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Yancey Roy

AG race continues to heat as debate nears

ALBANY — In a preview of Thursday night’s only TV debate in the attorney general race, Democrat Eric Schneiderman and Republican John Cahill hammered away at their opponent’s records on taxes.

Schneiderman, the attorney general from Manhattan, questioned Cahill’s role as a member of the board of directors of a company based in Ireland and Bermuda. American companies have moved to those tax...

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Dems pressure own voters, say turnout will be monitored

The New York State Democratic Party, apparently concerned about a lack of enthusiasm for next week's election, is telling members that unnamed organizations are monitoring their neighborhood turnout, the Associated Press reported.

 The party sent letters to enrolled Democrats saying it will review voting records to see if the recipient cast a ballot. If they don't, the party writes that...

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Take my candidate … please. Comedians get in the action in A.D. 20

Oy vey.

First comedy legend Mel Brooks endorsed his great-nephew Todd Kaminsky, a Democrat running for State Assembly in the 20th District.

Now Kaminsky’s Republican opponent, Avi Fertig, jokingly suggests that he is seeking the endorsements of Borscht Belt mainstays Jackie Mason, Mal Z. Lawrence and Fyvush Finkel.

“Todd’s a member of the lucky gene pool, I guess,” Fertig said....

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Top court keeps Libertarian in Senate race, dismisses Marcellino challenge

New York’s top court has allowed Libertarian candidate Georgina Bowman stay on the ballot to challenge Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) and Democrat Bruce Kennedy in a district that straddles Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The Court of Appeals on Thursday declined to hear a case, brought by Marcellino allies, that attempted to disqualify Bowman. In doing so, the top court let stand a mid-court...

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Left, right courting massive teacher vote against Cuomo

ALBANY -- Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins said Thursday that he’s trying to rally the potentially massive teacher vote after Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s criticism of the public education system.

As Hawkins seeks to attract the teacher vote from the left, Republican Rob Astorino is trying to draw teachers with his “Stop Common Core” ballot line. Astorino promises to stop the federal...

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Teachers' union fires back at Cuomo, praises Astorino

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on October 28, 2014

(Credit: Getty Images / Larry Busacca)

One of the state’s largest unions has accused Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of disrespecting “teachers, parents” and school boards for calling public schools a “monopoly.”

The quarrel between the New York State United Teachers and Cuomo -- and Republican candidate Rob Astorino’s attempt to capitalize on it -- is a late twist in a gubernatorial contest just days away. And it creates the unusual...

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GOP’s Moss tells fellow African Americans: Cuomo blocked black candidates (Updates)

Chris Moss accepts the nomination for Republican candidate

(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

(Updates with comment from Gov. Paterson)

ALBANY -- Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Chris Moss struck back at claims of racism aimed at his running mate by telling fellow African Americans that Andrew M. Cuomo has stood in the way of black candidates.

“I would say to fellow African Americans ... remember it’s Andrew Cuomo who screwed up Carl McCall’s run for governor and...

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4th C.D.: Giuliani announces backing for Blakeman

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on

(Credit: AP)

Former GOP New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has announced his endorsement of Bruce Blakeman for Congress. Here's his pitch for the former Nassau presiding officer, who is facing Democratic District Attorney Kathleen Rice for the seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Carolyn McCarthy:

“Congress is in dire need of problem solvers like Bruce Blakeman who will change the way Washington does business. ...

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1st CD: Washington pundits call Bishop-Zeldin race a 'toss up'

The last public poll on the race between Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and his Republican challenger, State Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), put Bishop 10 points ahead. But that was last week. Wednesday, both the Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg Report -- the two oldest handicappers of congressional races -- move the race from leaning Democrat to "toss up." That means either one could...

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Astorino’s wife shoots back at Cuomo over guns control, schools

ALBANY - The schoolteacher wife of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s latest negative campaign ad twisting Astorino’s stand on gun control has gone too far.

The Cuomo ad states in part that Astorino wants to provide gun classes to students with discipline problems and “even told a gun activist group he would support gun programs for kids in school.”

But...

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