Gotham Gazette Gotham Gazette is an online publication covering New York policy and politics as well as news on public safety, transportation, education, finance and more. http://www.gothamgazette.com/component/tags/tag/tom-dinapoli 2018-11-12T18:07:53+00:00 Webmaster webmaster@gothamgazette.com Cuomo Reelected, Democrats Take the State Senate; 2018 General Election Results in New York 2018-11-06T05:00:00+00:00 2018-11-06T05:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8058-2018-general-election-results-in-new-york Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/and-cuomo-nov.png" alt="and cuomo nov" width="600" height="431" /></p> <p>Gov. Cuomo votes (photo: @andrewcuomo)</p> <hr /> <p>Democrats will take full control of New York state government in 2019 thanks to the reelection of Governor Andrew Cuomo and other candidates for statewide office, as well as wins in the state Senate that flipped control of the upper chamber. Democrats continue to hold a wide majority in the state Assembly. With help from New York, Democrats also flipped the U.S. House of Representatives.</p> <p>The state Senate and <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7928-ahead-of-primary-cuomo-gives-limited-insight-into-third-term-agenda" target="_blank" rel="noopener">gubernatorial</a> victories open the door for Democrats to move <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8024-two-tiered-agenda-for-democrats-if-they-take-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a sweeping policy agenda</a> that has been blocked by Republicans, some items for years, in areas such as voting, campaign finance, and criminal justice reform, women's reproductive rights, alterations to rent regulations, and more. While some results are still to be finalized, Democrats may have 39 seats in the 63-seat chamber come January.</p> <p>Cuomo won a third term on Tuesday, easily defeating Republican challenger Marc Molinaro and three other candidates, while his running-mate Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul won a second term alongside the governor.</p> <p>Letitia James, currently the New York City Public Advocate, was elected Attorney General and is the first woman of color elected to a statewide position in New York. She's also the first woman and first person of color elected to become New York Attorney General.</p> <p>The other Democrats running for statewide positions were also victorious, with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli both winning reelection by wide margins, as expected.</p> <p>New York City and State races also contributed to a Democratic takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives.</p> <p>And, in New York City, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7912-mayoral-charter-revision-commission-puts-three-questions-on-november-ballot" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the three ballot proposals from Mayor de Blasio’s charter revision commission</a> were all approved by wide margins, ushering in campaign finance reform, a new civic engagement commission, and term limits for community board members.</p> <p>In the overall race for control of the state Senate, Democrats claimed a majority, and seemed on their way to winning at least 36 and up to 39 seats while several remained neck-and-neck and could also tilt their way, according to unofficial state Board of Elections results.&nbsp;With Democrats in control, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will become the first woman of color majority leader of the state Senate. "I am confident our majority will grow even larger after all results are counted, and we will finally give New Yorkers the progressive leadership they have been demanding," she&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/AndreaSCousins/status/1060017117838348289">tweeted</a>&nbsp;Tuesday night.</p> <p>Much of the action was on Long Island, but one of the few Republican-held seats in New York City was also hotly-contested and appears to be a Democratic pick-up for Andrew Gounardes, though Senator Marty Golden has not conceded.</p> <p>In the open race for District 3, Democrat Monica Martinez defeated Republican Dean Murray. In District 5, Democrat James Gaughran won by more than 9 points against Republican Carl Marcellino. In District 39, Democrat James Skoufis beat Republican Tom Basile. Kevin Thomas, the Democrat in District 6, closely defeated Republican Kemp Hannon. In District 7, Democrat Anna Kaplan defeated Republican Elaine Phillips with an almost ten-point margin.</p> <p>In two other open races, however, Democrats lost to their Republican opponents. In District 43, Aaron Gladd was defeated by Republican Daphne Jordan, and in District 50, John Mannion was defeated by Bob Antonacci.</p> <p>The current Republican majority leader, Senator John Flanagan, said in a statement, "This election is over, but our mission is not. Senate Republicans will never stop advocating for the principles we believe in or the agenda that New Yorkers and their families deserve."</p> <p>Along with competitive races for state Senate seats, many eyes were on potential swing districts for New York seats in the House of Representatives, part of the national picture whereby Democrats flipped the chamber to secure some control of government in Washington, D.C. and a significant leverage point regarding legislation, funding, and oversight of President Trump and his administration. That effort was aided by outcomes in New York, including an upset in New York City.</p> <p>In the one city-based congressional seat held by a Republican, Rep. Dan Donovan lost to Democrat Max Rose, who will go to the House to represent New York’s 11th congressional district of Staten Island and part of southern Brooklyn. In the 19th congressional district covering parts of the Hudson Valley and Catskills, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8044-antonio-delgado-makes-final-pitch-in-bid-to-swing-new-york-19" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Democrat Antonio Delgado</a> defeated incumbent Republican Rep. John Faso. And in Central New York's District 22, Democratic candidate Anthony Brindisi was ahead by a razor-thin margin over incumbent Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney, in a race that seems too close to call. In Congressional District 27, though Democrat Nate McMurray had conceded to Republican incumbent Rep. Chris Collins, McMurray's campaign later called for a recount when the margin between the two was only one point.</p> <p>Back in the five boroughs, of the three ballot proposals passing, Mayor de Blasio said in an election night statement, “Tonight we took a big step toward becoming the fairest big city in America. The question in front of voters was simple: are we going to be a city that works for everyone? New Yorkers answered with a resounding ‘YES, YES, YES!’ They voted to set a historic new direction for campaigns in our city by getting big money out of politics. They voted to give voters more power over their tax dollars. They voted to bring new voices into our democracy. The end result of the charter revision process that began nine months ago at the State of City is a democracy that can work for all of us – not just the wealthy and well-connected.”</p> <p>In terms of specific outcomes in important New York races, as of 2 a.m. on election night, initial results and tentative margins included:</p> <p>-Governor Cuomo was reelected with about 58% to 36% for Molinaro, while Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins received 1.7%, Libertarian Larry Sharpe won 1.6%, and Stephanie Miner of the Serve America Movement got less than 1%. Both Sharpe and Miner earned their parties automatic ballot access for the next four years (Cuomo on the Women's Equality Party line and Molinaro on the Reform Party line did not get enough votes on those lines and parties will lose their automatic ballot lines.</p> <p>-James won the attorney general office with 60% over Republican Keith Wofford, who received 34.3%, and other candidates splitting 2.3%.</p> <p>-DiNapoli was reelected comptroller with 64.4%, while Republican nominee Jonathan Trichter got about 31%, and other candidates split 1.7%.</p> <p>-Gillibrand won 64.5% of the vote, while Republican Chele Farley received 32.5%.</p> <p>In competitive state Senate races, the results included:</p> <p>-Democrat Andrew Gounardes appears to have won with 49.8% over Republican Senator Marty Golden's 48% in Senate District 22</p> <p>-Democrat&nbsp;Monica Martinez won with 52.2% over Republican incumbent Dean Murray's 47.5% in Senate District 3, which includes parts of Suffolk County.</p> <p>-Republican Phil Boyle won with 50.4% over Democrat&nbsp;Louis D’Amaro's 46.7% in Senate District 4, which also includes parts of Suffolk County.</p> <p>-Democrat James Gaughran won with 53.23% over Republican incumbent Carl Marcellino's 44.7% in Senate District 5, which includes parts of Suffolk County.</p> <p>-Democrat Kevin Thomas won with 49.2% over Republican incumbent Kemp Hannon's 48% in Senate District 6, which includes a portion of Nassau County.</p> <p>-Democrat Anna Kaplan won with 53.7% over Republican incumbent Elaine Phillips' 44.5% in Senate District 7, which a portion of Nassau County.</p> <p>-Democrat incumbent John Brooks successfully defended his seat, with 53% against Republican Jeff Pravato's 44% in Senate District 8, which includes Eastern Nassau and Western Suffolk counties.</p> <p>-Democrat James Skoufis won with 52% over Republican Tom Basile's 45% in Senate District 39, which includes parts of Rockland, Orange, and Ulster counties.</p> <p>-Democrat Pete Harckham won with 49.9% over&nbsp;Republican incumbent Terrence Murphy's 48% in Senate District 40, which includes Yorktown and Putnam, Westchester and Dutchess counties.&nbsp;</p> <p>-Republican incumbent Sue Serino won with 50% over Democrat Karen Smythe's 48% in Senate District 41, which includes parts of Dutchess County.</p> <p>-Democrat Jen Metzger won with 50% over Republican Ann Rabbitt's 47.4% in Senate District 42, includes parts of Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties.&nbsp;</p> <p>-Republican Daphne Jordan won with 52.1% over Democrat Aaron Gladd's 44.2% in Senate District 43, which includes parts of Saratoga, Rensselaer, Columbia, Washington counties.&nbsp;</p> <p>-Republican incumbent George Amedore Jr. won with 55% over Democrat Pat Strong's 42.2% in Senate District 46, which includes Montgomery and Greene counties and portions of Schenectady, Albany and Ulster counties.&nbsp;</p> <p>-Republican Robert Antonacci won with 50.4% over Democrat John Mannion's 48% in Senate District 50, which includes Syracuse and the surrounding area.</p> <p>In competitive House of Representatives races, the results included:&nbsp;</p> <p>-Democrat Max Rose won with 52% against Republican incumbent Dan Donovan's 46% in Congressional District 11, which includes Staten Island and parts of South Brooklyn.&nbsp;</p> <p>-Democrat Antonio Delgado won with 49.2% against Republican incumbent John Faso's 46.4% in Congressional District 19, which includes the Hudson Valley and Catskills region.</p> <p>-Democrat Anthony Brindisi led with 49.5% against Republican incumbent Claudia Tenney's 48.9% in Congressional District 22, which includes parts of Chenango, Cortland, Madison, and Oneida counties.</p> <p>-Republican Incumbent John Katko won with 52.2% against&nbsp;Democrat Dana Balter's 46% in Congressional District 24, which includes pats of Cayuga, Onondaga, and Wayne counties.</p> <p>- Republican incumbent Chris Collins, who is under indictment for insider trading, received 48.1% over Democrat&nbsp;Nate McMurray's 47.1% in Congressional&nbsp;District 27, which includes Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, and Livingston counties. McMurray's campaign has called for a recount.</p> <p>

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</p> <p>Samar Khurshid contributed to this article.</p> <p>Note - This article has been updated.</p>
<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/and-cuomo-nov.png" alt="and cuomo nov" width="600" height="431" /></p> <p>Gov. Cuomo votes (photo: @andrewcuomo)</p> <hr /> <p>Democrats will take full control of New York state government in 2019 thanks to the reelection of Governor Andrew Cuomo and other candidates for statewide office, as well as wins in the state Senate that flipped control of the upper chamber. Democrats continue to hold a wide majority in the state Assembly. With help from New York, Democrats also flipped the U.S. House of Representatives.</p> <p>The state Senate and <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7928-ahead-of-primary-cuomo-gives-limited-insight-into-third-term-agenda" target="_blank" rel="noopener">gubernatorial</a> victories open the door for Democrats to move <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8024-two-tiered-agenda-for-democrats-if-they-take-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a sweeping policy agenda</a> that has been blocked by Republicans, some items for years, in areas such as voting, campaign finance, and criminal justice reform, women's reproductive rights, alterations to rent regulations, and more. While some results are still to be finalized, Democrats may have 39 seats in the 63-seat chamber come January.</p> <p>Cuomo won a third term on Tuesday, easily defeating Republican challenger Marc Molinaro and three other candidates, while his running-mate Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul won a second term alongside the governor.</p> <p>Letitia James, currently the New York City Public Advocate, was elected Attorney General and is the first woman of color elected to a statewide position in New York. She's also the first woman and first person of color elected to become New York Attorney General.</p> <p>The other Democrats running for statewide positions were also victorious, with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli both winning reelection by wide margins, as expected.</p> <p>New York City and State races also contributed to a Democratic takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives.</p> <p>And, in New York City, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7912-mayoral-charter-revision-commission-puts-three-questions-on-november-ballot" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the three ballot proposals from Mayor de Blasio’s charter revision commission</a> were all approved by wide margins, ushering in campaign finance reform, a new civic engagement commission, and term limits for community board members.</p> <p>In the overall race for control of the state Senate, Democrats claimed a majority, and seemed on their way to winning at least 36 and up to 39 seats while several remained neck-and-neck and could also tilt their way, according to unofficial state Board of Elections results.&nbsp;With Democrats in control, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will become the first woman of color majority leader of the state Senate. "I am confident our majority will grow even larger after all results are counted, and we will finally give New Yorkers the progressive leadership they have been demanding," she&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/AndreaSCousins/status/1060017117838348289">tweeted</a>&nbsp;Tuesday night.</p> <p>Much of the action was on Long Island, but one of the few Republican-held seats in New York City was also hotly-contested and appears to be a Democratic pick-up for Andrew Gounardes, though Senator Marty Golden has not conceded.</p> <p>In the open race for District 3, Democrat Monica Martinez defeated Republican Dean Murray. In District 5, Democrat James Gaughran won by more than 9 points against Republican Carl Marcellino. In District 39, Democrat James Skoufis beat Republican Tom Basile. Kevin Thomas, the Democrat in District 6, closely defeated Republican Kemp Hannon. In District 7, Democrat Anna Kaplan defeated Republican Elaine Phillips with an almost ten-point margin.</p> <p>In two other open races, however, Democrats lost to their Republican opponents. In District 43, Aaron Gladd was defeated by Republican Daphne Jordan, and in District 50, John Mannion was defeated by Bob Antonacci.</p> <p>The current Republican majority leader, Senator John Flanagan, said in a statement, "This election is over, but our mission is not. Senate Republicans will never stop advocating for the principles we believe in or the agenda that New Yorkers and their families deserve."</p> <p>Along with competitive races for state Senate seats, many eyes were on potential swing districts for New York seats in the House of Representatives, part of the national picture whereby Democrats flipped the chamber to secure some control of government in Washington, D.C. and a significant leverage point regarding legislation, funding, and oversight of President Trump and his administration. That effort was aided by outcomes in New York, including an upset in New York City.</p> <p>In the one city-based congressional seat held by a Republican, Rep. Dan Donovan lost to Democrat Max Rose, who will go to the House to represent New York’s 11th congressional district of Staten Island and part of southern Brooklyn. In the 19th congressional district covering parts of the Hudson Valley and Catskills, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8044-antonio-delgado-makes-final-pitch-in-bid-to-swing-new-york-19" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Democrat Antonio Delgado</a> defeated incumbent Republican Rep. John Faso. And in Central New York's District 22, Democratic candidate Anthony Brindisi was ahead by a razor-thin margin over incumbent Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney, in a race that seems too close to call. In Congressional District 27, though Democrat Nate McMurray had conceded to Republican incumbent Rep. Chris Collins, McMurray's campaign later called for a recount when the margin between the two was only one point.</p> <p>Back in the five boroughs, of the three ballot proposals passing, Mayor de Blasio said in an election night statement, “Tonight we took a big step toward becoming the fairest big city in America. The question in front of voters was simple: are we going to be a city that works for everyone? New Yorkers answered with a resounding ‘YES, YES, YES!’ They voted to set a historic new direction for campaigns in our city by getting big money out of politics. They voted to give voters more power over their tax dollars. They voted to bring new voices into our democracy. The end result of the charter revision process that began nine months ago at the State of City is a democracy that can work for all of us – not just the wealthy and well-connected.”</p> <p>In terms of specific outcomes in important New York races, as of 2 a.m. on election night, initial results and tentative margins included:</p> <p>-Governor Cuomo was reelected with about 58% to 36% for Molinaro, while Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins received 1.7%, Libertarian Larry Sharpe won 1.6%, and Stephanie Miner of the Serve America Movement got less than 1%. Both Sharpe and Miner earned their parties automatic ballot access for the next four years (Cuomo on the Women's Equality Party line and Molinaro on the Reform Party line did not get enough votes on those lines and parties will lose their automatic ballot lines.</p> <p>-James won the attorney general office with 60% over Republican Keith Wofford, who received 34.3%, and other candidates splitting 2.3%.</p> <p>-DiNapoli was reelected comptroller with 64.4%, while Republican nominee Jonathan Trichter got about 31%, and other candidates split 1.7%.</p> <p>-Gillibrand won 64.5% of the vote, while Republican Chele Farley received 32.5%.</p> <p>In competitive state Senate races, the results included:</p> <p>-Democrat Andrew Gounardes appears to have won with 49.8% over Republican Senator Marty Golden's 48% in Senate District 22</p> <p>-Democrat&nbsp;Monica Martinez won with 52.2% over Republican incumbent Dean Murray's 47.5% in Senate District 3, which includes parts of Suffolk County.</p> <p>-Republican Phil Boyle won with 50.4% over Democrat&nbsp;Louis D’Amaro's 46.7% in Senate District 4, which also includes parts of Suffolk County.</p> <p>-Democrat James Gaughran won with 53.23% over Republican incumbent Carl Marcellino's 44.7% in Senate District 5, which includes parts of Suffolk County.</p> <p>-Democrat Kevin Thomas won with 49.2% over Republican incumbent Kemp Hannon's 48% in Senate District 6, which includes a portion of Nassau County.</p> <p>-Democrat Anna Kaplan won with 53.7% over Republican incumbent Elaine Phillips' 44.5% in Senate District 7, which a portion of Nassau County.</p> <p>-Democrat incumbent John Brooks successfully defended his seat, with 53% against Republican Jeff Pravato's 44% in Senate District 8, which includes Eastern Nassau and Western Suffolk counties.</p> <p>-Democrat James Skoufis won with 52% over Republican Tom Basile's 45% in Senate District 39, which includes parts of Rockland, Orange, and Ulster counties.</p> <p>-Democrat Pete Harckham won with 49.9% over&nbsp;Republican incumbent Terrence Murphy's 48% in Senate District 40, which includes Yorktown and Putnam, Westchester and Dutchess counties.&nbsp;</p> <p>-Republican incumbent Sue Serino won with 50% over Democrat Karen Smythe's 48% in Senate District 41, which includes parts of Dutchess County.</p> <p>-Democrat Jen Metzger won with 50% over Republican Ann Rabbitt's 47.4% in Senate District 42, includes parts of Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties.&nbsp;</p> <p>-Republican Daphne Jordan won with 52.1% over Democrat Aaron Gladd's 44.2% in Senate District 43, which includes parts of Saratoga, Rensselaer, Columbia, Washington counties.&nbsp;</p> <p>-Republican incumbent George Amedore Jr. won with 55% over Democrat Pat Strong's 42.2% in Senate District 46, which includes Montgomery and Greene counties and portions of Schenectady, Albany and Ulster counties.&nbsp;</p> <p>-Republican Robert Antonacci won with 50.4% over Democrat John Mannion's 48% in Senate District 50, which includes Syracuse and the surrounding area.</p> <p>In competitive House of Representatives races, the results included:&nbsp;</p> <p>-Democrat Max Rose won with 52% against Republican incumbent Dan Donovan's 46% in Congressional District 11, which includes Staten Island and parts of South Brooklyn.&nbsp;</p> <p>-Democrat Antonio Delgado won with 49.2% against Republican incumbent John Faso's 46.4% in Congressional District 19, which includes the Hudson Valley and Catskills region.</p> <p>-Democrat Anthony Brindisi led with 49.5% against Republican incumbent Claudia Tenney's 48.9% in Congressional District 22, which includes parts of Chenango, Cortland, Madison, and Oneida counties.</p> <p>-Republican Incumbent John Katko won with 52.2% against&nbsp;Democrat Dana Balter's 46% in Congressional District 24, which includes pats of Cayuga, Onondaga, and Wayne counties.</p> <p>- Republican incumbent Chris Collins, who is under indictment for insider trading, received 48.1% over Democrat&nbsp;Nate McMurray's 47.1% in Congressional&nbsp;District 27, which includes Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, and Livingston counties. McMurray's campaign has called for a recount.</p> <p>

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</p> <p>Samar Khurshid contributed to this article.</p> <p>Note - This article has been updated.</p>
10 Things to Watch on Election Day in New York 2018-11-04T04:00:00+00:00 2018-11-04T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8046-10-things-to-watch-on-election-day-in-new-york Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/26476878769_30f079508e_z.jpg" alt="Cuomo voting New York" width="600" height="399" /></p> <p>(photo: The Governor's Office)</p> <hr /> <p>New Yorkers will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, to vote for federal and state candidates in an election that could radically alter the direction of the state and the entire nation. Every seat in the state Legislature is on the ballot, as are the joint ticket of governor-lieutenant governor, the positions of state comptroller and attorney general, New York’s 27 seats in the House of Representatives, and one U.S. Senate position.</p> <p>Democrats, hoping to ride a surge of engagement in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election, plan to keep all the statewide seats and control of the state Assembly, while flipping the state Senate and enough U.S. House seats to contribute to a national swing of control. Republicans, meanwhile, are trying to hold onto the limited power they have in New York, a blue state that has become significantly more blue over the last several months, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8039-nearly-160-000-new-democratic-voters-in-6-months-22-000-new-republicans" target="_blank" rel="noopener">according to new data from the state Board of Elections</a>.</p> <p>Ten things to watch on Election Day in New York:</p> <p><strong>1. Will turnout surge?</strong><br /> New York has in past years seen anaemic voter turnout, particularly in the 2016 presidential election when the state ranked 46 out of 50. But if the results of the September primary are any indicator, turnout is expected to surge on November 6.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7936-a-closer-look-at-democratic-primary-turnout-margins-and-geography?edchoice=side" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nearly three times more Democrats voted in the September 13 primary</a> this year than in the 2014 primary. Cynthia Nixon, the actor and activist who challenged Governor Andrew Cuomo, the two-term incumbent, received 512,585 votes to Cuomo’s 978,138. In 2014, Cuomo won the primary after receiving only 361,380 votes, though his margin of victory was nearly identical.</p> <p>Democrats are also making a concerted attempt to flip the state Senate from Republican control and capture more seats in the House of Representatives, amid what they hope is a “blue wave” pushing back against President Trump and the Republican-led Congress. By most accounts, the general election in New York is looking good for Democrats; the state is home to 6.2 million registered Democrats compared to 2.8 million registered Republicans, and about 2.6 million party-unaffiliated registered voters.</p> <p><strong>2. Can any Republican win statewide?</strong><br /> A Republican has not won a statewide election in New York since 2002, when Governor George Pataki was reelected to a third term. Since then, Democrats have managed to dominate the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and comptroller.</p> <p>Cuomo is running on a joint ticket with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, a first-term incumbent, and is heavily favored to be reelected. In a mid-October <a href="https://poll.qu.edu/new-york-state/release-detail?ReleaseID=2580" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quinnipiac University poll</a>, Cuomo led his Republican rival, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, 58-35 percent among likely voters, but a Siena College <a href="https://files.constantcontact.com/9c83fb30501/d6145e80-36d5-4852-811f-61c559bc3d60.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">poll released Sunday</a> showed a more narrow gap, with Cuomo leading 49-36, with other voters split among the three 'minor party' candidates on the ballot. Molinaro’s running mate is Julie Killian, a former Rye City Council member who unsuccessfully ran for state Senate earlier this year. The other three gubernatorial candidates are Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, Larry Sharpe of the Libertarian Party, and Stephanie Miner, the former Democratic Syracuse mayor running with the Serve America Movement.</p> <p>Other than Molinaro, Republicans are running statewide candidates without experience in elected office and with virtually no name recognition across the state coming into the election, especially daunting when trying to unseat an incumbent in a state with such a Democratic registration advantage.</p> <p>In the race for comptroller, in the same poll, incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli held a 32-point lead over Jonathan Trichter, the Republican nominee.&nbsp;The Sunday Siena poll had DiNpoli up 62-25 percent. [Watch: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7989-watch-state-comptroller-candidate-debate-dinapoli-trichter-2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener">State Comptroller Candidates Debate</a>]</p> <p>U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, also a Democrat seeking reelection, led her Republican challenger Chele Farley by 32 points in that poll. But in Quinnipiac’s polling weeks later, her lead had fallen to 25 points. The Sunday Siena poll showed Gillibrand up 58-35 percent.</p> <p>The open race for attorney general, the lone statewide race without an incumbent, appears closest. New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, the Democratic nominee, had a 14-point lead in an <a href="https://scri.siena.edu/2018/10/01/cuomo-leads-molinaro-50-28-percent-nixon-gets-10-percent-on-wfp-line-other-minor-party-candidates-get-4-percent/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">early October Siena College poll</a> over Republican nominee Keith Wofford, a white-collar attorney running for elected office for the first time, but able to raise enough money to air television ads. The <a href="https://files.constantcontact.com/9c83fb30501/d6145e80-36d5-4852-811f-61c559bc3d60.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sunday Siena poll</a> had James up 49-37 percent. Either James or Wofford would become the first African-American person to become New York Attorney General; if elected, James would be the first woman of color elected statewide in New York. (There are also <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8034-max-murphy-podcast-minor-party-candidates-for-comptroller-attorney-general" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘minor party’ candidates</a> for comptroller and attorney general.)</p> <p><strong>3. Margins</strong><br />Though Democrats are expected to sweep statewide races, their margins of victory will ultimately show the level of support they have among New Yorkers. Though those margins won’t necessarily mean much once the new government year begins in January, they can influence how elected officials are treated and how they behave.</p> <p>Cuomo is seeking a third term and is likely to face some voter fatigue, though he may be getting a significant boost from Democrats upset by Trump, whom the governor has made a major focus of his campaign. Cuomo’s opponents have sought to highlight the several corruption scandals that have marred state government in the last eight years -- two of the governor’s close allies and several other associates and donors were convicted on federal corruption charges this year -- as well as the governor’s handling of the MTA as New York City’s subways have slid into crisis.</p> <p>Though Cuomo won the primary with 65 percent of the vote to Nixon’s 35 percent, he will likely not fare as well in the general where millions of unaffiliated voters can also cast a ballot. In 2014, Cuomo received 53 percent in the general while Republican Rob Astorino got 39 percent; the Green Party’s Hawkins pulled about 5 percent that year. Molinaro is, of course, talking about pulling off the type of upset that would shock the state and the country, though even he admits he is a significant underdog.</p> <p>DiNapoli got about 164,000 more votes than Cuomo did in 2014, receiving about 57 percent of the vote over his Republican rival Robert Antonacci, who got 35 percent. It’s unclear how much of a dent Trichter can make this year given his limited fundraising and name recognition.</p> <p>In the attorney general race, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8037-running-for-attorney-general-wofford-promises-to-step-up-fighting-corruption-step-back-fighting-wall-street" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wofford</a> has faced significant hurdles, but the recent Siena poll that showed him down 14 points to James also showed independents were split 40-38 in James’ favor, meaning that the race could potentially tighten.</p> <p><strong>4. Will minor parties keep/claim ballot lines?</strong><br /> New York’s <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7984-is-this-the-election-that-kills-fusion-voting-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fusion voting system</a> allows candidates to run on multiple ballot lines from several parties, giving minor parties somewhat outsize influence in elections. But, for a party to automatically receive an automatic ballot line in elections around the state, they must receive at least 50,000 votes for their chosen gubernatorial candidate in the previous election. Besides the big two, the other parties on the ballot include the Working Families Party, the Conservative Party, the Independence Party, the Green Party, and the Women’s Equality Party. The Stop Common Core Party, created by Astorino in 2014 when he challenged Cuomo, received just over 50,000 votes and has since been rebranded as the Reform Party, though it has no affiliation with the Reform Party at the national level.</p> <p>Cuomo is running on the Democrat, WFP, Independence, and WEP ballot lines. Molinaro has the Republican, Conservative, and Reform Party lines. Hawkins is the Green Party nominee.</p> <p>Of the various parties, the Reform Party and WEP seem to be at most risk of losing their place on the ballot. Both parties were strategically created in 2014 -- the first by Astorino to create a platform to oppose Common Core education standards, and the second by Cuomo to bolster his standing with women and apparently to diminish the WFP. The WEP has been barely active and lacks the resources for a strong electoral presence. The Reform Party has played a role in electing candidates to local offices and is also involved in assisting at least two Democratic state Senate candidates this year. But neither of the parties has a strong base of registered voters across the state and would need to meet the 50,000 vote threshold for their endorsed gubernatorial candidates.</p> <p>Between the Green Party and the WFP, it may come down to a matter of ballot placement, depending on which one fares better. The WFP has made a significant showing this year by backing several progressive upstarts in state Senate races and successfully deposing several incumbent Democrats, putting them squarely in the spotlight, while also initially backing Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams for governor and lieutenant governor until they lost in the Democratic primaries. Hawkins has also shown a fare bit of success on the Green Party line, pulling in 184,419 votes in 2014 compared to 126,244 on the WFP line for Cuomo.</p> <p>For the Libertarian Party and the Serve America Movement, Sharpe and Miner’s performances will determine if they also claim a spot on the ballot moving forward. The closest that Libertarians have come to the threshold is when Warren Redlich got 48,359 votes on the line in 2010.</p> <p><strong>5. Will the State Senate flip to Democrats or stay Republican?</strong><br /> The State Senate is the only bastion of Republican power in New York state government, which they have held for all but two of the last 50 years. But Democrats need to flip only one seat in the State Senate to regain control -- both party conferences have 31 members but Republicans hold the majority with the help of Senator Simcha Felder, a conservative Democrat from Brooklyn.</p> <p>The State Democratic Committee and Governor Cuomo are spending millions to take back the Senate and a network of progressive activists who helped trounce Democratic incumbents in the primary are also aiding those efforts. If the Democrats are successful, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins would become the majority leader, the first African-American woman to occupy that position. It would also open the doors to <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8024-two-tiered-agenda-for-democrats-if-they-take-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a slew of progressive legislation</a> -- reforms to voting, government ethics, campaign finance, criminal justice, and more -- which the Democratic base has long demanded.</p> <p>Republicans and their supporters are doing everything they can to hold their majority, attempting to keep all of their conference’s seats, including where a handful of members are retiring, and even possibly flip one or two their way. Democrats see a path to not just a slim majority, but <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8012-senate-democrats-full-of-optimism-about-flipping-chamber-one-party-control-of-state-government" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a wide one that would buffer the conference’s ability</a> to move legislation that more moderate members may not be supportive of. There are roughly 10 seats in the 63-seat chamber that Democrats see as in play, with only one of their own they believe they need to defend.</p> <p>Democratic wins could mean full party control of state government and the opportunity to dominate the agenda in 2019. All of the state Legislature will be back on the ballot in 2020, a presidential year.</p> <p><strong>6. Will New York help flip the House of Representatives?</strong><br /> New York’s 27 House of Representatives seats are all on the ballot and as Democrats hope to reclaim the chamber, there are several races where the party is fighting competitive battles and attempting to unseat Republican representatives. Democrats need to net 23 seats in total across the country to flip the House.</p> <p>Democrats are hoping that Trump’s deep unpopularity in the state will drive voters to the polls even in historically safe Republican districts while winning out most swing seats. Democratic candidates have been <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/16/nyregion/new-york-new-jersey-fundraising-house-democrats-republicans.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">outraising</a> their opponents in several races but Republicans have been putting up a strong fight, and Trump has even stumped for a few candidates to bolster their chances.</p> <p>Out of nine competitive races with Republican incumbents, <a href="https://www.cookpolitical.com/ratings/house-race-ratings" target="_blank" rel="noopener">according to the Cook Political Report</a>, two are toss-ups, three ‘lean Republican’ and four are ‘likely Republican.’ The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is focused on seven of those races as part of its ‘Red to Blue’ effort -- including Districts 1, 11, 19, 21, 22, 24, 27. New York Democrats could also claim prominent leadership positions in the House if they obtain a majority.</p> <p><strong>7. Will Republicans lose some of their few seats in New York City?</strong><br /> There are only a few elected Republicans representing New York City at any level of government, and after November 6, there could be even fewer.</p> <p>In South Brooklyn, State Senator Marty Golden, an eight-term incumbent Republican, has <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7947-democrats-target-previously-ignored-brooklyn-shot-at-state-senate-majority" target="_blank" rel="noopener">become one of the main targets</a> of Democratic efforts to flip the Senate. Golden is a pro-Trump Republican with a controversial record who was reelected in 2016 with no opposition. This year, however, prominent Democratic elected officials and activists from across the city are dedicating time and resources to unseat him. His Democratic opponent, Andrew Gounardes, took Golden on in 2012, but the candidate and his party believe circumstances are different in 2018, and they have approached this race with far more intensity.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Republican Congressional Rep. Dan Donovan is seeking reelection to Congress, where he represents Staten Island and a sliver of southern Brooklyn. He faces a spirited challenge from Democrat Max Rose, an Army veteran with a fairly moderate platform, reflective of the district he’s hoping to represent. Rose has raised a significant amount of campaign cash and has been pushing a message focused on borough-specific issues rather than following in the vein of his party at large. The DCCC has also invested in the race as part of the ‘Red to Blue’ effort. [Listen: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8014-max-murphy-podcast-u-s-rep-dan-donovan" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Rep. Dan Donovan</a>]</p> <p><strong>8. How will New York City’s ballot measures fare?</strong><br /> Mayor Bill de Blasio’s charter revision commission <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7912-mayoral-charter-revision-commission-puts-three-questions-on-november-ballot" target="_blank" rel="noopener">placed three yes/no questions on the ballot</a> for New York City voters that would need a simple majority to be approved. The proposals would drastically reduce campaign contribution limits in city elections and expand the city’s campaign finance program; create a citywide civic engagement commission with the majority of members appointed by the mayor; and impose term limits on community boards -- among a variety of other aspects of each proposal.</p> <p>In the last week, de Blasio has stumped for those proposals, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8040-de-blasio-pushes-yes-vote-on-3-ballot-proposals" target="_blank" rel="noopener">urging a “yes” vote on each</a>. Some community advocates and labor unions have also backed the proposals, but prominent elected officials <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8026-prominent-elected-officials-oppose-de-blasio-charter-revision-proposals" target="_blank" rel="noopener">have given mixed reviews</a>, with many coming out against proposal three, especially. [Listen: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8035-what-s-the-data-point-3-with-cesar-perales-charter-commission-chair" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cesar Perales, chair of the mayor's charter revision commission, appears on the What's The [Data] Point? podcast</a>]</p> <p><strong>9. Election administration and security</strong><br /> Following the broad influence effort carried out by Russians in the 2016 presidential election, states across the country have sought to beef up election and ballot security. The New York State Board of Elections has implemented a plan called “ARMOR” -- Assessing Risk, Remediation, Monitoring Operations and Response -- with $5 million in state funding and $19.5 in federal funds. The BOE created a Secure Elections Center to protect against potential cybersecurity threats and to ensure that elections run smoothly, and has been training local and county elections boards to respond to those incidents.</p> <p>Observers will be watching for any attempts to break into election systems, as the Russians <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-election/russians-compromised-election-systems-in-seven-states-nbc-news-idUSKCN1GC01E" target="_blank" rel="noopener">successfully did</a> in seven states ahead of the 2016 election while targeting about 21 states (New York was not among those).</p> <p>There are always questions in New York City around administration of elections by the city’s Board of Elections, including related to issues like whether proper notice has been given about changes in polling locations or whether voters have been improperly removed from the rolls. And, higher than usual voter turnout is expected on Tuesday, perhaps on par with a presidential election, putting boards of election all over the state to the test.</p> <p><strong>10. A vacancy to fill?</strong><br /> If Letitia James wins the attorney general’s race, she would take the oath of office on January 1, 2019, triggering a nonpartisan special election for the office of public advocate that would likely take place in late February. But the race will likely kick off in earnest almost immediately after Tuesday, if James wins, with dozens of potential candidates <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7910-potentially-crowded-public-advocate-special-election-could-feature-two-former-council-speakers" target="_blank" rel="noopener">waiting</a> in the wings to jump into the race and several having <a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/politics/campaigns-elections/updated-categorizing-candidates-be-nycs-next-public-advocate.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">already announced</a> their intentions, including City Council Member Jumaane Williams and <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8013-in-run-for-public-advocate-blake-offers-federal-and-state-experience" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Assembly Member Michael Blake</a>.</p> <p>The nature of the race -- a short timeline with no party affiliations and several candidates largely indistinguishable in their political ideologies -- could potentially help a Republican claim the seat. But the victor would have to run for reelection later in the year, in a “normal” election with primaries and a general, with regular party lines and Democrats a massive enrollment advantage.</p> <p>

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by Samar Khurshid, Senior reporter, Gotham Gazette
     

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</p> <p>Note - This article has been updated.&nbsp;</p>
<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/26476878769_30f079508e_z.jpg" alt="Cuomo voting New York" width="600" height="399" /></p> <p>(photo: The Governor's Office)</p> <hr /> <p>New Yorkers will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, to vote for federal and state candidates in an election that could radically alter the direction of the state and the entire nation. Every seat in the state Legislature is on the ballot, as are the joint ticket of governor-lieutenant governor, the positions of state comptroller and attorney general, New York’s 27 seats in the House of Representatives, and one U.S. Senate position.</p> <p>Democrats, hoping to ride a surge of engagement in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election, plan to keep all the statewide seats and control of the state Assembly, while flipping the state Senate and enough U.S. House seats to contribute to a national swing of control. Republicans, meanwhile, are trying to hold onto the limited power they have in New York, a blue state that has become significantly more blue over the last several months, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8039-nearly-160-000-new-democratic-voters-in-6-months-22-000-new-republicans" target="_blank" rel="noopener">according to new data from the state Board of Elections</a>.</p> <p>Ten things to watch on Election Day in New York:</p> <p><strong>1. Will turnout surge?</strong><br /> New York has in past years seen anaemic voter turnout, particularly in the 2016 presidential election when the state ranked 46 out of 50. But if the results of the September primary are any indicator, turnout is expected to surge on November 6.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7936-a-closer-look-at-democratic-primary-turnout-margins-and-geography?edchoice=side" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nearly three times more Democrats voted in the September 13 primary</a> this year than in the 2014 primary. Cynthia Nixon, the actor and activist who challenged Governor Andrew Cuomo, the two-term incumbent, received 512,585 votes to Cuomo’s 978,138. In 2014, Cuomo won the primary after receiving only 361,380 votes, though his margin of victory was nearly identical.</p> <p>Democrats are also making a concerted attempt to flip the state Senate from Republican control and capture more seats in the House of Representatives, amid what they hope is a “blue wave” pushing back against President Trump and the Republican-led Congress. By most accounts, the general election in New York is looking good for Democrats; the state is home to 6.2 million registered Democrats compared to 2.8 million registered Republicans, and about 2.6 million party-unaffiliated registered voters.</p> <p><strong>2. Can any Republican win statewide?</strong><br /> A Republican has not won a statewide election in New York since 2002, when Governor George Pataki was reelected to a third term. Since then, Democrats have managed to dominate the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and comptroller.</p> <p>Cuomo is running on a joint ticket with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, a first-term incumbent, and is heavily favored to be reelected. In a mid-October <a href="https://poll.qu.edu/new-york-state/release-detail?ReleaseID=2580" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quinnipiac University poll</a>, Cuomo led his Republican rival, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, 58-35 percent among likely voters, but a Siena College <a href="https://files.constantcontact.com/9c83fb30501/d6145e80-36d5-4852-811f-61c559bc3d60.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">poll released Sunday</a> showed a more narrow gap, with Cuomo leading 49-36, with other voters split among the three 'minor party' candidates on the ballot. Molinaro’s running mate is Julie Killian, a former Rye City Council member who unsuccessfully ran for state Senate earlier this year. The other three gubernatorial candidates are Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, Larry Sharpe of the Libertarian Party, and Stephanie Miner, the former Democratic Syracuse mayor running with the Serve America Movement.</p> <p>Other than Molinaro, Republicans are running statewide candidates without experience in elected office and with virtually no name recognition across the state coming into the election, especially daunting when trying to unseat an incumbent in a state with such a Democratic registration advantage.</p> <p>In the race for comptroller, in the same poll, incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli held a 32-point lead over Jonathan Trichter, the Republican nominee.&nbsp;The Sunday Siena poll had DiNpoli up 62-25 percent. [Watch: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7989-watch-state-comptroller-candidate-debate-dinapoli-trichter-2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener">State Comptroller Candidates Debate</a>]</p> <p>U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, also a Democrat seeking reelection, led her Republican challenger Chele Farley by 32 points in that poll. But in Quinnipiac’s polling weeks later, her lead had fallen to 25 points. The Sunday Siena poll showed Gillibrand up 58-35 percent.</p> <p>The open race for attorney general, the lone statewide race without an incumbent, appears closest. New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, the Democratic nominee, had a 14-point lead in an <a href="https://scri.siena.edu/2018/10/01/cuomo-leads-molinaro-50-28-percent-nixon-gets-10-percent-on-wfp-line-other-minor-party-candidates-get-4-percent/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">early October Siena College poll</a> over Republican nominee Keith Wofford, a white-collar attorney running for elected office for the first time, but able to raise enough money to air television ads. The <a href="https://files.constantcontact.com/9c83fb30501/d6145e80-36d5-4852-811f-61c559bc3d60.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sunday Siena poll</a> had James up 49-37 percent. Either James or Wofford would become the first African-American person to become New York Attorney General; if elected, James would be the first woman of color elected statewide in New York. (There are also <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8034-max-murphy-podcast-minor-party-candidates-for-comptroller-attorney-general" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘minor party’ candidates</a> for comptroller and attorney general.)</p> <p><strong>3. Margins</strong><br />Though Democrats are expected to sweep statewide races, their margins of victory will ultimately show the level of support they have among New Yorkers. Though those margins won’t necessarily mean much once the new government year begins in January, they can influence how elected officials are treated and how they behave.</p> <p>Cuomo is seeking a third term and is likely to face some voter fatigue, though he may be getting a significant boost from Democrats upset by Trump, whom the governor has made a major focus of his campaign. Cuomo’s opponents have sought to highlight the several corruption scandals that have marred state government in the last eight years -- two of the governor’s close allies and several other associates and donors were convicted on federal corruption charges this year -- as well as the governor’s handling of the MTA as New York City’s subways have slid into crisis.</p> <p>Though Cuomo won the primary with 65 percent of the vote to Nixon’s 35 percent, he will likely not fare as well in the general where millions of unaffiliated voters can also cast a ballot. In 2014, Cuomo received 53 percent in the general while Republican Rob Astorino got 39 percent; the Green Party’s Hawkins pulled about 5 percent that year. Molinaro is, of course, talking about pulling off the type of upset that would shock the state and the country, though even he admits he is a significant underdog.</p> <p>DiNapoli got about 164,000 more votes than Cuomo did in 2014, receiving about 57 percent of the vote over his Republican rival Robert Antonacci, who got 35 percent. It’s unclear how much of a dent Trichter can make this year given his limited fundraising and name recognition.</p> <p>In the attorney general race, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8037-running-for-attorney-general-wofford-promises-to-step-up-fighting-corruption-step-back-fighting-wall-street" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wofford</a> has faced significant hurdles, but the recent Siena poll that showed him down 14 points to James also showed independents were split 40-38 in James’ favor, meaning that the race could potentially tighten.</p> <p><strong>4. Will minor parties keep/claim ballot lines?</strong><br /> New York’s <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7984-is-this-the-election-that-kills-fusion-voting-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fusion voting system</a> allows candidates to run on multiple ballot lines from several parties, giving minor parties somewhat outsize influence in elections. But, for a party to automatically receive an automatic ballot line in elections around the state, they must receive at least 50,000 votes for their chosen gubernatorial candidate in the previous election. Besides the big two, the other parties on the ballot include the Working Families Party, the Conservative Party, the Independence Party, the Green Party, and the Women’s Equality Party. The Stop Common Core Party, created by Astorino in 2014 when he challenged Cuomo, received just over 50,000 votes and has since been rebranded as the Reform Party, though it has no affiliation with the Reform Party at the national level.</p> <p>Cuomo is running on the Democrat, WFP, Independence, and WEP ballot lines. Molinaro has the Republican, Conservative, and Reform Party lines. Hawkins is the Green Party nominee.</p> <p>Of the various parties, the Reform Party and WEP seem to be at most risk of losing their place on the ballot. Both parties were strategically created in 2014 -- the first by Astorino to create a platform to oppose Common Core education standards, and the second by Cuomo to bolster his standing with women and apparently to diminish the WFP. The WEP has been barely active and lacks the resources for a strong electoral presence. The Reform Party has played a role in electing candidates to local offices and is also involved in assisting at least two Democratic state Senate candidates this year. But neither of the parties has a strong base of registered voters across the state and would need to meet the 50,000 vote threshold for their endorsed gubernatorial candidates.</p> <p>Between the Green Party and the WFP, it may come down to a matter of ballot placement, depending on which one fares better. The WFP has made a significant showing this year by backing several progressive upstarts in state Senate races and successfully deposing several incumbent Democrats, putting them squarely in the spotlight, while also initially backing Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams for governor and lieutenant governor until they lost in the Democratic primaries. Hawkins has also shown a fare bit of success on the Green Party line, pulling in 184,419 votes in 2014 compared to 126,244 on the WFP line for Cuomo.</p> <p>For the Libertarian Party and the Serve America Movement, Sharpe and Miner’s performances will determine if they also claim a spot on the ballot moving forward. The closest that Libertarians have come to the threshold is when Warren Redlich got 48,359 votes on the line in 2010.</p> <p><strong>5. Will the State Senate flip to Democrats or stay Republican?</strong><br /> The State Senate is the only bastion of Republican power in New York state government, which they have held for all but two of the last 50 years. But Democrats need to flip only one seat in the State Senate to regain control -- both party conferences have 31 members but Republicans hold the majority with the help of Senator Simcha Felder, a conservative Democrat from Brooklyn.</p> <p>The State Democratic Committee and Governor Cuomo are spending millions to take back the Senate and a network of progressive activists who helped trounce Democratic incumbents in the primary are also aiding those efforts. If the Democrats are successful, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins would become the majority leader, the first African-American woman to occupy that position. It would also open the doors to <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8024-two-tiered-agenda-for-democrats-if-they-take-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a slew of progressive legislation</a> -- reforms to voting, government ethics, campaign finance, criminal justice, and more -- which the Democratic base has long demanded.</p> <p>Republicans and their supporters are doing everything they can to hold their majority, attempting to keep all of their conference’s seats, including where a handful of members are retiring, and even possibly flip one or two their way. Democrats see a path to not just a slim majority, but <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8012-senate-democrats-full-of-optimism-about-flipping-chamber-one-party-control-of-state-government" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a wide one that would buffer the conference’s ability</a> to move legislation that more moderate members may not be supportive of. There are roughly 10 seats in the 63-seat chamber that Democrats see as in play, with only one of their own they believe they need to defend.</p> <p>Democratic wins could mean full party control of state government and the opportunity to dominate the agenda in 2019. All of the state Legislature will be back on the ballot in 2020, a presidential year.</p> <p><strong>6. Will New York help flip the House of Representatives?</strong><br /> New York’s 27 House of Representatives seats are all on the ballot and as Democrats hope to reclaim the chamber, there are several races where the party is fighting competitive battles and attempting to unseat Republican representatives. Democrats need to net 23 seats in total across the country to flip the House.</p> <p>Democrats are hoping that Trump’s deep unpopularity in the state will drive voters to the polls even in historically safe Republican districts while winning out most swing seats. Democratic candidates have been <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/16/nyregion/new-york-new-jersey-fundraising-house-democrats-republicans.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">outraising</a> their opponents in several races but Republicans have been putting up a strong fight, and Trump has even stumped for a few candidates to bolster their chances.</p> <p>Out of nine competitive races with Republican incumbents, <a href="https://www.cookpolitical.com/ratings/house-race-ratings" target="_blank" rel="noopener">according to the Cook Political Report</a>, two are toss-ups, three ‘lean Republican’ and four are ‘likely Republican.’ The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is focused on seven of those races as part of its ‘Red to Blue’ effort -- including Districts 1, 11, 19, 21, 22, 24, 27. New York Democrats could also claim prominent leadership positions in the House if they obtain a majority.</p> <p><strong>7. Will Republicans lose some of their few seats in New York City?</strong><br /> There are only a few elected Republicans representing New York City at any level of government, and after November 6, there could be even fewer.</p> <p>In South Brooklyn, State Senator Marty Golden, an eight-term incumbent Republican, has <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7947-democrats-target-previously-ignored-brooklyn-shot-at-state-senate-majority" target="_blank" rel="noopener">become one of the main targets</a> of Democratic efforts to flip the Senate. Golden is a pro-Trump Republican with a controversial record who was reelected in 2016 with no opposition. This year, however, prominent Democratic elected officials and activists from across the city are dedicating time and resources to unseat him. His Democratic opponent, Andrew Gounardes, took Golden on in 2012, but the candidate and his party believe circumstances are different in 2018, and they have approached this race with far more intensity.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Republican Congressional Rep. Dan Donovan is seeking reelection to Congress, where he represents Staten Island and a sliver of southern Brooklyn. He faces a spirited challenge from Democrat Max Rose, an Army veteran with a fairly moderate platform, reflective of the district he’s hoping to represent. Rose has raised a significant amount of campaign cash and has been pushing a message focused on borough-specific issues rather than following in the vein of his party at large. The DCCC has also invested in the race as part of the ‘Red to Blue’ effort. [Listen: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8014-max-murphy-podcast-u-s-rep-dan-donovan" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Rep. Dan Donovan</a>]</p> <p><strong>8. How will New York City’s ballot measures fare?</strong><br /> Mayor Bill de Blasio’s charter revision commission <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7912-mayoral-charter-revision-commission-puts-three-questions-on-november-ballot" target="_blank" rel="noopener">placed three yes/no questions on the ballot</a> for New York City voters that would need a simple majority to be approved. The proposals would drastically reduce campaign contribution limits in city elections and expand the city’s campaign finance program; create a citywide civic engagement commission with the majority of members appointed by the mayor; and impose term limits on community boards -- among a variety of other aspects of each proposal.</p> <p>In the last week, de Blasio has stumped for those proposals, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8040-de-blasio-pushes-yes-vote-on-3-ballot-proposals" target="_blank" rel="noopener">urging a “yes” vote on each</a>. Some community advocates and labor unions have also backed the proposals, but prominent elected officials <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8026-prominent-elected-officials-oppose-de-blasio-charter-revision-proposals" target="_blank" rel="noopener">have given mixed reviews</a>, with many coming out against proposal three, especially. [Listen: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8035-what-s-the-data-point-3-with-cesar-perales-charter-commission-chair" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cesar Perales, chair of the mayor's charter revision commission, appears on the What's The [Data] Point? podcast</a>]</p> <p><strong>9. Election administration and security</strong><br /> Following the broad influence effort carried out by Russians in the 2016 presidential election, states across the country have sought to beef up election and ballot security. The New York State Board of Elections has implemented a plan called “ARMOR” -- Assessing Risk, Remediation, Monitoring Operations and Response -- with $5 million in state funding and $19.5 in federal funds. The BOE created a Secure Elections Center to protect against potential cybersecurity threats and to ensure that elections run smoothly, and has been training local and county elections boards to respond to those incidents.</p> <p>Observers will be watching for any attempts to break into election systems, as the Russians <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-election/russians-compromised-election-systems-in-seven-states-nbc-news-idUSKCN1GC01E" target="_blank" rel="noopener">successfully did</a> in seven states ahead of the 2016 election while targeting about 21 states (New York was not among those).</p> <p>There are always questions in New York City around administration of elections by the city’s Board of Elections, including related to issues like whether proper notice has been given about changes in polling locations or whether voters have been improperly removed from the rolls. And, higher than usual voter turnout is expected on Tuesday, perhaps on par with a presidential election, putting boards of election all over the state to the test.</p> <p><strong>10. A vacancy to fill?</strong><br /> If Letitia James wins the attorney general’s race, she would take the oath of office on January 1, 2019, triggering a nonpartisan special election for the office of public advocate that would likely take place in late February. But the race will likely kick off in earnest almost immediately after Tuesday, if James wins, with dozens of potential candidates <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7910-potentially-crowded-public-advocate-special-election-could-feature-two-former-council-speakers" target="_blank" rel="noopener">waiting</a> in the wings to jump into the race and several having <a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/politics/campaigns-elections/updated-categorizing-candidates-be-nycs-next-public-advocate.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">already announced</a> their intentions, including City Council Member Jumaane Williams and <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8013-in-run-for-public-advocate-blake-offers-federal-and-state-experience" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Assembly Member Michael Blake</a>.</p> <p>The nature of the race -- a short timeline with no party affiliations and several candidates largely indistinguishable in their political ideologies -- could potentially help a Republican claim the seat. But the victor would have to run for reelection later in the year, in a “normal” election with primaries and a general, with regular party lines and Democrats a massive enrollment advantage.</p> <p>

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WATCH: State Comptroller Candidate Debate 2018-10-14T04:00:00+00:00 2018-10-14T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7989-watch-state-comptroller-candidate-debate-dinapoli-trichter-2018 Ben Max <p>&nbsp;<img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/img-6200-2.jpg" alt="img 6200 2" width="600" /></p> <p>Candidates DiNapoli, Dunlea, Gallaudet, Trichter (l-r) (Photo: MNN)</p> <hr /> <p>Watch the first debate in the general election race for New York State Comptroller, among the four candidates who will be on the ballot: incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli, Republican nominee Jonathan Trichter, Green Party nominee Mark Dunlea, and Libertarian Party nominee Cruger Gallaudet. DiNapoli will also appear on the Reform, Independence, Women's Equality and Working Families Party ballot lines on the November 6 ballot, while Trichter also has the Conservative Party line.</p> <p>The debate, embedded below, aired on Manhattan Neighborhood Network and was moderated by Gotham Gazette's Ben Max.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/img-6200-2.jpg" alt="img 6200 2" width="600" /></p> <p>Candidates DiNapoli, Dunlea, Gallaudet, Trichter (l-r) (Photo: MNN)</p> <hr /> <p>Watch the first debate in the general election race for New York State Comptroller, among the four candidates who will be on the ballot: incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli, Republican nominee Jonathan Trichter, Green Party nominee Mark Dunlea, and Libertarian Party nominee Cruger Gallaudet. DiNapoli will also appear on the Reform, Independence, Women's Equality and Working Families Party ballot lines on the November 6 ballot, while Trichter also has the Conservative Party line.</p> <p>The debate, embedded below, aired on Manhattan Neighborhood Network and was moderated by Gotham Gazette's Ben Max.</p> Comptroller Candidates Debate Powers and Responsibilities of State's Top Fiscal Officer 2018-10-10T04:00:00+00:00 2018-10-10T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7987-comptroller-candidates-debate-powers-and-responsibilities-of-state-s-top-fiscal-officer Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/comptroller-fall.jpg" alt="comptroller fall" width="600" height="378" /></p> <p>Candidates DiNapoli, Dunlea, Gallaudet, Trichter (l-r) during their first debate</p> <hr /> <p>New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat running for reelection as the state’s top fiscal officer, faced his three challengers on Tuesday in the first debate of the general election, hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network.</p> <p>The four candidates offered their views on the powers and role of the state comptroller, charged with managing the state’s $207 billion public pension fund, overseeing state and local spending, auditing state contracts and the finances of hundreds of state agencies and authorities, and ensuring that New York’s debt obligations and funding needs are carefully calibrated to current and future revenue.</p> <p>DiNapoli, who first took office in 2007 following the resignation of his predecessor, Alan Hevesi, amid scandal, was elected by voters in 2010 and 2014. He went unopposed in this year’s primary and is running with nominations from the Democratic Party, Working Families Party, Reform Party, Women’s Equality Party, and Independence Party -- his name will appear on all five lines on the November 6 ballot. His opponents include the Republican nominee Jonathan Trichter, who also has the Conservative Party ballot line; the Green Party’s Mark Dunlea; and Cruger Gallaudet, a Libertarian.</p> <p>The debate, just over an hour long and moderated by Gotham Gazette Executive Editor Ben Max, will air on MNN and be posted to its YouTube channel on Sunday night.</p> <p>It mostly saw DiNapoli defend his record against criticism from Trichter, a previously registered Democrat who switched his party registration to Republican and received the necessary Wilson-Pakula certificate to run on the party’s line this fall. The back-and-forth arguments between the two largely centered in wonky fiscal issues, some of which it would take an unaffiliated expert on state finances and constitutional powers to wade through (Gotham Gazette is working on a detailed fact check).</p> <p>DiNapoli stressed that he has been a prudent steward of the pension fund and a strong, independent voice for sound fiscal practices, promoting reform and providing a steady hand both for an office previously mired in scandal and a state going through the Great Recession and its aftermath. Trichter alleged that DiNapoli has been a subpar investment manager and not a forceful enough voice for change in state budget and other fiscal practices where the comptroller has oversight.</p> <p>Dunlea spent his time reliably offering up suggestions to divest the state pension from the fossil fuel industry and pushing for more accountability and transparency in the fiscal management of state authorities. Gallaudet had little to offer in terms of specific ideas, and instead repeatedly pleaded to viewers to reject the “duopoly” of the Democratic and Republican parties and to cast a ballot for the Libertarian statewide ticket. He said the comptroller race would be a good place for voters to use a “split-ticket,” presumably where they would select a Democrat (Governor Andrew Cuomo) or Republican (Marc Molinaro) in the governor’s race, in order to send a message, but also repeatedly said voters should examine Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe.</p> <p><strong>DiNapoli States His Case and Defends His Record</strong><br />“It’s really the office that promotes accountability and transparency in state government and local government as well,” said DiNapoli, explaining the role in his opening remarks. He also took a dig at Trichter for switching to the Republican Party, the party of President Donald Trump, and for claiming to be a financial professional though he has worked as a political operative in the past. Some of DiNapoli’s responses to Trichter, who attacked the incumbent in nearly every answer he gave, were as aggressive as most who’ve followed the typically mild-mannered comptroller’s career have heard from him.</p> <p>“Unlike Jon, I have my values as a Democrat and have stuck with them all my life...If you have to sell yourself to get the nomination, I don’t think that’s the best standard to be running for office,” DiNapoli said early on.</p> <p>DiNapoli touted his history of public service, as a local school board member for a decade and then 11 terms as a member of the State Assembly, where he served on the Ways and Means committee, he said. He defended being appointed to the position of comptroller by the Legislature in 2007, a move that was opposed by many newspaper editorial boards, Trichter had noted, arguing DiNapoli was unqualified for the job.</p> <p>In his time as comptroller, DiNapoli said he has restored the integrity of the office, helped guide state finances through the Great Recession, and grown the pension fund to an all-time high. “That is an enviable record,” he said.</p> <p>Trichter pitched himself as a candidate who would take a “fiscally pragmatic” approach to the comptroller’s office, banking on his credentials as a public finance expert with years of experience in the private sector as he critiqued DiNapoli’s management of state finances over the last decade-plus. He said DiNapoli had only created an average 6 percent growth over 11 years for the state pension fund, though his target was 7.5 percent, a gulf of $65 billion that he accused DiNapoli of extracting through taxation from municipalities. “The state comptroller has siphoned off local tax dollars ten times more than localities around the country have for their own public pension problems and underperformance,” he said.</p> <p>Trichter said he would invest the pension fund in passive index funds such as the S&amp;P 500 -- which mirror the rise and fall of the larger market -- and move away from investing in hedge funds and private equity, managers of which he said have received more than $6 billion in fees from DiNapoli’s office since 2007. “He’s paid $6 billion to hedge funds for underperformance,” Trichter alleged.</p> <p>DiNapoli, in his defense, repeatedly accused Trichter of issuing misleading arguments and outright falsehoods, noting that the state pension fund grew by $100 billion under his tenure, that state pensions are funded up to 98 percent, with a diversified portfolio mitigating risk, and that the state weathered the storm of the recession. He also said New York’s outlook has been more conservative, with a new target of 7 percent growth for the pension system.</p> <p>“To put all of our money in index funds would be totally irresponsible, to put all your eggs in one basket,” DiNapoli said, noting that hedge funds performed better when markets crashed during the recession, balancing out the poorer performance of public equity funds. “If we did learn anything from the global financial crisis, you have to be diversified.”</p> <p>Dunlea, who co-founded the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), a good government group, and the Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank, said the pension fund would be $22 billion richer if the comptroller had divested it from fossil fuels ten years ago, even as he praised DiNapoli for divesting from the private prison industry and taking some steps in the direction of fossil fuel divestment.</p> <p>“When the world is saying an industry has to end, that’s not a wise financial investment to continue somewhere between $6 to $11 billion,” Dunlea said of fossil fuel companies and the state pension fund.</p> <p>DiNapoli insisted that simple divestment would not solve a problem as large and daunting as climate change and that the comptroller could more effectively push for environmental friendly corporate policies from within the room, as an activist shareholder in major fossil fuel companies.</p> <p>He touted a $7 billion investment allocation in sustainability initiatives through the state pension fund and insisted that short of broad societal transition away from reliance on fossil fuels, the industry continues to provide a safe return on investment. “Climate’s a big issue and just selling stock in fossil fuel companies is not gonna solve it,” he said. When asked by the moderator if his argument was that fossil fuel companies continued to be a good investment, DiNapoli said “[W]e have to go through a societal change and for now, in the short run, we still are making money from the oil and gas stocks.”</p> <p>“I don’t like the concept of being the sole trustee,” of the pension fund, said Gallaudet. He said he would urge the state Legislature to create a board to oversee the pension fund rather than have it in the hands of the comptroller alone. DiNapoli sought to demystify the comptroller’s role by noting he is not there making all the investment decisions by himself, far from it, he pointed to his bevvy of internal employees and “advisory committees.”</p> <p><strong>Audit Power</strong><br /> On the audit powers of the comptroller that allow the office to conduct oversight of state agencies and contracts and public authority spending, the candidates showed some disagreement.</p> <p>“I think we need to be more aggressive about examining pay-to-play contracts,” said Dunlea, insisting that the comptroller needs to pay extra attention to individuals and entities that make large campaign contributions to elected officials and have business before the state. In particular, he pledged to closely examine local social services departments to ensure that needy people get the benefits they are entitled to receive.</p> <p>Gallaudet simply said he would use the comptroller’s audit power to “reduce the scope of government,” though he did not elaborate how.</p> <p>Trichter said the audit power is “one of the more powerful roles of the office,” as he critiqued DiNapoli for failing to use it appropriately. For instance, he alleged DiNapoli had repeatedly audited the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) but failed to unearth its many fiscal troubles even as the subway system has slid into disrepair and its capital funding needs ballooned to nearly $40 billion. “He’s the one Albany politician responsible for finding out what’s wrong with our infrastructure at the MTA before things start to break,” Trichter said, pointing to dozens of comptroller audits of the MTA that he said were <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/nyregion/new-york-subway-system-failure-delays.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">outpaced by one New York Times reporter</a>, though he also cited think tanks Citizens Budget Commission and The Manhattan Institute.</p> <p>DiNapoli, however, insisted he has been a responsible and effective watchdog, including on the MTA. Dismissing Trichter’s criticisms as “crazy notions,” he said he had repeatedly raised the alarm about the MTA, including on its antiquated and failing signal system, and that his office has conducted robust audits of state agencies. “The strength of our audits is the credibility of the work that we do, and in many cases, we’ve effectuated change…We’ve saved taxpayers money through our audit work,” DiNapoli said.</p> <p><strong>State Budget Oversight</strong><br /> On state budget oversight responsibility, DiNapoli sought to portray the comptroller’s powers as limited, though he acknowledged he has a bully pulpit to advocate for more transparency and accountability. New York State’s budget process is notoriously opaque, and the annual spending document is invariably hashed out in the dead of night, with little public review, by the so-called “three men in a room” -- the governor, the Assembly speaker and Senate majority leader -- with a variety of gimmicks, hidden aspects, and unspecified, lump sum appropriations.</p> <p>“Our role is one of lending a voice,” DiNapoli said. “And what we’ve tried to do with our budget reports, and what we’ll continue to do, is not only focus on the short term but on the long term.” He issued a note of caution about growing budget gaps in the years ahead, insufficient rainy day funds, and the heavy reliance on lump sums that hide the true purpose of spending. “Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the Legislature and the governor to make sure that these issues are addressed.”</p> <p>Dunlea promised to more aggressively pursue budget oversight, pushing for reforms also backed by DiNapoli that give the comptroller more power over state contracting. He also said the comptroller should push harder on tax fairness and crack down on “out of control” debt incurred by public authorities.</p> <p>“It is within the comptroller’s authority to refuse certifying the budget every year,” Trichter insisted, arguing that under the state constitution, the comptroller can leverage that certification power over the state budget to push for reforms. Though what Trichter is suggesting has never been tested, he believes it would hold up under the precedent set by the 1971 case of Posner v. Levitt in which the New York State Supreme Court’s appellate division ruled that the Comptroller “may have standing to test the validity of the budget, but he is not obliged to do so,” and could not be compelled.</p> <p>DiNapoli has denied that interpretation. “[H]e’s making things up as he goes along,” he said of Trichter. “The comptroller has no authority to certify the budget. There is no statutory constitutional authority to do that. You can’t make up law.”</p> <p>“If you’re gonna try to assert an authority that you don’t have, well all you’re gonna do is gum up the works and create more gridlock than you have already,” he added. “You’re gonna end up in court.”</p> <p><strong>Cross-Examination</strong><br /> The candidates were also given a chance to ask a question of one other candidate, which Trichter and Dunlea unsurprisingly used to question Dinapoli, who is seen as a prohibitive favorite to win reelection. &nbsp;</p> <p>Trichter accused DiNapoli of participating in secretive payments to silence the women who were victims of sexual harassment by former Assembly Member Vito Lopez and asked if he would apologize. Dunlea pushed him on how he would avoid conflicts of interest in the future, pointing to a recent <a href="https://www.wnyc.org/story/ny-pension-chief-cashes-natural-gas/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news report</a> that showed the former Chief Investment Officer of the state pension fund, Vicki Fuller, joining the board of a company in which the state pension fund was invested.</p> <p>In both cases, DiNapoli denied the accusation. He insisted that the comptroller’s office put in more accountability measures following the Lopez scandal, and that he had no say in negotiating the payments made to Lopez’s victims, nor were the submissions for those payments made to his office for approval clearly identified as related to sexual harassment. He said that his office certifies thousands of payment requests from the Legislature and indicated the settlements hadn’t appeared abnormal. “Women were victimized. They were entitled to some justice and entitled to compensation,” DiNapoli said. “That was the agreement. We made sure that they were paid. There was no secret payment...and in the aftermath of what happened with the Lopez situation, we did institute changes, more transparency, more accountability...and of course we’ve all evolved governmentally on this issue.”</p> <p>And DiNapoli pushed back against the alleged conflict of interest, noting that the pension fund is invested broadly in hundreds of companies, that investments were made on the merit and that the former CIO is barred under state law from doing any business with the pension fund for two years. He said that the bulk of the company’s debt that the pension fund purchased three years ago was quite unlikely to have influenced where Fuller landed after retiring from the comptroller’s office this summer.</p> <p>DiNapoli used his own question to give Gallaudet more time to say anything he wanted, and Gallaudet asked Trichter to explain how he could justify voters backing him given DiNapoli’s strong chances of winning, which gave Trichter another minute to reiterate his case.</p> <p><strong>Managing State Debt and Federal Tax Reforms</strong><br /> DiNapoli has repeatedly flagged that there is too much governmental debt in New York, for the state government as well as local governments and authorities. On managing such debt, there seemed to be at least some area of agreement among the comptroller candidates on the ends if not the means. Dunlea said again that he would rein in public authorities and make their workings more transparent. Gallaudet conceded, “I have no silver bullet, no easy answers on how to tackle this issue.”</p> <p>Trichter, however, insisted, “I do have a silver bullet or a magic solution to all of this.” He said the state should end so-called “backdoor borrowing” or incurring debt without getting approval from voters, which is otherwise required by the state constitution and often happens through the public authorities.</p> <p>“The comptroller has signed off on $32 billion in backdoor debt since he’s been in office in 2007,” Trichter said. “If he refused to sign off on backdoor debt, he could unilaterally end the practice once and for all and institute his own debt policy. This is something he absolutely has the authority to do.” He also noted that DiNapoli himself has supported a constitutional amendment to end backdoor debt.</p> <p>Yet again, DiNapoli said Trichter was being misleading. “You can’t create authority or powers that you don’t have...It is not our authority, nor should it be our role, to just stop the debt that happens in the state,” he said, while also insisting that his office had reduced negotiated debt where it could do so.</p> <p>There was little clarity on what the comptroller candidates would recommend or do about the federal tax overhaul passed by the Republican-led Congress and signed by President Trump at the end of 2017 -- reforms that Governor Cuomo and some in both major parties have decried as harmful to New Yorkers. Trichter said the office could not do anything about it and DiNapoli seemed to feel the same even as he praised Cuomo and the state Legislature for attempting to create a workaround for state taxpayers suffering from the reduction in the deductibility of state and local taxes (SALT), though those attempts may not pan out, he noted.</p> <p><strong>Lightning Round of Questions</strong><br /> In a brief lightning round, there was no unanimity among the candidates. All of them except Trichter supported extending the state’s soon-to-expire “millionaires tax” on income as well as a $15 minimum wage (Dunlea said it should be $20); Trichter was the only one opposed to the state passing a single-payer health care law, though DiNapoli said it should be federally funded.</p> <p>Trichter had no answer on whether congestion pricing should be enacted to raise funds for mass transit while Dunlea and DiNapoli supported it (Gallaudet just said he wasn’t opposed). Dunlea and DiNapoli said they want the state’s fracking ban to continue, while Gallaudet and Trichter said fracking should be allowed.</p> <p>All of the candidates favored holding state government hearings on sexual harassment in the public and private sectors, though Gallaudet said he wasn’t sure about the issue. He also had no opinion on scrapping the much-critiqued Joint Commission on Public Ethics, the state ethics entity often seen as too close to state power brokers, while the other three said they would like to see it replaced with a more independent body.</p> <p>They all agreed on one lightning round question: closing the loophole in state campaign finance law that allows limited liability companies, which often have opaque ownership, to circumvent individual contribution limits, though Trichter added that it should apply to labor unions as well.</p> <p>DiNapoli has committed to one other debate, being hosted by NY1 at the end of the month.</p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/comptroller-fall.jpg" alt="comptroller fall" width="600" height="378" /></p> <p>Candidates DiNapoli, Dunlea, Gallaudet, Trichter (l-r) during their first debate</p> <hr /> <p>New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat running for reelection as the state’s top fiscal officer, faced his three challengers on Tuesday in the first debate of the general election, hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network.</p> <p>The four candidates offered their views on the powers and role of the state comptroller, charged with managing the state’s $207 billion public pension fund, overseeing state and local spending, auditing state contracts and the finances of hundreds of state agencies and authorities, and ensuring that New York’s debt obligations and funding needs are carefully calibrated to current and future revenue.</p> <p>DiNapoli, who first took office in 2007 following the resignation of his predecessor, Alan Hevesi, amid scandal, was elected by voters in 2010 and 2014. He went unopposed in this year’s primary and is running with nominations from the Democratic Party, Working Families Party, Reform Party, Women’s Equality Party, and Independence Party -- his name will appear on all five lines on the November 6 ballot. His opponents include the Republican nominee Jonathan Trichter, who also has the Conservative Party ballot line; the Green Party’s Mark Dunlea; and Cruger Gallaudet, a Libertarian.</p> <p>The debate, just over an hour long and moderated by Gotham Gazette Executive Editor Ben Max, will air on MNN and be posted to its YouTube channel on Sunday night.</p> <p>It mostly saw DiNapoli defend his record against criticism from Trichter, a previously registered Democrat who switched his party registration to Republican and received the necessary Wilson-Pakula certificate to run on the party’s line this fall. The back-and-forth arguments between the two largely centered in wonky fiscal issues, some of which it would take an unaffiliated expert on state finances and constitutional powers to wade through (Gotham Gazette is working on a detailed fact check).</p> <p>DiNapoli stressed that he has been a prudent steward of the pension fund and a strong, independent voice for sound fiscal practices, promoting reform and providing a steady hand both for an office previously mired in scandal and a state going through the Great Recession and its aftermath. Trichter alleged that DiNapoli has been a subpar investment manager and not a forceful enough voice for change in state budget and other fiscal practices where the comptroller has oversight.</p> <p>Dunlea spent his time reliably offering up suggestions to divest the state pension from the fossil fuel industry and pushing for more accountability and transparency in the fiscal management of state authorities. Gallaudet had little to offer in terms of specific ideas, and instead repeatedly pleaded to viewers to reject the “duopoly” of the Democratic and Republican parties and to cast a ballot for the Libertarian statewide ticket. He said the comptroller race would be a good place for voters to use a “split-ticket,” presumably where they would select a Democrat (Governor Andrew Cuomo) or Republican (Marc Molinaro) in the governor’s race, in order to send a message, but also repeatedly said voters should examine Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe.</p> <p><strong>DiNapoli States His Case and Defends His Record</strong><br />“It’s really the office that promotes accountability and transparency in state government and local government as well,” said DiNapoli, explaining the role in his opening remarks. He also took a dig at Trichter for switching to the Republican Party, the party of President Donald Trump, and for claiming to be a financial professional though he has worked as a political operative in the past. Some of DiNapoli’s responses to Trichter, who attacked the incumbent in nearly every answer he gave, were as aggressive as most who’ve followed the typically mild-mannered comptroller’s career have heard from him.</p> <p>“Unlike Jon, I have my values as a Democrat and have stuck with them all my life...If you have to sell yourself to get the nomination, I don’t think that’s the best standard to be running for office,” DiNapoli said early on.</p> <p>DiNapoli touted his history of public service, as a local school board member for a decade and then 11 terms as a member of the State Assembly, where he served on the Ways and Means committee, he said. He defended being appointed to the position of comptroller by the Legislature in 2007, a move that was opposed by many newspaper editorial boards, Trichter had noted, arguing DiNapoli was unqualified for the job.</p> <p>In his time as comptroller, DiNapoli said he has restored the integrity of the office, helped guide state finances through the Great Recession, and grown the pension fund to an all-time high. “That is an enviable record,” he said.</p> <p>Trichter pitched himself as a candidate who would take a “fiscally pragmatic” approach to the comptroller’s office, banking on his credentials as a public finance expert with years of experience in the private sector as he critiqued DiNapoli’s management of state finances over the last decade-plus. He said DiNapoli had only created an average 6 percent growth over 11 years for the state pension fund, though his target was 7.5 percent, a gulf of $65 billion that he accused DiNapoli of extracting through taxation from municipalities. “The state comptroller has siphoned off local tax dollars ten times more than localities around the country have for their own public pension problems and underperformance,” he said.</p> <p>Trichter said he would invest the pension fund in passive index funds such as the S&amp;P 500 -- which mirror the rise and fall of the larger market -- and move away from investing in hedge funds and private equity, managers of which he said have received more than $6 billion in fees from DiNapoli’s office since 2007. “He’s paid $6 billion to hedge funds for underperformance,” Trichter alleged.</p> <p>DiNapoli, in his defense, repeatedly accused Trichter of issuing misleading arguments and outright falsehoods, noting that the state pension fund grew by $100 billion under his tenure, that state pensions are funded up to 98 percent, with a diversified portfolio mitigating risk, and that the state weathered the storm of the recession. He also said New York’s outlook has been more conservative, with a new target of 7 percent growth for the pension system.</p> <p>“To put all of our money in index funds would be totally irresponsible, to put all your eggs in one basket,” DiNapoli said, noting that hedge funds performed better when markets crashed during the recession, balancing out the poorer performance of public equity funds. “If we did learn anything from the global financial crisis, you have to be diversified.”</p> <p>Dunlea, who co-founded the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), a good government group, and the Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank, said the pension fund would be $22 billion richer if the comptroller had divested it from fossil fuels ten years ago, even as he praised DiNapoli for divesting from the private prison industry and taking some steps in the direction of fossil fuel divestment.</p> <p>“When the world is saying an industry has to end, that’s not a wise financial investment to continue somewhere between $6 to $11 billion,” Dunlea said of fossil fuel companies and the state pension fund.</p> <p>DiNapoli insisted that simple divestment would not solve a problem as large and daunting as climate change and that the comptroller could more effectively push for environmental friendly corporate policies from within the room, as an activist shareholder in major fossil fuel companies.</p> <p>He touted a $7 billion investment allocation in sustainability initiatives through the state pension fund and insisted that short of broad societal transition away from reliance on fossil fuels, the industry continues to provide a safe return on investment. “Climate’s a big issue and just selling stock in fossil fuel companies is not gonna solve it,” he said. When asked by the moderator if his argument was that fossil fuel companies continued to be a good investment, DiNapoli said “[W]e have to go through a societal change and for now, in the short run, we still are making money from the oil and gas stocks.”</p> <p>“I don’t like the concept of being the sole trustee,” of the pension fund, said Gallaudet. He said he would urge the state Legislature to create a board to oversee the pension fund rather than have it in the hands of the comptroller alone. DiNapoli sought to demystify the comptroller’s role by noting he is not there making all the investment decisions by himself, far from it, he pointed to his bevvy of internal employees and “advisory committees.”</p> <p><strong>Audit Power</strong><br /> On the audit powers of the comptroller that allow the office to conduct oversight of state agencies and contracts and public authority spending, the candidates showed some disagreement.</p> <p>“I think we need to be more aggressive about examining pay-to-play contracts,” said Dunlea, insisting that the comptroller needs to pay extra attention to individuals and entities that make large campaign contributions to elected officials and have business before the state. In particular, he pledged to closely examine local social services departments to ensure that needy people get the benefits they are entitled to receive.</p> <p>Gallaudet simply said he would use the comptroller’s audit power to “reduce the scope of government,” though he did not elaborate how.</p> <p>Trichter said the audit power is “one of the more powerful roles of the office,” as he critiqued DiNapoli for failing to use it appropriately. For instance, he alleged DiNapoli had repeatedly audited the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) but failed to unearth its many fiscal troubles even as the subway system has slid into disrepair and its capital funding needs ballooned to nearly $40 billion. “He’s the one Albany politician responsible for finding out what’s wrong with our infrastructure at the MTA before things start to break,” Trichter said, pointing to dozens of comptroller audits of the MTA that he said were <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/18/nyregion/new-york-subway-system-failure-delays.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">outpaced by one New York Times reporter</a>, though he also cited think tanks Citizens Budget Commission and The Manhattan Institute.</p> <p>DiNapoli, however, insisted he has been a responsible and effective watchdog, including on the MTA. Dismissing Trichter’s criticisms as “crazy notions,” he said he had repeatedly raised the alarm about the MTA, including on its antiquated and failing signal system, and that his office has conducted robust audits of state agencies. “The strength of our audits is the credibility of the work that we do, and in many cases, we’ve effectuated change…We’ve saved taxpayers money through our audit work,” DiNapoli said.</p> <p><strong>State Budget Oversight</strong><br /> On state budget oversight responsibility, DiNapoli sought to portray the comptroller’s powers as limited, though he acknowledged he has a bully pulpit to advocate for more transparency and accountability. New York State’s budget process is notoriously opaque, and the annual spending document is invariably hashed out in the dead of night, with little public review, by the so-called “three men in a room” -- the governor, the Assembly speaker and Senate majority leader -- with a variety of gimmicks, hidden aspects, and unspecified, lump sum appropriations.</p> <p>“Our role is one of lending a voice,” DiNapoli said. “And what we’ve tried to do with our budget reports, and what we’ll continue to do, is not only focus on the short term but on the long term.” He issued a note of caution about growing budget gaps in the years ahead, insufficient rainy day funds, and the heavy reliance on lump sums that hide the true purpose of spending. “Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the Legislature and the governor to make sure that these issues are addressed.”</p> <p>Dunlea promised to more aggressively pursue budget oversight, pushing for reforms also backed by DiNapoli that give the comptroller more power over state contracting. He also said the comptroller should push harder on tax fairness and crack down on “out of control” debt incurred by public authorities.</p> <p>“It is within the comptroller’s authority to refuse certifying the budget every year,” Trichter insisted, arguing that under the state constitution, the comptroller can leverage that certification power over the state budget to push for reforms. Though what Trichter is suggesting has never been tested, he believes it would hold up under the precedent set by the 1971 case of Posner v. Levitt in which the New York State Supreme Court’s appellate division ruled that the Comptroller “may have standing to test the validity of the budget, but he is not obliged to do so,” and could not be compelled.</p> <p>DiNapoli has denied that interpretation. “[H]e’s making things up as he goes along,” he said of Trichter. “The comptroller has no authority to certify the budget. There is no statutory constitutional authority to do that. You can’t make up law.”</p> <p>“If you’re gonna try to assert an authority that you don’t have, well all you’re gonna do is gum up the works and create more gridlock than you have already,” he added. “You’re gonna end up in court.”</p> <p><strong>Cross-Examination</strong><br /> The candidates were also given a chance to ask a question of one other candidate, which Trichter and Dunlea unsurprisingly used to question Dinapoli, who is seen as a prohibitive favorite to win reelection. &nbsp;</p> <p>Trichter accused DiNapoli of participating in secretive payments to silence the women who were victims of sexual harassment by former Assembly Member Vito Lopez and asked if he would apologize. Dunlea pushed him on how he would avoid conflicts of interest in the future, pointing to a recent <a href="https://www.wnyc.org/story/ny-pension-chief-cashes-natural-gas/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news report</a> that showed the former Chief Investment Officer of the state pension fund, Vicki Fuller, joining the board of a company in which the state pension fund was invested.</p> <p>In both cases, DiNapoli denied the accusation. He insisted that the comptroller’s office put in more accountability measures following the Lopez scandal, and that he had no say in negotiating the payments made to Lopez’s victims, nor were the submissions for those payments made to his office for approval clearly identified as related to sexual harassment. He said that his office certifies thousands of payment requests from the Legislature and indicated the settlements hadn’t appeared abnormal. “Women were victimized. They were entitled to some justice and entitled to compensation,” DiNapoli said. “That was the agreement. We made sure that they were paid. There was no secret payment...and in the aftermath of what happened with the Lopez situation, we did institute changes, more transparency, more accountability...and of course we’ve all evolved governmentally on this issue.”</p> <p>And DiNapoli pushed back against the alleged conflict of interest, noting that the pension fund is invested broadly in hundreds of companies, that investments were made on the merit and that the former CIO is barred under state law from doing any business with the pension fund for two years. He said that the bulk of the company’s debt that the pension fund purchased three years ago was quite unlikely to have influenced where Fuller landed after retiring from the comptroller’s office this summer.</p> <p>DiNapoli used his own question to give Gallaudet more time to say anything he wanted, and Gallaudet asked Trichter to explain how he could justify voters backing him given DiNapoli’s strong chances of winning, which gave Trichter another minute to reiterate his case.</p> <p><strong>Managing State Debt and Federal Tax Reforms</strong><br /> DiNapoli has repeatedly flagged that there is too much governmental debt in New York, for the state government as well as local governments and authorities. On managing such debt, there seemed to be at least some area of agreement among the comptroller candidates on the ends if not the means. Dunlea said again that he would rein in public authorities and make their workings more transparent. Gallaudet conceded, “I have no silver bullet, no easy answers on how to tackle this issue.”</p> <p>Trichter, however, insisted, “I do have a silver bullet or a magic solution to all of this.” He said the state should end so-called “backdoor borrowing” or incurring debt without getting approval from voters, which is otherwise required by the state constitution and often happens through the public authorities.</p> <p>“The comptroller has signed off on $32 billion in backdoor debt since he’s been in office in 2007,” Trichter said. “If he refused to sign off on backdoor debt, he could unilaterally end the practice once and for all and institute his own debt policy. This is something he absolutely has the authority to do.” He also noted that DiNapoli himself has supported a constitutional amendment to end backdoor debt.</p> <p>Yet again, DiNapoli said Trichter was being misleading. “You can’t create authority or powers that you don’t have...It is not our authority, nor should it be our role, to just stop the debt that happens in the state,” he said, while also insisting that his office had reduced negotiated debt where it could do so.</p> <p>There was little clarity on what the comptroller candidates would recommend or do about the federal tax overhaul passed by the Republican-led Congress and signed by President Trump at the end of 2017 -- reforms that Governor Cuomo and some in both major parties have decried as harmful to New Yorkers. Trichter said the office could not do anything about it and DiNapoli seemed to feel the same even as he praised Cuomo and the state Legislature for attempting to create a workaround for state taxpayers suffering from the reduction in the deductibility of state and local taxes (SALT), though those attempts may not pan out, he noted.</p> <p><strong>Lightning Round of Questions</strong><br /> In a brief lightning round, there was no unanimity among the candidates. All of them except Trichter supported extending the state’s soon-to-expire “millionaires tax” on income as well as a $15 minimum wage (Dunlea said it should be $20); Trichter was the only one opposed to the state passing a single-payer health care law, though DiNapoli said it should be federally funded.</p> <p>Trichter had no answer on whether congestion pricing should be enacted to raise funds for mass transit while Dunlea and DiNapoli supported it (Gallaudet just said he wasn’t opposed). Dunlea and DiNapoli said they want the state’s fracking ban to continue, while Gallaudet and Trichter said fracking should be allowed.</p> <p>All of the candidates favored holding state government hearings on sexual harassment in the public and private sectors, though Gallaudet said he wasn’t sure about the issue. He also had no opinion on scrapping the much-critiqued Joint Commission on Public Ethics, the state ethics entity often seen as too close to state power brokers, while the other three said they would like to see it replaced with a more independent body.</p> <p>They all agreed on one lightning round question: closing the loophole in state campaign finance law that allows limited liability companies, which often have opaque ownership, to circumvent individual contribution limits, though Trichter added that it should apply to labor unions as well.</p> <p>DiNapoli has committed to one other debate, being hosted by NY1 at the end of the month.</p> <p>

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Max & Murphy Podcast: Jonathan Trichter, Republican nominee for Comptroller 2018-10-03T04:00:00+00:00 2018-10-03T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7974-max-murphy-podcast-jonathan-trichter-republican-nominee-for-comptroller Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mxm-logo.jpg" alt="mxm logo" width="600" height="239" /></p> <p>Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette,&nbsp;and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits</p> <hr /> <p><strong>October 03, 2018 - Jonathan Trichter, Republican nominee for Comptroller<br /></strong></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/john-trichter-400.jpg" alt="john trichter 400" width="156" height="123" style="margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p>Jonathan Trichter, the Republican candidate for state comptroller, joined the show to discuss his candidacy, including his critiques of incumbent Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and his plans for doing things differently if elected.</p> <p>Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think -- we're on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/TweetBenMax" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@TweetBenMax </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/jarrettmurphy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@JarrettMurphy</a>. You can listen to the show through the embedded audio below or download the episode wherever you get your podcasts, under "Max &amp; Murphy," and listen to Max &amp; Murphy live on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. on WBAI radio, 99.5FM or wbai.org</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/509198922%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-weP4x&amp;color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="100%" height="175" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mxm-logo.jpg" alt="mxm logo" width="600" height="239" /></p> <p>Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette,&nbsp;and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits</p> <hr /> <p><strong>October 03, 2018 - Jonathan Trichter, Republican nominee for Comptroller<br /></strong></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/john-trichter-400.jpg" alt="john trichter 400" width="156" height="123" style="margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p>Jonathan Trichter, the Republican candidate for state comptroller, joined the show to discuss his candidacy, including his critiques of incumbent Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and his plans for doing things differently if elected.</p> <p>Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think -- we're on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/TweetBenMax" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@TweetBenMax </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/jarrettmurphy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@JarrettMurphy</a>. You can listen to the show through the embedded audio below or download the episode wherever you get your podcasts, under "Max &amp; Murphy," and listen to Max &amp; Murphy live on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. on WBAI radio, 99.5FM or wbai.org</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/509198922%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-weP4x&amp;color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="100%" height="175" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>

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Max & Murphy Podcast: Comptroller Tom DiNapoli 2018-10-03T04:00:00+00:00 2018-10-03T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7975-max-murphy-podcast-comptroller-tom-dinapoli Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mxm-logo.jpg" alt="mxm logo" width="600" height="239" /></p> <p>Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette,&nbsp;and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits</p> <hr /> <p><strong>October 03, 2018 - Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Comptroller Tom DiNapoli<br /></strong></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/tom-dinapoli-130.jpg" alt="tom dinapoli 130" width="130" height="123" style="margin: 10px; float: left;" />Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat who has held the office for roughly ten years, joined the show to discuss his case for reelection.</p> <p>Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think -- we're on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/TweetBenMax" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@TweetBenMax </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/jarrettmurphy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@JarrettMurphy</a>. You can listen to the show through the embedded audio below or download the episode wherever you get your podcasts, under "Max &amp; Murphy," and listen to Max &amp; Murphy live on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. on WBAI radio, 99.5FM or wbai.org</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/509200563%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-vkDG7&amp;color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="100%" height="175" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/mxm-logo.jpg" alt="mxm logo" width="600" height="239" /></p> <p>Ben Max, left, of Gotham Gazette,&nbsp;and Jarrett Murphy, right, of City Limits</p> <hr /> <p><strong>October 03, 2018 - Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Comptroller Tom DiNapoli<br /></strong></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/podcast18/tom-dinapoli-130.jpg" alt="tom dinapoli 130" width="130" height="123" style="margin: 10px; float: left;" />Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat who has held the office for roughly ten years, joined the show to discuss his case for reelection.</p> <p>Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think -- we're on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/TweetBenMax" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@TweetBenMax </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/jarrettmurphy" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@JarrettMurphy</a>. You can listen to the show through the embedded audio below or download the episode wherever you get your podcasts, under "Max &amp; Murphy," and listen to Max &amp; Murphy live on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. on WBAI radio, 99.5FM or wbai.org</p> <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/509200563%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-vkDG7&amp;color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="100%" height="175" frameborder="no" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>

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The 2018 Elections in New York 2018-02-27T05:00:00+00:00 2018-02-27T05:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/election-coverage/2018-elections Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/38198034236_bf971489f7_z_1.jpg" alt="Andrew Cuomo voting" width="600" height="367" /></p> <p>Gov. Cuomo votes (photo via The Governor's Office)</p> <hr /> <p>In 2018, New York will be home to elections for statewide seats including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Comptroller, as well as one of its two United States Senate seats. In all five positions but Attorney General, incumbent Democrats are seeking reelection. In three -- Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General -- there are competitive primaries that will be decided Thursday September 13.</p> <p>New York is also home this year to elections for all of its 27 seats in The House of Representatives -- races that will help determine which political party controls the chamber -- and in the state Legislature, with its 63 state Senate seats and 150 Assembly seats. The state Senate races will determine which party controls the chamber, which Republicans currently lead by a slight margin due to the defection of rogue Democrats. The Assembly is certain to remain solidly in Democratic hands.</p> <p>Congressional primaries occured June 26; while primaries for the state-level elections will occur September 13. Election Day -- with the general election for all 2018 races -- will occur November 6. (There were also special elections April 24 to fill 11 vacancies in the state Legislature, two in the Senate and nine in the Assembly.)</p> <p>As New Yorkers prepare to go to the polls for the September 13 primaries, which are largely on the Democratic side, and the November 6 general election, our ongoing election coverage:</p> <p><em><strong>Gotham Gazette's ongoing coverage of the 2018 elections in New York, with the most recent first:</strong></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8055-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-2018-election-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Analyzing 2018 Election Results &amp; Looking Ahead to 2019, with Alyssa Katz of The Daily News</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/130-opinion/8059-fix-new-york-s-broken-balloting-and-election-laws" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fix New York’s Broken Balloting and Election Laws</a> by Jamie Ansorge (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8054-max-murphy-podcast-election-day-live-show-with-special-guests" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Election Day Live Show with Special Guests including Jumaane Williams &amp; Errol Louis</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8056-voter-turnout-booms-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Voter Turnout Booms in New York</a> by Ben Brachfeld (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8058-2018-general-election-results-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo Reelected, Democrats Take the State Senate; 2018 General Election Results in New York</a> by Ben Max &amp; Samar Khurshid (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8053-the-3-big-reasons-why-elections-in-new-york-city-are-so-poorly-run">The 3 Big Reasons Why Elections in New York City are So Poorly Run</a> by Samar Khurshid (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8044-antonio-delgado-makes-final-pitch-in-bid-to-swing-new-york-19" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Antonio Delgado Makes Final Pitch in Bid to Swing New York-19</a> by Brianna Zimmerman (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8047-tax-issues-at-center-of-new-york-elections-albany-year-to-come" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tax Issues at Center of State Elections, Albany Year to Come</a> by Dave Colon (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/8050-keep-the-party-dedicated-to-women-s-equality-alive-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Keep the Party Dedicated to Women’s Equality Alive in New York</a> by Susan Zimet (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/8052-vote-yes-three-times-to-improve-new-york-city-democracy">Vote Yes Three Times to Improve New York City Democracy</a> by Alex Camarda (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8046-10-things-to-watch-on-election-day-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Things to Watch on Election Day in New York</a> by Samar Khurshid (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8037-running-for-attorney-general-wofford-promises-to-step-up-fighting-corruption-step-back-fighting-wall-street" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Running for Attorney General, Wofford Promises to Step Up Fighting Corruption, Step Back Fighting Wall Street</a> by Annie Abreu (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8041-without-cuomo-other-candidates-for-governor-present-ideas-in-tempered-debate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Without Cuomo, Other Candidates for Governor Present Ideas in Tempered Debate</a> by David Colon (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8034-max-murphy-podcast-minor-party-candidates-for-comptroller-attorney-general" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: 'Minor Party' Candidates for Comptroller &amp; Attorney General</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8032-molinaro-pledges-education-state-of-emergency-council-of-mayors" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Molinaro Pledges Education 'State of Emergency,' Council of Mayors</a> by Ben Brachfeld (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8028-climate-change-and-what-to-do-about-it-largely-missing-from-governor-s-race" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Climate Change, and What To Do About It, Largely Missing from Governor’s Race</a> by David Colon (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8033-in-attorney-general-debate-james-and-wofford-contrast-careers-approach-to-trump-and-more" target="_blank" rel="noopener">In Attorney General Debate, James and Wofford Contrast Careers, Approaches to Cuomo and Trump</a> by Samar Khurshid (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8024-two-tiered-agenda-for-democrats-if-they-take-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Two-Tiered Agenda for Democrats If They Take State Senate</a> by Victor Porcelli (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8023-top-republican-strategist-on-where-the-new-york-gop-has-gone-wrong-and-what-to-do-about-it" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Top Republican Strategist on Where the New York GOP Went Wrong and What To Do About It</a> <span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Max &amp; Brachfeld&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:961,&quot;3&quot;:[null,0],&quot;9&quot;:1,&quot;10&quot;:0,&quot;11&quot;:0,&quot;12&quot;:0}">by Ben Brachfeld</span> <span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Max &amp; Brachfeld&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:961,&quot;3&quot;:[null,0],&quot;9&quot;:1,&quot;10&quot;:0,&quot;11&quot;:0,&quot;12&quot;:0}">&amp; </span><span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Max &amp; Brachfeld&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:961,&quot;3&quot;:[null,0],&quot;9&quot;:1,&quot;10&quot;:0,&quot;11&quot;:0,&quot;12&quot;:0}">Max (October 2018)</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8010-gubernatorial-candidate-larry-sharpe-wants-to-reinvent-new-york-s-education-system" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gubernatorial Candidate Larry Sharpe Wants to Reinvent New York's Education System</a>&nbsp;by Ben Brachfeld (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8012-senate-democrats-full-of-optimism-about-flipping-chamber-one-party-control-of-state-government" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Senate Democrats Full of Optimism About Flipping Chamber, One-Party Control of State Government</a> by Victor Porcelli (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8013-in-run-for-public-advocate-blake-offers-federal-and-state-experience" target="_blank" rel="noopener">In Run for New York City Public Advocate, Blake Offers Federal and State Experience</a> by Ben Max (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8015-max-murphy-podcast-cuomo-molinaro-debate-analysis" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Cuomo-Molinaro Debate Analysis</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8014-max-murphy-podcast-u-s-rep-dan-donovan" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Rep. Dan Donovan</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8011-during-debate-molinaro-attacks-while-cuomo-ties-opponent-to-trump" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Cuomo Takes Aggressive Approach to Molinaro in Debate with Limited Substance&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:769,&quot;3&quot;:[null,0],&quot;11&quot;:0,&quot;12&quot;:0}">Cuomo Takes Aggressive Approach to Molinaro in Debate with Limited Substance</span></a> by Ben Max (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8017-molinaro-reveals-reason-he-didn-t-vote-for-trump" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Molinaro Reveals Reason He Didn’t Vote for Trump</a> by Ben Max (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8009-senate-republicans-leave-molinaro-out-of-only-hope-messaging" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Senate Republicans Leave Molinaro Out of Only Hope Messaging</a> by David Colon (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7998-max-murphy-podcast-battle-for-control-of-the-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Battle for Control of the State Senate</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/8003-updated-can-democrats-win-the-state-senate-how-progressive-is-cuomo-new-yorkers-are-about-to-find-out" target="_blank" rel="noopener">[Updated] Can Democrats win the state Senate? How progressive is Cuomo? New Yorkers are about to find out</a> by Art Chang&nbsp;(October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7997-speaker-heastie-pac-gives-to-james-for-ag-skoufis-for-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">'Speaker Heastie PAC' Gives to James for AG, Skoufis for Senate</a> by Samar Khurshid (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8000-brewer-creates-committee-to-oppose-charter-revision-proposals" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brewer Creates Committee to Oppose Charter Revision Proposals</a> by Samar Khurshid (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7995-despite-lack-of-support-from-cuomo-democrats-in-swing-districts-run-on-not-from-single-payer-health-care" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Democrats in Swing Districts Run On, Not From, Single-Payer Health Care</a> by David Colon (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7989-watch-state-comptroller-candidate-debate-dinapoli-trichter-2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener">WATCH: State Comptroller Candidate Debate</a> by Ben Max (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7984-is-this-the-election-that-kills-fusion-voting-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Is this the Election that Kills Fusion Voting in New York?</a> by David Colon (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7987-comptroller-candidates-debate-powers-and-responsibilities-of-state-s-top-fiscal-officer" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Comptroller Candidates Debate Powers and Responsibilities of State's Top Fiscal Officer</a> by Samar Khurshid (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7985-max-murphy-podcast-republican-attorney-general-nominee-keith-wofford" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Republican Attorney General Nominee Keith Wofford</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7986-max-murphy-podcast-larry-sharpe-libertarian-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Larry Sharpe, Libertarian nominee for Governor</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7983-cuomo-challengers-levy-critiques-will-anything-stick" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo Challengers Level Critiques; Will Anything Stick?</a> by Samar Khurshid (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7976-a-lifelong-democrat-and-famed-civil-rights-attorney-michael-sussman-runs-for-attorney-general-as-a-green" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Lifelong Democrat and Famed Civil Rights Attorney, Michael Sussman Runs for Attorney General as a Green</a> by Victor Porcelli (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7973-klein-filing-late-post-primary-shows-over-3-million-in-senate-campaign-spending" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Klein, Filing Late Post-Primary, Shows Over $3 Million in Senate Campaign Spending</a> by Samar Khurshid (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7975-max-murphy-podcast-comptroller-tom-dinapoli" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Comptroller Tom DiNapoli</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7974-max-murphy-podcast-jonathan-trichter-republican-nominee-for-comptroller" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Jonathan Trichter, Republican nominee for Comptroller</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7969-cuomo-begins-push-to-flip-state-senate-and-house-of-representatives" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo Begins Push to Flip State Senate and House of Representatives</a> by Samar Khurshid (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7964-new-york-congressional-races-to-watch-end-of-september" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New York Congressional Races to Watch - Start of October</a> by Sam Raskin (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7962-how-blue-is-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;How ‘Blue’ is New York?&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:769,&quot;3&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:0},&quot;11&quot;:0,&quot;12&quot;:0}">How ‘Blue’ is New York?</span></a> by Ben Brachfeld (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7958-max-murphy-podcast-stephanie-miner-serve-america-movement-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Stephanie Miner, Serve America Movement Nominee for Governor</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7959-max-murphy-podcast-howie-hawkins-green-party-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Howie Hawkins, Green Party Nominee for Governor</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7957-post-primary-campaign-finance-filings-show-cuomo-s-already-spent-28-million" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Post-Primary Campaign Finance Filings Show Cuomo’s Already Spent $28 Million</a> by Samar Khurshid (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7954-cuomo-and-his-progressive-critics-face-moment-of-truth" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo and His Progressive Critics Face Moment of Truth</a> by Sam Raskin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7950-gubernatorial-candidates-miner-sharpe-hawkins-lay-out-campaign-platforms-cases-against-cuomo" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gubernatorial Candidates Miner, Sharpe &amp; Hawkins Lay Out Campaign Platforms, Cases Against Cuomo</a> by Sam Raskin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7947-democrats-target-previously-ignored-brooklyn-shot-at-state-senate-majority" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Democrats Target Previously Ignored Brooklyn Shot at State Senate Majority</a> by Samar Khurshid (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7945-after-primary-wins-progressive-activists-eye-flipping-state-senate-seats-and-wide-majority" target="_blank" rel="noopener">After Primary Wins, Progressive Activists Eye Flipping State Senate Seats, and Wide Majority</a> by Samar Khurshid (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7941-max-murphy-podcast-marc-molinaro-republican-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Marc Molinaro, Republican Nominee for GovernorMax &amp; Murphy Podcast: Marc Molinaro, Republican Nominee for Governor</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7942-max-murphy-podcast-primary-post-mortem-with-rebecca-katz-top-cynthia-nixon-strategist" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Primary Post-Mortem with Rebecca Katz, Top Cynthia Nixon Strategist</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/7943-surging-democratic-voter-turnout-in-new-york-city-may-mean-greater-importance-in-state-elections" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Surging Democratic Voter Turnout in New York City May Mean Greater Importance in State Elections</a> by Jim Brennan (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7940-republican-slate-seeks-to-end-statewide-drought" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Republican Slate Seeks to End Statewide Drought</a> by Ben Brachfeld &amp; Samar Khurshid</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7939-how-insurgent-forces-activated-educated-and-brought-the-idc-down" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How Insurgent Forces Activated, Educated and Brought the IDC Down</a> by Samar Khurshid (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7936-a-closer-look-at-democratic-primary-turnout-margins-and-geography" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Closer Look at Democratic Primary Turnout, Margins and Geography</a> by Sam Raskin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/7937-the-real-story-of-cuomo-s-dominant-primary-win" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Real Story of Cuomo’s Dominant Primary Win</a> by Howard Glaser (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7931-2018-new-york-state-primary-election-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2018 New York State Primary Results: Cuomo, Hochul, James Prevail While Senate Upsets Abound</a>&nbsp;by Ben Max (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7933-cuomo-and-hochul-win-primaries-again-form-democratic-general-election-ticket" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo and Hochul Win Primaries, Again Form Democratic General Election Ticket</a> by Samar Khurshid (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7934-james-eyes-statewide-history-as-democratic-attorney-general-nominee" target="_blank" rel="noopener">James Eyes Statewide History as Democratic Attorney General Nominee</a> by Sam Raskin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7930-teachout-maloney-battle-may-help-james-win-attorney-general-nomination" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Teachout-Maloney Battle May Help James Win Attorney General Nomination</a> by Sam Raskin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7929-max-murphy-podcast-2018-primary-day-is-here" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Primary Day Is Here</a>&nbsp;by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7928-ahead-of-primary-cuomo-gives-limited-insight-into-third-term-agenda" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ahead of Primary, Cuomo Gives Limited Insight into Third Term Agenda</a> by Samar Khurshid (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7926-a-closer-look-at-the-democratic-attorney-general-candidates-legal-careers" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Closer Look at the Democratic Attorney General Candidates’ Legal Careers</a> by Sam Raskin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7927-last-minute-guide-to-voting-on-primary-day-september-13" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Last-Minute Guide to Voting on Primary Day, September 13</a> by Ben Brachfeld (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7921-get-ready-to-vote-in-the-hochul-williams-lieutenant-governor-primary" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get Ready to Vote in the Hochul-Williams Lieutenant Governor Primary</a> by Sam Raskin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/7925-how-independent-must-the-new-york-attorney-general-be" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How ‘Independent’ Must the New York Attorney General Be?</a> by Gerald Benjamin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7923-one-of-the-state-s-most-powerful-unions-tries-to-take-down-one-of-its-most-powerful-politicians" target="_blank" rel="noopener">One of the State's Most Powerful Unions Tries to Take Down One of Its Most Powerful Politicians</a> by Samar Khurshid (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7918-vacancy-in-the-public-advocate-s-office-call-the-city-council-speaker" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Vacancy in the Public Advocate's Office? 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Policy Plans to Come</a> by Shant Shahrigian (June 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7770-ocasio-cortez-upsets-crowley-donovan-defeats-grimm-other-2018-new-york-congressional-primary-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ocasio-Cortez Upsets Crowley, Donovan Defeats Grimm &amp; Other 2018 New York Congressional Primary Results</a> by Ben Max&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;Ben Brachfeld (June 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7768-hochul-divided-democratic-party-only-benefits-republicans" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Hochul: Divided Democratic Party Only Benefits Republicans&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:897,&quot;3&quot;:[null,0],&quot;10&quot;:0,&quot;11&quot;:0,&quot;12&quot;:0}">Hochul: Divided Democratic Party Only Benefits Republicans</span></a> by Caitlin Bishop (June 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7765-donovan-grimm-in-final-days-of-contentious-congressional-primary" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Donovan, Grimm in Final Days of Contentious Congressional Primary</a> by Jordan Kimmel &amp; Chelsey Sanchez (June 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7758-democratic-campaign-chief-even-a-blue-trickle-will-flip-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Democratic Campaign Chief: Even a ‘Blue Trickle’ Will Flip State Senate</a> by Shant Shahrigian (June 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7745-andrea-stewart-cousins-on-democratic-unity-and-the-value-of-primaries" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Democratic Unity and the ‘Value’ of Primaries</a> by Chelsey Sanchez (June 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7746-citing-broken-cuomo-promises-nixon-unveils-campaign-finance-reform-plan" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Citing Broken Cuomo Promises, Nixon Unveils Campaign Finance Reform Plan</a> by Samar Khurshid (June 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7737-max-murphy-podcast-lieutenant-governor-kathy-hochul" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul</a> by Ben Max&nbsp;&amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (June 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7740-on-taxes-the-mta-and-more-molinaro-discusses-developing-campaign-platform" target="_blank" rel="noopener">On Taxes, the MTA and More, Molinaro Discusses Developing Campaign Platform</a> by Shant Shahrigian (June 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7728-new-york-congressional-primaries-to-watch-ahead-of-june-26-vote" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New York Congressional Primaries to Watch Ahead of June 26 Vote</a> by Jordan Kimmel &amp; Daniel Yadin (June 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7714-teachout-launches-attorney-general-campaign-with-focus-on-trump" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Teachout Launches Attorney General Campaign with Focus on Trump</a>&nbsp;by Ben Brachfeld (June 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7707-max-murphy-podcast-senate-democratic-leader-andrea-stewart-cousins" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins</a> by Ben Max&nbsp;&amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (June 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7702-inside-cynthia-nixon-s-developing-campaign-infrastructure" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Inside Cynthia Nixon’s Developing Campaign Infrastructure</a> by Caitlin Bishop (May 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7694-stephanie-miner-diagnoses-what-s-wrong-with-new-york-politics" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stephanie Miner Diagnoses What’s Wrong with New York Politics</a> by Caitlin Bishop (May 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7692-max-murphy-podcast-state-party-conventions-nominations" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: State Party Conventions &amp; Nominations</a> by Ben Max&nbsp;&amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (May 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7695-rallying-volunteers-nixon-responds-to-democratic-convention-result" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rallying Volunteers, Nixon Responds to Democratic Convention Result</a> by Caitlin Bishop (May 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7692-max-murphy-podcast-state-party-conventions-nominations" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: State Party Conventions &amp; Nominations</a> by Ben Max&nbsp;&amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (May 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7683-three-themes-to-watch-at-the-state-democratic-convention" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Three Themes to Watch at State Democratic Convention</a> by Samar Khurshid (May 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7684-cuomo-launched-women-s-equality-party-will-soon-make-statewide-nominations" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo-Launched Women’s Equality Party Will Soon Make Statewide Nominations</a> by Ben Max (May 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7682-party-nominations-for-statewide-elections-come-into-focus" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Party Nominations for Statewide Elections Come Into Focus</a> by Ben Max (May 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7681-james-victory-in-attorney-general-race-could-trigger-first-citywide-special-election" target="_blank" rel="noopener">James Victory in Attorney General Race Would Trigger Citywide Special Election</a> by Samar Khurshid (May 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7677-letitia-james-launches-campaign-for-attorney-general" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Letitia James Launches Campaign for Attorney General</a> by Samar Khurshid (May 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7678-exploring-attorney-general-run-zephyr-teachout-pursues-working-families-nomination-democratic-ballot-line" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Exploring Attorney General Run, Zephyr Teachout Pursues Working Families Nomination, Democratic Ballot Line</a> by Ben Max (May 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/7664-the-contradictions-of-cross-endorsements-in-the-governor-s-race" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;The Contradictions of Cross-Endorsements in the Governor’s Race&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:513,&quot;3&quot;:[null,0],&quot;12&quot;:0}">The Contradictions of Cross-Endorsements in the Governor’s Race</span></a> by Howie Hawks (May 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7649-marc-molinaro-and-the-trump-question" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Marc Molinaro and The Trump Question</a> by Ben Max (May 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7647-defining-real-democrat-cynthia-nixon-offers-early-policy-platform" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Defining 'Real Democrat,' Cynthia Nixon Offers Early Policy Platform</a> by Ben Max &amp; Matthew Sweeney (May 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7632-max-murphy-podcast-political-purity-tests-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Political Purity Tests in New York</a> by Ben Max&nbsp;&amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (April 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7637-as-cuomo-chooses-democratic-unity-party-s-activist-base-chooses-nixon" target="_blank" rel="noopener">As Cuomo Chooses Democratic Unity, Party Activist Base Chooses Nixon</a> by David Colon (April 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7634-special-election-results-for-11-state-legislative-seats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Special Election Results for 11 State Legislative Seats</a> by Ben Max (April 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7635-progressives-draft-convention-resolution-to-allow-unaffiliated-voters-in-democratic-primary" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Progressives Draft Convention Resolution to Allow Unaffiliated Voters in Democratic Primary</a> by Samar Khurshid (April 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7635-progressives-draft-convention-resolution-to-allow-unaffiliated-voters-in-democratic-primary" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Progressives Draft Convention Resolution to Allow Unaffiliated Voters in Democratic Primary</a> by Ashley Hupfl (April 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7624-major-cuomo-supporters-don-t-want-a-democratic-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Major Cuomo Supporters Don’t Want a Democratic State Senate</a> by&nbsp;Ben Brachfeld&nbsp;(April 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7621-republican-governors-association-keeping-close-eye-on-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Republican Governors Association ‘Keeping Close Eye’ on New York</a> by Samar Khurshid (April 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7613-cuomo-s-2018-progressive-promises-reminiscent-of-four-years-ago" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo's Progressive Promises, Reminiscent of Four Years Ago, Received Differently</a> by Sam Raskin (April 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7611-molinaro-outlines-initial-ethics-and-campaign-finance-reform-agenda" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Molinaro Outlines Initial Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform Agenda</a> by Ben Max (April 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7595-nixon-candidacy-spotlights-education-advocacy-group" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nixon Candidacy Spotlights Education Advocacy Group</a> by Samar Khurshid (April 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7592-after-government-investments-cuomo-taps-brewing-industry-for-campaign-contributions" target="_blank" rel="noopener">After Government Investment, Cuomo Taps Brewing Industry for Campaign Contributions</a> by Shant Shahrigian (April 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7593-cuomo-state-democrats-issue-misleading-pleas-about-flipping-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo, State Democrats Issue Misleading Pleas About Flipping Senate</a> by Samar Khurshid (April 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7584-nixon-cuomo-primary-spotlights-role-of-state-democratic-party" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Nixon-Cuomo Primary Spotlights Role of State Democratic Party&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:4512,&quot;8&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:[{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;5&quot;:[null,0]},{&quot;1&quot;:0,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;3&quot;:3},{&quot;1&quot;:1,&quot;2&quot;:0,&quot;4&quot;:1}]},&quot;10&quot;:2,&quot;11&quot;:0,&quot;15&quot;:&quot;arial,sans,sans-serif&quot;}">Nixon-Cuomo Primary Spotlights Role of State Democratic Party</span></a> by Samar Khurshid (April 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7581-in-run-for-governor-marc-molinaro-will-make-a-character-argument" target="_blank" rel="noopener">In Run for Governor, Marc Molinaro Will Make a Character Argument</a> by Ben Max (March 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7570-cynthia-nixon-recently-re-registered-to-vote-in-manhattan" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Cynthia Nixon Recently Re-registered to Vote in Manhattan&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:513,&quot;3&quot;:[null,0],&quot;12&quot;:0}">Cynthia Nixon Recently Re-registered to Vote in Manhattan</span></a> by Ben Max (March 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7571-sex-and-the-city-likely-to-stay-on-air-through-nixon-cuomo-primary" target="_blank" rel="noopener">‘Sex and the City’ Likely to Stay on Air Through Nixon-Cuomo Primary</a> by Ben Brachfeld (March 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7561-cuomo-campaign-removes-misleading-boast-of-old-endorsements" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo Campaign Removes Misleading Boast of Old Endorsements</a> by Samar Khurshid (March 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7549-cynthia-nixon-announces-democratic-primary-challenge-to-governor-cuomo" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cynthia Nixon Announces Democratic Primary Challenge to Governor Cuomo</a> by Samar Khurshid (March 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7543-molinaro-emerges-on-top-after-manhattan-gop-gubernatorial-candidate-forum" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Molinaro Emerges on Top After Manhattan GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Forum</a> by Samar Khurshid (March 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7545-progressive-groups-endorse-democrat-in-key-westchester-senate-race" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Progressive Groups Endorse Democrat in Key Westchester Senate Race</a> by&nbsp;Samar Khurshid (March 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7543-molinaro-emerges-on-top-after-manhattan-gop-gubernatorial-candidate-forum" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Molinaro Emerges on Top After Manhattan GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Forum</a> by&nbsp;Samar Khurshid (March 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7536-max-murphy-podcast-a-journalist-runs-for-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: A Journalist Runs for State Senate A Journalist Runs for State Senate</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy (March 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7526-poll-targeting-brooklyn-district-gauges-anti-idc-sentiment" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Poll Targeting Brooklyn District Gauges Anti-IDC Sentiment</a> by Rachel Silberstein (March 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7525-fierce-cuomo-critics-de-blasio-allied-advisors-have-been-ready-for-cynthia" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fierce Cuomo Critics, De Blasio-Allied Advisors Have Been ‘Ready for Cynthia’</a> by Samar Khurshid (March 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7504-senate-candidates-outline-primary-campaigns-against-trump-democrats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Senate Candidates Outline Primary Campaigns Against ‘Trump Democrats</a> by Matthew Sweeney &amp; Ben Max (March 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7494-max-murphy-podcast-idc-challengers-robert-jackson-jessica-ramos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: IDC Challengers Robert Jackson &amp; Jessica Ramos&nbsp;</a>by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy (February 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7493-as-hochul-pushes-cuomo-agenda-williams-takes-on-both-in-primary-challenge" target="_blank" rel="noopener">As Hochul Pushes Cuomo Agenda, Williams Takes on Both in Primary Challenge </a>by Rachel Silberstein (February 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7490-max-murphy-podcast-lieutenant-governor-candidate-jumaane-williams" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Lieutenant Governor Candidate Jumaane Williams</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy (February 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7483-the-11-special-elections-set-for-april-24">11 Special Elections Set for April 24</a> by Rachel Silberstein (February 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7453-staten-island-activist-eyes-primary-challenge-to-idc-senator-savino">Staten Island Activist Eyes Primary Challenge to IDC Senator Savino</a> by Rachel Silberstein (February 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7439-running-without-establishment-support-idc-challengers-show-initial-fundraising-strides">Running Without Establishment Support, IDC Challengers Show Initial Fundraising Strides</a> by Rachel Silberstein (January 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7434-2018-will-be-a-busy-contentious-election-year-in-new-york">2018 Will Be a Busy, Contentious Election Year in New York</a> by Matthew Sweeney (January 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7422-city-council-member-jumaane-williams-to-explore-run-for-lieutenant-governor">City Council Member Jumaane Williams to Explore Run for Lieutenant Governor</a> by Ben Max (January 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7329-possible-gop-gubernatorial-candidates-weigh-chances-to-unseat-cuomo">Possible GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Weigh Chances to Unseat Cuomo</a> by Rachel Silberstein (November 2017)</p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/38198034236_bf971489f7_z_1.jpg" alt="Andrew Cuomo voting" width="600" height="367" /></p> <p>Gov. Cuomo votes (photo via The Governor's Office)</p> <hr /> <p>In 2018, New York will be home to elections for statewide seats including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Comptroller, as well as one of its two United States Senate seats. In all five positions but Attorney General, incumbent Democrats are seeking reelection. In three -- Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General -- there are competitive primaries that will be decided Thursday September 13.</p> <p>New York is also home this year to elections for all of its 27 seats in The House of Representatives -- races that will help determine which political party controls the chamber -- and in the state Legislature, with its 63 state Senate seats and 150 Assembly seats. The state Senate races will determine which party controls the chamber, which Republicans currently lead by a slight margin due to the defection of rogue Democrats. The Assembly is certain to remain solidly in Democratic hands.</p> <p>Congressional primaries occured June 26; while primaries for the state-level elections will occur September 13. Election Day -- with the general election for all 2018 races -- will occur November 6. (There were also special elections April 24 to fill 11 vacancies in the state Legislature, two in the Senate and nine in the Assembly.)</p> <p>As New Yorkers prepare to go to the polls for the September 13 primaries, which are largely on the Democratic side, and the November 6 general election, our ongoing election coverage:</p> <p><em><strong>Gotham Gazette's ongoing coverage of the 2018 elections in New York, with the most recent first:</strong></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8055-max-murphy-podcast-analyzing-2018-election-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Analyzing 2018 Election Results &amp; Looking Ahead to 2019, with Alyssa Katz of The Daily News</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/130-opinion/8059-fix-new-york-s-broken-balloting-and-election-laws" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fix New York’s Broken Balloting and Election Laws</a> by Jamie Ansorge (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8054-max-murphy-podcast-election-day-live-show-with-special-guests" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Election Day Live Show with Special Guests including Jumaane Williams &amp; Errol Louis</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8056-voter-turnout-booms-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Voter Turnout Booms in New York</a> by Ben Brachfeld (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8058-2018-general-election-results-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo Reelected, Democrats Take the State Senate; 2018 General Election Results in New York</a> by Ben Max &amp; Samar Khurshid (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8053-the-3-big-reasons-why-elections-in-new-york-city-are-so-poorly-run">The 3 Big Reasons Why Elections in New York City are So Poorly Run</a> by Samar Khurshid (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8044-antonio-delgado-makes-final-pitch-in-bid-to-swing-new-york-19" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Antonio Delgado Makes Final Pitch in Bid to Swing New York-19</a> by Brianna Zimmerman (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8047-tax-issues-at-center-of-new-york-elections-albany-year-to-come" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tax Issues at Center of State Elections, Albany Year to Come</a> by Dave Colon (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/8050-keep-the-party-dedicated-to-women-s-equality-alive-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Keep the Party Dedicated to Women’s Equality Alive in New York</a> by Susan Zimet (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/8052-vote-yes-three-times-to-improve-new-york-city-democracy">Vote Yes Three Times to Improve New York City Democracy</a> by Alex Camarda (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8046-10-things-to-watch-on-election-day-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Things to Watch on Election Day in New York</a> by Samar Khurshid (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8037-running-for-attorney-general-wofford-promises-to-step-up-fighting-corruption-step-back-fighting-wall-street" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Running for Attorney General, Wofford Promises to Step Up Fighting Corruption, Step Back Fighting Wall Street</a> by Annie Abreu (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8041-without-cuomo-other-candidates-for-governor-present-ideas-in-tempered-debate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Without Cuomo, Other Candidates for Governor Present Ideas in Tempered Debate</a> by David Colon (November 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8034-max-murphy-podcast-minor-party-candidates-for-comptroller-attorney-general" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: 'Minor Party' Candidates for Comptroller &amp; Attorney General</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8032-molinaro-pledges-education-state-of-emergency-council-of-mayors" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Molinaro Pledges Education 'State of Emergency,' Council of Mayors</a> by Ben Brachfeld (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8028-climate-change-and-what-to-do-about-it-largely-missing-from-governor-s-race" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Climate Change, and What To Do About It, Largely Missing from Governor’s Race</a> by David Colon (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8033-in-attorney-general-debate-james-and-wofford-contrast-careers-approach-to-trump-and-more" target="_blank" rel="noopener">In Attorney General Debate, James and Wofford Contrast Careers, Approaches to Cuomo and Trump</a> by Samar Khurshid (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8024-two-tiered-agenda-for-democrats-if-they-take-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Two-Tiered Agenda for Democrats If They Take State Senate</a> by Victor Porcelli (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8023-top-republican-strategist-on-where-the-new-york-gop-has-gone-wrong-and-what-to-do-about-it" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Top Republican Strategist on Where the New York GOP Went Wrong and What To Do About It</a> <span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Max &amp; Brachfeld&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:961,&quot;3&quot;:[null,0],&quot;9&quot;:1,&quot;10&quot;:0,&quot;11&quot;:0,&quot;12&quot;:0}">by Ben Brachfeld</span> <span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Max &amp; Brachfeld&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:961,&quot;3&quot;:[null,0],&quot;9&quot;:1,&quot;10&quot;:0,&quot;11&quot;:0,&quot;12&quot;:0}">&amp; </span><span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Max &amp; Brachfeld&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:961,&quot;3&quot;:[null,0],&quot;9&quot;:1,&quot;10&quot;:0,&quot;11&quot;:0,&quot;12&quot;:0}">Max (October 2018)</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8010-gubernatorial-candidate-larry-sharpe-wants-to-reinvent-new-york-s-education-system" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gubernatorial Candidate Larry Sharpe Wants to Reinvent New York's Education System</a>&nbsp;by Ben Brachfeld (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8012-senate-democrats-full-of-optimism-about-flipping-chamber-one-party-control-of-state-government" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Senate Democrats Full of Optimism About Flipping Chamber, One-Party Control of State Government</a> by Victor Porcelli (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8013-in-run-for-public-advocate-blake-offers-federal-and-state-experience" target="_blank" rel="noopener">In Run for New York City Public Advocate, Blake Offers Federal and State Experience</a> by Ben Max (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8015-max-murphy-podcast-cuomo-molinaro-debate-analysis" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Cuomo-Molinaro Debate Analysis</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8014-max-murphy-podcast-u-s-rep-dan-donovan" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Rep. Dan Donovan</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8011-during-debate-molinaro-attacks-while-cuomo-ties-opponent-to-trump" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Cuomo Takes Aggressive Approach to Molinaro in Debate with Limited Substance&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:769,&quot;3&quot;:[null,0],&quot;11&quot;:0,&quot;12&quot;:0}">Cuomo Takes Aggressive Approach to Molinaro in Debate with Limited Substance</span></a> by Ben Max (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8017-molinaro-reveals-reason-he-didn-t-vote-for-trump" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Molinaro Reveals Reason He Didn’t Vote for Trump</a> by Ben Max (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8009-senate-republicans-leave-molinaro-out-of-only-hope-messaging" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Senate Republicans Leave Molinaro Out of Only Hope Messaging</a> by David Colon (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7998-max-murphy-podcast-battle-for-control-of-the-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Battle for Control of the State Senate</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/8003-updated-can-democrats-win-the-state-senate-how-progressive-is-cuomo-new-yorkers-are-about-to-find-out" target="_blank" rel="noopener">[Updated] Can Democrats win the state Senate? How progressive is Cuomo? New Yorkers are about to find out</a> by Art Chang&nbsp;(October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7997-speaker-heastie-pac-gives-to-james-for-ag-skoufis-for-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">'Speaker Heastie PAC' Gives to James for AG, Skoufis for Senate</a> by Samar Khurshid (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8000-brewer-creates-committee-to-oppose-charter-revision-proposals" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brewer Creates Committee to Oppose Charter Revision Proposals</a> by Samar Khurshid (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7995-despite-lack-of-support-from-cuomo-democrats-in-swing-districts-run-on-not-from-single-payer-health-care" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Democrats in Swing Districts Run On, Not From, Single-Payer Health Care</a> by David Colon (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7989-watch-state-comptroller-candidate-debate-dinapoli-trichter-2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener">WATCH: State Comptroller Candidate Debate</a> by Ben Max (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7984-is-this-the-election-that-kills-fusion-voting-in-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Is this the Election that Kills Fusion Voting in New York?</a> by David Colon (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7987-comptroller-candidates-debate-powers-and-responsibilities-of-state-s-top-fiscal-officer" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Comptroller Candidates Debate Powers and Responsibilities of State's Top Fiscal Officer</a> by Samar Khurshid (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7985-max-murphy-podcast-republican-attorney-general-nominee-keith-wofford" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Republican Attorney General Nominee Keith Wofford</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7986-max-murphy-podcast-larry-sharpe-libertarian-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Larry Sharpe, Libertarian nominee for Governor</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7983-cuomo-challengers-levy-critiques-will-anything-stick" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo Challengers Level Critiques; Will Anything Stick?</a> by Samar Khurshid (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7976-a-lifelong-democrat-and-famed-civil-rights-attorney-michael-sussman-runs-for-attorney-general-as-a-green" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Lifelong Democrat and Famed Civil Rights Attorney, Michael Sussman Runs for Attorney General as a Green</a> by Victor Porcelli (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7973-klein-filing-late-post-primary-shows-over-3-million-in-senate-campaign-spending" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Klein, Filing Late Post-Primary, Shows Over $3 Million in Senate Campaign Spending</a> by Samar Khurshid (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7975-max-murphy-podcast-comptroller-tom-dinapoli" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Comptroller Tom DiNapoli</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7974-max-murphy-podcast-jonathan-trichter-republican-nominee-for-comptroller" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Jonathan Trichter, Republican nominee for Comptroller</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7969-cuomo-begins-push-to-flip-state-senate-and-house-of-representatives" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo Begins Push to Flip State Senate and House of Representatives</a> by Samar Khurshid (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7964-new-york-congressional-races-to-watch-end-of-september" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New York Congressional Races to Watch - Start of October</a> by Sam Raskin (October 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7962-how-blue-is-new-york" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;How ‘Blue’ is New York?&quot;}" data-sheets-userformat="{&quot;2&quot;:769,&quot;3&quot;:{&quot;1&quot;:0},&quot;11&quot;:0,&quot;12&quot;:0}">How ‘Blue’ is New York?</span></a> by Ben Brachfeld (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7958-max-murphy-podcast-stephanie-miner-serve-america-movement-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Stephanie Miner, Serve America Movement Nominee for Governor</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7959-max-murphy-podcast-howie-hawkins-green-party-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Howie Hawkins, Green Party Nominee for Governor</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7957-post-primary-campaign-finance-filings-show-cuomo-s-already-spent-28-million" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Post-Primary Campaign Finance Filings Show Cuomo’s Already Spent $28 Million</a> by Samar Khurshid (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7954-cuomo-and-his-progressive-critics-face-moment-of-truth" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo and His Progressive Critics Face Moment of Truth</a> by Sam Raskin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7950-gubernatorial-candidates-miner-sharpe-hawkins-lay-out-campaign-platforms-cases-against-cuomo" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gubernatorial Candidates Miner, Sharpe &amp; Hawkins Lay Out Campaign Platforms, Cases Against Cuomo</a> by Sam Raskin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7947-democrats-target-previously-ignored-brooklyn-shot-at-state-senate-majority" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Democrats Target Previously Ignored Brooklyn Shot at State Senate Majority</a> by Samar Khurshid (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7945-after-primary-wins-progressive-activists-eye-flipping-state-senate-seats-and-wide-majority" target="_blank" rel="noopener">After Primary Wins, Progressive Activists Eye Flipping State Senate Seats, and Wide Majority</a> by Samar Khurshid (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7941-max-murphy-podcast-marc-molinaro-republican-nominee-for-governor" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Marc Molinaro, Republican Nominee for GovernorMax &amp; Murphy Podcast: Marc Molinaro, Republican Nominee for Governor</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7942-max-murphy-podcast-primary-post-mortem-with-rebecca-katz-top-cynthia-nixon-strategist" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Primary Post-Mortem with Rebecca Katz, Top Cynthia Nixon Strategist</a> by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/7943-surging-democratic-voter-turnout-in-new-york-city-may-mean-greater-importance-in-state-elections" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Surging Democratic Voter Turnout in New York City May Mean Greater Importance in State Elections</a> by Jim Brennan (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7940-republican-slate-seeks-to-end-statewide-drought" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Republican Slate Seeks to End Statewide Drought</a> by Ben Brachfeld &amp; Samar Khurshid</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7939-how-insurgent-forces-activated-educated-and-brought-the-idc-down" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How Insurgent Forces Activated, Educated and Brought the IDC Down</a> by Samar Khurshid (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7936-a-closer-look-at-democratic-primary-turnout-margins-and-geography" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Closer Look at Democratic Primary Turnout, Margins and Geography</a> by Sam Raskin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/7937-the-real-story-of-cuomo-s-dominant-primary-win" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Real Story of Cuomo’s Dominant Primary Win</a> by Howard Glaser (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7931-2018-new-york-state-primary-election-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2018 New York State Primary Results: Cuomo, Hochul, James Prevail While Senate Upsets Abound</a>&nbsp;by Ben Max (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7933-cuomo-and-hochul-win-primaries-again-form-democratic-general-election-ticket" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cuomo and Hochul Win Primaries, Again Form Democratic General Election Ticket</a> by Samar Khurshid (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7934-james-eyes-statewide-history-as-democratic-attorney-general-nominee" target="_blank" rel="noopener">James Eyes Statewide History as Democratic Attorney General Nominee</a> by Sam Raskin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7930-teachout-maloney-battle-may-help-james-win-attorney-general-nomination" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Teachout-Maloney Battle May Help James Win Attorney General Nomination</a> by Sam Raskin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7929-max-murphy-podcast-2018-primary-day-is-here" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max &amp; Murphy Podcast: Primary Day Is Here</a>&nbsp;by Ben Max &amp; Jarrett Murphy of City Limits (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7928-ahead-of-primary-cuomo-gives-limited-insight-into-third-term-agenda" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ahead of Primary, Cuomo Gives Limited Insight into Third Term Agenda</a> by Samar Khurshid (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7926-a-closer-look-at-the-democratic-attorney-general-candidates-legal-careers" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Closer Look at the Democratic Attorney General Candidates’ Legal Careers</a> by Sam Raskin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7927-last-minute-guide-to-voting-on-primary-day-september-13" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Last-Minute Guide to Voting on Primary Day, September 13</a> by Ben Brachfeld (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7921-get-ready-to-vote-in-the-hochul-williams-lieutenant-governor-primary" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get Ready to Vote in the Hochul-Williams Lieutenant Governor Primary</a> by Sam Raskin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/7925-how-independent-must-the-new-york-attorney-general-be" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How ‘Independent’ Must the New York Attorney General Be?</a> by Gerald Benjamin (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7923-one-of-the-state-s-most-powerful-unions-tries-to-take-down-one-of-its-most-powerful-politicians" target="_blank" rel="noopener">One of the State's Most Powerful Unions Tries to Take Down One of Its Most Powerful Politicians</a> by Samar Khurshid (September 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7918-vacancy-in-the-public-advocate-s-office-call-the-city-council-speaker" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Vacancy in the Public Advocate's Office? 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(February 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7453-staten-island-activist-eyes-primary-challenge-to-idc-senator-savino">Staten Island Activist Eyes Primary Challenge to IDC Senator Savino</a> by Rachel Silberstein (February 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7439-running-without-establishment-support-idc-challengers-show-initial-fundraising-strides">Running Without Establishment Support, IDC Challengers Show Initial Fundraising Strides</a> by Rachel Silberstein (January 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7434-2018-will-be-a-busy-contentious-election-year-in-new-york">2018 Will Be a Busy, Contentious Election Year in New York</a> by Matthew Sweeney (January 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7422-city-council-member-jumaane-williams-to-explore-run-for-lieutenant-governor">City Council Member Jumaane Williams to Explore Run for Lieutenant Governor</a> by Ben Max (January 2018)</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7329-possible-gop-gubernatorial-candidates-weigh-chances-to-unseat-cuomo">Possible GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Weigh Chances to Unseat Cuomo</a> by Rachel Silberstein (November 2017)</p> <p>

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Too Much Debt, Not Enough Savings: State Finances on Rocky Ground Comptroller Says 2018-07-26T04:00:00+00:00 2018-07-26T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7832-too-much-debt-not-enough-savings-state-finances-on-rocky-ground-comptroller-says Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/dinapoli_bronx_presser.jpg" alt="Tom DiNapoli Comptroller Bronx" width="600" height="400" /></p> <p>Comptroller DiNapoli (photo: @NYSComptroller)</p> <hr /> <p>For New York’s fiscal picture, “Trump’s policies are as great a concern as the economic cycle,” according to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who spoke at length recently about the state’s finances and economy, which are precarious for a number of reasons.</p> <p>During a 30-minute interview with Gotham Gazette Executive Editor Ben Max for a special on Manhattan Neighborhood Network that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38l05FB-MWM" target="_blank" rel="noopener">aired Sunday</a>, DiNapoli discussed the state’s limited savings relative to its spending, its high indebtedness, and its weak preparedness for any future economic downturn, whether influenced by federal policy or a more expected cyclical recession.</p> <p>If the economy sours and tax revenues decrease, New York state government has few methods of recourse beyond cutting spending, DiNapoli said, because of the limited amount that has been socked away. If and when another recession hits, “we don’t have the cushion of reserves to draw on,” since the state maintains savings well below the statutorily-set minimum, the comptroller said. DiNapoli said that, while New York could be setting aside up to $5 billion in reserves, it only maintains around $2 billion, and that the state last made a deposit in its reserve account in 2015. That’s compared to a state budget of about $168 billion for the current fiscal year.</p> <p>DiNapoli pointed out that the state has decided to spend billions in settlements with financial institutions, as opposed to putting some or most of that money away in savings.</p> <p>Recession or not, “New York State will suffer” if the Republican Party keeps its majorities in both chambers of Congress, DiNapoli added, with a nod toward the federal tax reform legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump in late 2017. Trump and Congressional Republicans could fully repeal the Affordable Care Act or further slash funding for social services, DiNapoli warned, both of which could hurt New York.</p> <p>Otherwise, DiNapoli mostly shied away from political statements; while he is a Democrat, the state comptroller is an ostensibly nonpartisan position, though political ideology certainly has some effect on policy-making and oversight work. It is one of the four statewide elected positions, along with governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, and it may be the least-known and least-understood. DiNapoli explained he essentially runs New York’s “Office of Accountability” — which audits state agencies, public authorities, and local governments, approves state contracts, comments on state fiscal practices, and manages the state’s pool of unclaimed funds, returning over $1.5 million a day to New Yorkers, among other tasks. The comptroller also manages the state’s massive public employee pension system.</p> <p>“It’s the best job in government,” he said.</p> <p>New York, DiNapoli said, is in better fiscal shape now than it was during the Great Recession, noting that the state has gained back the jobs and revenue lost during the financial crisis.</p> <p>But economic recovery in the state has been fractured, with most gains heavily concentrated in New York City and its surrounding area. DiNapoli described New York’s post-recession recovery era as “a tale of two economies,” with regions like the Southern Tier, Adirondacks, Mohawk Valley, and Central New York far less economically successful than New York City has been.</p> <p>Still, DiNapoli emphasized, New York is overall in strong economic shape, and he noted that, as opposed to recoveries from previous economic downturns, the state’s post-2008 bounceback was not led by Wall Street. Rather, a more diverse group of industries — technology, healthcare, and tourism, for instance — collectively resurrected the economy. To this day, the state’s financial industry is smaller than it was before the recession in terms of jobs.</p> <p>“This strong recovery has been stronger and longer than past recoveries,” he said, though, he added, it will end at a certain point. When that time comes, New York may be in trouble.</p> <p>Beyond maintaining a thin cushion of reserves, New York is one of the country’s most indebted states, DiNapoli said, and it’s only due to “gimmicks” that the state appears to be under its debt cap. So, when a crisis hits, the state may have no choice but to cut spending on social services. DiNapoli urged New Yorkers to be more conservative in their expectations of future revenue and spending, and he spoke of the political challenge of strengthening New York’s long-term financial security.</p> <p>As the “least partisan of offices,” in DiNapoli’s framing, the Office of the Comptroller is not as beholden to the political logic of short-term decision-making as the governor’s office or state Legislature may be. Crafting the state’s budget, though, is ultimately a political project, meaning initiatives that would bolster New York’s economic future but provide little immediate political gain, like setting aside reserve funds, are often neglected.</p> <p>DiNapoli expects the Democrats to take control of the state Senate after this fall’s elections, thus bringing unified Democratic rule to Albany in 2018, assuming the governorship and Assembly remain Democratic, which is likely, and for regional interests to dominate spending debates. When asked if New Yorkers should be worried about that possibility -- Republicans often argue that full Democratic control of state government would be fiscally disastrous -- DiNapoli said he does not distinguish between the spending habits of the two major parties — “Republicans are not shy about spending money,” he said — and therefore does not necessarily foresee an increase in spending under Democratic control. Many Democrats are calling for higher taxes on top earners, though, something that Republicans continue to sound the alarm about.</p> <p>DiNapoli urged voters to “evaluate candidates not just on their party labels, but on who they are.” A lifelong Democrat who grew up in a Republican household on Long Island, DiNapoli said he joined the Democratic Party for its “open and free-flowing” spirit, which both strengthens and hinders it. Though the response to Trump has made the party stronger, brought more young people and women into its fold, and encouraged “open and honest competition,” DiNapoli said, the Democrats “need to not beat each other up and let others win.”</p> <p>He pointed to the divide in the party exposed and deepened by the Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton presidential primary, a “wound reopened” by Clinton’s loss in the general election, as particularly concerning.</p> <p>The Democrats “often lose elections by fighting each other,” DiNapoli said. Significant intraparty fighting is occurring for Democrats right now in New York, as both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul are being challenged in the primary, by Cynthia Nixon and City Council Member Jumaane Williams, respectively, among other contentious legislative races. There is also a wide open primary for attorney general, with four strong candidates campaigning. DiNapoli, who is not facing a primary challenge, told Max he is endorsing Cuomo and Hochul for reelection, but declined to endorse any of the Democratic attorney general candidates — Letitia James, Zephyr Teachout, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Leecia Eve.</p> <p>The four candidates are “all good friends of mine,” he said. “So we’ll see how that goes.”</p> <p>***<br />Watch&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38l05FB-MWM">the full interview</a>&nbsp;from Manhattan Neighborhood Network:</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/38l05FB-MWM" width="560" height="315" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/dinapoli_bronx_presser.jpg" alt="Tom DiNapoli Comptroller Bronx" width="600" height="400" /></p> <p>Comptroller DiNapoli (photo: @NYSComptroller)</p> <hr /> <p>For New York’s fiscal picture, “Trump’s policies are as great a concern as the economic cycle,” according to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who spoke at length recently about the state’s finances and economy, which are precarious for a number of reasons.</p> <p>During a 30-minute interview with Gotham Gazette Executive Editor Ben Max for a special on Manhattan Neighborhood Network that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38l05FB-MWM" target="_blank" rel="noopener">aired Sunday</a>, DiNapoli discussed the state’s limited savings relative to its spending, its high indebtedness, and its weak preparedness for any future economic downturn, whether influenced by federal policy or a more expected cyclical recession.</p> <p>If the economy sours and tax revenues decrease, New York state government has few methods of recourse beyond cutting spending, DiNapoli said, because of the limited amount that has been socked away. If and when another recession hits, “we don’t have the cushion of reserves to draw on,” since the state maintains savings well below the statutorily-set minimum, the comptroller said. DiNapoli said that, while New York could be setting aside up to $5 billion in reserves, it only maintains around $2 billion, and that the state last made a deposit in its reserve account in 2015. That’s compared to a state budget of about $168 billion for the current fiscal year.</p> <p>DiNapoli pointed out that the state has decided to spend billions in settlements with financial institutions, as opposed to putting some or most of that money away in savings.</p> <p>Recession or not, “New York State will suffer” if the Republican Party keeps its majorities in both chambers of Congress, DiNapoli added, with a nod toward the federal tax reform legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump in late 2017. Trump and Congressional Republicans could fully repeal the Affordable Care Act or further slash funding for social services, DiNapoli warned, both of which could hurt New York.</p> <p>Otherwise, DiNapoli mostly shied away from political statements; while he is a Democrat, the state comptroller is an ostensibly nonpartisan position, though political ideology certainly has some effect on policy-making and oversight work. It is one of the four statewide elected positions, along with governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, and it may be the least-known and least-understood. DiNapoli explained he essentially runs New York’s “Office of Accountability” — which audits state agencies, public authorities, and local governments, approves state contracts, comments on state fiscal practices, and manages the state’s pool of unclaimed funds, returning over $1.5 million a day to New Yorkers, among other tasks. The comptroller also manages the state’s massive public employee pension system.</p> <p>“It’s the best job in government,” he said.</p> <p>New York, DiNapoli said, is in better fiscal shape now than it was during the Great Recession, noting that the state has gained back the jobs and revenue lost during the financial crisis.</p> <p>But economic recovery in the state has been fractured, with most gains heavily concentrated in New York City and its surrounding area. DiNapoli described New York’s post-recession recovery era as “a tale of two economies,” with regions like the Southern Tier, Adirondacks, Mohawk Valley, and Central New York far less economically successful than New York City has been.</p> <p>Still, DiNapoli emphasized, New York is overall in strong economic shape, and he noted that, as opposed to recoveries from previous economic downturns, the state’s post-2008 bounceback was not led by Wall Street. Rather, a more diverse group of industries — technology, healthcare, and tourism, for instance — collectively resurrected the economy. To this day, the state’s financial industry is smaller than it was before the recession in terms of jobs.</p> <p>“This strong recovery has been stronger and longer than past recoveries,” he said, though, he added, it will end at a certain point. When that time comes, New York may be in trouble.</p> <p>Beyond maintaining a thin cushion of reserves, New York is one of the country’s most indebted states, DiNapoli said, and it’s only due to “gimmicks” that the state appears to be under its debt cap. So, when a crisis hits, the state may have no choice but to cut spending on social services. DiNapoli urged New Yorkers to be more conservative in their expectations of future revenue and spending, and he spoke of the political challenge of strengthening New York’s long-term financial security.</p> <p>As the “least partisan of offices,” in DiNapoli’s framing, the Office of the Comptroller is not as beholden to the political logic of short-term decision-making as the governor’s office or state Legislature may be. Crafting the state’s budget, though, is ultimately a political project, meaning initiatives that would bolster New York’s economic future but provide little immediate political gain, like setting aside reserve funds, are often neglected.</p> <p>DiNapoli expects the Democrats to take control of the state Senate after this fall’s elections, thus bringing unified Democratic rule to Albany in 2018, assuming the governorship and Assembly remain Democratic, which is likely, and for regional interests to dominate spending debates. When asked if New Yorkers should be worried about that possibility -- Republicans often argue that full Democratic control of state government would be fiscally disastrous -- DiNapoli said he does not distinguish between the spending habits of the two major parties — “Republicans are not shy about spending money,” he said — and therefore does not necessarily foresee an increase in spending under Democratic control. Many Democrats are calling for higher taxes on top earners, though, something that Republicans continue to sound the alarm about.</p> <p>DiNapoli urged voters to “evaluate candidates not just on their party labels, but on who they are.” A lifelong Democrat who grew up in a Republican household on Long Island, DiNapoli said he joined the Democratic Party for its “open and free-flowing” spirit, which both strengthens and hinders it. Though the response to Trump has made the party stronger, brought more young people and women into its fold, and encouraged “open and honest competition,” DiNapoli said, the Democrats “need to not beat each other up and let others win.”</p> <p>He pointed to the divide in the party exposed and deepened by the Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton presidential primary, a “wound reopened” by Clinton’s loss in the general election, as particularly concerning.</p> <p>The Democrats “often lose elections by fighting each other,” DiNapoli said. Significant intraparty fighting is occurring for Democrats right now in New York, as both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul are being challenged in the primary, by Cynthia Nixon and City Council Member Jumaane Williams, respectively, among other contentious legislative races. There is also a wide open primary for attorney general, with four strong candidates campaigning. DiNapoli, who is not facing a primary challenge, told Max he is endorsing Cuomo and Hochul for reelection, but declined to endorse any of the Democratic attorney general candidates — Letitia James, Zephyr Teachout, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Leecia Eve.</p> <p>The four candidates are “all good friends of mine,” he said. “So we’ll see how that goes.”</p> <p>***<br />Watch&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38l05FB-MWM">the full interview</a>&nbsp;from Manhattan Neighborhood Network:</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/38l05FB-MWM" width="560" height="315" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>

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Statewide Candidates File July Fundraising Numbers 2018-07-17T04:00:00+00:00 2018-07-17T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7810-statewide-candidates-file-july-fundraising-numbers Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/42779182521_8afd7af138_z.jpg" alt="Cuomo check" width="600" height="402" /></p> <p>Gov. Cuomo at a funding event (photo: The Governor's Office)</p> <hr /> <p>With less than two months till the September 13 primary election, candidates running for state office filed campaign financial disclosure reports with the New York State Board of Elections by the Monday deadline, showing fundraising and expenditures from a six-month period between January 16 and July 16.</p> <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo, the two-term incumbent Democrat who is running for reelection, continues to maintain an overwhelming funding advantage with more than $31 million in his campaign coffers. Cuomo raised more than $6 million since January and spent about $5.3 million in the same period.</p> <p>Cuomo’s campaign attempted to tout the number of small-dollar donations it received, likely a response to criticism of the governor’s reliance on wealthy donors and contributions from Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). The campaign said 57 percent of the number of donations received were for less than $250. But those donations only added up to less than $64,000, eliding the fact that nearly 99 percent of the total value of the fundraising came from big donors, including $500,000 in corporate donations and $2.5 million from LLCs and PACs. Cuomo also received 69 separate contributions from the same individual, Christopher Kim of Long Island City, which his primary opponent Cynthia Nixon, the actor and education activist, called an attempt to “astroturf” his campaign (New York Times reporter Shane Goldmacher <a href="https://twitter.com/ShaneGoldmacher/status/1019270200821211136" target="_blank" rel="noopener">found</a> that Kim shares an address with a Cuomo aide; several other Cuomo aides, relatives of aides, and long-time associates gave Cuomo small donations in an apparent attempt to inflate his small-dollar numbers).</p> <p>Nixon, who has staked her campaign on small donors, has been issuing scathing critiques of Cuomo’s fundraising practices that she says are a symptom and cause of a pay-to-play culture in state government. Nixon brought in about $500,000 in the last six months, paling in comparison with Cuomo’s haul, and spent about $274,000. Her campaign has noted that she received more than 30,000 individual contributions since she launched her campaign, and that 97 percent of those were small-dollar contributions. She has just under $658,000 in cash-on-hand.</p> <p>Marc Molinaro, the Republican nominee for governor who doesn’t have a primary challenger, raised more than $1.1 million and has spent $250,000, leaving him with $887,000 with four months to go until the November 7 Election Day. Molinaro’s general election competition will become more clear after the Democratic primary is settled, but there are several smaller party and independent candidates running. His running-mate, Julie Killian, does not appear to have filed her discloure yet, but Molinaro's campaign filing shows a $45,000 loan from Killian herself, <a href="http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2018/07/molinaros-campaign-gets-a-boost-from-killian/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">as reported</a> by Nick Reisman of Spectrum News.</p> <p>Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins brought in $24,000 and spent $7,000 in the filing period, leaving him just under $17,000 in his campaign account.</p> <p>Former Democratic Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, who only jumped into the governor’s race last month and is running as an independent, and her running mate Republican Michael Volpe, the mayor of Pelham, together raised $409,000, spent $247,000 and have $162,000 in cash on hand. The two plan a general election ticket on the Serve America Movement ballot line, for which they are petitioning with the help of the organizers of the new movement.</p> <p>Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe, who, like Miner, is petitioning his way onto the general election ballot, has raised $115,000, but his expenditures amounted to $154,000, leaving him with a negative balance of just above $13,000.</p> <p>Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat seeking a second term alongside Cuomo, faces New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams in the primary, which will be Thursday, September 13. Hochul reported an intake of $1.25 million and had only spent $150,000 in the same time. She has about $1.24 million at her disposal. Williams’ fundraising report was delayed in being published to the Board of Elections website, something the campaign said was over "technical issues" and Hochul criticized him for.</p> <p>"Our campaign's financial disclosure report was filed on time Monday evening but there were technical issues that we are working with the Board of Elections to immediately address," said William Gerlich, a spokesperson for Williams' campaign, in a Tuesday statement. Gerlich said Williams had raised nearly $200,000. When <a href="http://www.elections.ny.gov:8080/plsql_browser/efs_summary_page?comid_in=A22297&amp;rdate_in=16-JUL-2018&amp;reportid_in=K&amp;eyear_in=2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the report</a> was finally published, it showed Williams having raised&nbsp;$183,469.62 and spending $137,967.13, to leave a balance of $45,502.49. However, the campaign appeared to take in several corporate contributions over the limit, and a subsequent need to refund several thousand dollars.</p> <p>Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run separately in a primary and on a joint ticket in the general.</p> <p>Four candidates are competing for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, in a spirited race that has seen several of them posting strong fundraising numbers.</p> <p>New York City Public Advocate Letitia James was chosen as the Democratic Party’s designee at its state convention. Before her disclosure was posted to the BOE website, her campaign claimed it had raised more than $1.1 million in just two months, and nearly 60 percent of the contributors gave $200 or less. According to the actual <a href="http://www.elections.ny.gov:8080/plsql_browser/efs_summary_page?comid_in=A22405&amp;rdate_in=16-JUL-2018&amp;reportid_in=K&amp;eyear_in=2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener">filing</a>,&nbsp;James raised exactly $1,165,897.55 and spent $174,417.04, leaving her campaign $991,480.51 in the bank.</p> <p>Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham Law professor who unsuccessfully challenged Governor Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic primary, is running for attorney general, pledging to refuse corporate, LLC, and PAC donations. Teachout showed about $551,000 in fundraising from more than 10,000 individual donors -- 97 percent of her funds came from donors who gave less than $200 -- and has spent about $284,000. She has $314,000 in cash on hand.</p> <p>Former Cuomo and Hillary Clinton aide Leecia Eve raised $300,000 in total for her bid for attorney general and spent about $50,000. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney reported a $1.1 million haul and spent $145,000, but his campaign told The New York Times last week that he has another $3.1 million in funds raised for his congressional reelection that he believes he can use in the statewide race. He is running for both offices simultaneously, with the state AG primary set to determine whether he stays on the November ballot for congressional reelection.</p> <p>The latest filings also revealed that former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned after facing accusations of physical abuse by several romantic partners, triggering the Democratic primary, returned $982,000 to campaign contributors. He still has several million dollars in the bank.</p> <p>Keith Wofford, the Republican nominee for attorney general, raised more than $1 million in total and has only spent about $25,000 since entering the race. He is not facing a primary.</p> <p>State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, an incumbent Democrat, isn’t facing a primary opponent this year either. He reported raising $683,000 since January and spent $351,000. He has about $2.6 million in his campaign account, eclipsing his two general election opponents.</p> <p>John Trichter, until recently a registered Democrat, received the Republican Party’s nomination for comptroller. Trichter has only raised $156,000 and spent $18,500. He has about $138,000 in his campaign chest. The Green Party’s Mark Dunlea is also running for comptroller and has $5,000 in campaign cash.</p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/42779182521_8afd7af138_z.jpg" alt="Cuomo check" width="600" height="402" /></p> <p>Gov. Cuomo at a funding event (photo: The Governor's Office)</p> <hr /> <p>With less than two months till the September 13 primary election, candidates running for state office filed campaign financial disclosure reports with the New York State Board of Elections by the Monday deadline, showing fundraising and expenditures from a six-month period between January 16 and July 16.</p> <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo, the two-term incumbent Democrat who is running for reelection, continues to maintain an overwhelming funding advantage with more than $31 million in his campaign coffers. Cuomo raised more than $6 million since January and spent about $5.3 million in the same period.</p> <p>Cuomo’s campaign attempted to tout the number of small-dollar donations it received, likely a response to criticism of the governor’s reliance on wealthy donors and contributions from Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). The campaign said 57 percent of the number of donations received were for less than $250. But those donations only added up to less than $64,000, eliding the fact that nearly 99 percent of the total value of the fundraising came from big donors, including $500,000 in corporate donations and $2.5 million from LLCs and PACs. Cuomo also received 69 separate contributions from the same individual, Christopher Kim of Long Island City, which his primary opponent Cynthia Nixon, the actor and education activist, called an attempt to “astroturf” his campaign (New York Times reporter Shane Goldmacher <a href="https://twitter.com/ShaneGoldmacher/status/1019270200821211136" target="_blank" rel="noopener">found</a> that Kim shares an address with a Cuomo aide; several other Cuomo aides, relatives of aides, and long-time associates gave Cuomo small donations in an apparent attempt to inflate his small-dollar numbers).</p> <p>Nixon, who has staked her campaign on small donors, has been issuing scathing critiques of Cuomo’s fundraising practices that she says are a symptom and cause of a pay-to-play culture in state government. Nixon brought in about $500,000 in the last six months, paling in comparison with Cuomo’s haul, and spent about $274,000. Her campaign has noted that she received more than 30,000 individual contributions since she launched her campaign, and that 97 percent of those were small-dollar contributions. She has just under $658,000 in cash-on-hand.</p> <p>Marc Molinaro, the Republican nominee for governor who doesn’t have a primary challenger, raised more than $1.1 million and has spent $250,000, leaving him with $887,000 with four months to go until the November 7 Election Day. Molinaro’s general election competition will become more clear after the Democratic primary is settled, but there are several smaller party and independent candidates running. His running-mate, Julie Killian, does not appear to have filed her discloure yet, but Molinaro's campaign filing shows a $45,000 loan from Killian herself, <a href="http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2018/07/molinaros-campaign-gets-a-boost-from-killian/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">as reported</a> by Nick Reisman of Spectrum News.</p> <p>Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins brought in $24,000 and spent $7,000 in the filing period, leaving him just under $17,000 in his campaign account.</p> <p>Former Democratic Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, who only jumped into the governor’s race last month and is running as an independent, and her running mate Republican Michael Volpe, the mayor of Pelham, together raised $409,000, spent $247,000 and have $162,000 in cash on hand. The two plan a general election ticket on the Serve America Movement ballot line, for which they are petitioning with the help of the organizers of the new movement.</p> <p>Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe, who, like Miner, is petitioning his way onto the general election ballot, has raised $115,000, but his expenditures amounted to $154,000, leaving him with a negative balance of just above $13,000.</p> <p>Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat seeking a second term alongside Cuomo, faces New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams in the primary, which will be Thursday, September 13. Hochul reported an intake of $1.25 million and had only spent $150,000 in the same time. She has about $1.24 million at her disposal. Williams’ fundraising report was delayed in being published to the Board of Elections website, something the campaign said was over "technical issues" and Hochul criticized him for.</p> <p>"Our campaign's financial disclosure report was filed on time Monday evening but there were technical issues that we are working with the Board of Elections to immediately address," said William Gerlich, a spokesperson for Williams' campaign, in a Tuesday statement. Gerlich said Williams had raised nearly $200,000. When <a href="http://www.elections.ny.gov:8080/plsql_browser/efs_summary_page?comid_in=A22297&amp;rdate_in=16-JUL-2018&amp;reportid_in=K&amp;eyear_in=2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the report</a> was finally published, it showed Williams having raised&nbsp;$183,469.62 and spending $137,967.13, to leave a balance of $45,502.49. However, the campaign appeared to take in several corporate contributions over the limit, and a subsequent need to refund several thousand dollars.</p> <p>Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run separately in a primary and on a joint ticket in the general.</p> <p>Four candidates are competing for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, in a spirited race that has seen several of them posting strong fundraising numbers.</p> <p>New York City Public Advocate Letitia James was chosen as the Democratic Party’s designee at its state convention. Before her disclosure was posted to the BOE website, her campaign claimed it had raised more than $1.1 million in just two months, and nearly 60 percent of the contributors gave $200 or less. According to the actual <a href="http://www.elections.ny.gov:8080/plsql_browser/efs_summary_page?comid_in=A22405&amp;rdate_in=16-JUL-2018&amp;reportid_in=K&amp;eyear_in=2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener">filing</a>,&nbsp;James raised exactly $1,165,897.55 and spent $174,417.04, leaving her campaign $991,480.51 in the bank.</p> <p>Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham Law professor who unsuccessfully challenged Governor Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic primary, is running for attorney general, pledging to refuse corporate, LLC, and PAC donations. Teachout showed about $551,000 in fundraising from more than 10,000 individual donors -- 97 percent of her funds came from donors who gave less than $200 -- and has spent about $284,000. She has $314,000 in cash on hand.</p> <p>Former Cuomo and Hillary Clinton aide Leecia Eve raised $300,000 in total for her bid for attorney general and spent about $50,000. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney reported a $1.1 million haul and spent $145,000, but his campaign told The New York Times last week that he has another $3.1 million in funds raised for his congressional reelection that he believes he can use in the statewide race. He is running for both offices simultaneously, with the state AG primary set to determine whether he stays on the November ballot for congressional reelection.</p> <p>The latest filings also revealed that former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned after facing accusations of physical abuse by several romantic partners, triggering the Democratic primary, returned $982,000 to campaign contributors. He still has several million dollars in the bank.</p> <p>Keith Wofford, the Republican nominee for attorney general, raised more than $1 million in total and has only spent about $25,000 since entering the race. He is not facing a primary.</p> <p>State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, an incumbent Democrat, isn’t facing a primary opponent this year either. He reported raising $683,000 since January and spent $351,000. He has about $2.6 million in his campaign account, eclipsing his two general election opponents.</p> <p>John Trichter, until recently a registered Democrat, received the Republican Party’s nomination for comptroller. Trichter has only raised $156,000 and spent $18,500. He has about $138,000 in his campaign chest. The Green Party’s Mark Dunlea is also running for comptroller and has $5,000 in campaign cash.</p> <p>

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Created in Budget, State Pay Commission Off to Slow, Rocky Start 2018-06-07T04:00:00+00:00 2018-06-07T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7723-created-in-budget-state-pay-commission-off-to-slow-rocky-start Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/31855145180_11db3157c4_z.jpg" alt="Carl McCall Cuomo" width="600" height="400" /></p> <p>Carl McCall (photo: Governor's Office)</p> <hr /> <p>The pay commission tasked with proposing salary adjustments of New York State legislators, statewide elected officials, and top executive branch employees, created in this year’s enacted budget, appears to be in a state of disarray.</p> <p>The appointed chair of the commission, New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, announced in May that she could not serve on the commission, citing what she believed to be the unconstitutionality of a judge determining matters that could end up before her in court. She has not been replaced, and the commission has not held a meeting.</p> <p>The commission, as laid out in the budget document passed in late March, is to be made up of five individuals: DiFiore, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, former State Comptroller Carl McCall, and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson. McCall and Thompson are now chairs of the Boards of Trustees at SUNY and CUNY, respectively.</p> <p>The commissioners have until December to submit recommendations for whether legislators in the Assembly and Senate, statewide officials (governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, and attorney general), and certain executive branch officials should receive a pay increase, and if so, by how much. Legislators, who are elected every two years, have not had a base salary increase in nearly 20 years. A different effort at a pay commission <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/6625-state-pay-commission-implodes-as-cuomo-appointees-effectively-kill-salary-increases" target="_blank" rel="noopener">went off the rails in 2016</a> when Cuomo, through his appointees, insisted on ethics reforms in conjunction with salary increases. The governor has said he supports higher salaries for lawmakers but that he also wants to see accompanying changes, and he has insisted that it is essential to raise the pay the state offers agency commissioners and top gubernatorial aides in order to attract top talent.</p> <p>Along with salary, the new commission can also make other recommendations, such as the prohibition of outside income that Cuomo says is necessary, and its recommendations will automatically go into effect if legislators don’t act to prevent it before January 1, 2019.</p> <p>The commission, in the midst of the ongoing drama, has not held a meeting in the more than two months since its creation.</p> <p>A spokesperson for DiNapoli, Jennifer Freeman, said that there are no firm dates yet decided on for the first meeting, but that “dates being discussed are currently in July.” This would give commissioners approximately five months to deliberate and draw up recommendations. It is unclear what will happen with the position intended for DiFiore, and whether legislators may need to pass a bill to name a new commissioner before their session ends later this month.</p> <p>State legislators receive a base salary of $79,500 per year, unchanged since 1999. Legislators are allowed to earn outside income, opening the door to conflicts of interest. Majority conferences also award stipends, colloquially known as “lulus,” to committees chairs, a practice that has been abused.</p> <p>The system, as it stands, has been alleged to help foster a culture of corruption and limit the pool of individuals who will consider working in state government.</p> <p>When the 2016 commission fell apart, good government groups criticized it and state leaders for failing to raise lawmakers’ salaries. Reinvent Albany, one reform group, is among those in favor of a pay raise, saying that the cost of living has risen substantially since the 1999 wage was set, and that the salary not keeping up with the cost of living leads to more lawmakers taking outside income.</p> <p>“I think most people recognize that, in particular for the New York City members, that it’s awfully hard to make a living off the salary they make if they’re not holding outside jobs,” said Alex Camarda, Reinvent Albany’s senior policy advisor. “And there’s certainly been a desire by the good government community to see elected officials have their outside income curtailed so that they don’t have conflicts of interest when they are considering policy before the state.”</p> <p>Citizens Union, another government reform group, said the prior commission should recommend pay increases but not tie them to other legislation, including ethics reform, to avoid any exchange of policies that have merit on their own and the typical Albany horse-trading. Though a deal that largely involves aspects of legislators’ jobs would be less transparently questionable than the 1999 trade that saw pay increase tied to legislation establishing charter schools in New York.</p> <p>In a statement to Gotham Gazette, Ethan Geringer-Sameth, public policy and program manager at Citizens Union, said that CU’s position remains unchanged: that legislators should get a pay raise, that the pay raise should be decoupled from other legislation, and that the increase should be even higher if outside income is banned. The organization also wants to see a wide range of ethics and campaign finance reform enacted separately.</p> <p>The U.S. Congress and the New York City Council both pay members substantially more than the State Legislature: members of Congress make $174,000 while members of the City Council make $148,500. The City Council, in 2016, voted to raise salaries substantially, from $112,500 to $148,500, while also banning almost all forms of outside income.</p> <p>“Outside income was severely limited and the Council Members here in New York City got a substantial pay raise,” Camarda said. “And I think it serves as a model for the state as well as the U.S. Congress. And it would be good to put it to bed finally.”</p> <p>Cuomo, as of two months ago, conditionally supports pay raises for legislators; the governor said in March that he would support pay raises for legislators if the budget was passed on time, which it was. The governor’s office appears to have reverted to a neutral stance on the issue.</p> <p>“There is now an independent commission that will review legislative pay that has not increased for 18 years. We’ll leave it to the commission to decide – that is what is in the law,” said Cuomo spokesperson Tyrone Stevens in an email to Gotham Gazette. Stevens declined to comment about what will happen with the commission post DiFiore has declined.</p> <p>Through a spokesperson, DiNapoli declined to comment on the commission or his positions on the matters at hand. A representative for Stringer did not respond to requests for comment. McCall also declined to comment; a representative said that the commissioners are refraining from public comment before the meeting takes place. Thompson could not be reached for comment.</p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/31855145180_11db3157c4_z.jpg" alt="Carl McCall Cuomo" width="600" height="400" /></p> <p>Carl McCall (photo: Governor's Office)</p> <hr /> <p>The pay commission tasked with proposing salary adjustments of New York State legislators, statewide elected officials, and top executive branch employees, created in this year’s enacted budget, appears to be in a state of disarray.</p> <p>The appointed chair of the commission, New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, announced in May that she could not serve on the commission, citing what she believed to be the unconstitutionality of a judge determining matters that could end up before her in court. She has not been replaced, and the commission has not held a meeting.</p> <p>The commission, as laid out in the budget document passed in late March, is to be made up of five individuals: DiFiore, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, former State Comptroller Carl McCall, and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson. McCall and Thompson are now chairs of the Boards of Trustees at SUNY and CUNY, respectively.</p> <p>The commissioners have until December to submit recommendations for whether legislators in the Assembly and Senate, statewide officials (governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, and attorney general), and certain executive branch officials should receive a pay increase, and if so, by how much. Legislators, who are elected every two years, have not had a base salary increase in nearly 20 years. A different effort at a pay commission <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/6625-state-pay-commission-implodes-as-cuomo-appointees-effectively-kill-salary-increases" target="_blank" rel="noopener">went off the rails in 2016</a> when Cuomo, through his appointees, insisted on ethics reforms in conjunction with salary increases. The governor has said he supports higher salaries for lawmakers but that he also wants to see accompanying changes, and he has insisted that it is essential to raise the pay the state offers agency commissioners and top gubernatorial aides in order to attract top talent.</p> <p>Along with salary, the new commission can also make other recommendations, such as the prohibition of outside income that Cuomo says is necessary, and its recommendations will automatically go into effect if legislators don’t act to prevent it before January 1, 2019.</p> <p>The commission, in the midst of the ongoing drama, has not held a meeting in the more than two months since its creation.</p> <p>A spokesperson for DiNapoli, Jennifer Freeman, said that there are no firm dates yet decided on for the first meeting, but that “dates being discussed are currently in July.” This would give commissioners approximately five months to deliberate and draw up recommendations. It is unclear what will happen with the position intended for DiFiore, and whether legislators may need to pass a bill to name a new commissioner before their session ends later this month.</p> <p>State legislators receive a base salary of $79,500 per year, unchanged since 1999. Legislators are allowed to earn outside income, opening the door to conflicts of interest. Majority conferences also award stipends, colloquially known as “lulus,” to committees chairs, a practice that has been abused.</p> <p>The system, as it stands, has been alleged to help foster a culture of corruption and limit the pool of individuals who will consider working in state government.</p> <p>When the 2016 commission fell apart, good government groups criticized it and state leaders for failing to raise lawmakers’ salaries. Reinvent Albany, one reform group, is among those in favor of a pay raise, saying that the cost of living has risen substantially since the 1999 wage was set, and that the salary not keeping up with the cost of living leads to more lawmakers taking outside income.</p> <p>“I think most people recognize that, in particular for the New York City members, that it’s awfully hard to make a living off the salary they make if they’re not holding outside jobs,” said Alex Camarda, Reinvent Albany’s senior policy advisor. “And there’s certainly been a desire by the good government community to see elected officials have their outside income curtailed so that they don’t have conflicts of interest when they are considering policy before the state.”</p> <p>Citizens Union, another government reform group, said the prior commission should recommend pay increases but not tie them to other legislation, including ethics reform, to avoid any exchange of policies that have merit on their own and the typical Albany horse-trading. Though a deal that largely involves aspects of legislators’ jobs would be less transparently questionable than the 1999 trade that saw pay increase tied to legislation establishing charter schools in New York.</p> <p>In a statement to Gotham Gazette, Ethan Geringer-Sameth, public policy and program manager at Citizens Union, said that CU’s position remains unchanged: that legislators should get a pay raise, that the pay raise should be decoupled from other legislation, and that the increase should be even higher if outside income is banned. The organization also wants to see a wide range of ethics and campaign finance reform enacted separately.</p> <p>The U.S. Congress and the New York City Council both pay members substantially more than the State Legislature: members of Congress make $174,000 while members of the City Council make $148,500. The City Council, in 2016, voted to raise salaries substantially, from $112,500 to $148,500, while also banning almost all forms of outside income.</p> <p>“Outside income was severely limited and the Council Members here in New York City got a substantial pay raise,” Camarda said. “And I think it serves as a model for the state as well as the U.S. Congress. And it would be good to put it to bed finally.”</p> <p>Cuomo, as of two months ago, conditionally supports pay raises for legislators; the governor said in March that he would support pay raises for legislators if the budget was passed on time, which it was. The governor’s office appears to have reverted to a neutral stance on the issue.</p> <p>“There is now an independent commission that will review legislative pay that has not increased for 18 years. We’ll leave it to the commission to decide – that is what is in the law,” said Cuomo spokesperson Tyrone Stevens in an email to Gotham Gazette. Stevens declined to comment about what will happen with the commission post DiFiore has declined.</p> <p>Through a spokesperson, DiNapoli declined to comment on the commission or his positions on the matters at hand. A representative for Stringer did not respond to requests for comment. McCall also declined to comment; a representative said that the commissioners are refraining from public comment before the meeting takes place. Thompson could not be reached for comment.</p> <p>

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