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July 2002 Archive

July 31, 2002

Andrew M. Cuomo, the former federal housing secretary and a Democratic candidate for governor, started broadcasting a 30-second advertisement last weekend on New York City stations, which Cuomo aides say reach 70 to 75 percent of likely primary voters. A series of commercials had appeared upstate in recent weeks, focusing on the economy. Read the transcript and a brief analysis. (New York Times)

With six weeks left until the Democratic gubernatorial primary, H. Carl McCall finally took his campaign to the airwaves with a television advertisement that depicts his rise from poverty to success in government and business. (New York Times) (Albany Times Union) (Newsday)

Staunch Republican Gov. Pataki wooed top Democrats yesterday - asking them to bring their party's convention to New York City in 2004. (New York Daily News)

The Democratic race for governor took an unexpectedly personal turn yesterday when Carl McCall's campaign attacked a Cuomo - not rival Andrew Cuomo, but his dad, former Gov. Mario Cuomo. (New York Daily News)

A Conservative Party candidate for lieutenant governor appears to have broken the law by voting twice in the most recent mayoral and presidential elections, records obtained by The Post reveal. (New York Post)

July 30, 2002

The McCall campaign stepped up its attacks on Andrew M. Cuomo's credibility today, and this time Mr. Cuomo's campaign gave them the ammunition, wrongly claiming the endorsement of a group of upstate Democrats. (New York Times) (Albany Times Union)

The high price of prescription drugs that forces elderly people to forgo food to afford medication or to buy cheaper pills in Canada is "tragic," and government should do more to bring drug costs down, H Carl McCall and Senator Charles Schumer said Monday. (Albany Times Union)

Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new television advertisement on Monday featuring Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass. (Albany Times Union) (Newsday)

Andrew Cuomo launched a TV ad yesterday featuring testimonials from the children of two prominent black leaders: the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr.Cuomo also announced that he hired a top black political operative - Jacques DeGraff, who managed the Rev. Al Sharpton's 1997 mayoral bid - to be a senior campaign adviser.The moves reflect Cuomo's strategy of trying to win black votes in his Democratic primary race against state Controller Carl McCall, who is vying to become New York's first black governor. (Daily News)

Andrew Cuomo's gubernatorial campaign is about to roll out a "secret weapon" - his famous father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, The Post has learned. (NY Post)

Meet New York's least-known power couple. Assemblyman Vito Lopez and city Planning Commissioner Angela Battaglia sit atop a massive network of government-subsidized social-service and housing agencies in impoverished Bushwick, Brooklyn. (NY Post)

July 29, 2002

In embarking on his third bid for governor, B. Thomas Golisano, a billionaire entrepreneur and founder of the state's Independence Party, has unleashed a campaign of lavish spending, a multipronged strategy to get a spot on the ballot and a goal apparently of frustrating Gov. George E. Pataki at every turn. (New York Times)

State Comptroller H. Carl McCall picked up the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter on Sunday, giving him the backing of 10 of the state's 19 Democratic members of Congress in his bid to become governor. (Albany Times Union)

The end of plastic and glass recycling has left the streets of Gravesend strewn with garbage and a magnet for rats, says Assemblyman William Colton. (Daily News)

July 28, 2002

Last week, as corporate chieftains were arrested and the stock market churned, Andrew M. Cuomo invited reporters to a Midtown Manhattan hotel ballroom stocked with his supporters and delivered a formal half-hour speech based on a four-page proposal on corporate ethics. It was a kickoff to a four-city tour by Mr. Cuomo with appearances by laid-off employees whose savings have evaporated. (New York Times)

The 225th annual session of the New York State Legislature dragged quietly to a tentative close on July 2, after six months of partisan posturing and wrangling and very little real action. This article summarizes the key legislation that either passed of failed before the New York State Legislature. (New York Times)

July 27, 2002

As the legislative session winds to a close in this election year, Gov. George E. Pataki has quietly put the brakes on several popular measures, including a minimum wage increase and a ban on smoking in restaurants, according to legislators and lobbyists of all political stripes. (New York Times)

Building on support he's already received in the Hispanic community, Gov. George Pataki accepted an endorsement Friday from the Grand Council of Hispanic Societies. (Albany Times Union)

July 26, 2002

Thousands of complaints about poor care at nursing homes in New York were ignored or not properly investigated by the State Health Department last year, according to an audit released yesterday by State Comptroller H. Carl McCall. (New York Times)

Today, it became official - almost - that there will be a Democratic primary for governor, as Andrew M. Cuomo produced a six-foot-high stack of petitions to get his name on the primary ballot. (New York Times) (Albany Times Union)

The Brooklyn Public Library will get $150,000 worth of snazzy new books and services - and spruced-up facilities - thanks to a grant from the state Assembly's Brooklyn delegation. (Daily News)

July 25, 2002

The leaders of the state Legislature opened the door yesterday to restoring New York City's $400-million-a-year commuter tax, which was repealed three years ago. (New York Post)

Andrew M. Cuomo and H. Carl McCall looked beyond September yesterday, spending the day campaigning against the man that only one of them is likely to face in November, Gov. George E. Pataki.   (New York Times)

Andrew Cuomo yesterday took his campaign for "corporate responsibility" upstate, charging Gov. Pataki and Comptroller Carl McCall are engaging in "ethically unacceptable" behavior. (New York Post) (Newsday)

July 24, 2002

The possibility of a transit fare increase after the election in November has been in the air for almost a month now, ever since Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg began to mention the issue in interviews. Yesterday, it began to resonate louder in the governor's race, as H. Carl McCall, the state comptroller and a Democrat hoping to unseat Gov. George E. Pataki in the fall, challenged the governor to assure New York commuters that an increase was not looming. (New York Times)

Accusing Pataki and GOP of inaction, gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo calls for "code of ethics," tougher fraud penalties, state commission to combat white-collar crimes.   (Albany Times Union)

As part of NY1's coverage of the upcoming governor's race, Andrew Kirtzman followed State Comptroller Carl McCall to a campaign appearance in Manhattan this week, where he found a private man thrust into a public role. (NY1)

July 23, 2002

United States Senator Charles E. Schumer took the unusual step yesterday of jumping into the hotly contested Democratic primary for governor, endorsing H. Carl McCall, the state comptroller, over his opponent, Andrew M. Cuomo. (New York Times) (Daily News) (New York Post)

Democrats gathered Monday to demonstrate their unity in the face of a contentious gubernatorial primary just hours after one of the party's top elected officials announced he had chosen sides in the race.  (Albany Times Union)

State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. found himself embroiled yesterday in yet another controversy. Espada, whom Bronx Democrats have been trying to kick out of the party for switching his loyalty to Albany Republicans, funneled $745,000 in so-called pork-barrel funds to a Soundview community group that he heads and from which he draws more than $200,000 a year in salary. (Daily News)

Lt. Gov. Mary Donohue, eyeing a Conservative Party primary, has launched a "crusade" to put "under God" back in the Pledge of Allegiance.  (New York Post)

July 22, 2002

On the last day of the Legislature's 1999 session, Gov. George Pataki garnered front-page headlines by proposing that New York considerably restrict for the first time how much money wealthy individuals, corporations and labor unions could donate to political campaigns. In the succeeding three years, however, there has been little evidence that Pataki has tried to make good on that pledge. The governor's bill never has made it out of a committee in the State Senate, even though Pataki's Republican allies control that chamber. (Newsday)

Senator Charles Schumer is endorsing Carl McCall in New York's race for governor. The state's senior senator is expected to officially announce his support for his fellow Democrat at a news conference on the steps of City Hall Monday. (NY1)

The New York State Legislature has approved a budget that included $745,000 in grants to a nonprofit community group that State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx heads, and that pays him more than $200,000 a year. The grants were among Mr. Espada's "member items," the discretionary pork-barrel money legislators get to dole out as they see fit. (New York Times)

As accounting scandals roil the stock market and stimulate a wave of regulatory bills in Congress, New York State lawmakers have also begun to ponder ways to tighten oversight of accounting firms and eliminate potential conflicts of interest.At the same time, campaign finance reports filed last week show that the nation's biggest accounting firms began pouring more money than ever into the state's political races. (New York Times)

Two years ago, State Assemblyman Roger Green survived a strong challenge from Hakeem Jeffries, a lawyer, who managed to win 41 percent of the vote in the primary, an unusually impressive showing for a political novice running against one of the Assembly's long-serving and most influential members. In the two years since that race, Mr. Jeffries, 31, has devoted a great deal of energy to organizing and preparing for this year's primary. (New York Times)

Less than two months after his company was involved in separate oil spills in the East River and the Port Jefferson harbor, a Long Island businessman donated $10,000 to the re-election campaign of Gov. Pataki, The Post has learned. (New York Post)

She's been accused of anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism and fraud - but to Gov. Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg, Lenora Fulani is a powerful political ally. (New York Post)

July 21, 2002

It's been a rough few weeks for John "Jack" Cheevers, a little-known outsider who tried to take on the two top Democratic candidates in a gubernatorial campaign this year. Cheevers received a reminder of his failed campaign last week when a state Supreme Court justice in Albany dismissed a lawsuit against the Legislature that he filed last year to kick off his campaign. (Albany Times Union)

July 20, 2002

B. Thomas Golisano on Friday launched a $5 million statewide television and radio advertising blitz, a move supporters say demonstrates the billionaire businessman's seriousness about running for governor. (Albany Times Union)

A look at the chief criminal justice positions taken by former federal Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo and state Comptroller H. Carl McCall, the two Democrats vying for the nomination to oppose Republican Gov. George Pataki. (Newsday)

July 19, 2002

State Comptroller H. Carl McCall picked up the endorsement of a powerful union today in his quest for the governor's office: the Civil Service Employees Association. (New York Times) (Newsday)

Gov. Pataki yesterday said he hopes to avert a transit-fare hike despite fiscal woes that have Mayor Bloomberg threatening to cut city funding to the MTA. (New York Post)

July 18, 2002

A group of unemployed workers who distributed fliers critical of Gov. George E. Pataki were ejected from the Dominican Day Parade in the Bronx on Sunday, after the governor's re-election campaign questioned the workers' presence. (New York Times)

Gov. George Pataki and his rivals are spending very heavily, including almost $2.4 million already laid out by the Republican incumbent for television and radio advertising, a review of records Wednesday showed. (Albany Times Union)

Carl McCall yesterday belittled the campaign of Andrew Cuomo, saying his Democratic rival's candidacy is "in decline," based on its fund-raising figures. (New York Post)

Seven of the 10 real estate developers chosen for a prestigious panel advising Gov. George Pataki's administration on how to rebuild the World Trade Center site - some with their own financial projects at stake - are significant donors to re-election campaigns of Pataki and his Republican allies. (Newsday)

July 17, 2002

Andrew Cuomo focused on preschool children and literacy as he announced an education plan yesterday, echoing the plan released on Sunday by H. Carl McCall, his opponent for the Democratic nomination for New York governor. (New York Times)

Financial filings became the focus of controversy and confusion Tuesday because of errors in the campaign-contribution and expenditure reports of the state Republican Party and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Cuomo. (Albany Times Union)

July 16, 2002

Gov. George E. Pataki, already leading in polls, far outpaced his Democratic rivals in fund-raising over the last six months, taking in about $12.7 million in contributions, according to campaign filings. (New York Times) (Albany Times Union)

July 15, 2002

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver accused Governor George E. Pataki Friday of damaging downtown recovery efforts by planning to send jobs out of the area. Silver, whose district includes the World Trade Center area, sent Pataki a toughly worded letter urging Pataki to rescind his plan to relocate 271 state workers from offices in Lower Manhattan to Harlem. (New York Post)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo called for the immediate closing of the Indian Point nuclear plant yesterday, warning that it was "the only true way to protect New Yorkers" from a terrorist attack at the site. (New York Post) (Daily News)

July 14, 2002

Andrew Cuomo has returned to New York to run for governor, picking up where his father left off when he was rushed out of politics in 1994 by George E. Pataki, in the one gubernatorial campaign that Andrew Cuomo did not run for him. (New York Times)

July 13, 2002

Raysa Castillo, the Bronx Democratic Party's nominee to oppose State Senator Pedro Espada Jr., officially announced her candidacy yesterday. Castillo, a lawyer who has worked with several nonprofit advocacy groups, said yesterday that her effort to become the state's first female Dominican senator would be a broad-based campaign with support throughout the mostly Democratic 32nd Senate District, which includes Mott Haven, Morrisania and Soundview in the Bronx. (New York Times)

A 32-year-old doorman who was trying to take on a veteran state lawmaker in an East Side Democratic primary was ousted yesterday from the party. After a hearing, a four-member jury of Democratic district leaders unanimously voted to boot Christopher Spuches, thwarting his bid against Assemblyman Steve Sanders. (New York Post)

The New York State Legislature's failure to lower the legal limit for drunken driving already has cost New York more than $30 million, and the tab could surpass $120 million if the delay continues. (Albany Times Union)

July 12, 2002

Manhattan Democrats are moving to boot one of their own out of the party - a 32-year-old doorman at a hot nightclub who's challenging a veteran state lawmaker. Chris Spuches is facing political excommunication from Democrats who are trying to thwart his bid against influential East Side Assemblyman Steve Sanders. Spuches was notified this week by Manhattan Democratic boss Timothy Gay that a hearing has been set for today to consider nixing his party membership because of Spuches' critical remarks about the party. (New York Post)

The New York State AFL-CIO announced yesterday that it will remain neutral in the governor's race at least through the September10 primary. If the AFL-CIO fails to make an endorsement it would deprive the Democratic Party's nominee - State Comptroller H. Carl McCall or Andrew Cuomo - of a valuable ally in what is sure to be an uphill battle against Pataki, a Republican. (Newsday) (Daily News)

Supporters of Democratic gubernatorial hopeful H. Carl McCall held more than 200 house parties statewide Thursday, raising funds for McCall's campaign. While McCall, the state comptroller, was raising money, his Democratic rival, former U.S. Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo, unveiled a trio of education initiatives. Governor George E. Pataki was in Brooklyn receiving endorsements from Haitian-American community leaders. (Albany Times Union)

Diverting briefly from the usual Democratic focus on the condition of the state's poorest schools, gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo traveled yesterday to the wealthy Nassau suburb of Roslyn Harbor to pitch his plan to help parents track their children's school progress through the Internet. (Newsday)

Governor George E. Pataki yesterday continued to make inroads with Democratic groups - holding an endorsement rally with Haitian-Americans in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Pataki has been endorsed by the Haitian-American Law Enforcement Fraternal Organization, which has 300 members in New York. (New York Post)

In an attempt to streamline and reform local governments, Governor George E. Pataki has created a task force designed to come up with ideas to help village, town, city and county governments become more efficient and cost-effective. (Albany Times Union)

Governor George E.Pataki visited downtown Brooklyn yesterday to promote a $200 million project intended to upgrade the 97-year-old Atlantic Terminal. The work - set to be completed in December 2006 - includes renovation of the Long Island Rail Road and Transit Authority facilities at the 3.6-acre complex at Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, as well as the construction of a 375,000-square-foot retail complex atop the terminal. (Daily News)

July 11, 2002

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Andrew Cuomo and H. Carl McCall launched separate attacks yesterday demanding Governor George E. Pataki push through stalled legislation that, if passed, would increase the minimum wage and soften harsh drug laws. (Daily News) (The Journal News)

Republican Governor George E. Pataki released a Spanish-language television ad on health care Wednesday while his Democratic challengers assailed him on minimum wage and drug law reform. The ad, which began airing on Spanish-language stations statewide, boasts that the state-funded Child Health Plus program's enrollment has risen by more than 500,000 since Pataki took office in 1995. (Albany Times Union)

Trying to get a political boost, Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Cuomo is restructuring his campaign and increasing the role of several aides, including two ex-employees of his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo. (New York Post)

More than seven years after Governor George E. Pataki first said he wanted to revise the Rockefeller-era drug laws, only three people - the governor and two legislative leaders - know if they're ready to make a deal. (New York Times)

After an outcry from several groups that use public borrowing for construction projects, the Pataki administration has decided to waive some newly imposed fees. The fees, which could add thousands of dollars to projects, will be passed on to project sponsors such as colleges, hospitals, nursing homes and a variety of commercial businesses and not-for-profits that use public authorities and agencies for financing. (Albany Times Union)

Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Cuomo took time out yesterday from issues like the minimum wage and education reform to propose that former Mayor Rudy Giuliani be named commissioner of baseball. (Daily News)

July 10, 2002

Saying that scandal-plagued companies have penetrated Albany, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew M. Cuomo, called for the overhaul of New York State's ethics laws and campaign finance system yesterday. (New York Times) (Albany Times Union)

Democratic candidate for governor and New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall said on Monday that President Bush must reassure American investors that corporate crooks will be dealt with severely and that tougher federal oversight is on the way. McCall's statement comes after New York State's $112 billion public employee pension fund, of which McCall is sole trustee, suffered some large losses as a result of the corporate accounting revelations. (Albany Times Union)

Roger Stone, the top political adviser to billionaire B. Thomas Golisano, said the Rochester-based businessman may soon begin broadcasting television ads critical of Governor George E. Pataki's ties to Lenora Fulani, the former head of the leftist New Alliance Party. (Albany Times Union)

July 9, 2002

This year, Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat from Manhattan, is facing a primary battle of his own that is viewed as among the most challenging of this election year in New York City. His challenger is Guillermo Linares, a city councilman from northern Manhattan for 10 years before term limit laws prevented him from running last year. The district in which Mr. Schneiderman is running has a population that is nearly 60 percent Hispanic - principally Dominican - compared with his old district, which was less than 20 percent Hispanic. Linares was formerly a city councilmember from the neighborhoods now sitting squarely in Schneiderman's district. (New York Times)

Among the many pieces of unfinished business at the end of the legislative session this year, a bill that would have restricted smoking in restaurants seemed among the most likely to succeed. But the session has pretty much ended, and the bill was not brought up for a vote. Its apparent demise demonstrates how in Albany, it is much easier to stop a bill than to make it into law. (New York Times)

New York State Democrats quietly borrowed $700,000 from an obscure Queens bank in the last weeks of the 2000 elections, hoping the cash would help them win enough seats to wrest control of the chamber from Republicans. But the Democrats not only failed to pick up seats, they still owe the bank nearly $400,000 - complicating their goal of capturing the Senate in this year's legislative elections. (New York Post)

Governor George E. Pataki unveiled details of his $100 million upstate economic development initiative on Monday, revealing that it relies heavily on Indian casinos and gives municipalities a tight deadline to apply for grants. (Albany Times Union)

July 8, 2002

Democratic candidate for governor H. Carl McCall accused Republican Governor George E. Pataki yesterday of failing to reform the controversial Rockefeller drug laws and stalling lawmakers' efforts to revise them. (New York Times) (Daily News) (New York Post)

After objections from Governor George E. Patakiís top aides, the Democratic partyís advertisement, called "Stolen Lives," which urges changes to the Rockefeller-era drug laws, was pulled off the air by two Spanish-language television stations. (New York Times)

A bill passed by the New York State Legislature and scheduled to be signed into law soon by Governor George E. Pataki will restore residential education status for thousands of undocumented immigrants. (Albany Times Union)

Six months into the legislative session with no clear end in sight, the November election -- particularly the gubernatorial race -- is having a major impact on the passage of legislation. Some say Governor George E. Pataki has built such political dominance that he doesn't need to press allies in the Republican-dominated Senate to negotiate with the Democrat-led Assembly. Nor does he need to work to resolve conflicting bills in the two chambers. (Albany Times Union)

The New York State Legislature has been in session since early January but New Yorkers still do not know whether lawmakers will revise the Rockefeller drug laws, raise the minimum wage, approve a gay rights measure, extend unemployment insurance, or require clergy members to report allegations of child abuse. (New York Times)

Governor George E. Pataki paddled down Manhattan's west side yesterday, joining a flotilla of kayaks to raise awareness about the cleanup and recreational uses of the Hudson River. (New York Post)

In just three weeks Rochester businessman and Republican candidate for governor B. Thomas Golisano has established himself as a statewide candidate, launching a website and setting up his headquarters. (Albany Times Union)

July 7, 2002

With rent laws, which affect more than one million households, facing sunset on June 15, 2003, and the gubernatorial election just four months away, the debate over how much, and even whether, government should counteract free-market forces to regulate rent is stirring once again. (New York Times)

July 5, 2002

Democratic gubernatorial candidates H. Carl McCall and Andrew M. Cuomo marched up and down Main Street in Yonkers yesterday, campaigning at the Hudson River Festival. But Governor George E. Pataki, the Republican who is running for re-election, was nowhere in sight. (New York Times)

New York State Assemblyman Robert A. Straniere, one of the longest-serving Republicans in Albany, has become something of an outcast within his own party. Straniere is heading into his 12th Assembly campaign without a single endorsement from an elected official in the city's most heavily Republican borough. Officials in his party say they have decided to sit this one out, taking the unusual position of not endorsing one of their longest-serving figures. (New York Times)

New York State Senator Frank Padavan wrote in a letter to lottery director Margaret DeFrancisco this week that he found the New York State Lottery's new Double Eagle game, whose tickets picture two American bald eagles, offensive. (Newsday)

On Thursday, a small group of politicians, including Democratic candidate for governor H. Carl McCall, joined members of several different political groups in declaring their support for campaign finance reform. (Albany Times Union)

For the second straight year, a session of the New York State Legislature is petering out, each chamber engaged in seemingly half-hearted attempts to conclude deals on pressing issues, including the state's mandatory drug laws to steer more nonviolent offenders into treatment; improving the state's minimum wage and outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation.

July 4, 2002

Governor George E. Pataki announced yesterday that he is throwing a broad blanket of security over New York for the Independence Day holiday. (Albany Times Union)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo came out Wednesday against spam, the unsolicited, bulk junk e-mail computer users have come to know and hate, while his Democratic rival, H. Carl McCall stuck to more traditional campaign issues, holding a news conference in New York City on Friday to call for approval of legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.75. (Newsday)

July 3, 2002

For 15 months, the New York State Superfund program that is supposed to clean up toxic waste sites has not received a penny for investigating and sanitizing polluted ground because of a political standoff between Governor George E. Pataki and Assembly Democrats. Today, the Republicans in control of the Senate passed the governor's bill, but complicated matters by tacking on an amendment intended to clean up tire dumps. Now it is not clear whether the two sides will reach an agreement at all this summer. (New York Times)

State Senators returned to Albany yesterday for a one-day session, but left untouched several major pieces of proposed legislation, including increases in the minimum wage and workers' compensation, a revision of the Rockefeller drug laws, a requirement that priests report suspected child abuse and protection of gay men and lesbians from discrimination. The New York State Senate did approve several bills that the governor and the Assembly have agreed to, including one that would forbid the use of state money to fight or encourage unions, one that extends $2,000 tax credits for certain hybrid vehicles, and an anti-sweatshop bill that requires the state to buy uniforms produced under fair-labor practices. (New York Times)

Yesterday, the New York State Assembly came up with $37 million in extra school aid to help every New York City classroom connect to the Internet. The money, which came out of a construction fund controlled by Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), was an addition to the $163 million state-budget increase allocated for city schools. (New York Post)

The New York State Senate passed a garment-industry "preference" bill last night designed to aid businesses harmed by the World Trade Center attacks. The measure, approved by the Democrat-controlled Assembly last week and expected to be quickly signed by Governor George E. Pataki, waives low-bid requirements on state contracts for garment manufacturers whose businesses were damaged by the September 11 tragedy. (New York Post)

The New York State Senate yesterday passed a bill meant to protect elderly and low-income homeowners from banks and mortgage brokers who peddle deceptive, abusive loans. But even as they approved the bill, already passed by the Democrat-controlled Assembly, they attached amendments that advocates said dilute its power. (Newsday)

Responding to substantial pressure from special interest groups, the New York State Senate passed two measures Tuesday while leaving a host of legislation unresolved. The Senate passed a bill to regulate high-cost home loans and approved extending the state Superfund, designed to clean up toxic waste sites. (Albany Times Union)

Governor George E. Pataki's campaign team has put together a strategy to fill the Independence Party with voters who favor the Republican governor. The goal is to beat billionaire Tom Golisano in the party's September 10 primary, a win that would give Pataki an extra line on the November ballot. (Daily News)

Billionaire Thomas Golisano hasn't put much of a dent in Governor George E. Pataki's bid for reelection, and the Republican incumbent is still trouncing his Democratic rivals, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows. (Daily News)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo has widened his lead over rival H. Carl McCall to 15 percentage points, the Quinnipiac University survey showed yesterday. The poll found Cuomo ahead of McCall among Democrats, 47 percent to 32 percent, with 16 percent undecided. (New York Post)

The New York State Democratic Committee launched its first radio ad of the campaign season Monday, knocking Governor George E. Pataki's record on the upstate economy. The new ad comes as Pataki continues to command a 2-1 lead in the polls over each of the Democrats seeking to oppose him, former federal housing secretary Andrew Cuomo and state Comptroller H. Carl McCall. (Newsday)

Looking for legal help to sue WorldCom, state Comptroller H. Carl McCall selected two firms yesterday whose lawyers have donated close to $200,000 to his campaign coffers. McCall, who filed a motion in Manhattan federal court that seeks to make New York's pension fund the lead plaintiff against the telecommunications giant, estimated that the pension fund has lost a record $300 million in the WorldCom collapse. (New York Post) (Albany Times Union)

July 2, 2002

Concerned about recent controversies over spiraling dropout rates and tough state graduating standards, state lawmakers are planning a series of hearings this fall. New York State Assembly Education Committee Chairman Steven Sanders (D-Manhattan) said that with dropout rates rising, there have been enough questions raised over the direction of the state's education system to warrant a legislative review. (New York Post)

New York State Democrats announced an advertising blitz yesterday, blaming Governor George E. Pataki for the lagging upstate economy in a radio spot that uses a paid actress who masquerades as a New York "grandmother." (New York Post) (The Journal News)

More than 100 demonstrators gathered in the parking lot of a Metro-North railroad station not far from Governor George E. Pataki's home on Sunday to demand the closing of the Indian Point nuclear plant. (New York Times) (The Journal News)

July 1, 2002

The New York State Legislative session that formally ended last month was defined by two events: the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the upcoming state elections, which will be held on November 5, 2002. Last fall's terrorist attacks debilitated the Wall Street profits and income the state had relied upon to underwrite its last several state budgets, while electoral politics drove the state's legislative agenda. (Newsday)

Democratic candidates for governor want to use the clout of the massive state pension fund to reform Wall Street. Today, McCall will announce sweeping rules for the pension fund that will bolster accountability and disclosure from corporations in which the fund is a major stockholder. (Albany Times Union)

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver took exception yesterday to Governor George E. Pataki's plan to build a memorial at the World Trade Center site, saying that Pataki was too quick to make plans for a memorial. Silver says any plans for the site should be subject to public hearings and discussion. (New York Post)



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