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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

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(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

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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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In this gubernatorial race, Dem thumps teachers, Republican appeals to them

In a political twist, the Democratic candidate in New York’s gubernatorial contest is bashing public schoolteachers, and the Republican is trying to appeal to them.

With the election less than a week away, Republican Rob Astorino sought to draw schoolteachers Wednesday by seizing on comments by Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Astorino sent an “open letter” to teachers saying that Cuomo’s...

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4th CD: A write-in candidate emerges in Rice-Blakeman battle

The race for Nassau County’s 4th Congressional District has an under-the-radar write-in candidate  --  one who calls himself a “Reagan conservative” with “common sense solutions.”

Paul Kyrillidis, a financial adviser who lives in East Meadow, has been campaigning since mid-September, according to a representative, and has even produced a TV ad set to run on News 12 Long Island in...

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Denenberg still not campaigning for state senate seat

David Denenberg, left, and Michael Venditto.

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Nassau Legis. David Denenberg and his criminal defense attorney Jason Russo Wednesday insisted that the Merrick Democrat still is not campaigning despite a news release from some constituents that said the community “supports Dave Denenberg for New York State Senate.”

Russo also, for the first time, denied allegations by the campaign of Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) that Denenberg...

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20th AD: Actor Mel Brooks robo-calls for Kaminsky, his relative

Director Mel Brooks at Hollywood event on

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Assembly candidate Todd Kaminsky, a Democrat, has his great-uncle Mel Brooks robocalling voters. Kaminsky is on the ballot Tuesday against Republican Avi Fertig.  Whether it will have an impact remains to be seen, but the 2,000-year-old man, who's also contributed to the campaign, says in the robocall:

“Hello, this is Mel Brooks. Yes -- It really is Mel Brooks! I am calling you on behalf...

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