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GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS
Take a look at all the latest results for the November 5, 2002 general election.

x-Alan G. Hevesi (Dem) 1,958,641 - 50 percent
John Faso (Rep) 1,829,093 - 46 percent
Garifalia Christea (RTL) 59,215 - 2 percent
Howie Hawkins (Gre) 46,006 - 1 percent
James Eisert (Lib) 20,666 - 0.5 percent

Candidates:

  • Garifalia Christea (RTL)
  • John Faso (Rep/Ind/Con)
  • Howie Hawkins (Gre)
  • Alan Hevesi (Dem/Lib/Wor)
  • William J. Mulrow (Wor)


BIOGRAPHIES

John Faso (Rep/Ind/Con) was unanimously elected three times by his colleagues to be the Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly. He held the post from 1998 until April 2002. Faso earned his bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Brockport and his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He now lives with his wife and two children in Kinderhook, NY.

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Alan Hevesi (Dem/Lib/Wor) spent 22 years in the New York State Assembly before becoming New York City Comptroller in 1994. A graduate of Queens College and a Ph.D from Columbia University, Hevesi has also spent almost 30 years teaching at Queens College. He made an unsuccessful bid for mayor of New York City in 2001.

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Bill Mulrow (Dem/Wor) is a senior vice president at Gabelli Asset Management. He graduated from Yale University, and then Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Mulrow was a former board member of the Municipal Assistance Corporation for the City of New York and the United Nations Development Corporation; a former member of the Chairman's Council of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; and a former vice chairman of the National Democratic Business Council. He now lives in Bronxville, NY.


CAMPAIGN FINANCE RECORDS
Click below to see official records from the state Campaign Finance board of financial disclosure reports filed by the candidates so far this year, including information on contributors:


PRIMARY ELECTION - SEPTEMBER 10, 2002

Candidates

  • John Berry (RTL)
  • Garifalia Christea (RTL - Primary Winner)
  • John Faso (Rep/Ind/Con)
  • Howie Hawkins (Gre)
  • Alan Hevesi (Dem/Lib/Wor - Primary Winner)
  • Diana Landis (Dem)
  • William J. Mulrow (Wor)

November 5, 2002

Former New York City Comptroller Alan Hevesi holds a double-digit lead over Assemblyman John Faso in the battle for state comptroller, two polls yesterday showed. The Marist College survey found Democrat Hevesi leading Republican Faso, 50-33 percent, while a Quinnipiac University survey put Hevesi ahead by an almost identical margin, 49-34 percent. (NY Post)

Law firms that specialize in suing corporations whose stock prices fall are pouring last-minute donations into the race for state comptroller, knowing that whoever wins will be in a position to hire them for lucrative class-action suits.One prominent firm, Milberg Weiss, donated $100,000 to the Democratic candidate, Alan Hevesi, on October 30, according to records from the state Board of Elections. That same day two of the firm's partners, Melvyn Weiss of New York and William Lerach of San Diego, contributed $13,500 each. (NY Sun)

November 3, 2002

What began as a ho-hum campaign - the race for state controller - has flared into a surprisingly close battle royale. GOP hopeful John Faso has fought back from a 20-point deficit in the polls, gaining on better-known Democrat Alan Hevesi. Faso has sliced his opponent's lead to just 7 points, according to last week's Marist College poll. (NY Daily News)

November 2, 2002

The two candidates for state comptroller yesterday held their first and only debate, a contentious event that had Alan G. Hevesi and John J. Faso criticizing each other in the combative language and tones of their television commercials. (New York Times)

November 1, 2002

The race for state comptroller has suddenly grown intense: the polls show a tightening battle and the candidates are going after each other with increasing ferocity. Yesterday, they each unleashed new commercials aimed at discrediting the other. (New York Times)

October 23, 2002

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)

October 18, 2002

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)

October 15, 2002

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)

October 7, 2002

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)

September 17, 2002

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)

September 16, 2002

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)

September 11, 2002

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)

September 10, 2002

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)

September 9, 2002

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)

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)

September 6, 2002

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)

September 3, 2002

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)

September 2, 2002

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)

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)

August 21, 2002

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

August 13, 2002

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

June 25, 2002

On Monday, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced that he will be chairman of Republican state Assemblyman John Faso's campaign for state comptroller. Assemblyman Faso will face either Democrat Alan Hevesi, a former state assemblyman and New York City comptroller, or investment broker Bill Mulrow in the upcoming election. (Albany Times Union)

June 23, 2002

Encouraged by the recent political successes of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and U.S. Senator John Corzine (D-NJ), a trio of wealthy newcomers to state politics are the latest in a long line of multimillionaires who have sought public office. Dennis Mehiel, the Westchester chairman and principal shareholder of S.F. Holdings which runs the Sweetheart Cup Company, is running for lieutenant governor while Bill Mulrow, an investment banker, is vying for the Democratic nomination for state comptroller, and B. Thomas Golisano, owner of a Rochester check processing company, makes his third bid for governor. (Newsday) (Newsday)

June 22, 2002

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi delivered a setback to two candidates for lieutenant governor and state comptroller Friday when he ruled they were inappropriately placed on the Independence Party ballot line by the state Board of Elections. Teresi removed lieutenant governor candidate Dan Mahony and state comptroller hopeful Alan Hevesi from the line, saying they lacked formal permission from Independence leaders to run. Representatives for Mahony and Hevesi said they will appeal. (Albany Times Union)

 



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