Spin Cycle

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Teachout tours, Cuomo continues Rose Garden strategy

Zephyr Teachout and her running mate Timothy Wu

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Insurgent Democrat Zephyr Teachout is hitting the campaign trail this week, while her target, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, continues a classic Rose Garden strategy.

Teachout, a Fordham University professor and liberal critic of Cuomo, is challenging the incumbent in the Sept. 9 Democrat primary. Teachout and her running mate, Columbia University professor Timothy Wu, are conducting a four-day Whistleblower...

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In Israel: King, Paterson run to shelter as Iron Dome blocks Hamas rockets

Former Gov. David Paterson, left, is shown on

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On a solidarity trip to Israel, Rep. Peter King said he and former New York Gov. David A. Paterson Tuesday had to scramble to a shelter in the town of Ashkelon near Gaza when sirens warned of incoming Hamas rockets.

But Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, underwritten by U.S. funds, identified and exploded the rockets, King said, creating loud thuds and puffs of smoke in the clear blue...

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Emily's List endorses Lt. Gov. candidate Hochul

Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul on

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ALBANY -- Former Rep. Kathy Hochul was endorsed Tuesday by Emily's List, a political group that funds women candidates, in Hochul’s bid for lieutenant governor.

Hochul of Buffalo is Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s running mate. They face a Sept. 9 primary against Zephyr Teachout who is running for governor and Tim Wu, who is challenging Hochul.

“New Yorkers can count on leadership that will expand...

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C.D. 4: Rice endorsed by U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday its endorsement of Democrat Kathleen Rice in her bid against Republican Bruce Blakeman for New York’s 4th Congressional District.

In a news release, the Washington D.C.-based group of some 500,000 national members said it selected Rice because they consider her to be a “champion of women’s economic priorities.”

“Rice is uniquely...

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Upstate cable TV system pulls Cuomo ad after Astorino's legal threat (Updated)

Republican challenger Rob Astorino, left, and Gov. Andrew

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(Updates with Cuomo campaign comment.)

ALBANY -- An upstate New York cable TV system in a rare move has withdrawn a negative campaign ad by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo after Republican challenger Rob Astorino threatened legal action.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Castle Cable TV advertising manager John Murphy said in an interview. “It was pretty scary when we first got it.”


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GOP challenger in baseball campaigning calls on Comptroller DiNapoli to come to bat

GOP candidate for state comptroller Robert Antonacci in

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ALBANY — Republican candidate for state comptroller Bob Antonacci, who is trying to build a roster of supporters by campaigning at minor league baseball games, is calling on state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to agree to a debate, which could bring far more attention to the challenger.

“Tom DiNapoli has a responsibility to have a frank and public discussion about his tenure in Albany and where...

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State NOW endorses Zephyr Teachout over Andrew Cuomo

As their Democratic primary nears, Gov. Andrew M.

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ALBANY -- The New York State chapter of the National Organization for Women has endorsed Zephyr Teachout, the Democratic primary challenger to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in a surprise move against a governor who has strongly courted the women's vote.

"Zephyr Teachout is a dynamic woman with an inspiring, compelling vision that will shake up Albany and the old boys club that runs this state for...

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Anti-fracking Teachout gets Sierra Club endorsement over Cuomo

ALBANY — Zephyr Teachout and her underdog campaign to take on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the Democratic primary snagged another endorsement once expected to go to Cuomo.

The York Chapter of the Sierra Club endorsed Teachout on Monday. She is a Fordham law professor who strongly opposes drilling for natural gas trapped in a vast upstate shale deposit.

The primary is Sept. 9.


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Finally, a governor’s race debate ... sort of

ALBANY _ New York’s governor’s race will get its first debate  but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo isn’t expected to show up.

His top Democratic primary challenger, Zephyr Teachout, will debate with Republican nominee Rob Astorino on Sept. 4. The WNYC-FM debate will be held during the Brian Lehrer Show.

Cuomo has so far refused to talk about any debates as he seeks his second term riding high...

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C.D. 4: Continuing back-and-forth, Rice raises Ryan budget as campaign issue

Congressional candidates for New York's 4th District Kathleen

(Credit: Howard Schnapp / James Escher)

Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen Rice is again trying to get GOP opponent Bruce Blakeman to stake out a position on a divisive issue – this time, the most-recent House Republican budget and its potential impact on college students.

For the third time in as many weeks, Rice, the Nassau district attorney who is seeking to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) in the 4th District,...

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