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Astorino: Cuomo, Obama failed in duty to protect NY from Ebola

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino speaks to the

(Credit: Albany Times Union / Lori Van Buren)

ALBANY — Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino — who has for weeks said the protocols to prevent Ebola patients from entering New York were too weak — now blames “political correctness” for the first case reported in New York City.

“This was avoidable,” said Astorino, the Westchester County executive. “Somehow political correctness was deemed more important than public safety ......

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Cuomo releases his 2014 campaign proposals after only TV debate

ALBANY - After months of being criticized for failing to propose significant new measures for the second term he seeks, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday released a new book of policy objectives.

The campaign book contains many of his former goals and lists current or already announced programs, such as an initiative to reach out to global markets, along with some new ideas.

The book...

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Blakeman’s new TV ad attempts to link Rice to Obama

Republican Bruce Blakeman has released his fourth television ad of the campaign — a 30-second spot that attempts to tie Kathleen Rice, his Democratic opponent in the 4th Congressional District, to President Barack Obama.

The new ad, titled “Failure to Stop,” makes the case that a vote for Rice is a vote for Obama’s policies, including stopping the spread of Ebola and halting ISIS terrorists.


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4th C.D.: Finger-pointing over canceled debate

A canceled debate that was to be hosted by the League of Women Voters of Nassau County has prompted finger-pointing between the would-be organizers and Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman’s campaign.

The League had wanted to host a televised debate between Blakeman and Democrat Kathleen Rice, who are vying to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) in the 4th Congressional...

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Astorino promises late TV ad push, claims campaign donation windfall since debate (update)

New York State gubernatorial Republican candidate Rob Astorino,

(Credit: AP / Gary Wiepert)

(Updates with Astorino campaign contributions after debate, Cuomo declining comment)

ALBANY — Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino said he’s received a rush of campaign donations since Wednesday night’s debate with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and will make a late push with more TV ads.

“We’re going to duke it out these last 12 days,” Astorino said Thursday in a news conference. He...

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Cuomo lead drops in poll, but Astorino's unfavorables rise

Going into their first and only scheduled televised

(Credit: AP)

Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's lead over Republican Rob Astorino has declined somewhat, although his negative ad blitz has taken a toll on his rival, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday.

Cuomo leads Astorino 54 percent to 33 percent, an eight-point drop over the last month, according to the new Siena College survey. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins received 9 percent.


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NY's sole guv-race debate: A Libertarian factor?

An interesting feature of tonight’s one-hour gubernatorial debate out of Buffalo was the appearance of Michael McDermott, the Libertarian candidate, who basked in the same time allocations as three other candidates.

For perspective: Most insiders, pollsters and observers believe that Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is likely to win, that Republican Westchester Executive Rob Astorino has an...

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Nassau GOP chairman to hold luncheon for Astorino

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino speaks at

(Credit: AP)

Although Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano filmed a commercial saying he will vote for Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello will host a fundraiser Monday for Cuomo’s Republican opponent, Rob Astorino.

The fundraising luncheon is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the Galleria restaurant in Westbury, with tickets priced at $500 each.


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4th C.D.: Another police organization backs Blakeman over Rice

Bruce Blakeman in Mineola on Thursday, July 31,

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Bruce Blakeman's Congressional campaign picked up a Fraternal Order of Police endorsement. Excerpted from the campaign's announcement: The Empire State's branch of America's largest law enforcement association endorsed Blakeman, the Republican-Conservative-Independence nominee for Congress in New York’s open Fourth District, over Kathleen Rice, Nassau’s top law enforcement official...

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Bharara says he’s pursuing investigation into Albany’s culture of greed, corruption

Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern

(Credit: AP / Richard Drew)

ALBANY -- U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Wednesday that he has several active investigations in Albany, which he described as sometimes looking like “the intersection of ambition and greed.”

In his interview on public radio’s “Capitol Pressroom” he wouldn’t comment on the Moreland Commission that was established and then and shut down by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Media reports have carried...

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