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WNYC News

Cuomo is New York's Next Governor, Schumer and Gillibrand Returning to Senate

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

WNYC

Andrew Cuomo is elected governor of New York State, taking over the office his father won twenty-eight years ago. Cuomo easily defeated Carl Paladino, a self financed businessman who promised to take a baseball bat to the state's political establishment. Instead, New Yorkers elected a political veteran with a long Democratic pedigree.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Victory Called as Polls Close

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Polls closed at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night in New York. By 9:01, it was projected that Andrew Cuomo would be the state's next governor.

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WNYC News

Paladino's Progression Through Governor's Race

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

From anger about a love child's press coverage to chest-thumping challenges of manhood, Carl Paladino managed to keep his name in the headlines thoughout the race for New York Governor. Pegged as a foul-mouthed, uncontrollable candidate, Paladino made regular bombastic statements during his campaign.

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The Empire

Party Shuffle

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

In New York, political parties win or lose their position on the ballot based on the number of votes they get in a gubernatorial election.

Which is today.

Ballot position is part bragging rights, part political philosophy, and, in a very real way, an existential challenge (because what is a political party that doesn't have a designated slot on a ballot?).

A spokesman for the Working Families Party, Dan Levitan, chatted with me just now about where he and other minor parties may end up after tonight.

Levitan said rows "A and B don’t matter" since those will be held by either Democrats or Republicans for the forseeable future. Voters are used to seeing those two parties battle it out there, he said.

"But it does matter who comes after that. We’re the third time [Cuomo] is listed on the ballot. It makes it harder [for us]. If we were the second time, it would be easier," he said.

Cuomo is also appearing on the Democratic, and Independence Party lines.

The reason why ballot position matters, according to Levitan, is that "it’s easier to find. The closer you are to the major parties and the farther you are from the Marijuana party, the better you are."

Levitan's prediction: "I don’t think existing minor parties will change ballot position."

(A party needs to get at least 50,000 votes on their line in the governor's race to keep a designated row on the ballot for the next four years. If a party doesn't get that, they have to go through a painstaking and costly petition process to reappear.)

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The Empire

Sharpton's vote, Sharpton's endorsement

Tuesday, November 02, 2010


Al Sharpton's spokeswoman confirms this Examiner.com report that the Rev is voting for Charles Barron, not fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

"He intends to vote for Barron, but he's not endorsing anybody," Sharpton's spokeswoman told me. The difference between publicly announcing who you'll vote for and who you'll endorse is fuzzy. But one thing is clear: Sharpton hasn't raised his voice in opposition of Cuomo, which, in New York, is like an endorsement too.

Attached above is a press release from Barron's campaign, which has its own description of Sharpton's role.

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The Empire

'This guy named Andrew Cuomo'

Monday, November 01, 2010

"I was watching Gossip Girl last night and you know what? I saw this commercial for this guy named Andrew Cuomo," says a student actor in this completely unauthorized ad for Cuomo's campaign.

An other videos floating around out there, let me know.

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Transportation Nation

NY Gubernatorial Candidate Cuomo releases Green Agenda

Saturday, October 30, 2010

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)  -- Four days before election day, Democratic Candidate for NY Governor Andrew Cuomo released a green agenda.  It's slighter than some of his other agenda books -- about half the size of his urban agenda -- but it does contain both an endorsement of construction of "sustainable communities" -- a big agenda item of the Obama administration, and a call for "improved public transportation" as part of an environmental agenda.   Here's what he has to say about public transportation (in its entirety.)

We must Encourage Alternative Vehicles and Public Transportation. Technology has made it possible for cleaner, greener modes have transportation. From high speed rail to other alternative forms of transportation that reduces pollutants, the State should encourage the research, development and manufacturing of alternative modes of transportation. Such investment is a positive step for the environment and economic development. Moreover, the State must continue to invest and improve public transportation in order to improve the environment.

He does not address the transit financing issue that came up at the press conference releasing his urban agenda.

There's also a section on sustainable communities, which hews closely in philosophy to the Ray LaHood-Shaun Donovan-Lisa Jackson (DOT-HUD-EPA) effort.

You can read that part, after the jump.

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The Empire

Reading Cuomo

Friday, October 29, 2010

A reader frustrated with the coverage of the 2010 candidates emails:

Would be nice if editorial writers at the Times looked at their own complicity in the criticisms they make of Coumo.

NYTimes Endorsement  of Coumo:

Despite several position books, Mr. Cuomo’s candidacy has been more skeletal than it should have been, and there have been times when he failed to stand up forcefully for his stated principles. But he has a strong record in office over the last four years and has proposed serious solutions for some of the state’s problems.

We endorse him with the hope that he would be a bolder and more forthright governor than he has been a candidate.

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Indulging an Obsession With Motors and Muscle

For Andrew M. Cuomo, cars like Corvettes and Camaros have been a passion since his high school days in Queens in the ’70s.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: MTA to Quiet Buses, Andrew Cuomo Likes His Muscle Cars, and the Airport Pat-Down Gets Personal

Friday, October 29, 2010

New York City's MTA to quiet 6,000 city buses with mufflers. (NY Daily News)

A survey says that most DC Metro workers see safety violations, but fail to report them because they feared retaliation--or indifference. (Washington Post)

Airport security measures to get...more personal: "moving from the screener's traditional hand pat to more of a hand-sliding motion." (AP)

We have electric cars -- what about electric planes? Apparently they're making inroads in flight schools. (Wired)

Throw it into reverse: the hole that was dug for the ARC tunnel is being filled in (WNYC). Meanwhile, Ray LaHood vows on his blog that "one derailment won't stop progress."

If elected to office, Andrew Cuomo will bring not only his professional experience to Albany, but also "his garage full of 1970s muscle cars and a custom-made motorcycle, which he has labored and obsessed over since his days as a teenage gas station attendant in Queens." (New York Times)

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It's A Free Country ®

Cuomo Campaigns Quietly on his Agenda, but Loudly on Paladino's

Thursday, October 28, 2010

WNYC

Andrew Cuomo, to the consternation of the media that covers him, likes to be in complete control of his message at all times, saying as little as he can get away with. The wildly undisciplined campaign of his opponent, Carl Paladino, has given him an excuse to say even less.

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WNYC News

Education in the Governor's Race: What Cuomo, Paladino Propose

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mudslinging; accusations of extra-marital affairs; homophobia. Voters could easily think those are the biggest issues in the race for New York's next governor. But both Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino are also talking about the issues, including education.

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The Empire

'Of Course I'm voting for you'

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

That wasn't what I expected to hear when when I saw Carl Paladino bump into Kim Chavis, on New Dorp Lane.

"I like the talk he's talking," she said. "And him, I like what he's saying."

When I asked about Andrew Cuomo, Chavis shook her head, sighed and walked off camera.

And apologies for the, um, unusual camera angle. Sort of had my hands full with radio equipment.

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The Empire

In the field

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

As you can probably tell by now, I'm out in the field today, following Carl Paladino and a few other people.

Among the highlights:

An older white woman in a diner saying, "Andrew Cuomo, I can't stand that f**k." Carl Paladino smiled and walked away.

Later, while walking down the street, Paladino bumped into an African American woman, who said she was a registered Democrat and will vote for Paladino.

These and other dispatches are popping up on Twitter, with images on my Facebook and Flickr pages.

So, enjoy.

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It's A Free Country ®

New York Election Results - The Patchwork Vote

Monday, October 25, 2010

Here are final vote totals from the 2010 statewide elections in New York. The colors represent community types for each county, which are defined by our partners at Patchwork Nation using their analysis of ...

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The Empire

Lumping Cox into Paladino's motley crew

Monday, October 25, 2010

A note about Andrew Cuomo's campaign, which hits Carl Paladino for hiring an unsavory campaign crew.

The ad refers to Ed Cox, the New York State Republican Chairman who backed two other candidates (Steve Levy and Rick Lazio) before getting behind Paladino, thusly:

"Richard Nixon's son-in-law, a master of dirty tricks, leading one of the nastiest campaigns in the country."

When criticizing the three other Paladino aides, the ad refers to a specific news article where their wrongdoing was reported.

For Cox, the only sourcing is a Syracuse Post-Standard article which, if you look at the ad closely, is used only as a photo credit. The rest of Cox's description is not sourced. The article referred to in the ad is, actually, pretty harmless.

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The Empire

NYT endorses Cuomo, and hopes for more

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The New York Times endorsement of Andrew Cuomo for governor, comes with a clear signal that they'll expect more from him in the governor's office than they've seen from him on the campaign trail:

Negotiation and real leadership require different skills than filing lawsuits. Mr. Cuomo has too often played it safe within an insular cocoon of aides, shielding himself from news inquiries, waiting too long to endorse same-sex marriage, citing convoluted reasons to avoid having a one-on-one debate with Mr. Paladino. Albany’s crisis is too grave for closed-door political calculation.

They made no mention of any of the five minor-party candidates who participated in the only gubernatorial debate.

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The Empire

Cuomo and Paladino's polling trends

Friday, October 22, 2010

The New York Times poll today gives Andrew Cuomo plenty of breathing room against his erratic Republican challenger Carl Paladino.

But according to pollster.com's analysis of the polls, the gap isn't as wide as it used to be.

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It's A Free Country ®

Cuomo Talks Transit, Goes Off Script

Friday, October 22, 2010

WNYC

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo released his urban agenda this week, an agenda that included things like poverty, housing, access to bank loans, and minority jobs.  As comprehensive as it is, the agenda did not include urban transit or planning, two rising topics on the national urban agenda.  But reporters weren't letting Cuomo avoid the topic.

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The Empire

Donovan reaches for Cuomo's coattails

Friday, October 22, 2010

Which is reasonable, considering the problems with the guy at the top of his ticket. In an interview with Adam Dickter, Donovan's reach across the aisle is pretty direct:

"When you look at people who have endorsed Attorney General Cuomo, such as Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor Koch, and they've both endorsed me. I think they're showing voters you can vote and split your ticket and end up with good government."

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The Empire

How Cuomo lost an opportunity

Friday, October 22, 2010

Chris Smith explains his article about what Cuomo gave up by running such a cautious, tightly-scripted, conservative campaign.

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