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STATE RACES: GOVERNOR: CAMPAIGN TRAIL: AUGUST 2002
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August 31, 2002

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

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

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

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

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

August 29, 2002

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 29, 2002

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 28, 2002

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 27, 2002

Carl McCall has surprised many New York politicians by turning himself into the Democratic front-runner against a man with a legendary name, ample supplies of campaign money, burning energy, and even Kennedy and Clinton connections. A year ago, Andrew Cuomo -- the son of former governor Mario Cuomo, who sounds just like his father -- was expected to breeze past McCall, who was criticized for piloting a sluggish and disorganized campaign. (Washington Post)

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 26, 2002

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

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

August 25, 2002

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

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

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

August 24, 2002

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

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

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

August 23, 2002

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

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

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

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

August 22, 2002

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

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

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

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

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

August 21, 2002

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 20, 2002

Carl McCall, the Dems' default choice, would be quite happy with a gubernatorial primary that's about nothing. Andrew Cuomo needs it to be about something. He has three weeks. (New York Magazine)

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

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

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

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

August 19, 2002

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

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

August 18, 2002

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

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

August 17, 2002

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

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

August 16, 2002

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

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

August 15, 2002

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

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

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

August 14, 2002

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

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

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

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

August 13, 2002

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 12, 2002

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

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

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

August 11, 2002

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

August 10, 2002

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

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

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

August 9, 2002

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

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

August 8, 2002

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

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

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

August 7, 2002

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

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

August 6, 2002

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

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

August 5, 2002

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

August 4, 2002

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

August 3, 2002

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

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

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

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

August 2, 2002

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

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

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

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

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

August 1, 2002

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

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

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

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

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

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