circumstances react in an irresponsible way toward a lady.”
Trump likely needs a really big night at this last debate. National polls show him losing, and post-debate polls show voters are skeptical about him at best.
After months of a vitriolic campaign and two bruising debates, what’s left to be unveiled, asked University of Cincinnati political scientist David Niven. “You could see a scorched-earth approach. But how much of the earth is left at this point?” he said.
According to a poll from The Washington Post and ABC News, having daughters may affect voters’ choices this coming Election Day.
Compromise in Congress will be key to changing the public’s mood after the election, according to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is poised to become majority leader if the Democrats take control. “If we have another four years of gridlock, the anger, the frustration, the sourness is going to cascade,” he said. “And 2020 could make 2016 look tame.”
Labor unions are plowing money into the 2016 elections at an unprecedented rate, largely in an effort to help elect Clinton and give Democrats a majority in the Senate.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced at the last minute yesterday that he would be at the White House to attend an official state dinner on the South Lawn honoring Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi – the final state dinner of the Obama administration.
A Newsday review of campaign contributors who donated $50,000 or more to Cuomo between 2010 and 2015 found that more than 30 construction and development companies, subsidiaries, their executives and their relatives have contributed nearly $4 million while the companies received $1 billion in state contracts, tax breaks and other benefits.
A federal investigation into NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign fund-raising has zeroed in on whether donations were exchanged for beneficial city action in about a half-dozen cases, according to people with knowledge of the inquiry.
As a bill to fine illegal Airbnb operators landed on Cuomo’s desk yesterday, the home-sharing company offered a number of concessions to placate leery New York regulators.
New regulations proposed by the Cuomo administration would give parole boards a formal scoring process — dubbed the Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions — to follow in determining an inmate’s merit for parole.
Phil Walzak, a senior City Hall adviser to de Blasio, will depart his public post to oversee de Blasio’s communications and overall campaign strategy for the 2017 effort starting on Monday.
State GOP Chairman Ed Cox has filed a complaint with the Board of Elections charging the state teachers’ union, NYSUT, with violating election laws to boost Democrats.
Cuomo’s office weighed in on the helicopter controversy that is causing problems for de Blasio, noting the governor only uses state aircraft for state business and doesn’t charge taxpayers for personal or political travel.
Police shot and killed an emotionally disturbed woman inside an apartment building in the Bronx last night. News of the shooting and the circumstances surrounding it caused some local officials – including Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. – to call for an investigation.
The NYPD says the sergeant who responded to a call about a 66-year-old woman acting irrationally in a Bronx apartment fatally shot her after she tried to hit him with a baseball bat.
Oct 19th - 5:30 am
New York is her’s to lose.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s lead over Republican Donald Trump in New York has grown to 24 percentage points, with a Siena College poll released on Wednesday showing the former secretary of state leading the business mogul 54 percent to 30 percent.
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received 5 percent of support in the poll, with Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 4 percent.
Overall, it’s a slight increase from the previous statewide Siena poll in September, when Clinton led 51 percent to 30 percent.
The poll comes as Trump has fallen behind Clinton in key battleground states after dizzying month of allegations and rebukes from members of his own party. Clinton, meanwhile, has signaled her campaign will seek to play offense in traditionally Republican leaning states like Arizona in order to potentially secure a landslide victory.
Both Trump and Clinton face off in their final debate this evening.
New York has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan’s re-election in 1984.
Trump’s supporters in New York had hoped he would run a competitive race in the blue state that he handily secured in during the April presidential primary.
But Clinton’s lead is sustained across virtually all demographics. She leads Trump among white voters by 8 percentage points. Among black voters, she leads by 74 points and 49 points among Latinos.
Clinton leads Trump by 16 percentage points among men and, after a video was released of Trump bragging about sexual assault led to women accusing him of making unwanted advances, Clinton holds a 31-percentage point lead among women in New York, the poll found.
She leads him among Jewish voters by 41 percentage points. However, they are evenly divided among Catholic voters at 44 percent each.
The race is closer in upstate New York, where Clinton leads Trump 43 percent to 37 percent.
In the race for the U.S. Senate, meanwhile, incumbent Democrat Chuck Schumer appears similarly poised to secure a fourth term over Republican Wendy Long in what could be a record-breaking margin.
The poll found Schumer leading his little known Republican opponent 63 percent to 28 percent, virtually no change from September. More than three-quarters of voters polled do not know enough about Long to have an opinion.
Schumer is set to become the leader of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate and potentially the majority leader. Both Schumer and Long are scheduled to face off in their only debate of the campaign on Time Warner Cable News and NY1 on Oct. 30.
Closer to home, Gov. Andrew Cuomo despite a difficult few weeks that saw the arrest of his former top aide on bribery charges continues to have a majority favorability rating at 56 percent, the poll found. He holds a favorable rating of 61 percent of independent voters and a 67 percent favorability rating with self-described liberal voters. In New York City, his rating stands at 67 percent as well.
The poll of 611 likely New York voters was conducted from Oct. 13 through Oct. 16. It has a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points.
Oct 18th - 5:31 pm
President Barack Obama advised Trump on to stop whining about voter fraud ahead of the elections.
Obama impersonating teenage girls texting is priceless.
For the first time in the general election, Trump is set to outspend Clinton on TV ads this week. His campaign is slated to spend $14 million on television ads compared to her $10 million, according to data from Kantar Media/CMAG, a company that tracks political advertising.
Ivanka Trump says her father’s lewd and sexually aggressive comments from a leaked 2005 Access Hollywood video were “clearly inappropriate and offensive,” adding: “I’m glad that he acknowledged this fact with an immediate apology to my family and the American people.”
Vogue, which has no history of making political endorsements, has decided to change that policy given the “profound stakes” of this election and is backing Clinton for president.
According to leaked campaign emails, Clinton was considering some outside-the-box VP candidates before she settled on Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, including Bill and Melinda Gates, Tim Cook and former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
An artist erected an obscene statue of Clinton in downtown Manhattan this morning causing a heated fight between defenders of the profane piece of protest art and women trying to tear it down.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie distanced himself from Trump when asked whether he was “proud” of the campaign the mogul is running. “I’m proud of everything I’ve said and that’s all I can control,” the governor said. “The rest of it I can’t control.”
The state’s highest court will hear arguments tomorrow on whether Indian Point, the nuclear power plant 40 miles from New York City, needs a new state coastal zone permit.
Poorly trained deputies at the Erie County Holding Center – not a heart attack – killed inmate Richard Metcalf Jr. in November 2012, a state agency says as it urges the district attorney to begin a criminal investigation and the U.S. Justice Department to again examine the Sheriff’s Office for civil rights violations.
As of the end of September, New York congressional candidates who will appear on next month’s ballot had spent more than $41 million this election cycle.
A judge is expected to decide whether to hold a trial for a lawsuit claiming a former Broome County Sheriff’s official and a local attorney improperly pursued an arrest after a 2014 domestic dispute involving the lawyer’s wife — all allegedly in exchange for political support.
Sen. Jack Martins is touting a poll conducted for his campaign that shows him within one percentage point of his Democratic opponent, former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, in NY-3.
Filmmaker Michael Moore announced a new movie, “Michael Moore in TrumpLand,” which will screen for the first time at New York City’s IFC Center this evening for free. The film, based on Moore’s one-man play, will begin its theatrical run Oct. 19.
The three-way race for the NY-22 seat of retiring Rep. Richard Hanna has turned into an $8.8 million battle, making it one of the most expensive House races in New York, new federal campaign finance records show.
Third-party candidate Martin Babinec has put $2.2 million of his own wealth into the NY-22 race, which already has seen $4.6 million in spending by outside groups.
KeyBank is making a million-dollar apology for a computer glitch that tangled up former First Niagara customers whose online accounts moved to Key last week.
A former supervisor at the New York City Housing Authority was slapped with $42,000 in fines Tuesday for steering nearly $100,000 in contracts to a Queens construction company owned by her husband.
The contract between Resorts World’s video lottery terminal racino at the Aqueduct race track in Queens and the financially strapped Nassau County OTB has been signed and they hope to have almost 500 of what will be 1,000 machines up and running in the next six months.
The new owner of One Seneca Tower paid $12.6 million for Buffalo’s tallest building and its accompanying parking ramp, according to the deed records now filed with the Erie County Clerk.
Oct 18th - 4:09 pm
After Comptroller Tom DiNapoli this morning in a radio interview blasted a report from the Department of Financial Services critical of his handling of the state’s common retirement fund, the agency’s top official is hitting back.
In a statement from DFS Superintendent Mario Vullo, DiNapolis taken to task for his office not providing answers to specific questions raised by regulators at the agency on Sept. 9.
“None of the information provided to DFS in response to the September letter validates the claims being made now,” she said in the statement released Tuesday afternoon. “And putting aside all of the bluster, the Comptroller has not contested, because he cannot contest, the fact that he took 8 years to address these significant issues while pension fund managers nationwide have significantly cut or entirely eliminated their hedge fund investments.”
Meanwhile, Vullo insisted she reached out to DiNapoli before the report was released. DiNapoli’s office claims they were given a five-minute heads up on the report’s release.
“Prior to the release of our report, I personally called the Comptroller but he has yet to return my call,” she said. “DFS stands by its report and will continue to exercise its oversight of the pension systems and maintain its obligation to the public to report on these important issues.”
DiNapoli in an interview on Talk-1300 this morning called the report “inflammatory” and lacked professionalism for the charges made that his management is leading to excessive fees from hedge funds.
The report came after weeks in which DiNapoli was critical of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development efforts and called for enhanced procurement oversight after nine people were arrested in an alleged bid rigging scheme.