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Important Dates for 2002:

June 18 - First day party candidates can gather signatures for petitions

August 1 - Last day to file petitions

August 9 - Certification of primary ballot by State Board of Elections

September 10 - Primary Election

September 30 - Certification of general election ballot by State Board of Elections

November 5 - General Election

George Pataki has been elected to a third term as governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer won reelection as State Attorney General, and Alan Hevesi has been elected New York State Comptroller. As of election night, all but three incumbents in the races for New York State Legislature were re-elected, including Liz Krueger on the Upper East Side. The three incumbents unseated: State Senator Nellie Santiago lost to former City Council member Martin Dilan in the 17th Senate District, Pedro Espada lost to Ruben Diaz in the 32nd Senate District and Vincent Gentile lost his seat in the 22nd Senate District to Martin Golden, who had represented much of the Brooklyn district on the City Council. In some districts, though, there was no incumbent - the winners in these open seats were:


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November 7, 2002

Gov. George E. Pataki woke up yesterday morning with an impressive victory behind him, but as he looks ahead he faces a governmental and political landscape very different from the one in which he has flourished during his first two terms. New York Times

A day after coasting to a third term, Gov. Pataki was immediately confronted yesterday with questions about his long-term future - and the Republican did little to answer them. NY Daily News

In three successful runs for governor, George E. Pataki's share of the total vote has barely changed - 49 percent in 1994, 54 percent in 1998 and 49 percent on Tuesday.That looks like a static electorate, but those numbers disguise dramatic changes in where the Republicans' and Democrats' votes are coming from New York Times

Although Tuesday's elections left the balance of power in Albany unchanged, each party made some gains in the house of the Legislature it controls. New York Times

Recovering from a national thumping and a resounding defeat for H. Carl McCall in his bid to become governor, New York Democrats kept the phones ringing yesterday, asking one another: what now? New York Times

Carl McCall blamed himself yesterday - and a lack of cash - for his lopsided loss Tuesday to Gov. Pataki. "I accept the responsibility. We did not do all that we wanted to, although I think we did our very best," McCall said. NY Daily News

The Liberal Party and four of New York State's other small parties appear to have suffered a serious setback at the polls on Tuesday, failing to get enough votes to gain a place on local and statewide ballots for the next four years. New York TImes NY Post

Tom Golisano lost, but the Independence Party may have won.Mr. Golisano's advertising blitz, which even he in the end called excessive, gave the party priceless exposure. Well, not priceless; he spent about $70 million of his fortune. But beyond the publicity, Mr. Golisano got 633,000 votes, well over the 50,000 votes the party needed to stay on state ballots automatically for the next four years. New York Times

Eighteen hours after the polls closed in the tightest statewide election in New York, John J. Faso, a Republican assemblyman, conceded yesterday that he had lost the campaign for state comptroller to his Democratic opponent, Alan G. Hevesi. New York Times

New York City registered what may be a record low in voter turnout on Tuesday, with an estimated 34.2 percent of registered voters casting their ballots. The last time city voters came out in similarly low numbers was in 1990, when 38 percent of registered voters voted. New York State may also have reached a new low with an estimated 40 percent of voters casting their ballots. New York Times

The storm surrounding the city Correction Department diminished the role of agency employees in the re-election of Gov. George Pataki. In a reversal of earlier plans, a Republican-paid three-star chief was not directing volunteers, and a correction officers' union did not have its delegates in the field on city-paid labor-management time. Newsday

Mayor Michael Bloomberg hailed Gov. George Pataki's election to a third term yesterday but erroneously stated that the governor "won by ... an overwhelming margin here in the city."For that reason, Bloomberg then added, "that's going to keep his focus on the city." Pataki actually lost the city for the third straight election, though by a narrower margin than in his previous two races. Newsday

Much has been made about how the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Terrence McAuliffe, stiffed New York's Democratic candidate for governor, H. Carl McCall. Equally feckless was the failure of Governor Pataki to back forcefully the Republican nominee for comptroller, John Faso. NY Sun

November 6, 2002

Gov. George E. Pataki, a pragmatic Republican who ran a campaign intended to appeal as much to liberals as to conservatives, was elected to a third term yesterday with a solid majority, ending the quest of the Democratic challenger, H. Carl McCall, to become the state's first black governor. New York Times NY Daily News Newsdsay NY Post NY Observer

Alan G. Hevesi, a Democrat who spent three decades in public office before losing his bid to become New York's mayor last year, appeared to revive his political career last night when he was narrowly elected state comptroller, according to early, unofficial returns. But his opponent, Assemblyman John J. Faso, did not concede. New York Times NY Daily News NY Post

Democrat Eliot Spitzer coasted to a second term as state attorney general over Republican Dora Irizarry last night in a contest that was over before it even started. NY Daily News NY Post

Gov. George E. Pataki celebrated his victory last night much the way he gained it, aided by an eclectic array of supporters -- labor leaders, important figures in the state Republican Party, the current mayor of New York and a former one, and bevy of celebrants from various corners of New York's ethnic enclaves. New York Times

On the eve of the election, H. Carl McCall, who was making a historic bid as the first black man nominated by a major party for the governorship in New York State, said that he had never entertained the thought that he might lose. But almost everybody else had. New York Times NY Post

Yesterday, Republican George E. Pataki, won a third term as governor, as the most prominent member of a moderate-to-liberal faction that stands further outside the mainstream of the national party than at any time in a generation. New York Times

Liz Krueger, the incumbent in the 26th State Senate District on Manhattan's Upper East Side, held on to her seat early this morning, surviving a vigorous challenge from Andrew S. Eristoff, a former city councilman. With 100 percent of the vote counted at 12:30 a.m., Ms. Krueger had beaten Mr. Eristoff 58 percent to 42 percent. New York Times

Sara M. Gonzalez last night won the three-way race to replace former City Councilman Angel Rodriguez of Brooklyn, who resigned this summer before pleading guilty to federal bribery charges. New York Times

At 10 minutes to 10, the auditorium looked like the R train at rush hour. Volunteers, reporters, political operators: all stood talking, drinking, glancing at the TV screen. A single couple danced to "Shake Your Booty" in front of a huge Carl McCall poster. And Carl McCall was nowhere in sight. NY Daily News

With the most expensive governor's race in U.S. history now over, get ready for Albany and City Hall to start talking about the other bill coming due - to taxpayers. NY Daily News

In his first try for governor, in 1994, maverick billionaire Tom Golisano spent well over $6 million and pulled in 4% of the vote.Four years later, he doubled his spending and his share of the vote. NY Daily News

Queens sent a Latino to Albany for the first time, Brooklyn elected a Republican to the state Senate and the blood feud between two Bronx political families ended in victory for a father and son.With all 62 seats in the state Senate and all 150 in the Assembly up for grabs, the balance of power remained status quo. The GOP held a majority in the upper house, and the Democrats easily maintained control of the lower chamber.Still, there was drama with some hotly contested city races. NY Daily News

New York's Liberal Party, after a half-century of playing at times the cagey ally, at other times the nemesis to both Republicans and Democrats, lost its place on all ballots for the next four years. New York Times

In Rochester New York, where residents say they are bombarded by depressing economic news almost every day, there is a feeling of being left behind, of being at the mercy of politicians from downstate who do not seem to grasp the magnitude of the troubles up here. New York Times

A change to the City Charter championed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was approved last night, according to unofficial returns.With 99 percent of districts reporting, 61 percent had voted in favor of a requirement that a special election be held within 60 days if the mayor becomes unable to serve, and 39 percent had voted against it. Until now, it could take as long as 15 months for such an election to be held. New York Times NY Daily News NY Post

For the second straight year, the Democratic Party in the city finds itself stung by election results - and split over who's to blame and who should lead the new charge. Even before the polls closed, there was private discussion of whether U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton may begin playing a bigger role in the local organization. Newsday

City voters re-elected incumbents en masse. The 14 members of the U.S. Congress with all or part of their districts in the city were rolling to what appeared to be easy victories. So were incumbent members of the state legislature. Newsday

Yawn. It was a sleepy day at the polls yesterday. "It doesn't seem to be terribly busy anywhere," Lee Daglian, a state Board of Elections spokesman, reported at midday. NY Post

To the outside observer, it looked as if Roger Stone was merely running Independence Party candidate Tom Golisano's campaign for Governor. Actually, lots of insiders think Mr. Stone was carrying out a $50 million revenge fantasy against Governor Pataki. NY Observer

All of the energy that the Carl McCall campaign never managed to muster was on display last week at a rally in the streets outside Governor Pataki's midtown office. It wasn't a huge rally. About 500 protesters were present, brought there by a half-dozen organizations, all of them focused on jobs and the lack of them and all equally frustrated that their issues -- unemployment relief, a higher minimum wage, workers' compensation reforms -- never managed to make their way to the forefront of the agenda for any of the three major gubernatorial candidates, including the Democrat who had only to summon such troops to make them come running. Village Voice

Together, it was small-business owners and traditionally Democratic unions that put the governor over the top, reeling in what is expected to be the largest number of Latino voters ever to cast a ballot for a Republican in a New York statewide race. NY Sun

November 5, 2002

A third term within his grasp, Gov. Pataki ended his campaign yesterday coasting on a message that New York is a "better, stronger state," while Carl McCall fought rain and grim new poll numbers with a promise of "sweeping change." (NY Daily News) (Newsday) (NY Post)

Former New York City Comptroller Alan Hevesi holds a double-digit lead over Assemblyman John Faso in the battle for state comptroller, two polls yesterday showed. The Marist College survey found Democrat Hevesi leading Republican Faso, 50-33 percent, while a Quinnipiac University survey put Hevesi ahead by an almost identical margin, 49-34 percent. (NY Post)

With little to worry about in their own local contests, Democratic incumbents in the city used the last day before Tuesday's elections to promote Carl McCall and Alan Hevesi at the top of the ticket (Newsday)

Two final polls yesterday confirmed what's been clear for weeks: Gov. Pataki is heading for a landslide win today over Carl McCall and Tom Golisano. A Marist College survey showed Republican Pataki ahead of Democratic state Comptroller McCall among likely voters, 47 to 27 percent, with 19 percent for Independence Party challenger Golisano. (NY Post)

With the help of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Carl McCall last night made it to the finish line in his uphill race against Gov. Pataki, spending his final hours campaigning around New York City with mostly Democratic voters. (NY Post)

On the last day of the campaign for governor of New York, the incumbent, George E. Pataki, barnstormed the state's major cities in a chartered jet today, telling his supporters to vote for him because the state was better off than when he took office in 1995. (New York Times)

New Yorkers go to the polls today to fill the top state posts and all seats in the Legislature, to elect the state's Congressional delegation and to settle scattered local races and ballot questions. (New York Times)

With one day left to today's election, Gov. George Pataki took a last swing around the state that seemed more like a victory lap as two new polls showed him with a double-digit lead over Democrat H. Carl McCall and Independence candidate B. Thomas Golisano. (Albany Times Union)

Injured? Need help? Call Weitz & Luxenberg. You just might wind up as the legal client of the speaker of the state Assembly, Sheldon Silver of Manhattan.Mr. Silver, who quietly maintains a private law practice, recently switched his affiliation to Weitz & Luxenberg, a personal injury firm known for prolific asbestos litigation and aggressive advertising. (NY Sun)

Law firms that specialize in suing corporations whose stock prices fall are pouring last-minute donations into the race for state comptroller, knowing that whoever wins will be in a position to hire them for lucrative class-action suits.One prominent firm, Milberg Weiss, donated $100,000 to the Democratic candidate, Alan Hevesi, on October 30, according to records from the state Board of Elections. That same day two of the firm's partners, Melvyn Weiss of New York and William Lerach of San Diego, contributed $13,500 each. (NY Sun)

November 4, 2002

One loves the Buffalo Bills, Bruce Springsteen and hiking in the woods. Another is a fan of good jazz who tries to quote the lyrics from a James Brown song but gets them all wrong. The third loves a neat office, drives a red convertible and mixes the trappings of wealth with middlebrow tastes.These men are the three leading candidates for governor of New York, in the order that they appear on the ballot. (New York Times)

Tom Golisano's big announcement turned out to be nothing more than a big tease.After building a cliff-hanger over whether he would drop out of the governor's race and back Carl McCall, the billionaire bought $850,000 in air time just to make his same old campaign pitch. (NY Daily News) (NY Post) (New YorK Times)

In the end it made no political sense. Actually, in the beginning it made no political sense.Therefore it did not happen. Tom Golisano, the billionaire Independence Party candidate for governor, did not drop out yesterday in favor of the Democrat, H. Carl McCall. Tomorrow is still Election Day, and Mr. Golisano is still a candidate. (New York Times)

Carl McCall's "secret weapon" last night exploded in his face. For two days, almost all of the attention in the governor's race was focused on whether billionaire Tom Golisano would throw in the towel and back McCall in his uphill quest to unseat Republican Gov. Pataki. (NY Post)

Gov. Pataki's mammoth fund-raising advantage over Democrat Carl McCall has grown even more huge in the final days of the gubernatorial race, new records show. (NY Daily News)

With less than 48 hours before the election, Carl McCall again criticized the national Democratic Party yesterday for not doing enough to help him oust Gov. Pataki. (NY Daily News)

While Gov. George Pataki campaigned furiously in Brooklyn yesterday, Democrat H. Carl McCall's struggling bid absorbed another disappointment as Independence candidate Tom Golisano announced last evening that he would remain in the race rather than throw his support behind McCall. (Newsday)

Candidates and campaign workers spread out across the five boroughs yesterday, greeting New Yorkers at churches, shopping malls and outdoor rallies with impassioned pleas to vote in tomorrow's election. (Newsday)

The city will roll out its 40-year-old voting machines tomorrow and hope they make it through one more election cycle.While the 7,000 machines have been blamed for problems in voting over the years, the Board of Elections and a watchdog group think the machines will get through the day. "A rash of broken machines is not expected," said Gene Russianoff of the New York Public Interest Research Group. "The board is doing a better job of training poll watchers and they're maintaining the machines better." (Newsday)

Eliot Spitzer, New York's attorney general, who is seen by some as the scourge of Wall Street, says he has given no thought to his political future beyond standing for re-election tomorrow. If that is true, then he is the only person in New York politics who has not. (New York Times)

In one television ad, a candidate accused his rival of having once been a drug dealer. In response, the target of the charge put out a television ad that accused the first candidate of being bereft of principles and a "sellout."These are the themes of the final week of the race in the 32nd State Senate District, a swath of the South Bronx that for the last few months has been the scene of one of the most unusual, contentious and litigious political races New York City has seen. (New YorK Times)

November 3, 2002

Carl McCall began his campaign aiming to make history by becoming New York's first black governor. Now he may wind up in the record books for an unwelcome reason: as the Democrat to have the poorest showing in a New York governor race since the Civil War. (NY Daily News)

Maverick billionaire Tom Golisano couldn't buy the governor's race, but he finally gave the ho-hum contest an element it had been missing: suspense. (NY Daily News) (New York Times)

What began as a ho-hum campaign - the race for state controller - has flared into a surprisingly close battle royale. GOP hopeful John Faso has fought back from a 20-point deficit in the polls, gaining on better-known Democrat Alan Hevesi. Faso has sliced his opponent's lead to just 7 points, according to last week's Marist College poll. (NY Daily News)

A Newsday/NY1 poll shows Gov. George Pataki with a commanding 16 percentage point lead in a race in which, despite a record $119 million in campaign spending, only roughly half the electorate can identify either a specific policy or general issue raised by the three leading candidates. (Newsday)

Unable to budge from his third-place standing in the governor's race despite spending more than $54 million, Independence candidate Tom Golisano yesterday stirred more speculation and suspense about whether he would drop out and throw his support to Democrat H. Carl McCall. (Newsday)

Don't ever underestimate the power of hate. Tom Golisano would definitely love to be the governor. He's pursued that dream with a single-minded vigor - $53 million worth (and counting) on his third run alone. But love, it turns out, isn't the only great motivator in politics. Loathing also carries some weight. (Newsday)

Although the governor's race is getting the most attention in this state election year, lower on Tuesday's ballot are a host of local races for state Assembly and Senate, including three new districts in Queens. And while many incumbents face only weak challenges - or are running unopposed - a few are locked in hard-fought battles. (Newsday)

It will take a lot more than Tom Golisano prematurely throwing in the political towel to elect Carl McCall governor, Democratic and Republican insiders agreed yesterday (NY Post)

As all signs pointed to him staying in the governor's race, Independence Party candidate Tom Golisano strung voters along yesterday, saying he would make a two-minute paid televised "announcement" tonight about the future of his campaign. (NY Post)

A profile of Democratic candidate for governor, H. Carl McCall. (NY Post)

The Working Families Party, a third party of unions and liberal advocacy groups that picked H. Carl McCall as its candidate, needs 50,000 votes to stay on the ballot for the next four years. So it is holding an online contest with cash awards. (New York Times)

November 2, 2002

From campaign mailings to high-priced political consultants and even niceties like cocktail parties and flowers, H. Carl McCall has been hugely outspent by his two main opponents in the governor's race. (New York Times)

Democrats called on Tom Golisano yesterday to drop out of the race for governor and endorse H. Carl McCall, but he rebuffed their entreaties. (New York Times)

The two candidates for state comptroller yesterday held their first and only debate, a contentious event that had Alan G. Hevesi and John J. Faso criticizing each other in the combative language and tones of their television commercials. (New York Times)

The campaigns of H. Carl McCall and Tom Golisano engaged in a whirl of discussions Friday in which McCall allies tried to persuade Golisano to drop out and throw his support behind the Democrat's bid to unseat their mutual opponent, Gov. George Pataki. (Newsday)

November 1, 2002

Gubernatorial hopeful Tom Golisano abruptly canceled $4.5 million in planned TV ads in the city yesterday, and is weighing whether to stay in the race. (NY Daily News) (NY Post) (New York Times)

From engineering firms and real estate developers to communications firms and energy producers, stakeholders in the business of government -- making liberal use of both the high limits and loopholes in New York law -- have played a key role in stuffing the campaign coffers of George Pataki and the state Republican Party over the past four years. (Newsday)

Five days before Election Day, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday left Carl McCall far behind - and crossed party lines to join Gov. Pataki for a ribbon-cutting at an upstate plant. (NY Post)

Despite 30 years on the political scene, H. Carl McCall, 67, the Democratic candidate, is barely known by voters, who, according to polls, may recognize his name but do not have an impression of him. (New York Times)

The race for state comptroller has suddenly grown intense: the polls show a tightening battle and the candidates are going after each other with increasing ferocity. Yesterday, they each unleashed new commercials aimed at discrediting the other. (New York Times)

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver yesterday accused officials overseeing the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan of avoiding public accountability by failing to publicly discuss and vote on proposals to spend billions of dollars in federal aid promised after the Sept. 11 attack. (New York Times)

 

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