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October 2002 Archive

October 31, 2002

It's a runaway. With the election only six days away, Gov. Pataki soared to a 20-point lead over Democratic rival Carl McCall in a poll released yesterday. (NY Daily News) (Newsday)

Carl McCall is leading at least one poll. Unfortunately for him, the voters are a bunch of middle-schoolers.More than 1,000 New York City sixth-, seventh- and eighth- graders took part in a mock online vote for governor, an exercise sponsored by nonprofit Teaching Matters to interest young people in politics. (NY Daily News)

Carl McCall yesterday insisted the governor's race isn't over - as both Gov. Pataki and Tom Golisano attacked him in ads that sought to marginalize his sagging candidacy. Billionaire Golisano broke his informal nonaggression pact with the Democratic nominee by airing a blunt ad that claims: "McCall's finished. Golisano is surging." (NY Post)

She may be backing Carl McCall - but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is making the unusual move of joining Gov. Pataki for a press conference today. (NY Post)

Striving to energize voters in New York City, H. Carl McCall received a warm welcome from supporters yesterday in the Bronx, even as his campaign for governor received dispiriting poll results and faced negative ads from the campaigns of his two opponents. (New York Times)

With the election six days away, the airwaves have become cluttered with political advertisements as the three candidates for governor jockey for position in the home stretch. So far, however, the blizzard of ads seems not to have changed the dynamic of the race, strategists say. (New York Times)

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has had a fairly consistent Albany strategy all year: do not ask for too much state money, do not whine or bully, and praise state officials, especially Gov. George E. Pataki, at every possible juncture in this election year. (New York Times)

For New York's Liberal Party, the 2002 election is not about winning but surviving to fight another day. (Albany Times Union)

Republican Gov. George Pataki, bolstered by the news that he's still 20 percentage points ahead of the competition, according to a new statewide poll, attended a rally at the Labor Temple in Albany on Wednesday. (Albany Times Union)

H. Carl McCall's supporters attempted Wednesday to stamp out the perception that his campaign is in trouble while new poll numbers suggested Gov. George Pataki maintains a strong lead in the gubernatorial race. (Albany Times Union)

October 30, 2002

George E. Pataki ran for governor in 1994 promising tax cuts, tougher criminal penalties, welfare reform and not much else. It was a conservative platform well suited to the year of the Gingrich revolution and it worked, as Mr. Pataki unseated Gov. Mario M. Cuomo.Times have changed, and so, it seems, has Mr. Pataki. His signature issues lost their political bite in an era of economic expansion, falling crime and plummeting welfare rolls (New York Times)

State Comptroller H. Carl McCall released an audit yesterday that he said showed that the Pataki administration had allowed the State Institute for Entrepreneurship to squander millions of dollars. (New York Times)

Campaigning for the second consecutive day with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, H. Carl McCall labored yesterday to inspire Democratic voters in his home base of New York City to go to the polls in record numbers. (New York Times)

Gov. George E. Pataki released this 30-second advertisement yesterday in which he speaks more Spanish than in any of his previous commercials. The governor, who has been aggressively courting traditionally Democratic voters, also released two 60-second radio ads intended for African-American and Haitian-American listeners (New York Times)

Independence Party candidate B. Thomas Golisano said Tuesday he isn't wasting his wealth by spending tens of millions on a long-shot run for governor, and that supporters would not waste their vote on him. (Albany Times Union)

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., has been one of Democrat H. Carl McCall's biggest boosters, working almost daily to help him shore up his sagging gubernatorial campaign. But her loyalty to McCall won't stop her from appearing with his opponent, Republican Gov. George Pataki, on Thursday in Oneida County. (Albany Times Union)

Carl McCall arrived at his first campaign stop 40 minutes late yesterday. Then the day really went downhill. (Daily News)

Independence gubernatorial candidate Tom Golisano gave former running mate Dan Mahony an improper $500,184 campaign loan that should be investigated by the state Board of Elections, a state judge ruled yesterday. (NY Daily News) (NY Post)

Carl McCall unleashed the biggest weapon in his arsenal yesterday, a new TV ad starring former President Bill Clinton.The long-expected ad features Clinton at a rally in northern Manhattan last week talking up McCall's bid for governor, and includes footage of the two of them being mobbed by a crowd along St. Nicholas Ave (NY Daily News) (NY Post)

On the first day of the last full week of the 2002 gubernatorial campaign, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani had nothing but praise for Governor George Pataki. "In seven years of serving when I was the Mayor and he was the Governor, he was the person that you could go to that would understand the problems of the city and the state," Mr. Giuliani told students at Christ the King High School in Queens. "He was always there to provide help and assistance." There it was: seven years of antagonism between Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Pataki, cleansed from New York's history books (NY Observer)

So does Carl McCall have a prayer in next week's governor's race? Abraham Kojoasante was ready with an answer for me. "In his own heart, he has a prayer," said Kojoasante, a retired physician and a longtime McCall man who was standing in a biting wind in Brooklyn's Cadman Plaza. (Newsday)

New York's nastiest political campaign this fall is taking place in its most genteel district, waged by the city's wealthiest candidate. Republican Andrew Eristoff—a 39-year-old former Giuliani aide and heir to a steel fortune—is on target to spend more than $3 million in a no-holds-barred bid to win the 26th State Senatorial District representing Manhattan's Upper East Side. (Village Voice)

In recent years, left-wing third parties in New York have been treated as a joke in precincts of power. But nowadays, economic populism plays well across the state. Voter disaffection over big-money influence is deeper than ever, and the impact of the fiscal collapse amid the scandals of corporate greed is being felt from Buffalo to Bensonhurst. In such a climate, rhetoric once dismissed as hippie, commie, or pie-in-the-sky is finding new resonance. Tax and spend, the Greens urge. Provide universal health care. Decriminalize drugs. And the Working Families Party—its retro-sounding name notwithstanding—looks forward by railing against politicians, their "corporate allies," and their disregard for the working class. (Village Voice)

October 29, 2002

Rudy Giuliani made Sept. 11 an issue in the governor's race yesterday, repeatedly praising Gov. Pataki's handling of the attacks as he stumped for his onetime rival from midtown to Long Island. (NY Daily News) (Albany Times Union)

As George Pataki campaigns this fall for a third term, admirers and foes agree the Republican governor bears only a partial political resemblance to the greenhorn state senator who defeated liberal icon Mario Cuomo eight years ago with a textbook conservative political platform of business-friendly proposals and harsher criminal justice rules. (Newsday)

Carl McCall yesterday pumped up his attacks on Gov. Pataki, unleashing a new ad accusing the governor of standing "for nothing" - as well as "mediocrity, failure, even corruption." (NY Post)

The battle for a Manhattan state Senate seat turned nasty yesterday, with Republican Andrew Eristoff's campaign manager accusing Democratic incumbent Liz Krueger of forgery, dirty tricks and, possibly, mail fraud. (NY Post)

The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor scrambled for votes in New York City yesterday, pulling out powerful allies to help them campaign. (New York Times)

October 28, 2002

While Gov. George E. Pataki ate brunch in another borough yesterday, H. Carl McCall and Tom Golisano ganged up on his policies and ethics during a half-hour televised debate, at times acting so in concert they seemed like running mates. (New York Times)

Riding a wave of newspaper endorsements, Gov. George E. Pataki took an old-fashioned whistle-stop train trip from Binghamton to this city today and trumpeted his campaign themes from the back of a luxury car once used by President Harry S. Truman. (New York Times)

New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer seems shy discussing his own political future -- not his 2002 re-election campaign, against a Republican candidate with a profile so low that even few Republicans can name her, but his future beyond this year, about which he is vague and uncharacteristically hesitant. (New York Times)

Carl McCall, vying to become the state's first African-American governor, turned to former President Bill Clinton yesterday to rally black Democrats and energize his lagging campaign (NY Daily News)

Carl McCall, by all accounts, has been true to his own prescriptions, using faith and focus to master the institutions and bureaucracies he once wrote about. Eschewing clenched fists and angry ambition for conciliation and patience, McCall has cautiously, though shrewdly at times, climbed through the ranks, serving in the State Senate, the United Nations, corporate America and now as state comptroller, overseeing the second-largest pension fund in the country. (Newsday)

While Gov. George Pataki yesterday campaigned through central New York aboard a vintage railroad train once used by Harry S Truman, his Democratic challenger, H. Carl McCall, likened himself to Moses as he sought to galvanize black supporters in Brooklyn and Queens to turn out in forces large enough for an upset win. (Newsday)

Democrat John Sabini, 45, said he is reasonably confident of victory because 80 percent of the City Council district he once represented falls within the boundaries of the new 13th Senate district, which includes Jackson Heights, Corona and parts of Elmhurst. (Newsday)

As Carl McCall and Tom Golisano squared off in a televised debate in New York City, Gov. Pataki yesterday ignored his would-be successors by whistle-stopping across upstate. (NY Post)

This column normally avoids making political endorsements. Not its job. But in the race for governor this year, avoidance is difficult. Seems like an abdication of responsibility, given the challenging problems in the state's immediate future. Therefore, in a departure from the past, Metro Matters takes a deep breath and endorses the governor for re-election. [she is talking about the governor of Georgia] (New York Times)

October 27, 2002

H. Carl McCall spent yesterday shoring up his Democratic base at campaign stops in New York City. But a dozen supporters of Gov. George E. Pataki showed up with megaphones and heckled Mr. McCall during a news conference in Manhattan, provoking a raucous confrontation with McCall supporters that at times overwhelmed the candidate's message. (New York Times)

The editorial page of The New York Times is endorsing George E. Pataki today for a third term as governor.Considering the three major candidates, an editorial appearing on Page 12 of the Week in Review today says the choices are "not an inspiring set of options." It describes H. Carl McCall, the Democrat, as indecisive, and Tom Golisano, the Independence Party candidate, as inexperienced. (New York Times)

In a rally with about 200 Republican Party loyalists, Assemblyman John J. Faso, the party's candidate for state comptroller, lost no time this morning delivering what has become an increasingly familiar attack. He called his Democratic opponent, Alan G. Hevesi, a tax-and-spend Democrat who is out of step with the mainstream of New York voters. (New York Times)

With the campaign clock winding down, Gov. Pataki took a whistle-stop tour of upstate yesterday - and chided his rival for not doing the same. Pataki's comment came as Democratic hopeful Carl McCall, trailing badly in the polls, made stump stops around the five boroughs and accused Pataki of "ignoring" affordable housing. (NY Post) (NY Daily News)

With just nine days until the election, political analysts say candidate Tom Golisano, a 60-year-old billionaire who has never held public office, has become the most volatile variable in a race otherwise marked mostly by the bland campaigns of the Republican incumbent, George Pataki, and his Democratic challenger, State Comptroller H. Carl McCall. (Newsday)

State Comptroller H. Carl McCall yesterday attacked Gov. George Pataki for not creating enough affordable housing, as his campaign increasingly narrowed its focus to New York City, the most reliable source of Democratic votes in the state. (Newsday)

Newsday endorses George Pataki for Governor: Make that just good enough - to be Newsday's choice for governor. For all the frustrating lack of progress in solving problems, for all the times this page has chided him for not showing leadership, Gov. George Pataki has stitched together a long string of impressive accomplishments. (Newsday)

The polls say he's surging. The governor says he's lying. And Democrats say he's scaring them to death. After years of being dismissed as a fringe candidate with an expensive hobby, Thomas Golisano is using a unique blend of merciless attacks and maximum exposure to shake up the New York governor's race. (NY Post)

A New York-based road salt company has sued the state, contending that a rival from Chile should not have gotten nearly $6 million of this winter's contract to supply state and local government road crews with salt. The American Rock Salt Co. claims that the International Salt Co. of Chile should have been penalized in the bidding process because of a protective tariff that country imposes on imports. The New York company's suit said state law required Comptroller H. Carl McCall to award it International's share of the contract -- American Rock Salt was the second-lowest bidder. It accuses McCall of failing to give preference to bidders from countries that do not impose protection tariffs. The comptroller is required to do so by state law, the suit contends. (Albany Times Union)

At the outset of the gubernatorial race, the Democrats pledged to focus on the anemic upstate economy and Republican Gov. George Pataki's failure to nourish it -- a strategy that had proved successful for U.S. senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton. But a significant lack of money and the need to rebuild his base in New York City after Pataki made inroads there with Hispanics and labor unions prevented McCall from traveling often upstate. (Albany Times Union)

October 26, 2002

Reports filed yesterday with the State Board of Elections made official what had been expected for more than a month: the race for governor of New York is now the most expensive nonpresidential race in American history. (New York Times)

New York's largest gay rights group will endorse Gov. George E. Pataki today for re-election, its leaders said yesterday, in what they acknowledged was partly repayment for the Republican-led State Senate's agreement to vote on a long-stalled gay rights bill. (New York Times)

As Tom Golisano took his third-party candidacy for governor into the heart of New York's most terminally depressed region, he could not have picked a much more appropriate place to have dinner today. Before heading downtown to HSBC Arena for a Buffalo Sabres hockey game, Mr. Golisano and his campaign workers dined at Frank and Teressa's Anchor Bar, which calls itself "home of the chicken wing." (New York Times)

On Staten Island, areas are typically dominated by one political party. On the North Shore, Democrats win most of the local offices. The South Shore has one of the most reliably Republican-voting patterns in all of New York City. But what happens when a new district in the island's western portion includes neighborhoods from the north and the south? A hard-fought race for an Assembly seat is being waged to determine the answer. (New York Times)

Gov. Pataki yesterday launched a ferocious barrage of TV attack ads against surging third-party contender Tom Golisano, calling him everything from a liar to someone who would legalize prostitution and cocaine. (NY Post)

October 25, 2002

A review of state campaign finance records turned up dozens of cases in which major donors to Governor Pataki used multiple corporate entities to give amounts far greater than the limits imposed by state law on corporations or individuals. Other donors legally surpassed such limits by giving tens of thousands of dollars to Mr. Pataki in Virginia, where the governor has set up two political action committees, one of which has no cap under that state's laws. (New York Times)

The Democratic National Committee agreed to put up another $250,000 for H. Carl McCall, the Democratic candidate for governor, yesterday, people familiar with negotiations between the two camps said. (New York Times)

It had been almost a week since the first of two news articles mentioned that Sikhulu Shange would love to hang a "McCall for Governor" sign in his shop window in Harlem, if only he had one.But Mr. Shange, the owner of the 125th Street Record Shack, had yet to be enlisted in the effort to elect H. Carl McCall. "Not a sign," he said yesterday. "Not even a call." (New York Times)

There were apparently so many celebrities and so much energy at a Bill Clinton fund-raiser for H. Carl McCall's sagging run for governor at Lotus Wednesday night that Karenna Gore Schiff lambasted top campaign officials yesterday for banning the press from the nightclub, a Democratic official said. (New York Times)

Voters in the five boroughs may be wondering why they are getting a mailing from the city's Campaign Finance Board for the Nov. 5 election when it's a state election cycle. It's because Mayor Michael Bloomberg insisted on getting a City Charter revision proposal on the ballot, and the campaign board is required by the Charter to inform every voter with a mailing. (Newsday)

Carl McCall's cash-strapped campaign is so short of funds that it hasn't bought TV time for the last full week of the governor's race, broadcast executives said yesterday. (NY Post)

As he siphons votes from major party candidates, B. Thomas Golisano said Thursday he only hopes his campaign has time to close the gap in the race for governor. (Albany Times Union)

October 24, 2002

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee said today that the party would not channel large sums of money to H. Carl McCall unless he could significantly close the gap in his struggling campaign for governor of New York. (New York Times) (NY Post)

People in Brooklyn and in White Plains yesterday called Tom Golisano a liar and untrustworthy and sent him the message that he has been nothing but a big pain in the neck. Mr. Golisano was delighted. (New York Times)

New York Times endorses Liz Krueger in the 26th State Senate Distrct and Vincent Gentil in the 22nd State Senate District. (New York Times)

In a freewheeling appearance at the Daily News Editorial Board yesterday, Golisano appeared to go to great lengths to show how he's not beholden to traditional political interests, offering a range of solutions to what he said ails New York. (NY Daily News)

Carl McCall leaped onto the coattails of Bill and Hillary Clinton yesterday, hoping their star power in New York can revive his bid for governor. (NY Daily News)

Gov. Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg are headed for the biggest test of their relationship since the mayor took office nearly 10 months ago. Like many relationships, this one could go sour over money. Facing a budget shortfall of as much as $6 billion next year, Bloomberg has been tossing out one possible revenue option after another, from a new commuter tax to tolls on East River bridges. (NY Post)

The state's biggest abortion-rights organization will remain neutral in the governor's race, providing Gov. George Pataki another boost in his re-election bid as traditionally Democratic-leaning groups continue to propel the Republican. (Albany Times Union)

Gubernatorial Democrat H. Carl McCall, the state's comptroller, conducted a rally in Washington Heights with former President Bill Clinton and tapped into the fund-raising power of the ex-president and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Albany Times Union)

October 23, 2002

The Republican-led New York State Senate will vote for the first time on landmark gay-rights legislation in December after having blocked its passage for decades, the Senate leader said today. The decision makes it likely that the bill will become law and hands Gov. George E. Pataki a vital victory two weeks from Election Day to help him win over gay and lesbian voters. (New York Times) (Daily News)

As the Independence Party's nominee for governor of New York and the star of his own expensive advertising campaign, Tom Golisano has repeatedly condemned the tax and paperwork burdens that he says Albany imposes on small businesses. (New York Times)

Tom Golisano and H. Carl McCall ganged up on Gov. George E. Pataki yesterday over allegations that New York City government employees had been coerced to work on the Pataki campaign. Mr. Golisano called for a federal investigation, and Mr. McCall insisted that Mr. Pataki take responsibility for the actions of those who work for him. (New York Times)

Carl McCall yesterday unleashed a blistering attack on Gov. Pataki, calling him "terribly unprincipled" and a governor who refuses to be held accountable for his "inept" and "unethical" agencies. (NY Post)

A poll released Tuesday by Siena College-The New York Report showed Pataki maintaining a comfortable lead over his rivals.The results of the poll of 1,210 registered voters surveyed Oct. 16-17 were: Gov. George Pataki, 44 percent; H. Carl McCall, 25 percent; B. Thomas Golisano, 12 percent. (Albany Times Union)

Short of cash and struggling to find a penetrating message, the campaign of H. Carl McCall has been pushed largely to the sidelines in recent days, while Gov. George E. Pataki and Tom Golisano, the Independence Party candidate, wage a war to win over moderate and conservative voters, political strategists say. (New York Times)

Carl McCall's race for governor is so badly stalled that he just might finish third behind Republican Gov. Pataki and Independence Party candidate Tom Golisano.That would be incredible. (Daily News)

Carl McCall accused the Democratic national chairman yesterday of breaking a promise to throw the party's money behind his bid for governor."It's not love. It's money I want," McCall said.Appearing on WLIB-AM, the state controller said, "Terry McAuliffe came to New York and made some commitments and he hasn't fulfilled them." (Daily News)

Every gubernatorial poll makes the economy the top issue, every economist knows that one way a governor impacts on jobs is by influencing the price and reliability of power, and every analyst of George Pataki's energy policy, from the right and left, has reached the same sad conclusion: It's a disaster. Yet no one's talking about it. (Village Voice)

With time running out in the race for Governor, Carl McCall and Tom Golisano are unveiling the endgame strategies that they hope will do something to stop George Pataki's seemingly inexorable march towards re-election. (NY Observer)

A year ago, Alan Hevesi's career was over. A year ago, he was the man who came in a distant fourth in the Democratic Mayoral race--after being the early favorite. A year ago, he was supposed to do what losing political candidates do, which is take a lucrative private-sector job that traded on his 30 years of experience as an Assembly member and City Comptroller.But Mr. Hevesi's career, it turns out, is not over. He did not take a private-sector job. And now, a year after political insiders wrote him off, he is poised to be the next State Comptroller. (NY Observer)

An appeals court yesterday ruled against Bronx State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr., who had sought a runoff election to unseat the winner of the Democratic primary, charging election fraud.Espada said he will not seek to appeal the ruling by a four-judge panel of the Appellate Division, First Department, in Manhattan, but will focus instead on beating the party-backed candidate, City Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. (D-Soundview), in the Nov. 5 general election. (Daily News)

Budgetary pressures are threatening to strain the political alliance between Gov. George E. Pataki and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, with the governor stating yesterday that he opposes the mayor's preliminary plan to put tolls on the city's East River bridges. (New York Times)

Daniel F. Mahony, the former candidate for the Conservative Party's nomination for lieutenant governor, was indicted yesterday on charges of voting illegally. Mr. Mahony, 47, is accused of voting twice in two general elections under different spellings of his name while being listed as living at two different addresses. Mr. Mahony pleaded not guilty. (New York Times)

Politics and favoritism are "endemic and systemic" on Rikers Island - not the creation of besieged three-star chief Anthony Serra, says a leader of mid-level city jail managers. Sid Schwartzbaum, president of the Assistant Deputy Wardens/Deputy Wardens Association, said some of his members who supported Democrat Mark Green for mayor complained of retaliation by higher-ups, though "nothing that wasn't resolved with a phone call." (Newsday)

The New York Times endorses Gail Hilson in the 73rd Assembly district, Michael Cusick in the 63rd Assembly District and Edward Rodriguez in a special election for City Council District 38. (New York Times)

October 22, 2002

Gov. Pataki told Mayor Bloomberg yesterday in no uncertain terms that he can forget about a new commuter tax - no matter how desperate the city is for revenue to fill a gaping budget gap next year. (New York Post)

A remarkable series of legislative battles was fought here over the last year, linked by a recurring theme. In each case, powerful business and labor interests, armed with well-connected lobbyists and money for campaign contributions, won a victory that looked unlikely not too long before. (New York Times)

In the campaign of H. Carl McCall, the first black candidate from a major party to run for governor in New York, there is no surer way to kill a conversation than to bring up the subject of race. (New York Times)

This is a new 30-second commercial regarding Governor Pataki's health care position that H. Carl McCall, the Democratic candidate for governor, began broadcasting on Sunday statewide in New York. (New York Times)

Tom Golisano, the Independence candidate for governor, began broadcasting this 30-second advertisement statewide yesterday, in keeping with his latest line of attack against Gov. George E. Pataki. Both Mr. Golisano and H. Carl McCall sought to make an issue of a fund-raising scandal centered on Mr. Pataki's first run for governor, in 1994. (New York Times)

Carl McCall's campaign waged an all-out assault yesterday on Gov. Pataki's ethics and launched its first negative TV ad - a spot pounding the governor's health-care record. (NY Daily News)

The high-ranking jail chief at the center of a probe over Republican campaign operations on Rikers Island was indefinitely relieved of his duties yesterday. Anthony Serra, whose private security firm got hundreds of thousands of dollars from the GOP state committee, is under investigation for allegedly prodding subordinates to work in Gov. George Pataki's campaign. (Newsday)

Carl McCall yesterday brought the Beltway sniper attacks into the governor's race yesterday - charging that Gov. Pataki has failed to require ballistic fingerprinting for rifles. (NY Post)

Independence Party candidate for governor Thomas Golisano yesterday endorsed Democrat Alan Hevesi for state comptroller over the Independence Party's own candidate, John Faso. (NY Post)

Candidate B. Thomas Golisano and Democrat H. Carl McCall continued to question Republican Gov. George Pataki's ethics -- a theme they started Sunday at the second televised debate of the gubernatorial race. (Albany Times Union)

October 21, 2002

When goals coincide, the governor, legislative leaders and powerful interests can break through Albany's normal paralysis and move a bill from theory to passage with businesslike efficiency.But the speed comes at a price. New York's is a government where secrecy has become the rule, most lawmakers play minor roles and the power of the Assembly speaker and the Senate majority leader over legislation is almost absolute. (New York Times)

The campaign for governor has not exactly riveted this city in central New York. Many of the people encountered during a visit here last week didn't even know that Syracuse was playing host to a campaign debate yesterday, nor did they evince much interest when told. (New York Times)

Gov. George E. Pataki's opponents battered him today in a televised debate with charges of cronyism, corruption and mismanagement, with Tom Golisano repeatedly accusing the governor's administration of selling paroles for campaign contributions.Mr. Pataki did not respond to the charges during the debate, but later his campaign vigorously disputed Mr. Golisano's allegations, calling them "despicable lies." (New York Times) (NY Daily News)

As the spokesmen for Gov. Pataki and Tom Golisano yelled and swore at each other following yesterday's six-way debate, Carl McCall's spokesman just quietly smiled. That's because McCall's "secret weapon" - Golisano - finally fired a big cannonball in the governor's direction by accusing him of selling paroles for campaign bucks. (NY Post)

For decades, the Upper East Side of Manhattan has been a home of Republican liberalism. That tradition, in the area once known as the Silk Stocking District, was represented most prominently by Nelson A. Rockefeller, John V. Lindsay and a host of others on the City Council and in the Legislature.But recently, that party's dominance on the Upper East Side has eroded, with the replacement of one elected official after another by Democrats. (New York Times)

October 20, 2002

Tom Golisano, the wealthy businessman running for governor, has withdrawn his advertisements from a Syracuse television station to protest the format of a candidates' debate the station will hold today. (New York Times)

On the eve of the second debate in the governor's race, H. Carl McCall yesterday pledged that he would strengthen the state rent-regulation laws that expire next year. (New York Times)

If nothing else, Elaine Bartlett has gotten some nice snapshots of herself with big-shot New York politicians in recent months. Pataki. Silver. McCall. Golisano. Not shabby company for a woman just two years out of prison.She is not a stalker. But she is beginning to feel like a prop.Ms. Bartlett was granted clemency by Gov. George E. Pataki in late 1999. Ever since, she has worked to change the Rockefeller-era drug laws, the nation's toughest, which kept her locked up for 16 years on her first offense. (New York Times)

Gridlock has been Albany's chronic affliction for more than a decade, through Democratic and Republican governors. Because this is an election season, some criticism about the problem has been aimed at Governor Pataki. But the legislative atrophy is the making of both parties. It has grown steadily worse, and many experts argue that it is worse here than in any other state. (New York Times)

Flush with cash and confident of re-election, New York politicians are enjoying another way to spend other people's money -- on each other.In the last few months of campaigning, several incumbent Republicans have given so much money to Gov. George Pataki from their own war chests they've come close to or hit the $30,700 contribution limit. (Albany Times Union)

The second debate between the major- and minor-party candidates running for governor today will be as much of a charade as the first debate, Democratic gubernatorial candidate H. Carl McCall said."If it conflicts with the NFL game, I wouldn't watch it," he said when asked if people should tune in to the debate, being held in Syracuse. It will air locally at 11 a.m. on WRGB (Ch. 6). (Albany Times Union)

Safely ahead in the polls, Republican Gov. George Pataki has avoided making substantive comments on just about anything. The less he says, the less room for error and fodder for his opponents. He has introduced no new policy proposals during this campaign and is running entirely on his record of the past eight years. (Albany Times Union)

When state Sen. George Pataki challenged Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1994, he began taking tough positions and making bold promises. Since then, he has stood by some of his pledges, and not by others. (Albany Times Union)

October 19, 2002

Tom Golisano, the Independence Party candidate for governor, said yesterday that he would close the state's looming budget deficit by pushing some people off Medicaid, limiting others from signing up and holding the line on financing for education. (New York Times)

Gov. George E. Pataki listened closely yesterday as he stood on the deck of the pilot boat New York with Brian Monahan, the Democratic mayor of Dobbs Ferry. Mr. Monahan pointed out a privately owned stretch of riverbank that he would love to annex to a waterfront park. (New York Times)

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Judith Nathan are hosting a $300,000 fund-raiser next week for Gov. Pataki in their new apartment, a Pataki spokesman said yesterday. (NY Post)

October 18, 2002

New Yorkers give Gov. George E. Pataki high marks over all, especially on his response to the World Trade Center attack and its aftermath, despite some misgivings about his handling of the economy, a New York Times poll shows. In his bid for a third term, Mr. Pataki is running strongly across geographic, ethnic and ideological lines, with less than three weeks until Election Day. (New York Times)

H.Carl McCall said yesterday that Gov. George E. Pataki had been using the emotions stirred up by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as an excuse not to deal with the state's problems. (New York Times)

Almost every day, John J. Faso's campaign for state comptroller issues statements announcing endorsements and, with increasing intensity, criticism of Mr. Faso's Democratic opponent, Alan G. Hevesi. (New York Times)

The Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.'s Democratic primary win over state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. was put on temporary hold by a appeals judge yesterday. Appellate Division Judge David Saxe issued a temporary stay and attorneys for both sides are due to argue Monday before the full court in Manhattan whether it should overturn Tuesday's ruling by Bronx State Supreme Court Justice Robert Seewald that Espada had not proven his case of election fraud. (NY Daily News)

A program to help startup companies is about to get underway in Long Island City, with the help of a $5 million state grant.A Business Incubator Project will begin at LaGuardia Community College, with the first stage to be completed before the end of the year. The citywide program, in conjunction with City University, will equip new businesses with training, resources and consultation."LaGuardia incubator taps into a growing arts and design cluster in Queens," said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan). (NY Daily News)

In a sharply worded rebuttal, the Pataki administration Thursday called a comptroller's report on cash shortfalls inaccurate and claimed the state budget is on track. (Albany Times Union)

October 17, 2002

Even among accomplished political practitioners, Gov. George E. Pataki stands out. Behind his country-boy charm, he is a disciplined campaigner who has perfected the art of saying as little as possible. (New York Times)

Two weeks ago a reporter at the Capitol asked Gov. George E. Pataki if he had ever written letters on behalf of friends seeking jobs, as his Democratic opponent, H. Carl McCall, had done for his daughter. The day before, the governor had said that he did could not recall writing similar letters."I talked about that over the course of the weekend, and I'm not going to talk about it today," the governor said. (New York Times)

Spending by New York State is up sharply this year, receipts are down just as steeply, and the state's balance sheet looks even worse over all than the gloomy predictions made earlier this year.While no one disputed the numbers, in the overheated air of a campaign for governor, there was sharp disagreement over whether it came as a surprise. (New York Times)

With three weeks until Election Day, McCall has fallen behind Gov. Pataki by 16 points, 47% to 31%, with Independence Party candidate Tom Golisano third at 18%, a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday found.The last Quinnipiac survey had McCall down by 11 points. (NY Post) (NY Daily News)

Flanked by terminally ill people who told tales of unrelenting pain, Tom Golisano today endorsed the medical use of marijuana, and lashed out at Gov. George E. Pataki for blocking a state program to provide the drug to patients. (New York Times)

In a vague but upbeat speech to health care officials Wednesday, Republican Gov. George Pataki did little to soothe fears of potential spending cuts due to New York's precarious finances. (Albany Times Union)

The Espada political dynasty took another body blow yesterday as incumbent Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo beat challenger Pedro G. Espada in Tuesday's special election.The court-ordered do-over election was held on the same day state Supreme Court Justice Robert Seewald - who ordered the runoff - ruled against the challenger's father, incumbent State Senator Pedro Espada (D-Bronx), declaring City Councilman Ruben Diaz (D-Soundview) the winner of their squeaker of a primary race last month. (NY Daily News) (New York Times)

This is a new 30-second commercial that H. Carl McCall, the Democratic candidate for governor, began broadcasting yesterday in upstate New York. (New York Times)

After a while, it was hard to remember that Andrew M. Cuomo is not a candidate anymore."I am going to be making the McCall, anti-Pataki, pro-Democratic case, which really has still not broken through," Mr. Cuomo said yesterday over coffee, winding up his pitch against Gov. George E. Pataki. "Pataki has been allowed to run a campaign where he does not discuss the issues." (New York Times)

October 16, 2002

Assemblymember Carmen Arroyo beat challenger Pedro Gautier Espada last night in a special Democratic runoff in the Bronx, according to unofficial results. With all the precincts reporting, Arroyo held a slight lead over the former city councilman in the 84th Assembly District centered in the Mott Haven and Hunts Point sections. (Newsday)

Accusing Gov. George E. Pataki of "putting politics before patients," H. Carl McCall warned yesterday that the state had failed to stem a nursing shortage that national experts have said contributed to death and injury of hospital patients. (New York Times)

After nearly three weeks of legal disputes and court-supervised ballot counting, a State Supreme Court judge in the Bronx ordered yesterday that the Board of Elections certify Ruben Diaz Sr. as the winner of the Democratic primary for a State Senate seat. He had a lead of 97 votes over the incumbent, Pedro Espada Jr. (New York Times)

Carl McCall, who says he's never smoked pot, announced yesterday he wants to make it legal to inhale, as long as it's for medical purposes. In contrast to Gov. Pataki, McCall supports legalization of marijuana "as long as it is prescribed by a doctor or other health-care professional," said Steven Greenberg, a spokesman for McCall. (NY Post)

Gov. George Pataki has rekindled hopes of anti-smoking activists after saying during a debate Sunday that he would support a statewide ban on smoking in public places. (Albany Times Union)

The pressure is on Eliot Spitzer, the State Attorney General who is an overwhelming favorite to win re-election to a second term next month."Would I like him to become President? Of course," said his father, Bernard Spitzer. "I'd love to spend the night in the Lincoln Bedroom."And would the Attorney General himself like to be President?"I think he would," the elder Mr. Spitzer said. "It's his very nature." (NY Observer)

Just days after making news by calling for the repeal of the Rockefeller drug laws, billionaire Independence Party candidate Tom Golisano will begin a massive new advertising blitz to call for the legalization of medical marijuana. (NY Observer)

Though it haunted the Pataki administration for more than three years and led to four federal convictions, the saga of the state parole board fix is not even on the media's radar screen in this gubernatorial campaign. (Village Voice)

The Democratic National Committee has called winning the New York gubernatorial race a priority, but it's the Republicans who are ponying up the cash. (NY Daily News)

Trailing in the polls and frustrated by last weekend's seven-way gubernatorial debate, candidates Carl McCall and Tom Golisano have agreed to seek a three-way debate - they will invite Gov. Pataki to participate.And the invitation comes with a warning: Be there or expect the empty chair. (NY Daily News)

October 15, 2002

Carl McCall, the Democratic candidate for governor, said yesterday that Gov. George E. Pataki had mismanaged the state's response to the slumping economy, leaving Albany facing huge deficits and unable to take on bold new initiatives. (New York Times)

It's Albany's dirty little secret: The state deficit is spiraling out of control - and no one even wants to talk about it.The Pataki administration's last official number, released in January, pegged the spending gap at $2.8 billion. Over the summer, unofficial estimates rose to the $5 billion-$6 billion range. (NY Daily News)

State Comptroller H. Carl McCall said yesterday that if elected governor, he would appoint Wall Street financier Felix Rohatyn as an adviser to help him deal with New York State's extensive fiscal problems, which McCall said were caused by "maybe the biggest budget gap in history." (Newsday)

Andrew M. Cuomo returned to the campaign trail yesterday with his former Democratic Party rival, H. Carl McCall, to accuse Gov. George E. Pataki of dodging one-on-one debates and failing to specify plans for a third term. (New York Times)

Gov. Pataki got a lift yesterday from Democratic New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey - who jumped party lines in the Columbus Day Parade to march with Republican Pataki instead of with Carl McCall. (NY Post)

Republican state comptroller candidate John Faso yesterday rolled out an ad featuring former Mayor Rudy Giuliani - while also attacking the record of his Democratic challenger, Alan Hevesi. (NY Post)

In her sharpest attack yet, the Republican challenger to state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer accused him of ignoring the problem of online pedophiles in favor of headline-grabbing Wall Street scandals. (NY Post)

If this is his last political campaign, as he says it is, Roger Stone is going out in style. If polls are correct, he'll also go out a loser.Stone is the political brains behind a wealthy, feisty, headline-making gubernatorial candidate -- Independence Party maverick B. Thomas Golisano. (Albany Times Union)

A huge inflatable pig, the veteran of many demos, squatted on Wall Street last Friday, as 1500 people gathered to assail the usual military-industrial suspects. Ralph Nader had organized this rally to promote his group Democracy Rising, so there was no Green Party banner in sight. But the Greens' candidate for governor of New York, Stanley Aronowitz, did get to speak. His modest proposal -- that corporate criminals be put to work cleaning up the environment, at minimum wage -- got a rousing roar. (Village Voice)

October 14, 2002

Following is a transcript of the debate yesterday among candidates for governor, as recorded by The New York Times. The moderator for the debate was Bill Ritter of WABC, Eyewitness News (New York Times)

Gov. George E. Pataki stood behind his record over two terms yesterday during a debate with six other candidates for governor that offered a range of solutions to New York State's ills -- from cutting taxes to regulating marijuana -- but little opportunity to scrutinize them. (New York Times)

In the first gubernatorial debate in more than a decade, Gov. Pataki and rival Carl McCall gave voters few clues yesterday about where they stand on tough issues such as the budget deficit and subway fare hikes.In fact, much of the show was stolen by quirky candidates from four minor parties (NY Daily News)

In New York's first gubernatorial debate in 12 years with the incumbent participating, Republican Gov. George Pataki and Democrat H. Carl McCall yesterday demurred from volunteering any concrete prescriptions to alleviate the state's impending financial crisis. (Newsday)

Gov. Pataki demanded the everybody-in-the-pool format of yesterday's gubernatorial debate. After the 90-minute talk-a-thon, it was clear why.The crowded stage of seven candidates played into the governor's hands at almost every turn. (NY Daily News)

The political process is important, it really is. It seems wrong to laugh at it, it really does. It also seems impossible not to, when it takes the form of a seven-way debate marked by careful answers, evasions, 10- and 15-second "lightning rounds" and not one focused exchange between the two leading candidates for governor, because a seven-way debate isn't. A debate, that is. (New York Times)

Usually, third-party candidates are the ones who say that they are not treated with the respect they deserve. But in yesterday's debate, it was the third-party candidates for governor who did not take H. Carl McCall seriously when he made a campaign promise that could actually be tested before the election (New York Times)

Staking out a far more sweeping position on the Rockefeller drug laws than either of his opponents in the race for governor, Tom Golisano will call today for the laws' repeal, his campaign aides said. (New York Times)

Backed by local representatives from a variety of faiths, Gov. George Pataki in Cedarhurst yesterday signed into law a bill that requires employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate their employees' religious observances. The bill, introduced in the State Senate by Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), strengthens an existing state law. (Newsday)

Assemblymember Carmen Arroyo's frenetic schedule is intended to persuade the residents of the 84th Assembly District to vote for her in a new primary election tomorrow to determine the Democratic candidate in the Nov. 5 election.While Ms. Arroyo was dashing about the South Bronx, her opponent, Pedro Gautier Espada, the former councilman, led a team of campaign workers who were placing large red signs along the streets of the district. He then had a similarly hectic schedule. Though rare in New York City's political world, second primary elections occasionally occur. This one, in a district that includes Hunts Point and Mott Haven, comes after the Sept. 10 primary, which Ms. Arroyo lost by five votes, according to the initial Board of Elections tally. (New York Times)

October 13, 2002

The candidates for governor campaigned quietly yesterday, making few appearances and sticking to familiar themes, as though storing up their energies for the long-awaited debate that is scheduled for today. (New York Times)

Governor Pataki finally will go head to head - sort of - when he joins six other candidates for governor this morning for the first debate of the 2002 race for governor.The 90-minute faceoff, co-sponsored by the Daily News and WABC-TV, begins at 11 a.m. and will be broadcast live by Channel 7 in the city and ABC affiliates statewide. (NY Daily News)

There is only one unpredictable element in the race for Governor: Independence Party gubernatorial candidate B. Thomas Golisano, a billionaire businessman whose spending ($39.7 million and counting) is unprecedented in New York for a third-party candidate. (Albany Times Union)

October 12, 2002

For the first time in his three campaigns for governor, George E. Pataki will debate his opponents tomorrow. But he has insisted on including all seven of the candidates actively running, ensuring a cluttered event in which challengers will have a hard time distinguishing themselves. (New York Times)

The day after Gov. George Pataki accepted his latest endorsement from a prominent union, State Comptroller H. Carl McCall Friday made his most impassioned argument that union members should not support the governor because he has failed to extend unemployment benefits, raise the minimum wage or increase workers' compensation benefits. (Newsday)

Almost six weeks after dropping out of the gubernatorial race, Andrew Cuomo said he will use some of his nearly $1.5 million in unspent campaign funds for a get-out-the-vote drive by the Democratic Rural Conference. (Albany Times Union)

This is a new 30-second commercial released today by H. Carl McCall, the Democratic candidate for governor, for statewide broadcast (New York Times)

This is a new 30-second commercial released yesterday by Gov. George E. Pataki. In addition to this spot, which focuses on the record of the governor's Democratic opponent, H. Carl McCall, the Pataki campaign re-released an older advertisement emphasizing the environment, health care and education. Both ads will be broadcast downstate. (New York Times)

October 11, 2002

The treatment of the mentally ill became the central topic of the governor's race yesterday, as the Democratic candidate, H. Carl McCall, called for a federal investigation into the Pataki administration's practice of releasing patients from state psychiatric hospitals to locked floors in nursing homes. (New York Times) (NY Daily News)

Two terms in an office that controls tens of billions of dollars in spending and his status as the front-runner have given Gov. George E. Pataki an extraordinary advantage in the contest to pull in the buckets of cash needed to run a modern-day political campaign.The true test will not come until Nov. 5. But Mr. Pataki has entered the final month of his re-election campaign with 11 times as much money in the bank as his Democratic opponent, H. Carl McCall. (New York Times)

The Espada-Diaz state Senate slugfest has gone from slinging mud to filing lawsuits. In the latest turn of this campaign's downward spiral, dueling multimillion-dollar lawsuits have cropped up around accusations and revelations about City Councilman Ruben Diaz's 1965 conviction on heroin-peddling charges, (NY Daily News)

Gov. George Pataki and plaintiffs have entered preliminary talks in an effort to conclude a lawsuit that, when resolved, could upend the way the state gives out more than $14 billion of school aid each year. (Albany Times Union)

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings felt the heat from his defection from the Democratic Party to back Republican Gov. George Pataki when he and Schenectady Mayor Albert Jurczynski held a pro-Pataki news conference in a state-owned office building on Thursday.The room in the state Legislative Office Building where the event was held was besieged by several dozen supporters of Pataki's Democratic challenger, H. Carl McCall. (Albany Times Union)

Assemblyman Dov Hikind blasted what he called a pro-Palestinian media bias - in the Midwood High School newspaper.Hikind (D-Midwood) called an opinion piece by a 15-year-old student at the school a "diatribe" that was "intent on stirring up hate and inciting violence against Jews and Israel." (NY Daily News)

A Newsday/NY1 poll shows Gov. George Pataki for the first time holding only a single-digit lead over his Democratic challenger, H. Carl McCall, with the governor ahead 41 percent to 32 percent and Independence candidate Tom Golisano drawing 13 percent of the vote. (Newsday)

To see a copy of the NY1/Newsday Poll: Newsday

Mayor Bloomberg and Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani last night warned Republicans not to become complacent in the final month of the governor's race, saying they should ignore Gov. Pataki's strong standing in the polls. (NY Post)

Dennis Mehiel, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, says he'll lend running mate H. Carl McCall more money if the need arises. The two are trailing badly in polls and in fundraising. (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

October 10, 2002

With the election a month away, the Pataki administration has been quietly trying to negotiate solutions to some longstanding impasses on issues of importance to urban voters, which the Democrats have been using to criticize the governor.In the last week, aides to Gov. George E. Pataki have circulated another proposed bill to overhaul the state's stiff mandatory sentences for drug crimes. They have also entered into talks intended to settle a lawsuit that accuses the state of shortchanging urban schools. (New York Times)

Billionaire candidate Tom Golisano went back on the attack yesterday, flooding the airwaves with a new anti-Pataki commercial while the governor picked up an expected endorsement from the city's teachers union. (NY Daily News)

A political slugfest between two Bronx legislators has gotten down and drug dirty with charges that one lied about being a convicted heroin dealer.State Sen. Pedro Espada (D-Bronx), who is fighting to keep his South Bronx seat, launched a TV commercial in English and Spanish this week dredging up City Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr.'s decades-old arrest. The commercial calls Diaz a heroin dealer. (NY Daily News)

Delegates in the city teachers union voted last night to endorse Gov. George Pataki's re-election campaign. Union president Randi Weingarten described the endorsement vote for Pataki as "overwhelming," estimating that the Republican governor got the nod of at least 80 percent of the 900 members of the union's delegate assembly. (Newsday) (New York Times)

The head of the city's teachers union yesterday wrote an open letter to parents to defend her endorsement of Gov. Pataki, while Tom Golisano began airing a new ad upstate that rips the governor's economic policies. (NY Post)

Yesterday Tom Golisano, a third-party candidate for governor of New York who is showing up in polls with 14 percent or less of the likely vote, visited schools in Queens and the Bronx, and to many students he was as familiar as their favorite "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" characters.Such is the power of television. (New York Times)

This being a campaign season, a primer on the more colorful campaign tactics, starting with the current favorite, the leak.It can come from a whistle-blower, but more often a leak makes its way to journalist from a campaign worker doing negative research. That makes it biased, but not necessarily invalid. Reporters who get the information (usually) check its authenticity and, if it holds up, make it public. Journalists do their own investigative reporting, too. (New York Times)

Gov. George Pataki signed a bill into law Wednesday making identity theft a felony, as New York becomes one of the last states nationwide to legally recognize the crime. (Albany Times Union)

October 9, 2002

Gov. Pataki's popularity has come at a price - $4 billion in taxpayer money, his Democratic rivals charged yesterday.Carl McCall's running mate, Dennis Mehiel, gave out a list documenting $4 billion in grants and raises that the Pataki administration has doled out this year, accusing the Republican incumbent of buying the support of unions and local officials. (NY Daily News)

Riled by word that the teachers' union may back Republican George Pataki for governor, parents have launched a counter campaign of fliers and asked the union to remain neutral. This afternoon in Manhattan, parents will pass out leaflets during their protest vigil as delegates of the United Federation of Teachers arrive at the High School of Fashion Industries to pass or reject a Pataki endorsement. (Newsday)

Gov. Pataki yesterday painted Carl McCall as a tax-loving liberal in a tough new ad, while McCall moved to blunt the governor's expected endorsement today by the teachers union. (NY Post)

As Gov. George E. Pataki picked up the endorsement of the teachers' union in Yonkers - and with the New York City teachers' union expected to follow suit imminently - H. Carl McCall joined several educators yesterday to denounce the governor's education record. (New York Times)

The prevailing sentiment in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst, which are included in the 22nd State Senate District is that it is going to be a close race for State Senate. Vicent Gentile, the incumbent, is being challenged by City Councilman Martin J. Golden, a Republican who is waging a tough battle in an area where the Republicans believe they can regain a seat. (New York Times)

The State Republican Party spent nearly $500 on photocopies at the New York State Archives two days before The New York Post published the first of a series of letters from the archives written by H. Carl McCall. (New York Times ) (Albany Times Union)

Billionaire gubernatorial candidate B. Thomas Golisano, while heavily critical of the state's business incentive programs, has requested $600,000 in such aid for an expansion project near Rochester. (Albany Times Union)

In what critics are calling an example of the enthusiasm for clean elections taken to its "ludicrous" extreme, people who try to e-mail their State Assembly representatives in the next few weeks will be greeted with an auto-response telling them to try another method. Leaders of the Democrat-controlled Assembly are blocking all outgoing e-mail messages from members and employees in the 60 days before Election Day in what they say is an effort to make sure the government-owned system isn't abused for political purposes. (NY Sun)

George Pataki and Carl McCall have pivoted the gubernatorial race around school issues, but the biggest business in Albany is health, with hospital, adult- and nursing-home, and related interests spending $18 million on lobbyists last year-$11 million more than education groups and twice as much as any other state stakeholders. In keeping with that state-recorded level of gaudy influence peddling, the Department of Health (DOH), which consumes $34 billion of the state's $90 billion budget, has been a political cancer throughout the Pataki years, literally sick with scandal. (Village Voice)

In the next few days, a hardened political operative from Washington, D.C., will arrive at Carl McCall's campaign headquarters to dispel the gloom and whip the campaign into shape: Harold Ickes. A centrally located ninth floor office has been prepared for his full-time occupancy. He has brought along his fund-raising Rolodex, and he's expected to help sharpen the campaign's fuzzy message. (NY Observer)

October 8, 2002

The Sierra Club's national president has slapped a gag order on the group's New York chairman for bad-mouthing the local chapter's endorsement of Carl McCall for governor.The executive board of the 40,000-member New York chapter voted, 20 to 3, to back McCall over Gov. Pataki. The environmental group's support, rare political good news for McCall, has not yet been announced. (NY Daily News)

The Daily News will sponsor the first gubernatorial debate of the campaign this weekend with candidates from all seven parties.Republican Gov. Pataki, Democrat Carl McCall, Independence Party challenger Tom Golisano and candidates from four minor parties will square off at 11 a.m. Sunday at the upper West Side studio of WABC-TV. The 90-minute debate will air on WABC, Channel 7, a co-sponsor of the event. (NY Daily News)

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday made a surprise appearance for Carl McCall, trying to boost his struggling campaign for governor. Attending a press conference with former vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joe Lieberman, Clinton acknowledged McCall's gap in fund-raising and in the polls with Gov. Pataki. (NY Post) (New York Times)

Tom Golisano has dominated the TV airwaves in the governor's race over the last month - more than doubling the combined advertising budgets of Gov. Pataki and Carl McCall, according to figures released yesterday. (NY Post)

Gov. George E. Pataki has struck an agreement with the United States Postal Service to buy the James A. Farley Building on Eighth Avenue to turn the two-block-long building into a new glass-covered Pennsylvania Station. (New York Times)

H.Carl McCall, the Democratic candidate for governor, called on Gov. George E. Pataki yesterday to make public documents related to his administration's policy of releasing hundreds of patients from state psychiatric hospitals to locked units in nursing homes (New York Times)

In a historic move that may threaten his political future, Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings on Monday turned his back on fellow Democrat H. Carl McCall and crossed party lines to endorse Republican Gov. George Pataki. (Albany Times Union)

A new analysis of state budgets over the past 44 years shows that Governor Pataki has been more tight-fisted overall than his Democratic predecessor, Governor Cuomo, but less so than another Democrat, Governor Carey.State spending, when corrected for inflation, has grown an average of 1.8% per year under Mr. Pataki, compared to 2.5% per year under Mr. Cuomo, according to a report released yesterday by the Manhattan Institute's Center for Civic Innovation. (NY Sun)

October 7, 2002

Raising the specter of $2 subway and bus fares, transportation workers and transit advocates elbowed their way into the governor's race yesterday, pressing Gov. Pataki and Democratic challenger Carl McCall to speak out against a fare hike.Pataki and McCall, who both campaigned in the city yesterday, refused to rule out a fare hike.

(NY Daily News)

Carl McCall stepped up his campaign attack yesterday, ripping Gov. Pataki on education and health care, while suggesting that "some deal was made" for the teachers union to endorse the Republican. (NY Post)

The charge is one of the nastiest anyone can make against a political candidate in upstate New York: he blew a chance to create jobs.That is what Gov. George E. Pataki is saying about H. Carl McCall, the state comptroller and Democratic candidate for governor. Without explicitly conceding that upstate has been ailing economically, Mr. Pataki has been pounding Mr. McCall for failing. (New York Times)

Their campaigns have so far earned them little attention from the news media. But John J. Faso and Alan G. Hevesi, the two candidates for state comptroller, are pursuing distinctive strategies to get the public to focus on a race that has been overshadowed by the campaign for governor. (New York Times)

YOU can tell that Election Day is just a month away, with the major candidates for governor competing energetically over such matters as who can raise and spend more (Gov. George E. Pataki) and who can suffer the most self-inflicted wounds (Comptroller H. Carl McCall, virtuoso of that fine political art of writing for jobs).

(New York Times)

The drumbeat of traditionally Democratic unions abandoning gubernatorial candidate H. Carl McCall is a signal that labor is disappearing as a unified political force, analysts say. (NY Sun)

One has to feel for H. Carl McCall, the state's comptroller and the Democratic candidate for governor of New York. With his poll numbers in the tank, fundraising stalled, and 61 letters of recommendation wreaking havoc in the press, he has also to deal with the nigh complete abandonment of his campaign by organized labor

(NY Sun)

October 6, 2002

Gov. George E. Pataki's only appearance yesterday was to pick up an endorsement that many had expected. His Democratic opponent, H. Carl McCall, spent a few hours in New York City touching on his main themes and trying to distance himself from the issue that had dogged him all week, his use of state letterhead to recommend friends and family members for jobs. (New York Times) (NY Daily News)

Gail Hilson, 60, is one of New York City's social lions, a fund-raiser for causes like breast cancer, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Central Park Conservancy. This summer, in an announcement that surely sent some of her friends straight to the fourth floor of Bergdorf's for a nerve-steadying shot of cashmere, she became the Republican Party candidate for State Assembly in the 73rd District, the heart of the Silk Stocking district. (New York Times)

Mario Cuomo helped his son's sinking campaign for governor more than he previously admitted - though not with his famous soaring oratory. The elder Cuomo gave $20,000 to the state's Liberal Party just six weeks after it endorsed Andrew Cuomo for governor, state records show. The money came from what was left of Mario Cuomo's 1994 reelection bid, which he lost to Gov. Pataki. (NY Daily News)

One of the few cheery bits of news to come State Comptroller H. Carl McCall's way in the past few weeks was that hip-hop producer Russell Simmons had renamed one of his Phat Farm sneaker lines "the Carl McCall running shoe." (Newsday)

Carl McCall yesterday said he had crossed no ethical lines in any of his official letters released Friday - including helping more friends with job hunts and taking Knicks tickets from a Coca-Cola executive. (NY Post)

Behind the race for governor is another less-obvious power struggle -- a matchup between New York's top political stars. It is not just a scuffle to delight political junkies, but a subtle test of might for two potential presidential candidates: U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. (Albany Times Union)

October 5, 2002

The state Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaign Committee released four 30-second advertisements attacking Gov. George E. Pataki's economic record upstate, each one slightly tailored to address local issues in Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Albany. The ads are meant to help H. Carl McCall, the Democrat who is running against Mr. Pataki. (New York Times)

Tom Golisano, the New York Independence Party's self-financed billionaire candidate for governor, released this 30-second television ad on Wednesday, promoting a plan to use lottery money for college scholarships. (New York Times)

With 32 days until Election Day, H. Carl McCall, the Democratic candidate for governor, remains at a serious financial disadvantage. His rival, Gov. George E. Pataki, has 12 times as much money to spend in the final month of the campaign, according to documents filed yesterday. (New York Times)

Comptroller H. Carl McCall turned down scores of job applicants and other suitors for his time and attention, even when high-powered members of his Democratic Party pitched people and invitations his way. (Albany Times Union)

October 4, 2002

In the fall of 1997, five executives from Corning, the upstate New York manufacturer, made $17,000 in contributions to Gov. George E. Pataki's 1998 re-election campaign. At the same time, the state was sending money to Corning: $3 million, then $1.5 million, then $500,000 and $200,000 - ultimately, $10 million in economic development grants or loans went to the company. The first batch was approved within a month of Corning's series of contributions to Mr. Pataki. (New York Times)

H.Carl McCall went on the attack yesterday, accusing Gov. George E. Pataki of filling top positions in the state university system with unqualified political cronies and campaign contributors. (New York Times) (NY Daily News)

A stealth effort by Gov. George Pataki to win the endorsement of New York's largest gay and lesbian advocacy group unexpectedly backfired last night, as the group's leadership rebuffed a tacit election-eve deal and the governor's name won only boos and hisses at the group's annual dinner. (Newsday)

The day after Democratic Comptroller H. Carl McCall apologized for using official stationery to pitch job candidates to companies involved with the state pension fund, Citizen Action said the Pataki administration gave state grants and contracts to more than two dozen Republican campaign contributors. (Albany Times Union)

At a time when the Pataki administration is paying big bucks to keep businesses from fleeing lower Manhattan, it is moving 250 state government jobs from near Ground Zero to a new commercial complex in Harlem tied to a political supporter. (NY Daily News)

October 3, 2002

Seeking to put an end to a controversy that has dogged him for days, H. Carl McCall yesterday released 61 letters on official state stationery that included or mentioned other people's résumés, while maintaining that he had done nothing improper in writing them. (New York Times) (NY Daily News) (NY Post)

Call it "Carl McCall's Employment Agency." From an elevator operator in his Albany office to his own wife, McCall forwarded résumés to a wide array of officials, including President Clinton and executives at major Wall Street firms - some directly tied to the comptroller's office. (NY Post)

Top Democrats yesterday were using words like "disaster," "very serious" and "near fatal" to describe the damage to Carl McCall's campaign. And many privately expressed the fear that McCall would be unable to recover from the stunning revelation of a raft of job-seeking letters he wrote on official state comptroller's stationery. (NY Post)

A bad poll, lack of money, the potential loss of a key union endorsement and a series of embarrassing letters have some Republicans dancing on Democrat H. Carl McCall's political grave.But strategists say McCall's gubernatorial campaign can recover from these setbacks -- if he moves quickly. (Albany Times Union)

Now pitching for Gov. Pataki: Yankee manager Joe Torre.In a 10-second TV ad that debuted during Tuesday night's Game 1 of the Yanks-Angels series, the skipper went to bat for the Republican incumbent. "The Yankees are winners," Torre says. "Gov. George Pataki's a winner, and I'm proud to call him my friend." (NY Daily News)

Three weeks after a Democratic primary for an Assembly seat in the Bronx ended in a five-vote difference between candidates, a State Supreme Court judge ruled yesterday that a new election be held on Oct. 15. (New York Times)

Billionaire businessman Tom Golisano spent a stunning $2,515 a vote to win the Independence Party nomination - and lose the Conservative Party nomination - last month, new numbers showed yesterday. (NY Daily News)

After admitting he was once disciplined by the Police Department for losing his gun, cop-turned-City Councilman Martin Golden will release his NYPD record.Golden (R-Bay Ridge), who is battling state Sen. Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge) to represent the newly created 22nd Senate District, has been under pressure for years to release his record. (NY Daily News)

Saying he's a "pretty smart cookie," former Borough President Claire Shulman jumped the Democratic Party ship yesterday and endorsed Gov. Pataki for reelection.She made her announcement with Pataki in attendance, at Pier 1 on the waterfront property of Queens West in Long Island City, a redevelopment project she and Pataki had worked on together. (NY Daily News)

October 2, 2002

High school graduates with a B average or better would be guaranteed a spot in New York State's public colleges, tuition free, under a proposal to be unveiled today by Tom Golisano, the billionaire candidate of the Independence Party who is seeking a foothold in the governor's race. (New York Times)

H.Carl McCall did not summon so much as a note of his customary preacherly inflection yesterday, and his jokes were halfhearted as he unveiled his state budget reform plan at a breakfast forum at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in Manhattan. (New York Times)

Carl McCall can't catch a break.The city's powerful teachers union is expected to endorse Gov. Pataki next Wednesday, joining the growing list of Democratic-leaning unions backing the Republican.A Marist College poll released yesterday showed McCall trailing by 16 points statewide, and down by 6 points in the Democrat-heavy city.And a McCall aide confirmed yesterday that an ongoing review of correspondence found additional letters written by McCall forwarding the résumés of relatives or others seeking employment. (NY Daily News)

In the three weeks since they won their respective primaries, neither Democrat H. Carl McCall nor Independent Tom Golisano has gained at all on Gov. George Pataki, according to a Marist College poll released yesterday. (Newsday)

State Comptroller Carl McCall - above with wife Joyce Brown - sent her résumé to a Chicago real-estate executive who was investing millions of dollars on behalf of the state's pension fund. (NY Post)

A top aide to Gov. Pataki crowed yesterday that "the wheels have come off" of Carl McCall's campaign - as a new poll put Pataki well ahead, even in heavily Democratic New York City. (NY Post)

October 1, 2002

Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers; Bruce Raynor, president of Unite, the garment, textile and laundry workers' union: and Roger Benson, president of the Public Employees Federation, waved ceremonial pens in the air after Governor George Pataki used them to sign a law to prevent employers from spending state funds to fight union organizers. But even as Mr. Pataki courts union leaders, some of their members are balking. (New York Times)

Questions about patronage and influence peddling overshadowed the governor's race today, as the Democratic challenger, H. Carl McCall, and the Republican incumbent, George E. Pataki, sparred over the use of political offices to help friends and relatives. (New York Times)

H.Carl McCall, the Democratic nominee for governor, began broadcasting this 30-second ad Thursday. It is running on New York City stations. (New York Times)

Gov. George E. Pataki released this 30-second ad on Friday, a response to what his campaign characterized as a negative ad by his Democratic opponent, State Comptroller H. Carl McCall. It is running on New York City stations. (New York Times)

Carl McCall has to tangle with more bad news: A new poll due out today shows he's losing the momentum he picked up after winning the Democratic primary. (NY Daily News)

As a throng of labor activists cheered, Gov. Pataki signed a law yesterday requiring companies getting state funds to prove they are not using the money to battle union organizers.The law, fiercely opposed by the state's business lobby, bars employers from using taxpayer dollars to interfere with union activities.Denis Hughes, president of the state's 2.5 million members in the AFL-CIO, praised Pataki for "standing up for us." The politically powerful union has officially stayed neutral in the governor's race. (NY Daily News)

Carl McCall announced yesterday he will return his letters to the State Library this week for public review - and his spokesman said he "expects" there are more letters seeking employment for relatives or friends (NY Post)

Gov. Pataki - unlike rival Carl McCall - has never written official letters in an attempt to help a relative get a job, Pataki's aides said after a review of his letters. (NY Post)

A decision over the weekend by the 40,000-member Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club to endorse Democratic gubernatorial hopeful H. Carl McCall has caused dissension among members who say Gov. George Pataki's environmental record is superior. (Albany Times Union)

 



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