STATE RACES
STATE RACES: GOVERNOR
ABOUT EYE ON ALBANY

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

x-George E. Pataki (Rep) 2163935 - 49 percent
H. Carl McCall (Dem) 1448137 - 33 percent
B. Thomas Golisano (Ind) 631752 - 14 percent
Gerard J. Cronin (RTL) 42885 - 0.98 percent
Stanley Aronowitz (Grn) 40481 - 0.93 percent
Thomas K. Leighton (MRP) 22481 - 0.51 percent
Andrew M. Cuomo (Lbl) 16389 - 0.37 percent
Scott Jeffrey (Lib) 9047 - 0.21 percent

Candidates:

  • Stanley Aronowitz (Gre)
  • Gerard Cronin (RTL)
  • Tom Golisano (Ind)
  • Scott Jeffrey (Lbt)
  • H. Carl McCall (Dem)
  • George Pataki (Rep) Incumbent


DEBATE TRANSCRIPT
Read a transcript of the debate between all seven candidates for New York State Governor. (New York Times)


BIOGRAPHIES

George Pataki (Rep) was elected to the governor's office in 1994 re-elected in 1998. Pataki graduated from Yale University in 1967 and then from Columbia Law School in 1970. After serving two terms as the youngest mayor in the history of his hometown, Peekskill, NY, Pataki was elected to the New York State Legislature. He served 4 terms as assemblyman and then one as Senator before deciding to run for governor. Pataki now lives with his family in Garrison, NY.

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Stanley Aronowitz (Gre) graduated from the New School. Aronowitz worked as a union organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers (now UNITE) and the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers. He founded Park East High School in East Harlem in the 1970s and is now Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Education at the CUNY graduate center.

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B. Thomas Golisano (Ind) is the founder and CEO of Paychex, a company he started at the age of 30. He is from Rochester, New York and received a degree in business from SUNY at Alfred.

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Scott Jeffrey (LBT) graduated from Princeton University in 1989, then moved back to New York, where he formed Legalize, a grassroots organization dedicated to the legalization of marijuana. Jeffrey ran for US Congress in 2000 and for Manhattan Borough President last year.

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H. Carl McCall (Dem) was elected as New York State Comptroller in 1994 and again in 1998. He graduated from Dartmouth College, and attended Newton Theological School and the University of Edinburgh. McCall has served as the president of the New York City Board of Education, and spent three terms representing upper Manhattan as a New York State Senator. He has also been an ambassador to the United Nations, the commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Mr. McCall is currently the only public official to sit on the board of the New York Stock Exchange.


THE ISSUES

Where do these candidates really stand on education? What changes do they propose for the state's economy? What is their plan for rebuilding NYC? What will these candidates do if they are elected? Judge the candidates for yourself based on the issues that are important to you. The links below will take you to the candidates' position statements on the issues that are important to all New Yorkers.

EDUCATION

Stanley Aronowitz (Gre) believes more money and the elimination of standardized tests will improve the education system in New York State. For more on his education proposals click here:
http://www.stanleyaronowitz.org/human_development.shtml

Jack Cheevers: no specific statement at this time

Andrew Cuomo (Dem) emphasizes the importance of hiring qualified and committed teachers to improve New York's schools. For his entire education platform click here:
http://andrewcuomo. campaignoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=
{11E420BC- 3234-465E-8015-51932411EC2A}&DE={B4CACA7C-0596-4F2A-
979D -73D63A6B26A7

Tom Golisano: no specific statement at this time

Scott Jeffrey (LBT) focuses on the success of magnet schools in New York City. For his education platform click here:
http://www.votejeffrey.com/platform/

H. Carl McCall's (Dem) education plan includes an $8 billion increase in education aid during his first four-year term, reforms to the school aid formula, and a six-point student-centered program to improve schools and increase accountability. To learn more about Carl McCall's entire education platform click here:
http://www.mccall02.com/html/issues/education.html

George Pataki (Rep) discusses his record as governor, highlighting the increased funding of schools in New York state during his term. To read more about George Pataki's education platform click here:
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/education.shtml
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/colleges.shtml (higher education)

Luis Wein (Rep) proposes creating one board of education for the entire state of New York as well as the elimination of the intermediate and junior highschool systems. For his entire education platform click here:
http://www.louiswein.com/pdf/EducationBlueprintForChange.pdf


THE ECONOMY/JOBS

Stanley Aronowitz: no specific statement at this time

Jack Cheevers demands that New York begin paying off its huge debt, and discusses what he calls the "Great Exodus" and the lack of new jobs in New York State. For more on his economic plan, click here:
http://www.jackcheevers.com/outrage1.html (NYS deficit)
http://www.jackcheevers.com/outrage3.html (jobs)

Andrew Cuomo proposes an economic plan that will create more than 900,000 jobs for New Yorkers, including 325,000 new jobs Upstate. To learn more about Andrew Cuomo's economic platform, click here:
http://andrewcuomo. campaignoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={11E420BC-3234
-465E-
8015-51932411EC2A}&DE={5462DD5B-1E87-
4F10-BCFA -341FF926C506

Scott Jeffrey no specific statement at this time

H. Carl McCall seeks to revitalize the State's manufacturing base and utilize the State's colleges and universities to create 400,000 new jobs over the next four years. For more on his economic platform, click here:
http://www.mccall02.com/news/news_84.html (jobs)
http://www.mccall02.com/news/news_95.html (job training)
http://www.mccall02.com/news/news_116.html (minimum wage)

George Pataki emphasizes his record of cutting taxes, eliminating unnecessary regulations, creating innovative initiatives such as Empire Zones and Centers of Excellence, and enacting prudent fiscal policies. For more on his economic platform, click here:
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/upstate.shtml (economy)
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/jobs.shtml (jobs)
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/technology.shtml (technology)

Louis Wein: no specific statement at this time


REBUILDING NYC

Stanley Aronowitz no specific statement at this time

Jack Cheevers no specific statement at this time

Andrew Cuomo calls for economic driving force downtown; transportation hub; victims memorial with maximum voice from victims and families; infrastructure with ferry system to create harbor economy. For more on his rebuilding NYC plan, click here:
http://andrewcuomo. campaignoffice.com/index.asp?
Type=B_BASIC&SEC={11E420BC-3234
-465E-8015-51932411EC2A}&DE={F8CF1D42-4693-4E87-AECA-
58B8CC16125F

Tom Golisano no specific statement at this time

Scott Jeffrey no specific statement at this time

H. Carl McCall's plan calls for policies that support four critical and cutting-edge industries - financial services, biotechnology, information technology and business services. For more on his rebuilding NYC plan, click here:
http://www.mccall02.com/news/news_82.html

George Pataki no specific statement at this time

Louis Wein no specific statement at this time


HEALTH CARE

Stanley Aronowitz believes that New York State should establish a single-payer health insurance system and a network of neighborhood walk-in clinics open 24 hours a day. Prescription drugs, medical appliances, dental care, short or long term home care and rehabilitation services should be fully funded. For more on his health care platform, click here:
http://www.stanleyaronowitz.org/human_development.shtml

Jack Cheevers no specific statement at this time

Andrew Cuomo proposes a prescription drug bill of rights for new yorkers and also supports moving New York toward universal care and coverage. For his complete health care platform, click here:
http://andrewcuomo. campaignoffice.com/index.asp?
Type=B_BASIC&SEC={11E420BC-3234
-465E-8015-51932411EC2A}&DE={E366422F-82C7-4ECD-A80B-
9F4229C07874

Tom Golisano no specific statement at this time

Scott Jeffrey no specific statement at this time

Carl McCall plans to expand prescription drug coverage for all new yorkers, reform adult homes, and calls for the expansion of family planning coverage for the uninsured. For more information on Carl McCall's healthcare platform click here:
http://www.mccall02.com/html/issues/prescription_drug_coverage.html (prescription drugs)
http://www.mccall02.com/html/issues/adult_homes.html (adult homes)
http://www.mccall02.com/news/news_98.html (coverage for the uninsured)
http://www.mccall02.com/html/issues/mental_health.html (mental health)

George Pataki relies on various programs initiated during his term: Child Health Plus focusing on giving previously uninsured, low-income children quality health care; Family Health Plus, a program that gives currently uninsured parents and single adults access to health care and the expanded EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage) program, providing low and moderate-income senior citizens access to needed prescription drugs. For more on George Pataki's health care platform click here:
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/healthcare.shtml
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/seniors.shtml (seniors)
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/needs.shtml (special needs)

Louis Wein no specific statement at this time


CRIME AND SAFETY

Stanley Aronowitz proposes a statewide Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), with the power to investigate and prosecute police misconduct, he opposes the death penalty and calls for the abolishment of the Rockefeller Drug laws. For more on his crime and safety platform, click here:
http://www.stanleyaronowitz.org/human_rights.shtml

Jack Cheevers no specific statement at this time

Andrew Cuomo addresses the need to fight terrorism, put more police on the streets, work against gun violence and reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws. For his complete crime and safety platform click here:
http://andrewcuomo. campaignoffice.com/index.asp
?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={11E420BC-3234
-465E-8015-51932411EC2A}&DE={483CB5C2-F391-41DE-BE7F-
EF17E7AD2692

http:// andrewcuomo.campaignoffice.com/index.asp
?Type=B_PR&SEC=%
7bAA89919F-86F6-4ECE-A315-AF0C97CC255B%7d&DE=%7b23A82FF1
-CF89-4996-B5B6-E1CB98903A1D
(Domestic Violence)

Tom Golisano no specific statement at this time

Scott Jeffrey wants to legalize marijuana and restore New York's drinking age to 18. He also proposes repealing various gun control legislation. To see more on his crime and safety platform, click here:
http://www.votejeffrey.com/platform/

H. Carl McCall advocates reforming the Rockefeller Drug laws. For more on McCall's proposals, click here:
http://www.mccall02.com/news/news_114.html

George Pataki claims that his crime-fighting policies has been a steady decrease in crime and, for the first time in more than 20 years, a decrease in the demand for prison space. For more on George Pataki's crime and safety platform, click here:
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/crime.shtml
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/technology.shtml(terrorism)

Luis Wein focuses on the war on drug and the war on terrorism. For more on his views on these issues, click here:
http://www.louiswein.com/pdf/WODI.pdf
http://www.louiswein.com/pdf/SubtleWar.pdf


GOVERNMENT REFORM

Stanley Aronowitz advocates full funding of all statewide campaigns as well as the latest ballot counting technology. For more on his Government Reform platform, click here:
http://www.stanleyaronowitz.org/popular_democracy.shtml

Jack Cheevers focuses on the elimination of petition and signature demands as well as the creation of new and more convenient avenues for individual voter registration . For more on his Government Reform platform, click here:
http://www.jackcheevers.com/outrage5.html (ballot access)
http://www.jackcheevers.com/outrage6.html (campaign financing)

Andrew Cuomo has proposed a "CLEAN GOVERNMENT" REFORM PLAN that includes a 10-Point Plan for legislation to reform New York's ethics and lobbying laws to give government back to the people. For more on Andrew Cuomo's platform on Government Reform, click here:
http://andrewcuomo.campaignoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC
&SEC={11E420BC-3234-465E-8015
-51932411EC2A}&DE={72EE8EEA-8562-4F40-
9D7A-FBA27904C18E

Tom Golisano no specific statement at this time

Scott Jeffrey wants to eliminate the New York City campaign finance program. For more on his Government Reform platform, click here:
http://www.votejeffrey.com/platform/

H. Carl McCall pledges to Level the playing field by combating the influence of money in elections, by prohibiting contributions to candidates, promoting citizen participation in the electoral process; and increasing enforcement. For more on his Government Reform platform, click here:
http://www.mccall02.com/html/issues/campaign_finance.html

George Pataki proposes campaign finance reform by reducing contribution limits, banning "soft money", enhancing disclosure requirements, and toughening enforcement. For more on George Pataki's Government Reform platform, click here:
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/reform.shtml
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/voice.shtml (citizen involvement)

Louis Wein no specific statement at this time


WOMEN'S ISSUES

Stanley Aronowitz plans to halt Interference with women's right to reproductive freedom and require all health insurance plans to cover contraception and abortion. For more on his platform on women's issues, click here:
http://www.stanleyaronowitz.org/human_rights.shtml

Jack Cheevers no specific statement at this time

Andrew Cuomo proposes a 21st Century Women's Bill of Rights including items such as the right to personal safety the right to affordable and high quality child care. For Andrew Cuomo's platform on women's issues, click here:
http://andrewcuomo.campaignoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&
SEC={11E420BC-3234-465E-8015-51932411EC2A}
&DE={4AEBDA32-1D21-4F9A-A8DC-A3C18B761B38

http://andrewcuomo.campaignoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_PR&
SEC={AA89919F-86F6-4ECE-A315-AF0C97CC255B}&DE=
{23A82FF1-CF89-4996-B5B6-E1CB98903A1D
(domestic violence)

Tom Golisano no specific statement at this time

Scott Jeffrey no specific statement at this time

Carl McCall plans to pass a pay equity law to ensure equal pay for comparable work in New York State, as well as focusing on the various health care issues that women face. For his full platform on women's issues, click here:
http://www.mccall02.com/html/issues/womens_opportunity.html

George Pataki no specific statement at this time

Louis Wein no specific statement at this time


GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY

Stanley Aronowitz no specific statement at this time

Jack Cheevers no specific statement at this time

Andrew Cuomo advocates passage of the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act and advocates for recognition of same sex unions. For more on his gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community platform, click here:
http://andrewcuomo.campaignoffice.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&
SEC={11E420BC-3234-465E-8015-51932411EC2A}&
DE={410FFBC3-1A5E-406F-BD89-52714EE3468E

Tom Golisano no specific statement at this time

Scott Jeffrey would extend civil marriage to same-sex couples. For more on Scott Jeffreys' platform on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, click here:
http://www.votejeffrey.com/platform

H. Carl McCall in addition to supporting the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act, Carl McCall supports the enactment of Vermont-style civil union legislation, affording gay and lesbian couples many of the same rights, benefits, and privileges afforded to married couples. For more on his his gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community platform, click here:
http://www.mccall02.com/html/lgbt.html

Louis Wein no specific statement at this time


ENVIRONMENT

Stanley Aronowitz proposes the closing of the Indian Point power plant and a state wide environmental cleanup. For more on his environmental platform, click here:
http://www.stanleyaronowitz.org/human_habitat.shtml

Jack Cheevers no specific statement at this time

Andrew Cuomo supports the closing of Indian Point until further safety measures can be taken, he also proposes a clean air tax credit. To read more about Andrew Cuomo's environmental platform , click here:
(Indian Point)
(Energy)

Tom Golisano no specific statement at this time

Scott Jeffrey no specific statement at this time

H. Carl McCall believes that the Indian Point evacuation plan is inadequate and should not be approved. For more on his environmental platform, click here:
http://www.mccall02.com/news/news_99.html (Indian Point)
http://www.mccall02.com/news/news_96.html (Indian Point)

George Pataki emphasizes the protection of open spaces in New York State and the closing of Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, for more on his environmental platform, click here:
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/environment.shtml
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/transportation.shtml (transportation)

Louis Wein no specific statement at this time


CHILDREN/FAMILIES

Stanley Aronowitz no specific statement at this time

Jack Cheevers no specific statement at this time

Andrew Cuomo proposes a four point plan to make child care safer, more accessible, and more affordable. To read more about Andew Cuomo's platform on Children, click here:
children
(child care)

Tom Golisano no specific statement at this time

Scott Jeffrey no specific statement at this time

H. Carl McCall offers an extensive plan to battle child poverty. For more on Carl McCall's child poverty plan, click here:
http://www.mccall02.com/html/issues/child_poverty.html (children)

George Pataki discusses increases in affordability and availability of childcare, the reformation of the welfare system and as well as job training and unemployment benefits
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/children.shtml (children)
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/families.shtml (families)
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/welfare.shtml (welfare)
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/housing.shtml (housing)

Louis Wein no specific statement at this time


THE NYS BUDGET

Stanley Aronowitz no specific statement at this time

Jack Cheevers laments New York State's inability to produce a timely budget as mandated by the Constitution. For more on Jack Cheever's platform on the New York State budget, click here: http://www.jackcheevers.com/outrage4.html

Andrew Cuomo has outlined key measures for reforming the budget process including: creating an independent budget panel, putting in place performance-based budgeting in New York State and opening up the budget process to the people through town meetings. For

Andrew Cuomo's New York State budget platform, click here:
budgetone
budgettwo

Tom Golisano no specific statement at this time

Scott Jeffrey no specific statement at this time

H. Carl McCall calls for better economic development strategies, more adequate and timely investments in education and improved management to improve services and eliminate waste. For more on Carl McCall's budget platform click here:
http://www.mccall02.com/news/news_27.html

George Pataki says that he controlled spending growth, enacted sweeping debt reforms, increased New York's fiscal reserves, and demanded fiscally sound budgets. For more on his New York State budget platform, click here:
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/responsibility.shtml

Louis Wein no specific statement at this time


TAXES

Stanley Aronowitz no specific statement at this time

Jack Cheevers no specific statement at this time

Andrew Cuomo no specific statement at this time

Tom Golisano no specific statement at this time

Scott Jeffrey no specific statement at this time

H. Carl McCall plans to lower property taxes. To read more about Carl McCalls tax plan, click here:
http://www.mccall02.com/news/news_16.html (property taxes)
http://www.mccall02.com/news/news_66.html

George Pataki claims to have made New York state the Nation's leader in cutting taxes, for more on his tax proposals, click here:
http://www.georgepataki.com/gp_docs/record/taxes.shtml

Louis Wein no specific statement at this time


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

  • Jon Branning (Dem)
  • Jack Cheevers (Dem)
  • Andrew Cuomo (Dem) Withdrew from race 9/03/02.
  • Tom Golisano (Ind - Primary Winner)
  • Walter Iwachiw (Gre)
  • H. Carl McCall (Dem - Primary Winner)
  • Jimmy McMillan (Dem)
  • Eric Ruano Melendez (Dem)
  • George Pataki (Rep - Primary Winner)
  • Louis Wein (Rep)

BIOGRAPHIES

George Pataki (Rep) was elected to the governor's office in 1994 re-elected in 1998. Pataki graduated from Yale University in 1967 and then from Columbia Law School in 1970. After serving two terms as the youngest mayor in the history of his hometown, Peekskill, NY, Pataki was elected to the New York State Legislature. He served 4 terms as assemblyman and then one as Senator before deciding to run for governor. Pataki now lives with his family in Garrison, NY.

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Stanley Aronowitz (Gre) graduated from the New School. Aronowitz worked as a union organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers (now UNITE) and the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers. He founded Park East High School in East Harlem in the 1970s and is now Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Education at the CUNY graduate center.

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Jack Cheevers (Dem) started his political career by becoming the supervisor of the Town of Union. He served a total of five terms in this post, which is analogous to that of mayor. He also served for several months as the Broome County Democratic Committee before resigning to devote more time to his post of supervisor. Cheevers served in the navy for three years and graduated from Clarkson University. He now lives in Endwell, NY with his wife.

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Andrew Cuomo (Dem) is the son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. He attended Fordham University (class of 1979) and Albany Law School (class of 1982). After serving as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan (1984 -1985), and establishing and running the non-profit organization Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP), Cuomo was appointed to the New York City Commission on the Homeless in 1991. In 1993 he became President Clinton's Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and in 1997 he became HUD's Secretary, where he served until 2001. Withdrew from race 9/03/02.

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B. Thomas Golisano (Ind) is the founder and CEO of Paychex, a company he started at the age of 30. He is from Rochester, New York and received a degree in business from SUNY at Alfred.

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Scott Jeffrey (LBT) graduated from Princeton University in 1989, then moved back to New York, where he formed Legalize, a grassroots organization dedicated to the legalization of marijuana. Jeffrey ran for US Congress in 2000 and for Manhattan Borough President last year.

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H. Carl McCall (Dem) was elected as New York State Comptroller in 1994 and again in 1998. He graduated from Dartmouth College, and attended Newton Theological School and the University of Edinburgh. McCall has served as the president of the New York City Board of Education, and spent three terms representing upper Manhattan as a New York State Senator. He has also been an ambassador to the United Nations, the commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Mr. McCall is currently the only public official to sit on the board of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Louis Wein (Rep) president of the Staten Island Sports and Entertainment Corporation, served as an assistant to Abraham Beame, a former New York City mayor and, from 1972-1973, as a special consultant for the Nixon Administration. He is also the former president of the Wellness Center of New Jersey. Wein, once an officer in the United States Navy and Marines, first ran for governor in 1990.


DEBATE TRANSCRIPT
Democratic candidates Carl McCall and Andrew Cuomo recently faced off in a debate broadcast by National Public Radio. Read a transcript of their debate.


CAMPAIGN FEATURES
CUOMO DROPS OUT
Faced with polls showing him trailing by more than 20 percent, Andrew Cuomo announced that he was dropping out of the race against H. Carl McCall for the Democratic nomination for the governor of New York. Cuomo and his running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Charlie King pledged their support for McCall.

"We need healing now," Cuomo said at a news conference announcing his departure from the race a week before the September 10 primary. "Let Democratic unity start today, not next week."

See Associated Press article.

See a transcript of Cuomo's speech.

The Governor's Race:
George Pataki may have the lead in the polls today, but in a state like New York anything is possible, says Susan Reefer, who analyzes the NYC stands and campaign strategies of the three leading candidates for governor of New York.


November 5, 2002

A third term within his grasp, Gov. Pataki ended his campaign yesterday coasting on a message that New York is a "better, stronger state," while Carl McCall fought rain and grim new poll numbers with a promise of "sweeping change." (NY Daily News) (Newsday) (NY Post)

With little to worry about in their own local contests, Democratic incumbents in the city used the last day before Tuesday's elections to promote Carl McCall and Alan Hevesi at the top of the ticket (Newsday)

Two final polls yesterday confirmed what's been clear for weeks: Gov. Pataki is heading for a landslide win today over Carl McCall and Tom Golisano. A Marist College survey showed Republican Pataki ahead of Democratic state Comptroller McCall among likely voters, 47 to 27 percent, with 19 percent for Independence Party challenger Golisano. (NY Post)

With the help of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Carl McCall last night made it to the finish line in his uphill race against Gov. Pataki, spending his final hours campaigning around New York City with mostly Democratic voters. (NY Post)

On the last day of the campaign for governor of New York, the incumbent, George E. Pataki, barnstormed the state's major cities in a chartered jet today, telling his supporters to vote for him because the state was better off than when he took office in 1995. (New York Times)

New Yorkers go to the polls today to fill the top state posts and all seats in the Legislature, to elect the state's Congressional delegation and to settle scattered local races and ballot questions. (New York Times)

With one day left to today's election, Gov. George Pataki took a last swing around the state that seemed more like a victory lap as two new polls showed him with a double-digit lead over Democrat H. Carl McCall and Independence candidate B. Thomas Golisano. (Albany Times Union)

November 4, 2002

One loves the Buffalo Bills, Bruce Springsteen and hiking in the woods. Another is a fan of good jazz who tries to quote the lyrics from a James Brown song but gets them all wrong. The third loves a neat office, drives a red convertible and mixes the trappings of wealth with middlebrow tastes.These men are the three leading candidates for governor of New York, in the order that they appear on the ballot. (New York Times)

Tom Golisano's big announcement turned out to be nothing more than a big tease.After building a cliff-hanger over whether he would drop out of the governor's race and back Carl McCall, the billionaire bought $850,000 in air time just to make his same old campaign pitch. (NY Daily News) (NY Post) (New YorK Times)

In the end it made no political sense. Actually, in the beginning it made no political sense.Therefore it did not happen. Tom Golisano, the billionaire Independence Party candidate for governor, did not drop out yesterday in favor of the Democrat, H. Carl McCall. Tomorrow is still Election Day, and Mr. Golisano is still a candidate. (New York Times)

Carl McCall's "secret weapon" last night exploded in his face. For two days, almost all of the attention in the governor's race was focused on whether billionaire Tom Golisano would throw in the towel and back McCall in his uphill quest to unseat Republican Gov. Pataki. (NY Post)

Gov. Pataki's mammoth fund-raising advantage over Democrat Carl McCall has grown even more huge in the final days of the gubernatorial race, new records show. (NY Daily News)

With less than 48 hours before the election, Carl McCall again criticized the national Democratic Party yesterday for not doing enough to help him oust Gov. Pataki. (NY Daily News)

While Gov. George Pataki campaigned furiously in Brooklyn yesterday, Democrat H. Carl McCall's struggling bid absorbed another disappointment as Independence candidate Tom Golisano announced last evening that he would remain in the race rather than throw his support behind McCall. (Newsday)

November 3, 2002

Carl McCall began his campaign aiming to make history by becoming New York's first black governor. Now he may wind up in the record books for an unwelcome reason: as the Democrat to have the poorest showing in a New York governor race since the Civil War. (NY Daily News)

Maverick billionaire Tom Golisano couldn't buy the governor's race, but he finally gave the ho-hum contest an element it had been missing: suspense. (NY Daily News) (New York Times)

A Newsday/NY1 poll shows Gov. George Pataki with a commanding 16 percentage point lead in a race in which, despite a record $119 million in campaign spending, only roughly half the electorate can identify either a specific policy or general issue raised by the three leading candidates. (Newsday)

Unable to budge from his third-place standing in the governor's race despite spending more than $54 million, Independence candidate Tom Golisano yesterday stirred more speculation and suspense about whether he would drop out and throw his support to Democrat H. Carl McCall. (Newsday)

Don't ever underestimate the power of hate. Tom Golisano would definitely love to be the governor. He's pursued that dream with a single-minded vigor - $53 million worth (and counting) on his third run alone. But love, it turns out, isn't the only great motivator in politics. Loathing also carries some weight. (Newsday)

It will take a lot more than Tom Golisano prematurely throwing in the political towel to elect Carl McCall governor, Democratic and Republican insiders agreed yesterday (NY Post)

As all signs pointed to him staying in the governor's race, Independence Party candidate Tom Golisano strung voters along yesterday, saying he would make a two-minute paid televised "announcement" tonight about the future of his campaign. (NY Post)

A profile of Democratic candidate for governor, H. Carl McCall. (NY Post)

The Working Families Party, a third party of unions and liberal advocacy groups that picked H. Carl McCall as its candidate, needs 50,000 votes to stay on the ballot for the next four years. So it is holding an online contest with cash awards. (New York Times)

November 2, 2002

From campaign mailings to high-priced political consultants and even niceties like cocktail parties and flowers, H. Carl McCall has been hugely outspent by his two main opponents in the governor's race. (New York Times)

Democrats called on Tom Golisano yesterday to drop out of the race for governor and endorse H. Carl McCall, but he rebuffed their entreaties. (New York Times)

The campaigns of H. Carl McCall and Tom Golisano engaged in a whirl of discussions Friday in which McCall allies tried to persuade Golisano to drop out and throw his support behind the Democrat's bid to unseat their mutual opponent, Gov. George Pataki. (Newsday)

November 1, 2002

Gubernatorial hopeful Tom Golisano abruptly canceled $4.5 million in planned TV ads in the city yesterday, and is weighing whether to stay in the race. (NY Daily News) (NY Post) (New York Times)

From engineering firms and real estate developers to communications firms and energy producers, stakeholders in the business of government -- making liberal use of both the high limits and loopholes in New York law -- have played a key role in stuffing the campaign coffers of George Pataki and the state Republican Party over the past four years. (Newsday)

Five days before Election Day, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday left Carl McCall far behind - and crossed party lines to join Gov. Pataki for a ribbon-cutting at an upstate plant. (NY Post)

Despite 30 years on the political scene, H. Carl McCall, 67, the Democratic candidate, is barely known by voters, who, according to polls, may recognize his name but do not have an impression of him. (New York Times)

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