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BLAME ALBANY
Critics cringe at the power that officials in Albany have over the lives of New Yorkers, because the New York State Legislature has been called the most dysfunctional legislative body in the nation. A look at a dozen issues of vital importance downstate and what Albany legislators are (or, more likely, are not) doing about them.

ANOTHER DISAPPOINTING YEAR FROM ALBANY
As the 2002 legislative session winds down, Jonathan Bowles reports, New York City is winding up getting little from Albany. This is the way it usually is, but this year needed to be different. Jonathan Bowles details 10 things Albany lawmakers denied the city.

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 34
District 34's Republican State Senator Guy Velella was indicted on bribery charges in May, but this does not appear to be affecting his ability to get re-elected for a ninth term. When well-known Democratic challenger Lorraine Coyle Koppell dropped out of the race in July, she was replaced by the little known Frances Mahony who is running on a platform focused on women's rights.

Also, read a transcript of a debate between Andrew Eristoff and Liz Krueger as the battle heats up for the 26th State Senate seat on the Upper East Side.

UPDATE ON ELECTION RESULTS
After several days of counting paper ballots, the Board of Elections has released vote counts in the two tight Democratic primaries in the Bronx. In the 32nd State Senate District, city council member Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr. has defeated incumbent Pedro Espada, Jr by 113 votes. Meanwhile, Espada Jr.'s son, Pedro G. Espada has defeated incumbent Carmen Arroyo in the 84th Assembly District by only three votes. Although these results will not be certified until Tuesday, September 24, the Board of Elections has acknowledged that these results are final. Both Espada Jr. and Arroyo are currently slated to run against these challengers again in the general election, this time as Republicans.

PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS
With extremely light voter turnout, most New York City incumbents had no trouble being re-elected to their state senate or state assembly seats. However, Brooklyn's State Senate District 17, covering Bushwick, Cypress Hills and parts of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville and East New York, Nellie Santiago has lost her state senate seat to former city council member Martin Malave Dilan. Winners emerged in the races for the city's open legislative seats including: Daniel O'Donnell in the 69th Assembly District on the Upper West Side; Jonathan Bing in the 73rd Assembly District on the Upper East Side, Kevin Parker in the 21st State Senate District in Brooklyn, Luis Diaz in the 86th Assembly District in the Bronx; Barry Grodenchick in the 22nd Assembly District in Queens, Jose Peralta in the 39th Assembly District in Queens, John Sabini in the 13th State Senate District in Queens and Frank Peters in the 63rd State Assembly Seat in Staten Island. The results of the rest of the city's races, including those for judicial seats, are on Gotham Gazette's Primary Election Results page

GUIDE FOR THE LAST MINUTE VOTER
The primary is taking place on September 10th, but many New Yorkers are not even sure who is going to be on the ballot. There are races for three statewide offices, and many voters will be asked to select party nominees for state assembly, state senate and for judges. To help you find out more about what is going on in your district, and in districts around the city, we provide this Guide for the Last Minute Voter, with a rundown on the races, the candidates, the issues, how and where to vote, and why this election is important.

CUOMO DROPS OUT
Faced with polls showing him trailing by more than 20 percent, Andrew Cuomo announced that he was dropping out of the race against H. Carl McCall for the Democratic nomination for the governor of New York. Cuomo and his running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Charlie King pledged their support for McCall.

"We need healing now," Cuomo said at a news conference announcing his departure from the race a week before the September 10 primary. "Let Democratic unity start today, not next week."

See Associated Press article.

See a transcript of Cuomo's speech.

OPEN IN QUEENS
Two races in Queens are giving voters many options in the Democratic Primary. In the 31st Assembly District, new incumbent Michele Titus. elected only four months ago, faces five challengers. Five candidates vie for the open seat in the 22nd Assembly District.

GOVERNOR'S DEBATE
A transcript of the second debate between Democratic gubernatorial candidates Andrew Cuomo and Carl McCall.

STRANGE DOINGS IN STATEN ISLAND
Three races in Staten Island reveal the confusing and often inconsistent politics of that borough. In the 62nd Assembly District, not only is the Staten Island GOP not supporting a long-term Republican incumbent, but they are refusing to support the Republican challenger running against him in the primary. Meanwhile, in that same district, the Conservative Party is backing a Democratic challenger in the general election. Next door, in the 63rd Assembly District, former Republican Borough President Guy Molinari carries on his feud with the Republican Party by backing a Staten Island ferry captain against the Party's choice. Finally, voters in Senate District 24 will have a choice in the general election for the first time in 22 years as Democrats actually put up a challenger against 46-year Republican incumbent John Marchi.

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13
John Sabini is one of several former City Council members now seeking to represent their local areas in the state legislature. Sabini is opposed by two Latino candidates in State Senate District 13, which has been redistricted so that a majority of its population is Latino.

NYC'S HOUSING, ALBANY'S RULES
A number of housing issues that will have long-term effects for New York City -- from rent regulation to to availability of land for building -- will be decided in Albany's next legislative session, by the state legislators who are elected in November. A look at these issues, and also at the housing record of the major candidates for governor.

TWO HEATED SENATE RACES
Three women politicians in Queens get personal in their fight for the Senate seat in district 16. Liz Krueger versus Andrew Eristoff in district 26 on the Upper East Side.

WHERE THEY STAND...IF THEY DO
The eight candidates for governor of New York say what they will do if elected about a dozen of the most important issues, including education, crime, jobs and the economy, and rebuilding the city. We summarize each position and then link to their platforms.

AFFECTED BY ISSUES, DEFINED BY EMOTIONS
Susan Reefer analyzes the NYC stands and the campaign strategies of the three candidates considered most likely to be elected governor: Andrew Cuomo, H. Carl McCall, and George Pataki.

THE 20 REAL RACES

Want to learn something about the 20 most competitive races for State Senate and Assembly? Eye On Albany now has updated information on the state legislative races where, as of now, there is more than one candidate running. Included on the district pages are records of selected votes from the incumbents in those races, and how these votes line up with the views of such groups as the Empire State Pride Agenda, the Business Council, the AFL-CIO, and others.

Click on a district below to find out information about the race:

New York State Senate:

District 13 - Jackson Heights, Corona
District 16 - Flushing, Corona, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Long Island City
District 17 - Bushwick, Cypress Hills, parts of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bedford- Stuyvesant, Brownsville, East New York
District 21 - Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Borough Park
District 22 - Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, southern Sunset Park, Boro Park, St. George, Stapleton
District 23 - Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Seagate, Coney Island
District 24 - Staten Island
District 25 - Williamsburg, Sunset Park, Navy Yard, Lower Manhattan
District 26 - Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper, Murray Hill, Tutor City, Sutton Place, Yorkville
District 31 - West Side of Manhattan, Northwest Bronx

New York State Assembly:

District 22 - Queens
District 39 - Jackson Heights, Corona
District 43 - Crown Heights, Flatbush
District 57 - Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Flatbush, parts of Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant
District 60 - Rosebank, Aerocar, Grasmir, Old Pound, Southbeach, Midlin Beach
District 61 - Westerleigh, Mariners Harbor, Port Richmond, West New Brighton
District 62 - New Dorp, Oakwood, Great Kills, Eltingville, Annandale
District 63 - Staten Island
District 69 - Manhattan Valley, Morningside Heights
District 73 - East Side of Manhattan

ALBANY'S SMOKE SCREEN?
Why did a popular bill that would have banned smoking in restaurants die in the State Senate? Why will the state get half of the money from New York City's new cigarette tax? And why did the governor and the State Assembly refuse to pass a bill that would have banned lawmakers from accepting gifts from lobbyists, even after it was discovered that Philip Morris paid for the governor's "family vacation" to Europe and had given gifts to more than 115 legislators? Read "When Smoke Gets In NY" for one more reason New Yorkers should keep an eye on Albany.

Eye On Albany 2002 is a guide to the races for the 91 seats of the New York State Legislature that represent residents of New York City.

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