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Paterson: Paladino Unfit for Public Service

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New York Gov. David Paterson lashed out today at the Republican running to replace him. Speaking at a conference sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, Paterson said Carl Paladino is not fit to hold public office. The governor cited graphic and racially offensive e-mails Paladino sent to friends before launching his campaign.

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As Vote Approaches, a Roundup of Primary Races

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tuesday is primary day in New York, and among the top races are for the Republican nomination for governor, with the two candidates in a dead heat, and a five-way wild card race for the Democratic spot for attorney general.

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Where New York Leaders Stand on the Islamic Cultural Center

Friday, September 10, 2010

The issue of whether or not there should be an Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center is one of the most politically contentious issues of this election season. The opinions of New York's public figures run the gamut from strong support to solid opposition.

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Cuomo: No AG Endorsement Yet

Monday, September 06, 2010

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who's running for governor, says he's still deciding whether to endorse any of the five Democratic candidates looking to replace him.

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Campaign Postcard: AG Candidate Richard Brodsky Makes His Bid to Be the 'People's Protector'

Friday, September 03, 2010

The veteran assemblyman is counting on voters to remember his decades-long Albany record battling special interests and unaccountable public authorities. WNYC's Bob Hennelly spends a day with the Brodsky campaign.

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Campaign Postcard: On the Trail with AG Candidate Kathleen Rice

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Rice must quickly identify potentially motivated voters while she keeps supporters energized -- all while holding down her day job as Nassau County's district attorney.

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Manhattan Assemblyman Faces Challenge from Teacher and the Union

Monday, August 30, 2010

A government studies teacher at Washington Irving High School in Manhattan is making his first run for elective office by taking on an incumbent who angered the teachers' union. Twenty-year veteran teacher Gregg Lundahl says he entered the Democratic primary because East Side Assemblyman Jonathan Bing introduced a bill this year to get rid of the "last hired, first fired" policy in the event of teacher layoffs.

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After Firing Schools Chief, Christie Appoints an Acting Commissioner

Friday, August 27, 2010

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has wasted almost no time in appointing an acting commissioner for his state's Department of Education. The new acting New Jersey Education Commissioner is Rochelle Hendricks, a former deputy commissioner.

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NJ Governor Fires Education Commissioner Over Bungled Grant Application

Friday, August 27, 2010

Chris Christie has fired his Education Commissioner, Bret Schundler, over the handling of the state's failed application for $400 million in Federal  Race to the Top education funds.

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Report Finds Paterson Testimony Over Yankees Tickets 'Inaccurate and Misleading'

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Independent Counsel appointed to look into Gov. David Paterson's acquisition of tickets for last year's opening game of the Yankees World Series has concluded that Paterson did not tell the truth when quizzed by investigators for the State Public Integrity Commission. The case has been referred to Albany D.A. David Soares for possible criminal prosecution.

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Real Estate Mogul Funds Four of Six AG Candidates Through Multiple LLCs

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

One of the city's most successful luxury housing developers, Leonard Litwin, has made significant contributions to four of the six candidates currently running for New York State Attorney General.

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Schumer’s GOP Rivals: Conservative vs. Tea Party

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Jay Townsend smiled at the end of nearly every sentence. Gary Berntsen measured each syllable coming out of his mouth like a man trying not to lose his temper.

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Two Terms or Three? Voters Will Get to Decide

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New York City's Charter Revision Commission on Monday night finalized the questions that will go on the general election ballot this November. City voters will get to decide whether to restore a two-term limit for elected officials or keep the current three-term cap put in place in 2008. But there's a catch.

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Charter Commission to Hold Final Meeting Tonight

Monday, August 23, 2010

New York City's Charter Revision Commission will hold its last scheduled meeting tonight to finalize the ballot questions for this year's general election.

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Limited Liability Corporations and the LLC Loophole

Friday, August 20, 2010

WNYC has been reporting on the fundraising efforts of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo. He's raised more than $25 million  -- and more than $3 million of it comes from "limited liability companies," or LLCs. The practice is legal, but government watchdogs say it's a loophole that lets wealthy individuals get around contribution limits by setting up shell companies.

Candidate Cuomo has pledged to close the LLC loophole, but he says in order to win office and reform the campaign law, he first needs to get elected. And to get elected, he says, he needs to keep the loophole open for just a little while longer, because he is not rich enough to finance his own campaign.

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Proposed Bill Would Limit LLC Contributions to $5,000

Friday, August 20, 2010

An investigation by WNYC has found that Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo has been accepting large amounts of money from limited liability corporations, a practice that is legal but is widely believed to skirt the intent of campaign law.

Assemblywoman Joan Millman of Brooklyn is sponsoring a bill to close the loophole on LLCs donating huge sums of money to political campaigns in New York. She says she hopes Cuomo will rethink his decision to take so much money from these groups.

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Cuomo Accepts Millions of Dollars from Obscure Business Entities

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

WNYC

Andrew Cuomo has been stumping the state, calling for a top-to-bottom overhaul of New York's campaign finance laws. But a review of his campaign finance filings shows he's been reaping multiple contributions from business entities known as limited liability companies, or LLCs. And some of those donations come from LLCs associated with a family with a history of ties to Cuomo and his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo.

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Paterson Fails to Show at Ethics Hearing Over Free Yankees Tickets

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The governor and his attorney failed to show up at an ethics commission hearing on whether Paterson illegally accepted free Yankees tickets to the first game of the World Series last fall. The governor faces up to $90,000 in fines.

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Gun Control Group Endorses Gillibrand

Thursday, August 12, 2010

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has been endorsed for election by a leading gun control group, two years after earning a top rating from the National Rifle Association.

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Voters Will Get to Decide on Term Limits Come November

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

The city’s Charter Revision Commission, appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg after he successfully campaigned for and was elected to a third term, voted Wednesday night to decide on the ballot questions that will be posed to the city’s voters in this year’s general election.

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