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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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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...Read more »
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,...Read more »
ALBANY — Challengers to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the Democratic primary said Monday that Cuomo’s running mate voted in Congress to embarrass President Barack Obama, dismantle part of Obamacare, and sided with Republicans.
Cuomo’s challenger for governor, Zephyr Teachout, and her running mate, Tim Wu, targeted former Rep. Kathy Hochul in a conference call with reporters Monday. Teachout and...Read more »
Suffolk Legislature Minority Leader John Kennedy (R-Nesconset) said his first fundraiser for the county comptroller’s race drew more than 200 donors and raised $45,700.
Kennedy said he was buoyed by the response to his $250-a-head event at Windows on the Lake in Lake Ronkonkoma last week. “We are on a roll and it shows we are the real deal,” he said.
Kennedy, a late entry into the contest,...Read more »
Frank MacKay, the state and Suffolk Independence Party chairman, is about to come out with a book that answers critics who say his minor party stands for nothing.
His book, “What About the Rest of Us? The Need for a Third Political Party in America,” is due Oct. 1 from Boulevard Books, based on Staten Island.
His main thesis is that the country needs a new party that does not embroil...Read more »
Nearly 40,000 tickets issued for school zone speed violations since late July — when Nassau began the rollout of a new program to catch motorists caught on camera speeding past schools — were a hot topic at county Republican chairman Joseph Mondello’s annual golf outing last Monday, according to several people who attended the event.
One reason is that at least three Republican officials had...Read more »
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton will appear at a fundraiser early next month for Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman, Blakeman’s campaign announced Friday.
Bolton, who served under President George W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at a Sept. 4 event for Blakeman at a home in Lawrence, where tickets range from $500 to $5,200. The former ambassador...Read more »
Democratic State Senate candidate Adam Haber has announced a five-point plan which he said will lower taxes, eliminate wasteful spending and grow businesses.
Haber, an East Hills businessman who unsuccessfully ran for Nassau County executive last year, is challenging Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) in Nassau’s 7th District.
Haber’s plan includes:
* Working with municipalities to...Read more »
ALBANY — The only debate in the governor’s race before the Sept. 9 Democratic primary apparently won’t include Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Cuomo’s campaign has so far refused to agree to any debate with Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham law professor. Cuomo so far hasn’t even discussed the many invitations to debate, Teachout said.
“The governor hasn’t responded,” Teachout spokesman...Read more »