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September 30, 2002

State Comptroller H. Carl McCall rallied his Democratic base yesterday, stumping at five Brooklyn churches and then at a street fair on the Upper West Side, where he dismissed questions about whether he had used his position to try to get jobs for his daughter and his cousin as "distractions." (New York Times)

In a slap at the Brooklyn Democratic leadership, two party members have challenged chairman Clarence Norman over his use of tens of thousands of dollars in Democratic funds and called for an auditor to oversee the organization's books. (NY Daily News)

Backed by the state's two U.S. senators, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Carl McCall tried yesterday to downplay accusations that he improperly used his influence to get jobs for relatives. (NY Daily News)

Two candidates who finished neck and neck in a Democratic primary race for a South Bronx Assembly seat have agreed to go back to the starting gate.But the candidate who nosed out the incumbent in a close race for a state Senate seat balked yesterday at a rematch.Incumbent Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo and former City Councilman Pedro Gautier Espada will ask a judge tomorrow to order a special election in the newly redistricted 84th Assembly District (formerly the 74th), which covers Mott Haven. (NY Daily News)

State Comptroller Carl McCall yesterday said that he didn't do anything wrong by writing letters on official stationery recommending family members for jobs - and that, given the opportunity, he'd do it again. (NY Post)

Despite the efforts of Democratic gubernatorial candidate H. Carl McCall to downplay questions over two letters he wrote to company officials on state stationary to try to help family members get jobs, the letters continued to dog him Sunday. (Albany Times Union)

September 29, 2002

Standing under Gov. George Pataki campaign banners, Luis Zamot on Tuesday urged a crowd eating empanadas, sweet fried plantains and quesadillas to vote Republican. Supporting Republicans is an atypical role for a Hispanic community that traditionally backs Democrats. But it's a role that's growing. (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

On many days, the race for governor seems like a "Seinfeld" episode: It's about nothing. With 37 days remaining in a campaign where he'll spend more than $30 million, Gov. Pataki has yet to deliver a policy speech or detail much in the way of proposals for a third term. (NY Daily News)

The governor's race took another turn for the personal and nasty yesterday as George Pataki and his Democratic challenger, State Comptroller H. Carl McCall, traded accusations that each had misused their offices to win jobs for relatives. (Newsday) (NY Daily News)

With five weeks left until Election Day, State Comptroller H. Carl McCall yesterday dismissed mounting accusations that he used his influence as the steward of New York State's $105 billion pension fund to help relatives in their job searches. (New York Times)

Carl McCall said he wasn't "aware of" writing any other job recommendation letters for family members yesterday, as Gov. Pataki came out swinging - charging his Democratic opponent misused his office. (NY Post)

It is easy to understand why anyone listening to the two leading candidates for governor might not realize that New York State is in its most financially perilous condition in a decade. (Newsday)

As the fallout from Gov. Pataki's attack - and Carl McCall's counterattack - got down and dirty among their followers yesterday, the head of the state Democratic Party took direct aim at Pataki's wife, Libby. (NY Post)

After pro-mising for weeks to make his income-tax returns available for inspection, billionaire gubernatorial candidate B. Thomas Golisano has so far failed to deliver. (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Gov. George Pataki's hiring freeze announced 11 months ago thawed almost as soon as he declared it. Although his aides say he's made progress cutting the work force, state records show more than 16,000 permanent and temporary workers have been hired since Pataki enforced a "strict" hiring freeze in October. (Albany Times Union)

September 28, 2002

This 60-second television ad is one of three that Tom Golisano, the Independence Party candidate for governor, began telecasting yesterday. (New York Times)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate H. Carl McCall acknowledged writing a letter as state comptroller asking an officer of a company in which the state pension fund had invested to consider his daughter for job. (Albany Times Union)

Democrat H. Carl McCall denied yesterday that he was trying to pressure a Verizon executive into hiring his daughter when he noted the exact number of company shares held by the state's pension fund in a letter he sent along with her resume. (Westchester Journal News)

September 27, 2002

Gov. George Pataki says he wants to debate his opponent but is refusing to take part in one-on-one debates with his only genuine challenger, State Comptroller Carl McCall, the Democratic nominee. Mr. Pataki wants an army of other candidates sharing the limited amount of airtime Independence, Green, Right to Life, you name it. The governor gets points for inclusion, but we can't help feeling his real objective is to stuff so many people on the stage that he and Mr. McCall will just fade into the sea of faces. (New York Times)

Seeking to shore up his standing among traditional Democrats, H. Carl McCall spoke to women supporters today and accepted the endorsement of the National Organization for Women. Gov. George E. Pataki, meanwhile, appeared with a famous rap musician and added yet two more unions to his long list of supporters among labor leaders. (New York Times)

Every political candidate needs surrogates, and Gov. George E. Pataki could not find a better one than his 23-year-old daughter, Emily. (New York Times)

A hip hop war broke out yesterday in an unlikely place: the governor's race. While Sean (Puff Daddy) Combs and rap mogul Russell Simmons are backing Democrat Carl McCall, LL Cool J threw his support yesterday to Gov. Pataki. (NY Daily News) (Newsday) (NY Post)

State Comptroller Carl McCall successfully sought a job for his daughter from a top Verizon exec - while reminding him in the same letter that the state pension fund owned millions of the firm's shares, The Post has learned. (NY Post)

Gov. Pataki yesterday strongly backed President Bush's efforts to bring down Saddam Hussein, but Democratic challenger Carl McCall was more restrained. (NY Post)

Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, one of the few Democratic elected officials who has not yet backed H. Carl McCall's bid for governor, said he met with McCall on Thursday to discuss a possible endorsement. (Albany Times Union)

September 26, 2002

Gov. George E. Pataki and H. Carl McCall yesterday traded a ferocious round of accusations on education, claiming failed policies and dishonest campaigning, with each side unveiling a new television ad attacking the other. (New York Times)

For the second straight year, the Liberal Party guessed wrong and endorsed a losing candidate. In last year's Democratic mayoral primary, the party chose Alan G. Hevesi, who lost to Mark Green. This year, it was Andrew M. Cuomo, who dropped out of the race for governor in the face of plummeting polls. (New York Times)

Gov. George E. Pataki released his first negative ad in Spanish yesterday, a 30-second commercial running on New York City stations that criticizes the education record of H. Carl McCall, the Democratic nominee. Mr. McCall, the state comptroller, served as president of the New York City Board of Education from 1991 to 1993. (New York Times)

H. Carl McCall, the state comptroller and Democratic nominee for governor, released this 30-second ad yesterday to be shown on upstate New York broadcast stations and cable stations in the suburbs of New York City. It is his first ad in a week and the first in response to two negative ads by Gov. George E. Pataki in the past week. (New York Times)

Gov. Pataki's mammoth lead over Democrat Carl McCall has dwindled to 11 points, injecting suspense in an election that once seemed a foregone conclusion. (NY Daily News) (Newsday) (NY Post)

Carl McCall yesterday fired back at Gov. Pataki in an increasingly nasty TV ad war, accusing the governor of attacking him because "he can't defend his record." (NY Post)

After being pummeled in three television advertisements released during a five-day blitz by Republican Gov. George Pataki's campaign and saying little in response, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful H. Carl McCall finally fought back on Wednesday. (Albany Times Union)

September 25, 2002

With 41 days before the election and a comfortable lead in the polls, Gov. George E. Pataki is campaigning as if it were the final week, deploying supporters and negative ads to batter his Democratic opponent in a bid to effectively end the race before it really starts. (New York Times)

Amid allegations of poll irregularities, a State Supreme Court justice ordered the City Board of Elections yesterday to delay the certification of the results of the Democratic primary in Bronx races for the State Senate and Assembly. (New York Times) (Daily News)

Gov. George E. Pataki's re-election campaign is broadcasting this 30-second commercial in upstate New York. It is his second attack ad of the campaign. (New York Times)

Gov. Pataki's unanswered barrage of ads pounding Carl McCall intensified yesterday with a spot aimed at convincing upstate voters McCall would favor city schools at their expense. (Daily News )

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, told Gov. Pataki yesterday the world appreciates his efforts following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (NY Post)

As he campaigns about his strong record as trustee of the state pension, Comptroller H. Carl McCall is telling local governments to be prepared to pay more into the fund because of a bearish stock market. (Albany Times Union)

Gov. George Pataki on Tuesday charged his opponent H. Carl McCall with wanting to take money from upstate schools and give it to New York City, while McCall accused the governor of failing to support smaller class sizes. (Albany Times Union)

September 24, 2002

For H. Carl McCall, the key to attracting the big campaign donations he desperately needs to wage a successful campaign for governor could lie in public polls scheduled to be released on Wednesday and early next week. (New York Times)

Andrew M. Cuomo, who quit the Democratic primary a week before the Sept. 10 primary, will officially remain on the ballot as the Liberal Party candidate for governor, with the passage of a deadline last night to remove his name. (New York Times)

Gov. Pataki is set to unleash state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno as his attack dog against Democratic challenger Carl McCall.Bruno (R-Rensselaer) will barnstorm upstate for his fellow Republican this week, arguing that McCall lacks the experience needed to govern New York during tough fiscal times. (NY Daily News )

A voting machine recount ended yesterday with billionaire businessman Tom Golisano squeaking past Gov. Pataki in the Sept. 10 Independence Party primary by a mere 496 votes. (NY Daily News)

Carl McCall accused Gov. Pataki yesterday of using taxpayer-funded "election gimmicks" in an effort to win votes - but Pataki fired back that McCall was diverting attention from his own failures. (NY Post)

Independence Party nominee Tom Golisano has been buying up the airwaves - more than doubling Gov. Pataki's TV advertising budget, according to figures released yesterday. Golisano shelled out $5.9 million to pay for a blitz of ads that blanketed the state from Aug. 31 to Sept. 20. (NY Post)

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful H. Carl McCall on Monday said he will "take credit" if the Gov. George Pataki and the state Legislature reach agreements on measures that would help the Republican governor prior to Election Day. (Albany Times Union)

With 43 days remaining before the election, Gov. George Pataki traveled through critical upstate areas yesterday, announcing more than $164 million in economic development grants and drawing criticism from his Democratic opponent that the allocations were little more than "election gimmicks." (The Journal News )

September 23, 2002

To hear officials of the Brooklyn Democratic organization tell it, Primary Day turned out none too shabbily. They point to the resounding victory of the party's leader, Assemblyman Clarence Norman Jr., and they point to the ease with which some party-backed incumbents glided to victory, despite challenges from well-organized insurgents. (New York Times)

The power wielded by Brooklyn's Democratic Party bosses to select judges has been spelled out in an unusually candid letter by a party official.The note, sent this year to Civil Court Judge Margarita Lopez Torres, made clear she had no chance of moving up to state Supreme Court - unless she was backed by Assemblyman Clarence Norman, the county party leader. (Daily News)

Gov. George E. Pataki and Senator John McCain of Arizona, political enemies two years ago, stood on Theodore Roosevelt's porch today for a show of Republican Party unity, while H. Carl McCall sought to shore up black support with visits to churches and a parade in Harlem. (New York Times) (Albany Times Union)

Gubernatorial hopeful Thomas Golisano gave his controversial Independence Party colleague, Lenora Fulani, the cold shoulder yesterday, even as he tried to make nice with leaders of the party he co-founded. (New York Post)

Independence Party gubernatorial hopeful B. Thomas Golisano on Sunday offered an olive branch to leaders of the party he helped found who turned on him to support Gov. George Pataki's failed attempt to win their ballot line. (Albany Times Union)

Thomas Golisano, the billionaire third party challenger in the governor's race, wants to eliminate one of New York State's most familiar institutions: the toll booth.Mr. Golisano, who is running for governor on the Independence Party line, said New York should consider removing tolls on its roads, bridges and tunnels. (New York Sun)

September 22, 2002

With the general election less than seven weeks away, the strategies of the main candidates for governor have taken shape, as the Democrats try to close the lead in the polls that the Republican incumbent, George E. Pataki, has forged by reaching across party lines. (New York Times)

An untold number of voters showed up at their usual polling places on Primary Day across the city to find they could no longer vote there. Some went home in disgust; others trekked several blocks in a different direction to their new polling places. (Newsday)

September 21, 2002

The rancorous race for governor is on a pace to be the most expensive nonpresidential campaign in American history, reports made public today showed, with more than $70 million spent with six weeks to go until Election Day. (New York Times)

Former President Bill Clinton revved up the troops yesterday for H. Carl McCall, the Democratic candidate for governor, and urged them to reach out to Democratic donors for contributions that could help refill Mr. McCall's depleted campaign chest. (New York Times)

Senator John McCain once referred to the governor as "Comrade Pataki." The governor, in turn, called Mr. McCain "anti-New York" and fought to dash his presidential dreams two years ago by keeping his name off the New York ballot.But come tomorrow, in one of those exquisite twists in politics, Gov. George E. Pataki and Mr. McCain will, on the surface anyway, let bygones be bygones (New York Times)

Billionaire Thomas Golisano spent a stunning $31 million to rebuff George Pataki's advances on the Independence Party, forcing the Republican governor to squander millions in his failed gambit. (Newsday)

No one has outdone B. Thomas Golisano's $30 million-plus in spending, but many candidates shared their wealth in attempts to secure party lines in this month's primary races. (Albany Times Union)

September 20, 2002

Gov. George E. Pataki yesterday released his first negative television commercials in his re-election campaign, a sign of the heightening rancor and increasing competitiveness in a general election race only 10 days old. (New York Times) (Newsday)

Yesterday Emily Pataki kicked off a tour of homes for the elderly with her grandmother Margaret Pataki, and granted the first of the interviews reporters have been requesting for months. Libby Pataki, the governor's wife, and Mary O. Donohue, the lieutenant governor, also made public appearances."This is the kinder, gentler Daddy Pataki," said Josh Isay, a consultant who managed Andrew M. Cuomo's failed bid for the Democratic nomination for governor. (New York Times) (Daily News)

Gov. George E. Pataki released a series of advertisements yesterday, including two that are critical of his Democratic opponent, State Comptroller H. Carl McCall. One is running on upstate stations; this one is running on cable television channels in the suburbs of New York City. (New York Times)

The state Health Department has been ordered to get its arms around the widening problem of obesity in New York. Among a beefed-up list of bills signed into law this week by Gov. Pataki was the little-noticed Obesity Prevention Act, which mandates a major study into the growing battle of the bulge within the state. (New York Post)

On barely an hour's notice Thursday morning, 50 nanosciences graduate students at the University at Albany were ordered to an event where they found themselves a captive audience for a political speech by Lt. Gov. Mary Donohue. (Albany Times Union)

September 19, 2002

A transcript of NY1's campaign interview with Governor Pataki. (NY1)

The debate over debates among the candidates for governor turned murkier yesterday, with H. Carl McCall and Gov. George E. Pataki in effect agreeing to share the stage at only one debate despite news media outlets' plans for several forums. (New York Times)

In July 1998, Gov. George E. Pataki signed into law a program devoting part of the state's traffic fines to research on spinal cord injuries, a measure that was promoted by Christopher Reeve and other well-known paralyzed people. Most of the money that was earmarked for that research went unspent, and this year, at Mr. Pataki's behest, the state raided the program's trust fund, putting most of the money into the state's General Fund. (New York Times)

The union that represents the city's immigrant garment workers and has deep and longstanding ties to the Democratic Party is endorsing Governor Pataki for reelection. (New York Sun)

In one of the most memorable - and turbulent - Bronx primary races in recent memory, state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. and veteran South Bronx Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo appeared yesterday to be losers after a vote recount. (Daily News)

Gov. Pataki and challenger Carl McCall agreed yesterday to televised debates, but they clashed on whether to include minor-party candidates - increasing doubts as to whether they will meet at all. (Daily News)

Billionaire Tom Golisano saw his lead in the Independence primary battle shrivel yesterday to 635 votes in an ongoing recount, reviving slight hopes from Gov. Pataki's camp that the race isn't over. (Daily News)

Upstate billionaire Tom Golisano - who has vowed to cut taxes if elected governor - yesterday raised the possibility that he may have to raise taxes to solve the state's fiscal problems. (New York Post)

Lending a Midas touch to Carl McCall's campaign, former President Clinton will be meeting with McCall in Harlem tomorrow to help him close a $20 million fund-raising gap in his run against Gov. Pataki. (New York Post)

Gov. Pataki yesterday did something unusual on the campaign trail - he went out of his way to praise the opposing team, saying it's a good thing for New York that an African-American is running for governor. (New York Post)

Hoping that neighborhood tipsters will help nab those responsible for vandalizing a Catholic church in Marine Park, state Sen. Carl Kruger yesterday established a 24-hour hotline out of his district office. (Daily News)

In his first substantive policy proposal since apparently winning the Independence Party line, B. Thomas Golisano called for banning political contributions from corporations and unions and setting term limits for the governor and state legislators. (Albany Times Union)

September 18, 2002

The former Bronx borough president, Fernando Ferrer, introduced this 30-second advertisement for H. Carl McCall at a news conference yesterday by saying, "It is in Spanish, and yes, Carl, we're talking about you." Unlike Gov. George E. Pataki, Mr. McCall does not speak Spanish, but he is just as eager for the Latino vote. The commercial began running yesterday on Spanish-language stations in the New York City area. (New York Times)

Gov. George E. Pataki released two television advertisements on education yesterday, including one in which the governor speaks in Spanish. (New York Times)

Gov. Pataki and Carl McCall unleashed dueling Spanish-language TV ads yesterday, reflecting the importance of the Hispanic vote this year. (Daily News)

The importance of the Hispanic vote was on display Tuesday as Democrat gubernatorial candidate H. Carl McCall held a news conference with New York City Latino leaders to emphasize his connection to that community and challenge Republican Gov. George Pataki's ties. (Newsday) (New York Post)

After a week of campaigning in which he came under heavy attack from the campaign of his Republican opponent, Carl McCall seems happy, at the very least, about one thing: he is no longer being ignored. (New York Observer)

In the eight years since Governor George Pataki took office, the State University of New York has undergone a dramatic shift in mission and tone. A Republican elected on a small-government platform, Pataki has slowly but markedly moved the university away from its stated mission of access and affordability and shaped it along the lines of his free-market, lower-taxes philosophy. Its deepening relationship with the corporate sector is only one example of the changes afoot. (Village Voice)

September 17, 2002

This 30-second commercial is H. Carl McCall's first since he won the Democratic nomination for governor, and stations around the state began broadcasting it yesterday. It is part of the initial ad blitz of the general election. Gov. George E. Pataki, a Republican who is running for re-election, put up his first advertisement since the primary last Friday, and Tom Golisano, the apparent victor in the Independence Party primary, will begin advertising tomorrow, his aides said. (New York Times)

Democrat Carl McCall, who jokingly calls himself "the dark horse of New York politics," galloped into the postprimary season yesterday with a new ad as experts predicted he has a real shot at toppling the once-untouchable Gov. Pataki. (New York Daily News)

Alan Hevesi, who handily beat William Mulrow in the Democratic primary for state comptroller, lost 39 counties upstate, a key region in the general election where GOP opponent and Columbia County Assemblyman John Faso is expected to be well-received. (Albany Times Union)

Former City Councilman Martin Malave-Dilan said experience, plus some help from his political friends, allowed him to snatch a Democratic Party nomination for state Senate from an incumbent of 10 years. In last Tuesday's primary, Malave-Dilan unseated Sen. Nellie Santiago, who represents Bushwick and Cypress Hills. Dilan got 5,150 votes to Santiago's 4,919. (New York Daily News)

Undeterred by the Democrats' success in skirting a divisive primary, Gov. George Pataki is stepping up his re-election strategy of trying to win over blacks, Latinos and other nontraditional GOP supporters. (Newsday)

In a bid to appear above the political fray, Gov. Pataki has found himself a new attack dog: Lt. Gov. Mary Donohue. Donohue yesterday kicked off a nine-city, upstate "barnstorming tour" in which she vowed to go after Carl McCall and his running mate, Dennis Mehiel, for their "consistent and outrageous record of neglect for upstate New York." (New York Post)

September 16, 2002

News reports of Mr. McCall's acceptance of an award at the annual Congressional Black Caucus dinner Saturday night might have once again pinned on him the very label he has tried, with mixed success, to avoid: that of prominent black candidate. (New York Times)

Governor George E. Pataki continued his drive yesterday to cut into traditional Democratic support with a spirited address that called for unity and promised to advocate for causes that blacks have championed. (New York Times) (Newsday) (Daily News)

As the two candidates, Alan Hevesi and John Faso, spent the weekend campaigning among street festivals and parades, the race for state comptroller began taking shape, with both contenders outlining their strategies for the seven weeks left until the general election. (New York Times)

While wealthy businessman B. Thomas Golisano's political stock may be on the rise, his personal stock holdings have taken a beating. The third-party candidate doesn't have nearly as much money to work with as he did when he began his third, self-financed run for governor more than four months ago. (Albany Times Union)

September 15, 2002

Governor George E. Pataki's campaign charged yesterday that H. Carl McCall, who has praised a lawsuit claiming that the state underfinances New York City's schools, once opposed the suit. Mr. McCall's aides and allies insisted that his position was consistent throughout, and that the court papers involved a procedural matter largely out of his control. (New York Times) (Newsday) (New York Post) (Albany Times Union)

Many New Yorkers carry in their heads a template for making sense of state politics, a framework of Republican versus Democrat, liberal versus conservative, upstate versus downstate. But whatever they think they know, as the race for governor heats up, they might want to think again. (New York Times)

September 14, 2002

Governor George E. Pataki, a Republican seeking a third term, released a television ad yesterday that includes several Democrats supporting him. (New York Times)

Governor George E. Pataki, facing a promised backlash from the state Catholic Conference, said Friday he expects to sign legislation that would mandate an array of women's health services to be covered by employers' insurance, including contraceptives. (Albany Times Union)

September 13, 2002

Tom Golisano, the Rochester billionaire who has set no firm limit on how much of his money he may spend on his campaign for governor, said yesterday that he would push for changes in campaign finance that would ban all contributions except those from individuals. (New York Times) (Newsday) (New York Post)

Responding to repeated criticism of his education spending by H. Carl McCall, his Democratic opponent in the governor's race, Governor George E. Pataki stated for the first time yesterday that he disagreed with a court ruling that the state had no obligation to provide New York children with more than a middle school education. (New York Times) (Daily News)

The intricacy of campaigning on the cusp of Sept. 11 has the state's top Democrats and Republicans giving new consideration to an old notion: moving New York's primary elections from September to the spring. Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the Assembly, said he would propose legislation to change the primary to June, and Joseph L. Bruno, the majority leader of the Senate, said he would study the idea. (New York Times) (Daily News)

Board of Elections officials will begin recounts today in two hotly contested Bronx races from Tuesday's Democratic primary. One contest, between incumbent South Bronx Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo and former City Councilman Pedro G. Espada in the South Bronx's 74th Assembly District, ended in an almost unheard-of dead heat. The other - a down-to-the-wire race in Senate District 32 between incumbent state Senator Pedro Espada Jr. and party-backed City Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. - ended with Diaz holding a 162-vote lead and proclaiming victory. But Espada Jr. is challenging the results in court and will have the votes recounted. (Daily News)

Tom Golisano, the presumed Independence Party candidate for governor, gets right to the point on issues. One way to help students? "An abstinence program to avoid teen pregnancy. That is a message we have to get out there, and we are doing a poor job of it," he said yesterday. (Daily News)

September 12, 2002

Billionaire Tom Golisano vowed yesterday to spend whatever it takes to become governor - a tab that could cost him $50 million more of his own money. (Daily News) (New York Times) (Newsday) (New York Post)

Early Wednesday morning, Governor George E. Pataki's camp obtained a court order to impound some 1,900 paper ballots statewide in an effort to make sure crucial votes that could decide the race are counted under the utmost scrutiny. With 99 precincts reporting, Golisano had a slim 900-vote lead over the governor in the fight for the Independence Party line in which roughly 18,300 ballots were cast. (Albany Times Union)

State Senator Pedro G. Espada Jr. called for a court-sanctioned investigation yesterday after he came up 162 votes short in a contest in the Soundview and Mott Haven neighborhoods of the Bronx against City Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. (New York Times)

September 11, 2002

Tom Golisano appeared to defeat Gov. George E. Pataki in the Independence Party primary for governor yesterday, a serious setback to Mr. Pataki in his bid for a third term. In the Democratic camp, H. Carl McCall won his party's nomination to run for governor in November. (New York Times) (Daily News) (New York Post) (Albany Times Union) (Newsday)

The sweet dance of democracy," H. Carl McCall told a ballroom of cheering supporters last night at the Grand Hyatt New York, "is a powerful tribute to those lost on Sept. 11."Like the rest of this strangest of primary days, the Democratic primary win for Mr. McCall, the state comptroller, in his bid to become New York's first black governor, was played out against a backdrop of sorrow. (New York TImes) (New York Times) (Albany Times Union)

In an election in which turnout was lower than many candidates had expected, incumbents in legislative races generally fared well despite a larger-than-usual number of hotly contested races.Several former members of the City Council were thwarted in their efforts to return to public office, according to unofficial results. (New York Times)

Former City Controller Alan Hevesi savored a sweet victory last night over investment banker Bill Mulrow in the Democratic primary for state controller."I'm delighted," Hevesi said. "I think the voters had a sense of the importance and complexity of the office. The state controller is the representative of the state in the global economy." (Daily News)

Tom Golisano's Independence primary victory opens the door to a costly, three-way political contest, which many of the state's political experts believe is certain to benefit Democratic challenger Carl McCall. (NY Post)

Turnout in yesterday's statewide primaries was very light - with just handfuls of voters trickling into their polling places on the eve of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (NY Post)

Queens voters all but elected the borough's first Hispanic state legislator yesterday, but two white males were winning in districts specifically drawn to benefit minority candidates. (Newsday)

While most New Yorkers were preparing to observe the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a relative handful of voters showed up at the polls to decide a minor-party primary election that could have a profound impact on the 2002 Governor's race. The contest pitted Governor George Pataki, who is heavily favored to win re-election to a third term, against Tom Golisano, an eccentric billionaire from Rochester, for the nomination of the quirky Independence Party. (NY Observer)

September 10, 2002

H. Carl McCall and Tom Golisano dashed from one corner of New York State to another yesterday, one seeking momentum and the other fighting for his political life, in the last day before competing in their parties' primary elections for governor. (New York Times)

After weeks of twists and turns, substitutions and deletions, there will be two candidates for the State Senate on the ballot today in the Democratic primary in the 32nd District in the Bronx.Shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday, the New York State Court of Appeals issued a ruling that effectively placed Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. back on the ballot. (New York Times) (New York Daily News)

Gov. Pataki's sky-high support from New York voters has begun to erode and his once-huge lead over Carl McCall has trimmed, a new poll yesterday showed. (New York Post)

Moving from the under card to the main event in today's Democratic primary, Alan Hevesi and Bill Mulrow yesterday spent the final day on the stump, desperately trying to drum up interest in their race for state comptroller. (New York Post)

Headlined by a Democratic showdown between Carl McCall and Andrew Cuomo, today's state primaries were supposed to go off with a bang. But Cuomo dropped out of the race last week, so turnout is expected to barely register a whimper. Here's a rundown. (New York Post)

A new poll found Carl McCall gaining - but Gov. Pataki still far ahead - in the race for governor as candidates tried one last time yesterday to rouse interest in today's primary. (New York Daily News)

As voters head to the polls for today's primary elections, Capital Region election board officials say predicting how strong the turnout will be is even more difficult than usual. (Albany Times Union)

Voters go to the polls today, almost a year to the date that a primary election was halted by the World Trade Center attack. "The best way to remember 9/11 is to vote on 9/10," Board of Elections spokeswoman Naomi Bernstein said yesterday. (Newsday)

Gov. George Pataki's re-election prospects, while still very strong, eroded over the summer amid a pummeling by his billionaire antagonist, B. Thomas Golisano, and growing concerns that New York's future is gloomy, according to a Marist College poll released yesterday. (Newsday)

September 9, 2002

With uncertainty about how turnout will be affected by the lack of competition in tomorrow's Democratic primary for governor in New York, candidates for local offices spent the weekend retooling their strategies in an effort to get voters to the polls on their behalf. (New York Times)

Just who will run in the Democratic primary for a State Senate seat in the Bronx remained uncertain over the weekend as each candidate continued a down-to-the-wire court effort to have the other removed from the ballot. (New York Times)

The Democratic candidates for state controller talk a similar game.Alan Hevesi, the front-runner in polls, stresses his background as the city's controller, a post he held for eight years."I am the only controller running for controller," he said.Investment banker William Mulrow, who has personally loaned his own campaign $1 million, points to his success making money in the private sector. (Daily News)

In the Bronx, where winning in the Democratic primary is just about akin to winning office, a lively campaign slugfest wraps up tomorrow as voters go to the polls to have the final say. Do issues count among the candidates? You couldn't tell it among a majority of candidates, according to the nonpartisan and respected Citizens Union good government group."We did not indicate our preferences in most of the Bronx races because we literally couldn't find the candidates," said Executive Director Linda Stone Davidoff. "They did not respond to mailings and phone calls asking for a response to our issues questionnaire or to be interviewed by our committee. The Bronx is like this wasteland, it's blank." (Daily News)

For the second year in a row, Queens voters face some interesting choices in local primaries tomorrow. While not much could compare with last year, when all 14 incumbent City Council members were tossed out by term limits, insiders say there are at least five competitive races. (Daily News)

Brooklyn Democratic Party chief Clarence Norman may have more than just his Assembly seat riding on Tuesday's primary vote.Rocked by scandals and bungled political maneuvers, the Kings County Democratic Party leadership faces opposition that would have been unthinkable in past years. Critics of the once-mighty machine say they smell blood in the water and hope to translate a handful of upsets into a full-blown coup. (Daily News)

Andrew Cuomo's stunning withdrawal from the governor's race last week not only turned that contest upside down, it also shook up the little-noticed battle for state comptroller. (New York Post)

Charles B. Rangel didn't get everything he wanted, though it seemed that way. In the end, he could not persuade H. Carl McCall to share the stage with Andrew M. Cuomo for Mr. Cuomo's withdrawal speech last week. "If the decision were mine," Mr. Rangel said, then Mr. McCall would have been there. (New York Times)

While Republican Gov. George Pataki is unopposed for the GOP nomination in his bid for a third term, he is facing a primary for the Independence Party nomination from billionaire businessman B. Thomas Golisano. (Newsday)

September 8, 2002

With Tuesday's primary elections almost here, it's a good time for a civics quiz. Quick, who's your state senator? No, not Hillary Rodham Clinton! She's your U.S. senator, just like Charles Schumer. Don't feel bad. State senators are known for being not well-known, much like their counterparts in the state Assembly. And state legislative elections tend to be boring because the incumbents win re-election over and over again, until they retire. But perk up. Government watchers say this is a special state election year. (Newsday)

With just a few days before the Democratic primary, the two candidates for state comptroller are making their final pushes for votes, taking their messages to audiences around the state and, at least in one campaign, hurling charges at the other. (New York Times)

The politics on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is noted for its tradition of Democratic liberalism and intense political activism. There, the race to succeed Assemblyman Edward C. Sullivan has produced a wide-ranging group of candidates, each jostling for recognition in a crowded field. (New York Times)

Despite the Independence Party's small size, its primary election for governor matters. The contest Tuesday, between Tom Golisano, one of the party's founders, and Gov. George E. Pataki, the new darling of party leaders, could mean the difference between a smooth ride to a third term for Mr. Pataki and a much tougher campaign, analysts say. (New York Times)

September 7, 2002

This morning H. Carl McCall and Andrew M. Cuomo plan to have breakfast together in their first meeting since Mr. Cuomo withdrew on Tuesday from the Democratic primary race for governor in the face of near-certain defeat. (New York Times)

When Michelle R. Titus won a special election for a seat in the Assembly in April, she predicted that despite the decisiveness of her victory, she would face tough competition later in the year in the Democratic primary. Her prediction has come true, and then some. (New York Times)

Since withdrawing from the race for the Democratic nomination for governor and pledging to work hard to elect rival H. Carl McCall, Andrew Cuomo has managed to keep a fairly high profile. (Newsday)

September 6, 2002

H. Carl McCall, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, pledged yesterday that if elected he will shrink class sizes for young students to no more than 18 children and spend $8 billion more on education by the end of his first term. (New York Times)

With five days left before a primary that will, in effect, determine the ultimate victor in this year's election, state Senator Eric T. Schneiderman and his challenger, Guillermo Linares, are hammering away at their campaigns, and each other. (New York Times)

Combining two familiar campaign themes yesterday, state Controller Carl McCall charged that Gov. Pataki has spent too much of the state's money on TV ads promoting New York and himself - and not enough on education. (New York Daily News)

Senior Democrats yesterday accused Gov. Pataki of capitalizing on the Sept. 11 tragedy to promote his campaign for governor. (New York Post)

In honor of the one-year anniversary of Sept. 11, Gov. Pataki will pull all his political ads from the airways for three days beginning on Tuesday, officials said yesterday. Pataki's campaign made the statement shortly after Democrat Carl McCall's decision not to advertise until after Sept. 11. (New York Post)

B. Thomas Golisano said Thursday that one of New York's most prominent Republicans, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, asked him several months ago to consider a gubernatorial run on the Liberal Party line and to leave the Independence Party line for Gov. George Pataki. (Albany Times Union)

Rank-and-file members of New York's second largest state workers union are mounting a campaign to withdraw the organization's recent endorsement of Republican Gov. George Pataki and give it to his Democratic challenger, state Comptroller H. Carl McCall. (Albany Times Union)

In 1990, then-Assemblyman Alan Hevesi voted with the majorities of both houses to divert money from the state pension fund to use it to fill a budget gap.A dozen years later, William Mulrow is citing that vote as evidence that Hevesi cannot be trusted to protect and preserve the retirement fund for New York's public employees (Albany Times Union)

What does it take to get the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor? Something less, it appears, than the qualifications for buying an apartment in the Dakota, the brown gothic palace on Central Park West and 72nd Street. Just ask Dennis Mehiel, H. Carl McCall's running mate and the likely Democratic candidate for the low-profile state office. Mr. Mehiel a cardboard magnate who has his own palace in Armonk, in Westchester already has one apartment in the Dakota. He wanted to move to another space in the 1882 building, but this summer, the co-op's board rejected him. (New York Sun)

September 5, 2002

H.Carl McCall may as well have been wearing a party hat with his suit and tie yesterday. Part mischief-maker, part leader of the flock, he sauntered down the campaign trail on the day after driving his rival, Andrew M. Cuomo, to an early surrender in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor. (New York Times)

What Raymond Harding, 67, is orchestrates is the survival of the Liberal Party, a 58-year-old New York State institution that is best known these days for playing spoiler by giving its November ballot line to whatever candidate curries its favor.The party is also well known for edging toward the brink of death, as its nominees must, under state election law, get 50,000 votes in each election for governor for the party to retain that ballot line in statewide elections. (New York Times)

With no Andrew Cuomo to kick around anymore, Carl McCall turned his attention to Gov. Pataki yesterday as the Democratic controller took a victory lap around the state.McCall began his day in Buffalo, stopped in Albany and finished with a fund-raiser in the city, pressing his message of education and job growth. (New York Daily News)

In April, Michele Titus handily won a special election to succeed the late Pauline Rhodd-Cummings for the southeast Queens Assembly seat. But she'll have her biggest test Tuesday, when she faces five others in a Democratic primary for the district that stretches from Richmond Hill to Far Rockaway. (New York Daily News)

Carl McCall said yesterday that Gov. Pataki will be the next man out - the day after Andrew Cuomo bolted from the governor's race. "When they see this support, they're going to do what the guy did yesterday: George Pataki is going to withdraw before this is all over," McCall said at an appearance in Buffalo. (New York Post)

A day after dropping out of the governor's race, Andrew Cuomo yesterday said he "felt pretty good" and was "moving on." From his cramped campaign offices on East 41st Street, Cuomo phoned and thanked supporters - while also talking to his former rival, Carl McCall, for the first time. (New York Post)

September 4, 2002

Full coverage of Andrew M. Cuomo's abrupt pull out of the race for the Democratic nomination for governor yesterday, just one week before the Sept. 10 primary, avoiding what polls indicated would have been a searing defeat at the hands of his opponent, H. Carl McCall. (New York Times) (Daily News) (New York Post) (Times Union) (Newsday) (New York Sun) (New York Observer)

The last straw for Andrew Cuomo was the phone call from former President Bill Clinton. "You fought the good fight, and you're going to lose," Clinton told his former Cabinet secretary in a dramatic phone call Monday night (New York Post)

Andrew Cuomo's departure from the governor's race could have a substantial impact on other contests, ranging from this year's Democratic primary for comptroller to the 2006 battle for governor. (Times Union)

H. Carl McCall was positively ebullient as he approached the podium. "Now, wait a minute. This was all supposed to happen next Tuesday," said the state comptroller after learning that his opponent in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, Andrew Cuomo, was quitting the race. "That's one thing about politics. It is always unpredictable." (Newsday)

Tom Golisano sued Gov. George E. Pataki for libel yesterday over a campaign mailing that stated wrongly that Mr. Golisano had fled the state in the face of criminal charges. (New York Times)

Former gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo may have dismissed George Pataki as nothing more than a coat-holder for the real heroes on Sept. 11, but New Yorkers -- many of whom saw the carnage and destruction firsthand -- clearly have kinder things to say about their Governor. (New York Observer)

No matter who emerges as the winner of next week's Democratic gubernatorial primary, the party's candidate will be forced to campaign as much against organized labor as for it. Whether it's Carl McCall or Andrew Cuomo, any candidate seeking to describe how the Republican administration of incumbent Governor George Pataki has failed to serve the interests of working New Yorkers will run smack up against many of the state's biggest unions, which have already lined up with Pataki. (Village Voice)

State Senator Carl Andrews's abundance of good cheer was on display as he greeted subway commuters at Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope yesterday morning. But a question from a reporter about the criticism he has received for his close relationship with the Democratic Party organization in Brooklyn seemed to rankle him a little. (New York Times)

On the nasty meter, the Democratic race for the new Corona Assembly seat is as about as bad as it gets.One candidate, Francisco Moya, says his mother was harassed by workers from a rival campaign. Another, Jose Peralta, says Moya's brother has physically intimidated campaign workers.A third, William Salgado, accused Peralta of being a lackey for labor and Moya of being a spoiler for the county Democratic Party. (Daily News)

Every once in a while something new actually happens in New York politics. The recent Republican conversions of two former Democrats now running for the state Senate -- Bronx incumbent Pedro Espada and Rochester assemblyman Joe Robach -- were just such watershed events. (Village Voice)

Despite the City Council's move last month to recognize gay marriages from other states and nations -- and the Times' decision just days later to publish gay marriage announcements -- the wider political arena of New York State remains unfriendly to queer concerns. State legislators still haven't passed a nondiscrimination law, and even the sponsor of a new bill to legalize same-sex marriage doesn't give it much chance. (Village Voice)

September 3, 2002

In the leadup to the Sept. 10 Democratic primary, Mr. Cuomo has focused on his work at HUD in practically every campaign speech and television commercial. Besides claiming to have reinvented HUD, he paints his administration as a golden age for housing. (New York Times)

With a week before the primary, the race for the Democratic nomination for state comptroller has shown signs of heating up, with intensifying attacks from one candidate in the last few days and the beginning of a television advertising campaign by the other. (New York Times)

It was the kind of photo opportunity any Democratic candidate would wish for: H. Carl McCall, who is running for the party's nomination for governor, marched alongside Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at the head of the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade in Brooklyn yesterday. (New York Times) (Daily News)

Campaigning for New York's highest office, Democrat Carl McCall travels in a shiny black Lincoln Town Car that oozes authority. It's a sharp contrast with the sport-utility vehicles and minivans that candidates typically favor. But while other pols are seeking a common touch, McCall wants to convey an aura of experience and responsibility (Daily News)

In response to former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's suggestion that the entire World Trade Center site should be a memorial, Gov. George Pataki said Monday that a memorial "has to be the centerpiece of whatever we do." (Newsday)

A profile of Carl McCall (Newsday)

September 2, 2002

Puzzled constituents often ask New York's Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Andrew M. Cuomo and H. Carl McCall, how they differ on the issues, and, it is clear, the answers do not always satisfy. But one thing does set the two men apart on the stump: call it the celebrity factor. (New York Times)

For Toby Stavisky, State Senator from Queens, being recognized has particular importance because her opponent in the Democratic primary, former Councilwoman Julia Harrison, represented a portion of the district for 14 years. (New York Times)

Alan G. Hevesi had a simple strategy as he tried to capture votes for the Democratic nomination for state comptroller yesterday: stay as close as possible to H. Carl McCall. (New York Times)

Andrew Cuomo, whose pollsters once asked if "The Sopranos" reflected poorly on Italian-Americans, hit the streets of the Bronx yesterday with an actor who plays one of the show's wildest mobsters. (Daily News)

With just nine days to go until the Democratic gubernatorial primary, Andrew Cuomo said he still doesn't know if he will run a final, negative ad campaign aimed at Carl McCall. (New York Post)

Two Democrats seeking to be New York's top fiscal officer know a lot about investing billions of dollars of other people's money. William Mulrow, 46, and Alan Hevesi, 62, will square off Sept. 10 in the Democratic primary. The winner will face Assemblyman John Faso, R-Kinderhook, in the general election. (Times Union)

September 1, 2002

Although Andrew Cuomo has begun to focus his message more in recent weeks, his campaign has mostly been a policy free-for-all, with almost daily proposals on everything from spam e-mail to the Rockefeller Drug Laws to campaign finance reform. Observers say Cuomo's struggle to find a raison d'etre for his campaign is a central problem, making it difficult to persuade Democrats to pass up the party favorite, H. Carl McCall, in the Sept. 10 primary. (Times Union)

Balancing his many competing interests must be hard work for H. Carl McCall. He is both an ordained minister who speaks about being called by God to serve in public office and a calculating politician who methodically built support within the Democratic Party. (Times Union)

Pedro Espada Jr. and Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr.?s activity has all the trappings of a competitive Democratic primary campaign in the 32nd State Senate District, in other words, business as usual. But the race, nonetheless, has proven itself to be one of the most uncommon and unpredictable of this political season. And with just more than a week until primary day, Sept. 10, no one involved in or knowledgeable about Bronx politics would predict what candidate if any would remain on the Democratic Party's ballot by the time the polls open. (New York Times)

Andrew Cuomo battled for 20 years to emerge from his father's lengthy shadow. He twisted arms to help Mario Cuomo win elections, founded a nonprofit organization that helps thousands of homeless people, and forcefully turned around the nation's housing agency in its darkest hour. (Daily News)

Conventional political thinking says the race for the new Flushing Assembly seat will come down to two of the four Democratic candidates: Ethel Chen and Barry Grodenchik. But a third, Jimmy Meng, so far has raised more money than anyone. And the fourth, John Albert, has impressed political insiders with his hard work and independent campaign. (Daily News)

All politics may be local, but the Flushing state Senate race has gotten downright personal. It's bad enough that state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky and former City Councilwoman Julia Harrison are old enemies. Consider also that the consulting firm of Stavisky's son is handling his mother's campaign. And that Harrison announced her candidacy by saying Stavisky got her current state Senate seat only because her husband died in office. (Daily News)

Gov. Pataki may be just nine days away from locking up the general election, although the race has another two months to go, political experts agree. Whatever the outcome of the fight between Andrew Cuomo and H. Carl McCall, Republicans believe Pataki - seeking a third, four-year term - can easily defeat either Democrat in a one-on-one battle in November. An early Pataki win does, however, have everything to do with two other Sept. 10 primaries, for the Independence Party and Conservative Party nominations, both of which pit Pataki against upstate billionaire Thomas Golisano. (New York Post)

Three days ago, B. Thomas Golisano eagerly raced up to a retirement home in northern Manhattan to check up on five newly enrolled members of the Independence Party, which is in the midst of the most outlandish and momentous power struggle in its eight- year life. (Newsday)

With public and private polls showing him leading rival Andrew Cuomo, state Comptroller H. Carl McCall has adopted a front-runner strategy in his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor. (Newsday)

 



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