Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio first made headlines when he challenged Hillary Clinton in her run for the U.S. Senate. Now, ten years later, he's back again and waging a fiery campaign against his Democratic opponents, but his talk mostly concerns one issue: the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque in downtown Manhattan.
Hiram Monserrate, who was forced to resign from the NY State Senate after being convicted of attacking his girlfriend, is trying to stage a political comeback. And experts aren't counting him out. A dispatch from the campaign trail in Queens' 39th District.
We know that our junior unelected Senator was appointed by an accidental Governor and that New Yorkers should have a choice, they should have a choice of a real Democrat, and I believe that I am that real Democrat.
--Democratic challenger Gail Goode on The Brian Lehrer Show
Way back in 1790, just a few short years after the real Tea Party, John Adams was stressing that our political system was broken. But it wasn't broken then, and it isn’t now. Here's why: the political parties don’t govern in our political process; the Constitution does.
- New York Times columnist Gail Collins on Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and other new stars of this political season, on the Leonard Lopate Show
What we have in Brooklyn is what I call a ghetto monarchy, where they are basically trying to hold onto their power for the few, a handful of people, at the expense of the masses of people in the 10th district.
--Democratic challenger (and alum of MTV's The Real World) Kevin Powell on The Brian Lehrer Show
Carl Paladino’s complete disregard for the traditional niceties of electioneering is a marked contrast to the man he’s trying to defeat in the Republican primary, former Rep. Rick Lazio of Long Island. Critics, and even some supporters, describe Mr. Lazio as a sincere, but not passionate, candidate.
Passion is not lacking in candidate Paladino.
There is an element of ahistoricism in the idea that American politics is uniquely “broken” today. The forward-looking essence to the American spirit discourages the near-obsessive focus on past slights and failures that can hobble a culture. However, it also encourages a sense that what is striking or disturbing is also a novelty, when quite often it is not.
If we lend credence to recent polls then voters in New York are set to punish one of the most dysfunctional state legislatures in the nation. September 14 is the first shot the electorate gets to settle the score with those that shamed us by turning Albany into a circus. And yet when one peruses how many in the Senate or Assembly are facing opposition from within their own parties, reality sets in.
I don't think he [Andrew Cuomo] had to refer the investigation into David Paterson to outside counsel. The governor had already said he was not going to stand for office again. I think people should know the office's investigations are done apolitically and he should have kept it.
As Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein greeted students arriving at PS 172 in Sunset Park this morning, the mayor was asked about comments he made to the Daily News on Tuesday regarding the rights of members of a Florida church to burn copies of the Koran on September 11.
I tried to bid an official farewell to summer with a dip in the waters at my favorite spot off the Jersey Shore (the place, not the TV show), but swimming was restricted, such were the riptide conditions left over from the hurricane that just skidded past us a few days ago.
With less than a week to go, polls indicate most Democratic voters couldn't pick one of the five contenders for Attorney General out of a line-up. The airwaves are jammed with AG wannabe TV ads and the candidates are all beating the bushes to produce yet another marquee endorsement.
Make sure your vote counts: Before heading to your polling place, learn about the mistakes you might make while voting.
Ballot-design expert Jessica Friedman Hewitt, former managing director of Design For Democracy, took a look at New York City's "Demonstration" election ballot. She and a team of designers came up with these tips to remember:
I think what’s broken is the failure of anybody to communicate in a civil way. When I was in the Senate and the House of Representatives, there were huge differences of opinions between Republicans and Democrats. Nevertheless, the fact is those differences occurred on about ten percent of the issues. Ninety percent of the time we all agreed as to what ought to be done.
For people that pontificate or sermonize about First Amendment rights, it's curious to me that those people are trying to label those others, like me, who are raising legitimate questions about the placement of this one particular mosque. There's 100 mosques in New York City. There are 2,000 mosques in America. There are 50% more mosques American than there was on 9-11. Nobody is raising an issue about that.
- NY Gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio on The Brian Lehrer Show.
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The debate over the role of charter schools in education reform isn’t just academic. New York’s decision to allow more charter schools played a critical role in the state winning its $700 million federal Race to the Top award. Now, charters have become a political issue in a Harlem State Senate campaign.
The Democratic US Senate primary will be decided between Kirsten Gillibrand and Gail Goode. Gillibrand has served in the Senate for the last two years, filling the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton when she became U.S. Secretary of State. This is the first time Goode has run for office.
New York City's new paper ballot includes several trouble spots where voters could easily make mistakes, like those made by WNYC's Brian Lehrer and Azi Paybarah when they tried, according to experts in ballot design.
→ VIDEO: Hi, I'm A Paper Ballot! Watch Brian and Azi Struggle With The New Voting System
On September 14, New Yorkers vote in primary elections that will determine the final slates for federal, state and local races this November. If you are a registered voter in New York and have a designated political party affiliation, you can vote in your party’s primary elections. Or if you're not sure whether you're registered, don't know who represents you, and have no idea where to go come Tuesday, fear not. We can help.