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Cuomo's Approval Rating Now Second Only to Post-9/11 Pataki

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Governor Andrew Cuomo's sky-high approval rating has reached a new zenith: at 71 percent, Cuomo's now second only to former governor George Pataki's approval rating just after September 11, 2001.

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WNYC News

Lawmakers Refuel Effort to Create Hybrid Taxi Fleet

Monday, March 28, 2011

Lawmakers announced Monday new legislation geared toward helping to create a fuel-efficient taxi fleet in the city.

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It's A Free Blog

The Loneliness of the Good Candidate

Friday, October 22, 2010

In a year when so many "safe" seats seem to be in play, it figures that this is the state of the Republican party in New York: The guy who sends around bestiality cartoons and says gay people don't have a valid life? That guy everyone knows. The two men with credentials, strong positions on the issues, clean campaigns and just the one family each? They barely get mentioned.

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Voter Guide: New York Senate Race

Friday, October 01, 2010

Kirsten Gillibrand (D) vs. Joseph DioGuardi (R)

Democratic incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who was appointed by, is running to keep the seat she was appointed to by Governor David Paterson when Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State. Republican Joseph DioGuardi, a former Congressman from the late 1980s, is her opponent.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Talking Politics: NY Senate

Friday, September 10, 2010

New York's junior U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her challenger, Gail Goode, Deputy Borough Chief of Trials for the City of New York Law Dept., discuss their election campaigns.

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Voter Guide: Democratic U.S. Senate Primary

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

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.

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Digesting Politics Podcast

Digesting Politics: Rangel’s Birthday Bash, Race for New York’s Attorney General, “The Professional Left” and More

Friday, August 13, 2010

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah discuss the latest on various local and national political stories.

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Azi Paybarah

Cuomo Attending Rangel Birthday Party

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

A spokesman for Andrew Cuomo's campaign confirms this report that he's attending Charlie Rangel's birthday party fund-raiser tonight. The report also says Senators Schumer and Gilibrand will be there.

Anyway, I'll now go back to reading the 8,000 word NYT Sunday magazine cover story on Cuomo. So far, my favorite part: "[Andrew] Cuomo used to call his younger brother, Christopher, who grew up in Albany, 'mansion boy.' "

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Azi Paybarah

Q Poll: Voters Don't Like Legislators, Don't Know AG Candidates

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

WNYC

Andrew Cuomo still holds a wide lead over his Republican gubernatorial challengers, in today's Quinnipiac poll.

Cuomo leads former Long Island congressman Rick Lazio 56 to 26 percent, with the race closest in the suburbs, 48 to 37 percent in favor of Cuomo. It's similar to Cuomo's lead over upstate businessman Carl Paladino, 55 to 25 percent, with the race closest in upstate where the split narrows to 44 to 34, favoring Cuomo.

But further down the ballot, things are more of a toss up.

Most noteworthy: voters are leaning towards ousting their incumbent legislator.

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WNYC News

Senators, Families Want More Information About Release of Lockerbie Bomber

Monday, July 26, 2010

United States Senators from New York and New Jersey are pressing for British and Scottish officials to testify before the Foreign Relations Committee this week, following more questions about the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. A letter has now surfaced showing a British-Libyan business council that includes BP and other oil companies pressed for his release in 2009. Scottish officials have insisted al-Megrahi was released to Libya solely on humanitarian grounds because he had cancer.

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Azi Paybarah

Poll: Voters Looking for Gillibrand Alternative Don't See it in GOP Crowd

Thursday, July 15, 2010

WNYC

More voters want to replace Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, rather than return her to office, according to a Siena poll released today.

Forty-three percent of voters said they “prefer someone else,” compared to the 34 percent who said they wanted to “elect Gillibrand.”

A majority of Democratic voters supporting electing her, 42-32 percent, and, predictably, a majority of Republicans oppose her, 59-20.

Gillibrand is losing among independent and unaffiliated voters, who want to replace her, 48-32 percent. In New York City, voters are split on keeping Gillibrand; 36 percent says keep her, 35 percent get someone else.

But there’s a silver lining for Gillibrand: she has no strong Democratic opponent (sorry Gail Goode), and her Republican rivals haven’t solidified voters on that side of the aisle.

The leading GOP challenger to Gillibrand is Joe DioGuardi, who leads the three-person field with 24 percent of the vote. Another 64 percent of voters say they don't know enough about DioGuardi, or the other candidates, Bruce Blakeman and David Malpass, to have an opinion.

Blakeman is a former legislator from Long Island, and Malpass was a White House official under President Bush. DioGuardi, a former congressman from Westchester, has the distinct advantage of having a daughter be an American Idol judge, boosting his name recognition somewhat.

Overall, the inability for Republicans to really capitalize on this race speaks to the wider issue of New York not having much of a functioning two-party system anymore.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuilani opted not to run, as did former Governor George Pataki. Former Senator Alfonse D’Amato is now a lobbyist raising money for the leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate. D’Amato is also backing Blakeman, giving some astute (cynical?) observers the distinct impression D'Amato is ensuring Gillibrand's victory.

D'Amato, after all, was pretty happy to see Gillibrand get into the office in the fist place.

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Azi Paybarah

Blakeman Says Gillibrand Silent on Israel

Friday, July 02, 2010

WNYC

Dickter's interview with Blakeman got refershingly deep into the weeds of foreign policy. 

 Around the 3:30 minute mark, Blakeman says the US is no longer preventing allies from talking to rogue or unfriendly nations.

"The president of Brazil met with the President of Syria. Assad. Bashar Assad. I cannot think that if George Bush was still president, that the President of Brazil would meet with the Syrian president. I cannot imagine a scenario where that would happen."

Around the 4:10 mark, Blakeman hits Gillibrand for not bringing the White House closer into Israel’s corner:

"So, I think there’s a fundamental shift away from Israel and towards the Palestinians, by the administration. Senator Gillibrand has been absolutely silent on that, and I think that has emboldened Iran."

On the home front, Blakeman praised Chris Christie as someone "reflecting the new Republican Party." When asked about Sarah Palin, Blakeman was complimentary, but not non-committal about her 2012 chances.

“I think there’s a perception that she’s not smart. I think she’s very smart. I think she does have great communication skills, leadership skills, but there a lot of good Republicans out there who could be potential presidential candidates, and I think Sarah Palin is just one of them.”

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Azi Paybarah

Q poll: Below 50%, Gillibrand Leads

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

WNYC

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand leads her two Republican rivals, but her numbers are below 50 percent in nearly every category across the board, according to the Quinnipiac poll released today.

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Azi Paybarah

Why Democrats Shouldn't Worry Too Much

Monday, June 14, 2010

WNYC

Pollster Peter Feld doesn't think the sky is falling for Democrats, despite the slippage Andrew Cuomo, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand recorded amongst independents in today's Siena poll.

That's mainly because Republicans don't have a strong field this year. And the paid media hasn't started. Also, it's fair to ...

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Azi Paybarah

Poll: Cuomo and Schumer Slip as Indys Move to GOP

Monday, June 14, 2010

WNYC

Independent voters are moving away from Democrats and towards Republicans, according to a survey released by the Siena Research Institute.

From the poll:

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