Spin Cycle

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Cuomo spends big on TV ads, trip to Israel, court fight against primary challenger

ALBANY -- This summer, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo faced a headline-grabbing challenger in the Sept. 9 primary, but his fundraising apparently hasn’t suffered.

Cuomo raised $602,777 in the last 19 days, spent $2.4 million on TV ads, polls and a trip to Israel, and still has $30.5 million left in his campaign account, according to filings with the state Board of Elections Friday. He began the...

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'Not trying to be trivial,' Rep. Peter King bops Obama over tan suit

President Barack Obama speaks at the White House

(Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong)

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) criticized President Barack Obama for wearing a tan suit to a news conference Thursday where he was to address serious issues (see video below starting at 1:40).

"There's no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday," the maybe-presidential candidate and veteran Congressman said in an interview posted on the NewsMax TV site. "When you have the world...

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Teachout: Pull plug on Cuomo overhaul of LIPA (Updates)

Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout slammed one of Gov.

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ALBANY — Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout on Friday slammed one of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's most-prized initiatives by calling for a reversal of what she claims was an unconstitutional reorganization of the Long Island Power Authority.

"We have to undo the private control of Long Island's energy infrastructure and put control of that infrastructure in the hands of the people," she said. The...

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Wisdom, tenancy and liberty touted in ad-hoc fall ballot labels

If nothing else, there's a diversity of labels.

Peek a bit past this primary season to the November general election. Once the major-party statewide nominations are settled, voters bent on breaking from the partisan status quo will have a few alternative parties and candidates to choose from.

They range from the lefty Green Party, which won back its automatic ballot status four years...

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After snubs, Cuomo team rakes in big donations from gambling, developers and two unions

Local public school teacher unions, anti-frackers and other

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

After not receiving endorsements from some important unions, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his running mate have received big donations from private-sector unions, gambling interests and developers in the last few days, records show.

The Communications Workers of America gave Cuomo $35,000 on Friday, according to records filed with the state Board of Elections. Two days earlier, CWA contributed...

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Ralph Nader to campaign for Green Party’s Hawkins

Ralph Nader in his office in Washington on

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ALBANY -- Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader will campaign for Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins in New York.

Nader will be in the Albany area Sept. 14 to support the liberal Green Party ticket of Hawkins for governor and Brian Jones, a teacher and actor who is running for lieutenant governor.

The Green Party has 24,000 enrolled members among the more than...

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Cuomo running mate endorsed by Asian-American leaders in fight against Wu (Updates)

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul announced the

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

(Updates with quote from Wu, fixes references to Teachout)

ALBANY — In a ramped-up fight for the growing Asian vote in New York, former Rep. Kathy Hochul has received the endorsement of several Asian-American politicians and organizations in her bid for lieutenant governor against Tim Wu.

On Thursday, Wu said his campaign with Democratic challenger for governor Zephyr Teachout has gained...

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State Senate candidate Adam Haber calls for $5B state surplus to be used for "business hubs"

Democrat Adam Haber, who is running against Sen. Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) for state senate, recently unveiled his proposal for how the state should spend the $5 billion windfall generated from recent bank settlements.

Haber, a restaurant owner and venture capitalist said on Tuesday that the state should use the money to create “business hubs” that would attract startup companies and spur...

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Dem challenger Wu says he will rally Asian vote to beat Cuomo-Hochul (Updates)

(Updates with quote from Wu, Census data, plans for support for Hochul)

ALBANY -- Democratic challenger for lieutenant governor Tim Wu said he and his running mate, Zephyr Teachout, are trying to mobilize New York’s growing Asian-American vote to beat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s ticket.

“We’ll pull off the upset of the century,” Wu told reporters at a rally of union and social service...

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Teachout tours, Cuomo continues Rose Garden strategy

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and running mate

(Credit: AP / Bebeto Matthews)

ALBANY -- Democrat Zephyr Teachout hit the campaign trail yesterday, beginning a four-day "Whistleblower Tour" of the state.

Meanwhile, her primary opponent, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, has been employing a classic "Rose Garden" re-election strategy, using the power of incumbency to promote his campaign.

Teachout, a Fordham University professor and liberal critic of Cuomo, is challenging the...

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