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Cuomo allies launch 'Women's Equality' ballot line; critics dub it cynical ploy

Democrats said Thursday they will create a new ballot line to support Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other candidates, dubbed the “Women’s Equality Party.”

Cuomo’s liberal and conservative rivals immediately denounced it as a cynical ploy and questioned the incumbent’s record on women’s issues.

Cuomo allies would have to gather at least 15,000 petition signatures by mid-August to create a...

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Wealthy donors boost Cuomo's re-election campaign

One of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's wealthy donors is

(Credit: Steve Friedman)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is relying on fat wallets to fund his re-election campaign: nearly half of the money he’s raised has come from donors who gave $40,000 or more, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

In contrast, Republican Rob Astorino, who trails badly in the money chase, is leaning on lots of small donations.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has raised $21 million from 317 donors who...

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Astorino raises $3.4 million so far, $2.4 million on hand

Rob Astorino, Republican challenger for New York State

(Credit: Uli Seit)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Monday he raised $3.4 million since declaring his candidacy, and has $2.4 million in the bank heading into the heart of the campaign season.

Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to announce Tuesday that he has $40 million to $50 million stockpiled.

Candidates for statewide and state legislative offices must submit their fund-raising...

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Teachout says she'll submit 3x signatures needed to challenge Cuomo in Dem primary

  Insurgent Zephyr Teachout said Thursday she will submit 45,000 petition signatures to enter a Democrat primary against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The total is three times the required amount to qualify, though the Cuomo campaign could legally challenge the validity of the petitions.

  Teachout, a Fordham University professor, is a liberal critic of the governor, contending his economic...

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Hochul's low profile earns jabs from left and right

Gov Andrew Cuomo introduces running mate, Kathy Hochul,

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s running mate is getting criticized from the left and the right for her so-far low profile in the statewide campaign.

Cuomo foes – liberals and conservatives – say the governor is keeping his running mate, former Buffalo-area congresswoman Kathy Hochul, out of the spotlight in part because her views clash with Cuomo’s on immigration and gun control. Cuomo says the...

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New York becomes 23rd state to allow medical marijuana

New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, seated,

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Once an opponent of medical marijuana, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ceremonially signed a new law Monday that makes New York the 23rd state to approve the drug for medicinal purposes.

Cuomo actually signed the law Saturday and held a news conference Monday to highlight the program.

"There is no doubt medical marijuana can help people," said the Democrat, who is facing Republican Rob Astorino...

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Klein, Koppell say they've filed petitions for key Senate primary

Senate co-leader Jeff Klein and rival Oliver Koppell filed petitions Monday to square off in a key Democrat primary in September.

 Klein (D-Bronx) said he's filed more than 9,000 petitions signatures - three times the number needed to get on the ballot. Koppell said he's filed 5,000. The district straddles Bronx and Westchester counties.

 Candidates have to file petition signatures...

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Stewart-Cousins: Democrats' reunification talks began 'weeks ago'

Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said Friday that secret negotiations to reunify Democratic factions in the state Senate began weeks ago.

The five-member Independent Democratic Conference, in a joint statement with Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, announced Wednesday that it plans to drop its affiliation with Republicans and rejoin the mainline Democrats, a move that could shift...

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Amid Senate chatter, Klein, de Blasio meet

 With elections looming, State Senate co-leader Jeff Klein met Monday with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, sparking speculation about the future of Klein’s group of breakaway Democrats.

  Klein (D-Bronx) and his five-member Independent Democratic Conference share Senate power with 29 Republicans, including Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre). Klein is facing pressure...

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State Legislature approves Grumman plume bill

Senator Charles Schumer holds a press conference on

(Credit: Anthony Lanzilote)

State lawmakers have approved a bill that orders the Department of Environmental Conservation to outline a plan to contain a toxic waste site in Bethpage.

The site centers on contaminated underground plumes traced to aircraft manufacturing operations by the U.S. Navy and Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., now Northrop Grumman.

The bill was one of slew of measures approved last week...

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