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August 2002 Archive

August 31, 2002

In the beginning, Andrew M. Cuomo had the glitz, the money and the reputation for bold new ideas.But with nine days left before the Democratic primary for governor, none of it seems to have mattered. His outsized personality, in comparison with his relatively laid-back opponent, State Comptroller H. Carl McCall, seems to be working against him. (New York Times)

For a time yesterday afternoon, it seemed as if everyone in central New York had shaken hands or posed for a picture with former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, or at least strained for a glimpse of them, at the State Fair in Syracuse. But not Andrew M. Cuomo, the former Clinton cabinet officer, who strolled past the cows and tractors in another part of the fairgrounds. (New York Times)

Andrew Cuomo appealed for senior citizen votes Saturday in Queens, a borough where the struggling Democratic gubernatorial candidate hopes to tap his family's political roots. "I'm from Queens. My family lived here all their lives," he told about two dozen residents of the Atria Senior Center in Kew Gardens. (Newsday)

Acknowledging the state faces hard financial times, Democrat H. Carl McCall said Friday he would examine "all options" to cut costs if elected governor, including tax hikes and layoffs, but also repeated his campaign pledge to boost education funding by $8 billion over four years. (Times Union)

B. Thomas Golisano unleashed his spending in the past 11 days and forced Republican Gov. George Pataki to open his campaign vault to protect his shot at the Independence and Conservative lines. (Times Union)

The Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the Bronx County Democratic leaders can determine whether Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. is still "in sympathy with the principles" of the Democratic Party. The judges upheld a lower court's findings that Espada could not be expelled from the Democratic Party based solely on his February pronouncement that he was going to change his party enrollment and join the Republican majority in the Senate. (Times Union)

August 30, 2002

Andrew M. Cuomo intensified his attacks against H. Carl McCall today in the third debate of the Democratic gubernatorial campaign, raising familiar complaints about Mr. McCall's performance as state comptroller but using stronger language than he has on the campaign trail. (New York Times) (New York Daily News)

Andrew Cuomo yesterday repeatedly questioned Carl McCall's handling of the state pension fund, while McCall largely ignored his Democratic rival in their third gubernatorial debate . (New York Post)

Andrew Cuomo repeatedly goaded him, but Comptroller H. Carl McCall resisted retaliating during the third debate between the two Democrats who want to become New York's 54th governor. (Albany Times Union)

A multimillionaire paper-cup mogul and a former housing official who served in the Clinton administration are adding vibrancy to the Democratic primary race for lieutenant governor, which has a historic reputation for dullness. Dennis Mehiel, owner of the Sweetheart Cup Co., and Charlie King, a former Housing and Urban Development official, have become entwined in the race for governor, catapulting their own bids to prominence. (Newsday)

In the race for the Democratic nomination for governor, Andrew M. Cuomo has frequently been portrayed as the pariah of the state Democratic Party. But at least he is not Charlie King.Mr. King, who is running for the lieutenant governor nomination, is virtually unknown to voters. (New York Times)

As Gov. Pataki showcased a spectrum of supporters yesterday in Union Square, the Republican incumbent was dogged by an issue that won't go away - thanks to rival Tom Golisano.The Rochester billionaire, who is battling Pataki for the Independence and Conservative lines, has sued the governor and the city Board of Elections over what he called Pataki's fraudulent scheme to pack the Independence Party with new voters. (New York Daily News)

Gov. Pataki yesterday picked up the endorsement of three Democratic state legislators at a "unity" rally in Union Square Park. Democratic Assembly members Tony Seminerio (Queens), Carmen Arroyo (Bronx) and Dov Hikind (Brooklyn) all crossed party lines to back Pataki (New York Post)

August 29, 2002

In a free-form radio debate yesterday between the two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, Andrew M. Cuomo accused H. Carl McCall of failing to block an unrealistic state budget and of stopping short of calling for the outright repeal of the Rockefeller drug laws.¾ (New York Times)

Former Gov. Mario Cuomo isn't on the ballot, but he was a hot topic in yesterday's Democratic debate between Cuomo's son, Andrew, and state Comptroller Carl McCall. (New York Post)

Andrew Cuomo stepped up his criticism of his Democratic gubernatorial opponent H. Carl McCall in the candidates's second pre-primary debate Wednesday, but both men again saved their sharpest criticism for Republican Gov. George Pataki. (Albany Times Union)

H. Carl McCall, the state comptroller and candidate in the Democratic primary for governor, yesterday began a statewide broadcast of his first commercial featuring Senator Charles E. Schumer. (New York Times)

Four candidates are battling in a primary to determine who will be the Democratic nominee to succeed Assemblyman John A. Ravitz, the Republican Party chairman in Manhattan. Mr. Ravitz, who was defeated by Liz Krueger, a Democrat, in a hard-fought State Senate race in February, decided not to seek re-election for his Assembly seat.¾ (New York Times)

State Sen. Pedro Espada (D-Bronx) will be in court in the Bronx today in an effort to get the Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr., his party-backed opponent, tossed off the Democratic primary ballot.He is charging that the residency issues that drove Raysa Castillo, the party's original pick, off the ballot were so outrageous that the Democrats should be barred from substituting Diaz. (New York Daily News)

As co-owner and columnist for New York City's most-prominent black newspaper in the 1970s, H. Carl McCall backed such ideas as racial job quotas and legal heroin for hard-core users, and once attacked Santa Claus as "no friend of the ghetto child." (Albany Times Union)

B. Thomas Golisano came to Albany Wednesday to unveil a plan for big property tax cuts, but bikinis got in the way.Golisano, jousting with Gov. George Pataki for the Independence line, drew the biggest reaction from journalists when he charged that Pataki's campaign employed young women in bikinis to collect Independence Party registrations on Long Island beaches (Albany Times Union)

August 28, 2002

Two powerful leaders of teachers' unions stood shoulder to shoulder with State Comptroller H. Carl McCall yesterday and urged the state government to spend more money on schools, but both stopped short of endorsing him in his quest to become governor. (New York Times)

Alan G. Hevesi stood before the congregation at the Unity Fellowship Church of Christ in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn last Sunday and spoke as much about the man he supports for governor as he did about his own race for New York State comptroller. (New York Times)

After hearing reports of widespread irregularities in registering new voters to the Independence Party, the New York City Board of Elections took no action yesterday on complaints lodged by Tom Golisano, who is seeking the party's nomination for governor. (New York Times)

The Queens Democratic Party's endorsement of a non-Asian candidate in the four-way primary race for a new Assembly seat representing Flushing sparked debate at a candidates forum last night. "I think it's an insult to the community that not a single Asian was contacted" by party officials who made the endorsement, said John Albert, 28, an Indian-born lawyer who is seeking the Democratic nomination in the Sept. 10 primary race. (Newsday)

When it comes to the arena of politics, Alan Hevesi is a marquee player after three decades in the business. So, scoring the Democratic nomination for state comptroller ought to be a slam-dunk for the former college basketball all-star. But Hevesi, a former state assemblyman from Forest Hills and New York City comptroller, has been hobbled by his lackluster performance in last year's Democratic primary for New York mayor - finishing last in a field of four. (Newsday)

Coming to the defense of Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Dennis Mehiel, the Green Party's candidate for governor said yesterday that he had fathered three children out of wedlock. "What is its relevance? People in politics in most other countries don't have their personal lives exposed. This is something that I think should be condemned in politics," college professor Stanley Aronowitz said. (Newsday)

The most obscure Democratic gubernatorial primary in modern history finally made it onto the front pages. A cardboard-box kingpin with a penchant for progeny did what the son of a famous governor and the state's only black official couldn't do. He got some sex into a dud of a race. (Village Voice)

There are women whose last names are too famous to change when they marry, and others whose husbands have names too famous not to take. And then there is Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, the seventh child of Robert F. Kennedy and wife of Andrew M. Cuomo, the son of a former governor who is now seeking that job for himself. Ms. Kennedy Cuomo, who runs a human rights organization, uses both names when she campaigns for her husband, and the privilege and burden of each are lost on few. (New York Times)

Andrew Cuomo yesterday slammed his two opponents - charging Gov. Pataki is playing politics by not having a plan to rebuild Ground Zero and that Carl McCall has accomplished nothing as state comptroller. (New York Post)

Parking-lot magnate and parolee Abe Hirschfeld has been ordered to stay away from gubernatorial hopeful Carl McCall and Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau, court papers show. The pair are two of 15 people the octogenarian oddball has been ordered to "have no contact" with "in person, by phone, by mail, electronically, by third person or by any other way" while he's on parole for conspiring to kill a business partner. (New York Post)

August 27, 2002

Again casting himself as an outsider running against politics-as-usual in Albany, Andrew M. Cuomo focused his criticism yesterday on the office of his opponent, H. Carl McCall, saying the state comptroller should not be the sole trustee of the state's $105 billion pension fund. Mr. McCall, meanwhile, who is also running in the Democratic primary for governor, campaigned outside Syracuse, attending an annual comptroller's luncheon where the most pressing question put to him by voters was why there are no public bathrooms between Syracuse and Alexandria Bay. (New York Times)

Democrat Carl McCall said yesterday that he's known for years that running mate Dennis Mehiel had fathered two children with two women while married to a third woman - and that voters will be just as understanding. (Daily News)

Come election time, most candidates want the cops on their side, but in a Brooklyn Assembly race, incumbent Roger Green is being blasted for his blue wall of support. (Daily News)

Carl McCall stood by embattled running mate Dennis Mehiel yesterday, insisting his explosive disclosure of fathering two out-of-wedlock children won't harm their Election Day chances. (New York Post)

Andrew Cuomo and running-mate Charlie King flatly denied Monday that their campaigns were behind the disclosure that rival candidate Dennis Mehiel had fathered two children by two separate women after he had separated from his wife. (Newsday)

Andrew Cuomo's aides were out trolling for people in City Hall Park yesterday to come hear their beleaguered candidate (the Economist magazine said he was "on course to get clobbered either in the Democratic primary or by the incumbent George Pataki") but without much luck. (Newsday)

August 26, 2002

Dennis Mehiel, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, acknowledged yesterday that he had fathered two children by two women while still legally married to his first wife. The revelation quickly turned into an exchange of accusations between the campaigns of the two Democratic candidates for governor, Andrew M. Cuomo and H. Carl McCall, over who had leaked the story to the news media. (New York Times) (Daily News)

Since 1991, Adriano Espaillat and Guillermo Linares, two top Dominican-American elected officials, had been engaged in a feud considered fierce even by the rancorous standards of New York politics. Each recruited proteges to challenge the other's re-election, while their surrogates, groomed in their dueling Democratic clubs, vied for control of ground-level posts within the county Democratic organization. (Newsday)

Eric Stevenson, a candidate for an Assembly seat in the Bronx, said that the borough's Democratic organization first challenged the number of valid signatures on his petitions. And when the city's Board of Elections determined that he had indeed exceeded the 500 signatures required, the organization took him to court, saying that his petitions lacked some details on their cover sheets, like the name of the Democratic Party. (New York Times)

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Cuomo trolled for votes in Harlem's churches yesterday, calling for making discrimination a felony. "Racism is alive and well in America, and discrimination is alive and well in America," Cuomo said on the steps of Memorial Baptist Church. "And it's not easy to say, and it's not comfortable to say, but until you say it, you will never be able to solve it." (New York Post)

August 25, 2002

As the fall elections near, the Latino vote is being contested as never before in a New York statewide race. Like Irish and Italian immigrants a century ago, Latino voters are poised to unsettle New York's traditional electoral math by their surging population and assertiveness. That has left both parties clambering for votes that until recently were assumed to be unshakably Democratic. (Newsday)

Former federal housing secretary Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that if elected governor he would introduce legislation to make discrimination a felony. (Newsday)

With time to kill on a recent statewide campaign swing, B. Thomas Golisano made a detour to downtown Buffalo. It wasn't a political stop but a possible business deal. (Albany Times Union)

In recent years, observers say, Governor George Pataki's politics have changed to resemble those of a much different former governor -- Nelson Rockefeller, a Republican whose liberal leanings enraged conservatives in the GOP. (Albany Times Union)

August 24, 2002

The gubernatorial campaign of Tom Golisano pressed ahead yesterday with efforts to challenge Gov. George E. Pataki's bid to register thousands of new voters in order to win the Independence Party's ballot line in the Sept. 10 primary. (New York Times)

Andrew M. Cuomo began running these two similar television advertisements on his record as the secretary of housing under President Clinton. One, "Real Results," will be broadcast upstate; "Real Résumé" will be broadcast in the New York City area. (New York Times)

At the end of a speech yesterday on his plan to reduce homelessness, Andrew M. Cuomo announced with a flourish that he was going to spend the night in a shelter in order to "bring light to places that have been in darkness for too long." Hours later, he headed to Bedford-Stuyvesant, where he bedded down for the night in a private room with his running mate. (New York Times)

The Sept. 10 Democratic primary for lieutenant governor between Dennis Mehiel and Charlie King has taken on unusual importance to the strategic and financial plans of the party's candidates for governor, Andrew M. Cuomo and H. Carl McCall, who have given them outsized roles in the race. (New York Times)

August 23, 2002

A small Philadelphia accounting firm donated at least $24,000 in campaign contributions to H. Carl McCall, the state comptroller who is running for governor, less than a year after winning a lucrative contract from the state, according to records filed with the State Board of Elections. (New York Times)

Taking on H. Carl McCall on an issue Mr. McCall has sought to make his own, Andrew M. Cuomo and his running mate yesterday criticized him for what they called his failure to improve the academic performance of students while he was president of the New York City school board. (New York Times)

A day after New York State Democrats abandoned plans for a television advertisement commemorating Sept. 11, Gov. George E. Pataki became the first political figure who was prominent in the attack's aftermath to address it in a campaign commercial. (New York Times)

A State Senate district in the Bronx that started the day without any candidates on the Democratic primary ballot ended the day with two, after an appeals court restored the incumbent, Pedro Espada Jr., and the party organization backed the candidacy of the Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr., a city councilman. (New York Times) (New York Daily News)

Andrew Cuomo's campaign began its aggressive end game yesterday, attacking Carl McCall's tenure as city Board of Education president as a time of sinking test scores and rising class size.The shift came as Quinnipiac University pollsters acknowledged that their last survey - which gave McCall a 16-point lead over Cuomo - used a new method of calculation that may have exaggerated McCall's edge. (New York Daily News) (New York Post)

An underdog candidate for a new Queens assembly seat blasted an anonymous hit piece yesterday that said he had been arrested for bribery, drunken driving and driving with a suspended license."I have never been arrested in my life," Francisco Moya said. "These tactics are despicable and unconscionable." (New York Daily News)

August 22, 2002

Andrew M. Cuomo may have projected a calm, polite demeanor in last Sunday's debate. But, his advisers say, do not leap to conclusions about a kinder, gentler Andrew. He is, they say, going forward with a strategy that will reserve firepower until the final 10 days of the race, when he plans to unleash ads and tougher talk aimed at State Comptroller H. Carl McCall, his opponent in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, and Gov. George E. Pataki. (New York Times)

The political battle between Gov. George E. Pataki and Tom Golisano ratcheted up a few notches yesterday, as a state court judge knocked one of Mr. Golisano's running mates off the ballot and Mr. Golisano asked the Manhattan district attorney to investigate Mr. Pataki's campaign for voter registration fraud. (New York Times) (New York Post)

Noach Dear, who was unable to run for re-election to the Council last year because of term limits, wants to be known as a state senator, and is pursuing that in a newly configured district anchored in the more racially diverse East Flatbush and Canarsie sections in Brooklyn. While Mr. Dear, 48, is perhaps the best known of the four candidates for the nomination in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary, he is by no means assured of victory. (New York Times)

Franklin Evans takes his right to vote so seriously, he turns out for lowly school board elections. So he's especially upset that someone used his identity in a burgeoning voter registration scandal.Evans' name, Greenwich Village address and forged signature were used to enroll him in the state's Independence Party - one of thousands of bogus registrations submitted to the Board of Elections this month. ( New York Daily News)

City Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. emerged yesterday as the leading contender to challenge State Sen. Pedro Espada for his South Bronx seat.Sources said that besides Diaz (D-Soundview), who would not have to give up his Council seat to run, another contender would be David Rosado, who formerly held the state Senate seat before he was defeated by Espada.Bronx Democratic Party officials have been casting about to find a replacement for their original candidate, Raysa Castillo, since a judge ordered her signature petitions invalidated over the question of her legal residency. (New York Daily News)

Several independent polling experts took issue with the Quinnipiac technique and questioned the value of last week's explosive Quinnipiac University poll - showing Carl McCall surging far ahead of Andrew Cuomo - saying that it inflated the size of McCall's support with a questionable and undisclosed technique. (New York Post)

Andrew Cuomo yesterday hammered Gov. Pataki for failing to push for "corporate responsibility," launching his second ad that focuses on the domino-like collapse of several huge businesses. (New York Post)

Federal officials will investigate whether the chief executive of a California Indian tribe violated the terms of his probation by meeting with Andrew Cuomo shortly before the tribe donated $25,000 to Mr. Cuomo's gubernatorial campaign, a probation official said yesterday. (New York Sun)

August 21, 2002

For more than a year, the most famous Democrats in New York State have remained studiously neutral in the fight for their party's nomination for governor. But now, advisers say, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton have concluded that a victory by H. Carl McCall would help Mrs. Clinton's political prospects and those of New York Democrats as a whole. (New York Times) (Albany Times Union)

Both candidates for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in New York are trolling for votes by saying that they want the Indian Point nuclear reactors closed. The Republican incumbent, in a shift, refuses to rule out the idea. (New York Times)

Touting his connections to the Queens political establishment yesterday, Democratic Assembly hopeful Barry Grodenchik received a slew of endorsements from party bigwigs, including the borough president and her predecessor. (New York Daily News)

Suspicious signatures on a nominating petition got a surprise candidate for the newly-created 22nd State Senate District thrown off of the Conservative Party ballot.The names of a judge and a dead man were among the signatures on a petition nominating Ira Rudolph, 55, for a spot on the party's primary ballot, said party spokesman Jerry Kassar. (New York Daily News)

Carl McCall questioned why Gov. Pataki met yesterday with two family members from opposite sides of the Crown Heights riots, charging the governor has no track record as a "peacemaker." (New York Post)

After his running mate fled the state amid allegations that he voted twice, gubernatorial candidate Tom Golisano has tapped a Staten Island Conservative Party activist to join him on the ballot. Golisano wants former County Chairwoman Marylou Shanahan to replace Daniel Mahony as his Conservative candidate for lieutenant governor. (New York Post)

An influential state lawmaker yesterday charged that Mayor Bloomberg's planned overhaul of special education violates a new state law. "The attempt to circumvent the deal we made in the school-governance law shows bad judgment and bad faith," said Assemblyman Steven Sanders (D-Manhattan), chairman of the Assembly's Education Committee. (New York Post)

Gov. George Pataki's re-election campaign faced an embarrassment yesterday when elections workers said thousands of Independence Party voter registrations submitted by Pataki's camp may be fraudulent. Bearing phoney addresses and ages, forged signatures, and names like Manuel Noriega and Romeo Shagwell, the registrations were collected by workers paid bounties for each new voter by the Pataki campaign. (Newsday)

State Senate candidate Charles Castro of Jackson Heights has put out a Zelig-like campaign flier showing him with fellow Democrat H. Carl McCall, a candidate for governor. This is news to the McCall camp. (Newsday)

Comptroller Carl McCall, who calls himself the "largest single investor in America," has used the power of the state's $112 billion pension fund to insulate major corporations from shareholder challenges on environmental, human rights, and other issues, contradicting his own progressive history and casting a cloud over his gubernatorial ambitions. ( Village Voice)

At the first debate between the Democratic gubernatorial candidates on Aug. 18, Andrew Cuomo exuded kindness and generosity of spirit. He called his opponent, State Comptroller Carl McCall, a "good man," even as he politely asked him to cease what he characterized as attacks on the Cuomo family. Afterwards, he told reporters, "I have never said anything unkind about Carl McCall, I have never said anything unkind about his family, and I never will." (New York Observer)

On a late-August morning three weeks before Primary Day, Bill Mulrow, underdog candidate for State Comptroller, surrounded himself with state union leaders in a nondescript conference room at the state A.F.L.-C.I.O. headquarters in Albany. Mr. Mulrow pulled apart his campaign schedule to be at this event, a press conference announcing the endorsement of the 2.3-million-member union. In the words of Mr. Mulrow's spokesman, "This is big." (New York Observer)

August 20, 2002

Carl McCall looked beyond the coming Democratic primary yesterday and spent the day campaigning against the Republican candidate for governor, George E. Pataki, whom he accused of postponing difficult decisions for the state until after the election. (New York Times)

In a blow to the Bronx Democratic Party organization, a State Supreme Court justice ruled yesterday that the candidate backed by the party for a State Senate seat be removed from the ballot because she did not meet the residency requirements.The justice, Robert G. Seewald, said the candidate, Raysa Castillo, a lawyer, had too many inconsistencies in her claims of Bronx residency. (New York Times)

Andrew Cuomo, trailing H. Carl McCall in the polls for the Democratic nomination for governor, said Monday that he plans to focus criticism on his opponent's performance as state comptroller for the past eight years. (Albany Times Union)

Gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Cuomo on Monday warned he would trim the state work force to deal with budget deficits, even considering layoffs if necessary. (Albany Times Union)

The new 39th Assembly District in Jackson Heights-Corona has a dubious distinction: Of the 151 districts in the state, it has the fewest number of voters. That's because the district, created for Latinos in Queens to elect their first state representative, is one of the most heavily immigrant communities in the nation, with many residents who are not yet citizens. (Newsday)

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate discusses George Pataki's term as governor, the commuter tax and the World Trade Center with Times reporter Shaila Dewan. (New York Times)

August 19, 2002

The Democratic candidates for governor met in their first debate yesterday, and for one hour steadfastly avoided attacking each other, agreeing on several key issues and reserving any ire for Gov. George E. Pataki. (New York Times) (Albany Times Union)

It was a 30-minute ride from a heliport to a campaign stop in Manhattan, but during that time, Tom Golisano, the billionaire third-party candidate for governor, lost no time unleashing sharp, and relentless, criticisms of the man he hopes to unseat. (New York Times)

A State Supreme Court referee recommended on Friday that Raysa Castillo, the candidate backed by the Bronx Democratic Party organization to run for the senate seat now held by Pedro Espada Jr., be removed from the ballot for the Sept. 10 primary. (New York Times) (New York Daily News)

August 18, 2002

H. Carl McCall is in the pulpit, caught for a moment in the spirit of a black church in Rochester. He sheds his usual reserve and turns to the story of Moses to explain why he is running for governor after more than 30 years in New York politics. (New York Times)

State Comptroller H. Carl McCall on Sunday declined a request to outline what he thought might be the good qualities of his opponent for the Democratic nomination for governor, former federal Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo, in turn, complained that McCall had done less with investments from the more than $100 billion state pension fund that he controls than his predecessor as comptroller, Republican Edward Regan. (Newsday) (New York Sun)

August 17, 2002

The muted primary contest between Gov. George E. Pataki and Tom Golisano flared yesterday, as Mr. Golisano launched an advertising barrage against the governor and the Pataki camp accused him of lying. (New York Times)

On any given recent weekend, it has been difficult to ignore the distinct sights and sounds of politics amid the street fairs, block parties and parades in the University Heights section of the Bronx. That is because that part of the Bronx is the scene of a race for a newly-drawn seat in the State Assembly, one for which there is hearty competition between two relatively new faces to elective politics. (New York Times)

In his first serious attacks on Gov. George E. Pataki during this campaign, Tom Golisano, a third-party candidate for governor, unveiled three new ads yesterday. His campaign said the television ads, one 60 seconds long and the others 30 seconds, are to be broadcast heavily in all markets statewide. (New York Times)

August 16, 2002

H. Carl McCall has become a strong front-runner in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor, according to several Democratic Party strategists and a major poll released today, even though Andrew M. Cuomo has waged an aggressive campaign. (New York Times) (New York Post)

For the first time in their long, parallel careers, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani is featured in a campaign advertisement for Gov. George E. Pataki. This 30-second advertisement began to be broadcast statewide yesterday. (New York Times)

Democratic state comptroller candidate William Mulrow picked up the endorsement of the largest state employees union Thursday in what could prove a substantial boost to his primary race against Alan Hevesi. (Albany Times Union)

The redistricting of legislative boundaries every 10 years gives politicians the jitters as they face the prospect of representing new neighborhoods, which can in turn invite challenges to their re-election. But it appears that the Queens delegation to the state Legislature has nothing to worry about this year. (Newsday)

August 15, 2002

With some investments from businesses in China, Willets Point Industrial Park could be transformed into a vibrant productive community with 40,000 jobs.That's what Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing), envisioned on his recent trip to China, where he met with leaders and heads of businesses to discuss potential projects for downtown Flushing. (New York Daily News)

Adding to the infighting among Brooklyn Democrats, Rep. Edolphus Towns endorsed former Councilman Martin Malave Dilan's bid to unseat State Sen. Nellie Santiago."The district has been somewhat neglected over the past several years, and Martin has demonstrated his commitment and love for the community," said Towns yesterday as he stood with Dilan and several other endorsers on the steps of City Hall. "I'm endorsing him enthusiastically." (New York Daily News)

A candidate for the Assembly seat in the new 39th District is urging locals to register to vote before today's state primary election deadline.Jose Peralta joined local Latino leaders this week to register voters as he set his sights on representing the people of Jackson Heights, Corona and Elmhurst. (New York Daily News)

A Bensonhurst legislator has lashed out at the mayor's plan to move community superintendents to Manhattan, charging it will muzzle local input in the schools."It is a symbol that the superintendents are going to be totally accountable to the mayor," said Assemblyman William Colton (D-Bensonhurst, Gravesend). "That's exactly the symbolism I don't agree with." (New York Daily News)

Catching a Giants workout on Wednesday, Gov. George Pataki said he would like to bring the Super Bowl to New York but dodged questions about his personal chances of winning the big political game on Nov. 5. (Albany Times Union)

Former federal Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, last year accepted $44,500 in campaign contributions linked to a movie producer accused of being a mob associate. (Albany Times Union)

The money from the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, a 43-member tribe that operates a casino in Indio, Calif., arrived in Mr. CuomoÍs campaign account on July 30, two weeks after the Democratic candidate met with the convicted CEO, who is still on probation, and other tribal officials at the 1,700-acre reservation east of Palm Springs. (New York Sun)

August 14, 2002

H. Carl McCall, the state comptroller who is running for governor, is campaigning on his record of pursuing corporate wrongdoers, highlighting his lawsuits on shareholders' behalf. When it comes to driving down legal costs of such cases, however, Mr. McCall has left others to take the lead role. Campaign records show the three law firms he has hired to mount the shareholder battles are all major contributors to his campaigns. (New York Times)

Andrew Cuomo, who has sniped at his rivals for taking money from scandal-ridden companies, last year accepted $44,500 in campaign contributions tied to a movie producer accused of being a mob associate. (New York Daily News)

Bronx State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. was a Democrat again yesterday, at least for the moment.His expulsion by Bronx Democratic Party officials for canoodling with Albany Senate Republicans was upheld Friday by a judge. But on Monday, an appeals court judge issued a stay, letting Espada remain in the party for now. (New York Daily News)

New York state should be collecting taxes on the sales of cigarettes and gasoline by Indian vendors to non-Indians, Comptroller H. Carl McCall, a gubernatorial hopeful, said Tuesday. (Albany Times Union)

Instead of expounding on his favorite theme of how Gov. George Pataki has failed New York, H. Carl McCall on Tuesday found himself hotly defending the triumph-over-poverty life story that has become the hallmark of his gubernatorial campaign. (Albany Times Union)

August 13, 2002

George E. Pataki returned campaign cash from WorldCom, but not Adelphia Communications, Tyco International or Global Crossing. H. Carl McCall gave up ImClone Systems money, but not Global Crossing money. Andrew M. Cuomo hedged on Enron, returning some but keeping most. In the current wave of corporate scandal and collapse, the old question of which campaign contributions a politician should or should not keep has taken on a new urgency. (New York Times)

Reports to the state show that much of H. Carl McCall's campaign staff recently went on the payroll of his choice for lieutenant governor, Dennis Mehiel, a highly unusual cost-sharing that is saving Mr. McCall's gubernatorial campaign thousands of dollars. (New York Times) (New York Post)

It wasn't the governor's idea, Fernando Mateo said. Nor did it have anything to do with the $400,000 he had raised for George E. Pataki. Or the legislative support he feels Mr. Pataki has provided the Dominican community. (New York Times)

State Comptroller H. Carl McCall on Monday was appointed lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against fallen telecommunications giant WorldCom Inc., some of its officers and directors and its accounting firm, Arthur Andersen LLP. (Albany Times Union)

The Pataki administration is coming under fire for failing to collect up to $250 million a year in cigarette taxes from sales made by Native Americans and out-of-state sellers. (New York Post)

Records reveal gubernatorial hopeful Carl McCall never lived in a public-housing project, despite his repeated claims to have done so. (New York Post)

A powerful lawmaker is proposing a sweeping package of reforms to try to turn around New York state's troubled middle schools. "Obviously there's a crisis in the middle schools when you look at the test results," said Assembly Education Committee Chairman Steve Sanders (D-Manhattan). (New York Post)

Bringing his gubernatorial campaign back to the topic to which he has devoted his career, Andrew Cuomo yesterday launched a two-day tour to highlight some of the state's most impoverished urban and rural areas of New York that Cuomo said have been neglected under Gov. George Pataki. (Newsday)

Republicans accused billionaire businessman B. Thomas Golisano of flouting state contribution limits in his efforts to aid possible running mates as he seeks the Conservative and Independence party nominations for governor. (Newsday)

One of the candidates for state comptroller said Monday he would try to become the authoritative voice on state budget revenue projections if he wins the office this November. Bill Mulrow, who is locked in a Democratic primary battle with former New York City comptroller Alan Hevesi, said the tough fiscal times facing New York dictate that state budgets be developed according to reliable revenue estimates. (Newsday)

August 12, 2002

Strolling through the Edenwald Playground in the Bronx during a neighborhood old-timers' day celebration on Saturday, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, a state senator facing a tough re-election battle, passed out business cards instead of campaign literature. (New York Times)

The hottest political battle in the Bronx rolls into court and the Board of Elections this week.State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr., his expulsion from the Democratic Party upheld by a judge Friday, is expected to appeal. (New York Daily News)

Sweat dripped from the brows of the three candidates for governor of New York as they campaigned in 90 heat at Sunday's Dominican Day parade. (Albany TImes Union)

Gov. Pataki vowed yesterday to keep pushing legislation to require background checks of people serving the vulnerable elderly. (New York Daily News)

Gubernatorial candidate Carl McCall lashed out at Democratic rival Andrew Cuomo for not returning campaign money from a former member of the Enron board. (New York Post)

Flushing's new Assembly district was carefully crafted, state officials say, to boost the chances of an Asian American being sent to Albany. But now some community leaders, including two Asian-American candidates, are complaining that Democratic Party officials did not even consider an Asian for the seat before endorsing Barry Grodenchik, who lives outside the district and works as an aide to the Queens borough president. (Newsday)

August 11, 2002

As allegations of corporate wrongdoing continue to rock Wall Street, Democratic gubernatorial candidate H. Carl McCall on Saturday said he will donate a $25,000 campaign contribution from indicted ImClone founder Sam Waksal to charity. (Albany Times Union)

August 10, 2002

Barraging the airwaves with ads, Tom Golisano, the billionaire making a third-party run for governor, reported today that his campaign spent $12 million in the last four weeks, a record pace for a statewide campaign. (New York Times) (Albany Times Union)

H. Carl McCall's choice for lieutenant governor, Dennis Mehiel, has thrived at running companies on the brink, amassing considerable wealth in the process. The rewards of his success, federal records show, have also included several loans at below-market interest rates, somewith no interest at all, from the companies he controls. The practice is legal, but the recent wave of corporate scandals has made it highly controversial. (New York Times)

Nearly a year ago John C. Liu made history when he won a City Council seat in Flushing, Queens, one of the city's major centers of Asian-American life, and became the first New Yorker of Asian descent to win elective office.Since then, courtesy of legislative redistricting, a new Assembly district has been created in central Queens. Anchored in Flushing and 53 percent Asian in population, it was designed to make the district ripe for the election of an Asian-American candidate. (New York Times)

The Democratic gubernatorial primary has escalated into a full-scale advertisement war. Former U.S. Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo released his second television ad in two days on Friday, focusing on corporate responsibility. Cuomo's rival for the Democratic nomination, state Comptroller H. Carl McCall put up a radio ad that focuses on his black heritage for the first time in this campaign. (Albany Times Union)

August 9, 2002

Tension among the Democratic candidates for governor reached a new level yesterday as Andrew M. Cuomo released a television commercial that State Comptroller H. Carl McCall's campaign called the race's first attack advertising. (New York Times) (New York Daily News)

Andrew M. Cuomo, the former secretary of housing and a Democratic candidate for governor in the Sept. 10 primary, released a 30-second advertisement that will be shown today on New York City stations and run for about 10 days, his campaign aides said. (New York Times)

Jamaica Center was visited yesterday by the head of the Assembly Committee on Tourism, Arts and Sports Development, who was touring cultural and heritage sites as part of a promotional campaign.Assemblyman Joseph Morelle (D-Rochester) met with economic developers to discuss ideas to attract people to the downtown area for entertainment, shopping and historical tours.Morelle, former head of the Assembly Small Business Committee, was invited by Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-Jamaica). (New York Daily News)

The state Republican Party filed lawsuits Thursday in an attempt to kick B. Thomas Golisano's two running mates off the Sept. 10 primary ballot, claiming their petitions contain fraudulent and invalid signatures. (Albany Times Union)

Charles Castro claims he is a "decorated" cop whose life "reads like a movie script" - including eight medals during a "distinguished" 17-year career in the NYPD - and is worthy of being elected to the state Senate. But Castro fails to tell prospective voters he is a disgraced cop whose controversial career ended with his firing. (New York Post)

August 8, 2002

The Democrats' choice to oppose Bronx state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. appears to have a residency problem, dealing a potential blow to the party's dream of wresting control of the Senate from Republicans this year. (New York Daily News)

The extra time and money Republican Gov. George Pataki has spent to woo New York's diverse Hispanic community has paid off, according to the 10th annual survey released Wednesday by a consortium of nonprofit organizations. (Albany Times Union)

Gov. Pataki took nearly $25,000 in donations from the scandal-ridden telecommunications giant WorldCom and a member of its board of directors who helped audit the firm. (New York Post)

His body in Israel but his mind firmly focused on Jewish voters in New York, Andrew Cuomo yesterday continued a whirlwind tour that comes just 34 days before the Democratic gubernatorial primary. (Newsday)

August 7, 2002

The Republicans who control the State Senate tried to persuade two, and possibly three, Brooklyn Democrats to switch parties this year, and at least one is likely to make the jump, Senate officials in both parties say. (New York Times)

Dawn had barely come yesterday, and Assemblyman Clarence Norman Jr. was already perched at the entrance to the Kingston Avenue subway station on Eastern Parkway. Impeccably dressed in a dark blue suit, Mr. Norman, the Democratic Party leader of Brooklyn and a 20-year incumbent, insisted that his re-election battle was a difficult one that demanded nearly 24-hour vigilance. (New York Times)

This 30-second commercial, in Spanish, is the second in H. Carl McCall's campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor. Two Spanish-language television stations, Telemundo and Univision, began broadcasting the spot yesterday. A similar radio commercial is also on the air. (New York Times)

A group of insurgent candidates are mounting spirited, low-budget campaigns against Brooklyn's Democratic organization.The loose coalition calls itself The People's Ticket and includes candidates for judgeships and slots on the Democratic State Committee, as well as for state Assembly and Senate. (New York Daily News)

Just weeks before the Democratic gubernatorial primary, Andrew Cuomo left Tuesday on his second trip to Israel in five months, rejecting suggestions the visit was politically motivated. (Albany Times Union)

Three states have barred teachers and other school staffers from recommending that a student be put on Ritalin or any other psychoactive drug - and New York may be joining them. State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) - concerned about the growing use of Ritalin to control hyperactive, disruptive and distracted students at the behest of educators - proposed such a bill last year and hopes to get it passed in the next legislative session. (New York Post)

August 6, 2002

Andrew M. Cuomo called for the outright repeal of mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent, low-level drug offenders yesterday, and took his rivals in the campaign for governor to task for not doing more to roll back the so-called Rockefeller drug laws. (New York Daily News) (New York Times)

Andrew Cuomo yesterday admitted that he and Gov. Pataki have at least one thing in common: They've both smoked pot. (New York Post)

With his own party divided over the primary in the governor's race, powerful state Sen. Martin Connor (D-Brooklyn Heights) is trying to get a prominent conservative on the November ballot. Connor, a lawyer who is considered an expert on election law, has been hired by self-financed gubernatorial hopeful Tom Golisano to help get Golisano on the ballot. Golisano, a multimillionaire owner of a payroll company, covets the nominations of the Independence and Conservative parties and also hopes to create a new ballot line for himself. (New York Daily News)

August 5, 2002

With a mounting charge of insurgent candidates forcing Brooklyn's entrenched Democratic leadership on campaign trail, Sandra Roper who has bone to pick with the county party is taking on its top dog, Clarence Norman. (The Brooklyn Paper)

Andrew Cuomo called for a 25 percent reduction in auto insurance premiums for New York drivers yesterday and attacked Gov. George Pataki for siding with insurers. (Newsday)

August 4, 2002

Carl McCall is walking a tightrope in the campaign for governor. His balancing act was on display one recent Sunday, when he stood at the lectern of a black church in Mount Vernon, in Westchester, and talked about wanting to "make history" and "do something that's never been done before." (New York Daily News)

August 3, 2002

After a week of intense campaigning and long-distance sniping, the two Democratic candidates for governor of New York were ready to sit across from each other Monday and discuss their differences. There is just one problem: no one will give the public a way to listen. (New York Times)

State Comptroller H. Carl McCall is dragging the Democratic primary for governor into the "gutter," and the man who will ultimately benefit is Republican incumbent George Pataki, former Gov. Mario Cuomo said Friday. (Albany Times Union)

Setting up a potential political war between New York's two largest state workers unions, the 55,000-member Public Employees Federation on Friday voted to back Republican Gov. George Pataki's bid for a third term. (Albany Times Union)

A high-level Board of Elections official yesterday said "it's clear" that Conservative Party politician Daniel Mahony illegally voted twice, as the Manhattan DA's office moved forward with its probe. (New York Post)

August 2, 2002

B. Thomas Golisano, a billionaire making his third minor-party run for governor, filed petitions yesterday in his bid to enter the Conservative Party primary against Gov. George E. Pataki. (New York Times)

Amid mounting criticism from Democrats, environmentalists and Westchester County residents, Gov. George E. Pataki yesterday announced a safety review of the Indian Point nuclear plant and its evacuation plan. (New York Times) (Albany Times Union)

Gov. George E. Pataki unexpectedly took sides in a spat between the two Democratic candidates for governor yesterday, reprimanding H. Carl McCall for saying that Andrew M. Cuomo "had to run home for dad" for help in the Democratic primary. (New York Times)

Andrew Cuomo's gubernatorial campaign is paying just $5,000 a month for office space advertised at $30,000 a month, a cut-rate deal that his opponent said violates state campaign finance laws. (New York Daily News)

Conservative candidate Dan Mahony signed in to vote at two different Manhattan polling sites in last year's race for mayor - but didn't cast his ballot twice, his spokesman said yesterday. (New York Post)

August 1, 2002

Former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo landed squarely in the thick of the Democratic primary for governor yesterday as State Comptroller H. Carl McCall suggested that his opponent, Andrew M. Cuomo, had to "run home for dad" for support. (New York Times) (New York Post)

In the 10 years since she was first elected to the State Senate, Nellie Santiago has never faced an election without a Democratic primary challenge. Still, Ms. Santiago, who represents Bushwick and Cypress Hills in Brooklyn, has typically won easily with wide margins over little-known opponents.Coasting to victory this year is shaping up to be a far more difficult matter for Ms. Santiago. She is opposed in the Sept. 10 primary by Martin Malavé-Dilán, a former city councilman who represented much of the area for 10 years before being forced out of office by the city's term-limit laws. (New York Times)

This is a new 30-second commercial from the campaign of B. Thomas Golisano. It is titled "Three Thousand." For transcript and analysis: (New York Times)

As Gov. George Pataki made economic development announcements upstate Wednesday, his Democratic opponents discussed curbing corporate fraud and reforming education at events in New York City. (Albany Times Union)

State Comptroller H. Carl McCall is under fire in court papers that allege conflicts of interest in a WorldCom-related case because of a past job he held and his political fund-raising activities. (Albany Times Union) (Newsday)

The New York City Board of Elections is investigating whether B. Thomas Golisano's Conservative running mate, Daniel Mahony, illegally registered to vote twice and cast two ballots in the latest presidential and mayoral elections. (Albany Times Union) (New York Post)

Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) said yesterday he'll introduce legislation in the next session banning judges from unmasking undercover cops when they appear in court. (New York Post)



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