Progressive Challenge to Gov. Cuomo

Monday, June 23, 2014

Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham law school professor who is running as a progressive Democrat, talks about her decision to challenge Gov. Cuomo for the Democratic nomination in the September primary.  She's joined by her running mate, Tim Wu, Columbia Law School professor and former chair of media reform group Free Press.



Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu

Comments [17]

Stephanie Singer from Philadelphia, PA

Internet voting is not ready for prime time. Banks, with all their resources and many eyes on each transaction, still lose billions of dollars each year to online fraud. If banks can't safeguard their online transactions, how do you expect underfunded state and county election offices to safeguard votes, not to mention keep them private.

Jun. 25 2014 09:05 AM
mike from long island

cuomo is worse than his father. he disbanded the moreland commission investigating legislative corruption. when pressed he said" the commission is mine. i can not be interfering in something that is mine". what arrogance. you better believe he made a deal with the crooked politicians to back off, in exchange for support for what ever feels should be. he called for statewide pre-k, to A: protect the rich in NYC and b: stick it to deblasio. he also said it would be paid for with 250 million in " existing funds". pulled 250 mil right out of his hat. finally, he made a dirty deal with the TWU ( subway workers) union to negotiate a contract years before the existing one was up. now the state is making a 6 million dollar direct payment to the union itself. its public record.that is to stick it to the LIRR workers, who have no contract for 4 yrs. he wants them to take the same deal as the TWU, but their 11% raise is on top of a previous raise, a raise the LIRR never got. the LIRR unions also offered not to strike till after the summer, as to not destroy seasonal businesses, and to keep talking. cuomo turned it down, doesnt want a strike close to november( election). and thats just the things we know. all BS, just like his old man, but a better politician, meaning more dangerous. cant wait to see whats next.

Jun. 23 2014 10:18 PM
Dave From NorthEast Bronx

Cuomo is no Liberal!

Common Core was written by private intrest groups (Gates Foundation et al)and rubber stammped by governors who wouldn't know what education is even if it hit them right snack in their asses.

Jun. 23 2014 11:31 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I hate to ask this, but would having had a credible Democratic opponent running to his left help Cuomo against a Republican opponent in the general election? Would it help him look less "liberal"?

Jun. 23 2014 10:23 AM
John from Chelsea, NY

a political dilemma: in November, and as a Working Family party registered voter, who should I vote for,
you, or the WFP?

Jun. 23 2014 10:22 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Cuomo has crowned himself king of NY.

Passes a flawed and clumsy anti-gun [rights] bill in the middle of the night. New Yorkers' rights to the 2nd amendment be damned

Tacitly endorses the cynical and disingenuous breakaway democrats: Klein, Savino, et al.

Sets up an "anti-corruption" committee, ostensibly for the greater good but uses it as a political weapon, then unilaterally disbands it, without any regards to the rule of law or protocol. Thank god for Preet Bharara.

Then expects democratic (and all other) voters to fall in line like sheep and vote him in anyway - something he's %100 correct on.

BTW, good job on endorsing a tired, arrogant, mummified Rangel for his 20th+, consecutive term in congress, because his constituents don't deserve any better.

Jun. 23 2014 10:22 AM

When Andrew Cuomo ran the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), he couldn't account for $59 billion in its fiscal 1999 audit. Said his spokesman: "That money isn't missing. It's just unaccounted for."
So I'm cynical when Andrew Cuomo calls for and end to other people's corruption.
Some details of Cuomo's own corruption.

Jun. 23 2014 10:21 AM
Jackie in Brooklyn

Surprised to hear her say that the Common Core is privately developed. Wasn't this developed by the National Governors Association?

Jun. 23 2014 10:18 AM

RE: MartinChuzzlewit's derogatory comments regarding professors running for governor.
Woodrow Wilson was a professor when he was elected governor of New Jersey and in just his two years in the office before being elected President, managed to have marked impact on improving New Jersey politics.
And this country would have no doubt been better off if a former college professor named George McGovern had been elected president instead of Nixon.

Jun. 23 2014 10:15 AM
john from office

Ms. Teachout is good looking!

Jun. 23 2014 10:13 AM
obama supporter from nyc

so so disappointed that net neutrality and the monopoly with comcast is happening while obama watches over mute and approving.

Jun. 23 2014 10:12 AM
lk from Brooklyn

Please ask Ms Teachout how long she has lived in NY State. Has she lived here for 5 years which is a requirement to run. Or will it be 5 years by the primary election? I am glad she is running and I don't want her to be disqualified for a technicality. Cuomo is not be trusted with anything he says. What he did with his support for charter schools in truly terrible.

Jun. 23 2014 10:11 AM
antonio from baySide

Anyone has got to be better than Cuomo. What do the guests think of Howie Hawkins? And what would make a true progressive vote for them rather than Hawkins?

Jun. 23 2014 10:03 AM
john from office

Coumo has been a very successful governor, I am amazed at how he has tamed Albany.

Dad must know where alot of misdeeds are buried.

Jun. 23 2014 09:15 AM

Seeing "Professor" and "candidate for governor' in the same sentence should send chills up the spine of anyone with an IQ above 20.
Have we all lost our minds?

..... and the newspeak term "progressive" shouldn't fool anyone no matter how many times it's used. It's the Hard, Radical Left.

Jun. 23 2014 08:41 AM
Dave From NorthEast Bronx

Even if futile, its worth a try. This man is nt Progressive! He's a moderate Republican parading as a Democrat. He's a DINO!Cuomo is the biggest obstacle in the way of the middleclass, working poor and civil servants in this state. Look at his record and you'll see who actually benefited from his major policies.
Cumomo does not care for progressives or feel the need to champion their cause because he can alway depend on big business (hedge funds, banks, real estate, govt. contractors) to bank roll his negative or feel good ad campaigns.
This boy learned well from his father!

Jun. 23 2014 08:25 AM
Ed from Larchmont

It's wonderful to see Ms. Teachout running against the governor, but she supports the ideas of the democratic party just as he does, so it wouldn't be a step forward. Apparently Governor Cuomo just isn't effective in getting them accomplished.

Jun. 23 2014 08:01 AM

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