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Election 2022

Election 2022

  • Max Politics Podcast: The Working Families Party Works to Keep Its Ballot Line, Win Key Races

    Sochie Nnaemeka (photo: @MaketheRoadAct)


    October 26, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: The Working Families Party Works to Keep Its Ballot Line, Win Key Races

    Sochie Nnaemeka, director of the New York Working Families Party, joined the show to discuss the WFP's campaign to keep its ballot line, key races it is focused on in the 2022 election, its relationship with Gov. Kathy Hochul, and more.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter @TweetBenMax. You can listen to the show through the

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  • In Office Since 2007, DiNapoli Looks to Hold Off Rodriguez for Another Term as State Comptroller

    Tom DiNapoli, left, and Paul Rodriguez


    The State Comptroller is New York’s top fiscal officer, a position that has been held by Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat, for nearly 15 years. As DiNapoli seeks a fourth full-term in office this year, he is being challenged in the general election by Paul Rodriguez, the nominee of the Republican and Conservative parties and a veteran of several Wall Street financial firms.

    A relatively obscure position from a public point of view, the comptroller’s office acts as a watchdog over the

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  • Latinos, Hochul, and the 2022 Election for New York Governor

    Gov. Hochul celebrates Hispanic Heritage (photo: governor's offiice)


    She once adamantly opposed the idea of giving drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants; she even went so far as to threaten their arrests and deportations. No Latinos were on the original list of speakers for the convention of the State Democratic Party, of which she is thede facto leader.TheNueva York Initiative...

  • Max Politics Podcast: Breaking Down the Hochul-Zeldin Debate

    Lee Zeldin & Kathy Hochul at their debate


    October 25, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: Breaking Down the Hochul-Zeldin Debate

    After Gov. Kathy Hochul and Rep. Lee Zeldin debated Tuesday night in the race for Governor, two experts joined host Ben Max to analyze the big event: Dr. Christina Greer, political science professor at Fordham University, and Casey Seiler, editor of the Albany Times Union.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter @TweetBenMax. You can listen to the show through the

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  • Hochul and Zeldin Offer Vastly Different Visions in Lone Debate of Gubernatorial Race

    Lee Zeldin and Kathy Hochul at Tuesday's debate


    Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat seeking her first full term as governor, faced off against her Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin of Long Island, on Tuesday night in the only debate of the governor’s race.

    In an hour-long debate hosted by Spectrum News, the two candidates attacked each other’s records and clashed on crime and public safety, the economy, abortion, ethics, democracy, and more. They outlined vastly different assessments of where New York stands today and visions for where to take it in the future, seeking to make an impression

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  • 4 Things to Watch in the Lone Kathy Hochul-Lee Zeldin Debate

    Kathy Hochul and Lee Zeldin


    In what should be must-see TV for New Yorkers, Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul and Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin are set to debate tonight for the first and only time in the general election for Governor.

    The debate, held at Pace University in Manhattan, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Spectrum News and be moderated by anchors Errol Louis and Susan Arbetter (and broadcast online for those who don’t get Spectrum television). It comes two weeks before Election Day, November 8, with absentee balloting underway

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  • What the Polls Say About the New York Governor's Race

    What the Polls Say About the New York Governor's Race

    Kathy Hochul and Lee Zeldin


    With under three weeks till Election Day, a set of recent polls in the New York governor’s race show U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Republican nominee, catching up to incumbent Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul. They appear to indicate a growing possibility that New York could elect its first Republican governor since George Pataki won a third and final term in 2002, despite that such an outcome seemed like a big longshot just weeks ago.

    But a deeper dive into polling trends shows that Zeldin continues to face an uphill battle and

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  • Max Politics Podcast: Paul Rodriguez, Republican Nominee for NYS Comptroller

    NYS Comptroller candidate Paul Rodriguez (photo: Rodiguez campaign)


    October 20, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: Paul Rodriguez, Republican Nominee for NYS Comptroller

    Paul Rodriguez, the Republican nominee for New York State Comptroller, joined the show to discuss his campaign, vision for the office, and argument for choosing him over incumbent Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter @TweetBenMax. You can listen to the show through the embedded audio below or

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  • Max Politics Podcast: Democrat Tom DiNapoli Seeks Another Term as NYS Comptroller

    NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli (photo: DiNapoli campaign)


    October 20, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: Democrat Tom DiNapoli Seeks Another Term as NYS Comptroller

    New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, the Democratic incumbent who has held the office since 2007, joined the show to discuss his reelection campaign, how he has fulfilled the responsibilities of the office, and his case for choosing him over Republican opponent Paul Rodriguez.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter @TweetBenMax. You

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  • Max Politics Podcast: The Environmental Bond Act Ballot Proposal and Other Key Climate Issues

    Rooftop solar panels (photo: Gabriel López Albarrán)


    October 13, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: The Environmental Bond Act Ballot Proposal and Other Key Climate Issues

    Proposal 1 on the 2022 general election ballot is a statewide referendum on the $4.2 billion Environmental Bond Act, which New York voters will approve or disapprove this fall. Julie Tighe, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters, and Amy Chester, managing director of Rebuild by Design, joined the show to discuss the bond act and other major New York climate issues.

    Listen to the

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  • Max Politics Podcast: Racial Justice Proposals on the New York City Ballot

    Racial justice bills set to be signed by the mayor (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    October 13, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: Racial Justice Proposals on the New York City Ballot

    New York City voters can approve or disapprove three proposed City Charter amendments on the 2022 general election ballot. Questions 2-4 on the ballot for city voters (Question 1 is on the statewide Environmental Bond Act) are proposals from the

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  • Hochul Raises Massive Sum in Final State Election Before New Campaign Finance System Kicks In

    Then-Gov. Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Hochul (photo: Governor's Office)


    Since Kathy Hochul became governor in August 2021, 47 people have given the maximum amount – $69,700 – directly to her campaign, according to campaign finance filings through October 3.

    In total, the governor's campaign has brought in $46 million in her first 14 months in office. That massive sum will not be as easy to accumulate in future elections thanks to a new state campaign finance system that will lower individual contribution limits and establish a

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  • In Governor's Race, Hochul and Zeldin Differ Greatly on Climate Issues

    Gov. Hochul with electric vehicles (photo: office of Governor Kathy Hochul)


    In a race with many clear differences, there may be no issue on which Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul and Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin are offering more divergent visions in this year’s New York gubernatorial election than on climate and environmental policy.

    While Hochul seeks a full term to continue implementation of New York’s sweeping shift to renewable energy and advance many policies related to environmental protection, Zeldin has been

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  • Max Politics Podcast: Mike Lawler on His Campaign to Flip NY-17, Unseat DCCC Chair

    Assemblymember Mike Lawler (photo: campaign of Mike Lawler)


    October 11, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: Mike Lawler on His Campaign to Flip NY-17, Unseat DCCC Chair Sean Patrick Maloney

    Republican Mike Lawler joined the show to discuss his campaign for Congress in the new NY-17, a Hudson Valley district where he is seeking to not only flip a seat blue to red but unseat Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter ...

  • Max Politics Podcast: Resetting the 2022 Race for New York Governor with Under 6 Weeks To Go

    Get ready to vote (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    September 29, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: Resetting the 2022 Race for New York Governor with Under 6 Weeks To Go

    Bob Hardt, New York Political Director for Spectrum News, joined the show to discuss where the 2022 race for New York Governor stands with under six weeks until Election Day, what the latest polling says, how Gov. Hochul and Rep. Lee Zeldin are positioning themselves, whether there will be a debate, and more.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter

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  • The Issues Dominating the 2022 Election for New York Governor: Where The Candidates Stand

    Kathy Hochul and Lee Zeldin


    This is Part 2 of a two-part article on the issues dominating the 2022 general election for New York Governor between Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul and Republican U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin.Read Part 1 here.

    As Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul and Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin face off in this year’s election for Governor of New York, several top issues have emerged based on what the candidates

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  • The Issues Dominating the 2022 General Election for New York Governor

    Kathy Hochul and Lee Zeldin


    This is Part 1 of a two-part article on the issues dominating the 2022 race for New York Governor.

    After winning their respective primaries, Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul and Republican Congressional Representative Lee Zeldin are now competing in the general election to become New York Governor from 2023 through 2026.

    The favorites from the start, Hochul and Zeldin both won by comfortable margins in the June primaries. Hochul, a moderate from the Buffalo area and the

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  • Races to Watch in New York’s 2022 General Election

    A look at the voting ahead (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    Election Day 2022 is less than two months away and there’s much at stake in New York, both at the state and national levels. After a messy redistricting process led to a bifurcated primary, the general election is well underway for statewide, state legislative, and congressional seats.

    At the top of the ballot are the races for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Comptroller, as well as one U.S. Senate seat (currently held by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is seeking reelection).

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  • After This Year’s Debacle, What’s Next for New York State Redistricting?

    In the State Legislature (photo: NYS Senate Media Services)


    Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders did not intend to hand map-drawing power to the courts when, in 2012, they hashed out a state constitutional amendment that recast the decennial redistricting process. Nor did they envision, after months of contentious public debate and closed-door negotiations, that the first pass at the new system would result in a hastily-organized, bifurcated election season with two major primaries taking place separately in a single summer.

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  • ‘Incredible Amount of Money Spent on Lying’: Gustavo Rivera on Winning His Primary and What Comes Next

    State Senator Gustavo Rivera (photo: NYS Senate Media Services)


    Bronx State Senator Gustavo Rivera is no stranger to contentious campaigns, but his bid this year for a seventh term has been exceptionally so.

    Rivera, a hero of New York’s progressive left known for his independence and outspokenness, recently survived a tough Democratic primary race by a narrow margin — just 506 votes. The particularly competitive and at times nasty primary was in part the result of a messy redistricting process, but also showed both interest among many local political figures in ousting Rivera and the

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  • Max Politics Podcast: Kristen Gonzalez is Heading Toward the New York State Senate

    Kristen Gonzalez (photo: Gonzalez campaign)


    September 7, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: Kristen Gonzalez is Likely Heading to the New York State Senate

    Kristen Gonzalez, a democratic socialist, won her August Democratic primary election for a new State Senate seat (district 59) covering parts of western Queens and Brooklyn as well as a slice of the East Side of Manhattan, and is all but certain to win the general election and become a State Senator in January. She joined the show to discuss her winning campaign, policy priorities, and more.

    Listen to the conversation and

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  • As General Election for Governor Heats Up, Zeldin's Congressional Votes Contrast with New York Public Opinion

    Rep. Lee Zeldin on the campaign trail (photo: @leezeldin)


    As Republican U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin runs to become New York Governor, he has made the core planks of his general election campaign crime and cost of living. Meanwhile, he has sought to further energize his base to “fire” Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul over a lack of public safety, high taxes, her role as Lieutenant Governor, and more.

    But as the fall general election approaches, Zeldin has continued to take votes in Congress that signify

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  • Max Politics Podcast: State Senator Gustavo Rivera on Surviving a Major Primary Challenge

    Senator Gustavo Rivera, right, with Rep. Adriano Espaillat (photo: Rivera campaign website)


    September 2, 2022 - Max Politics Podcast: State Senator Gustavo Rivera on Surviving a Major Primary Challenge

    State Senator Gustavo Rivera of the Bronx joined the show to discuss winning his August 2022 Democratic primary despite a well-organized, well-funded attempt to unseat him.

    Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think, on Twitter @TweetBenMax. You can listen to the show through the embedded

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  • Several Significant Wins and One Big Loss for Working Families Party in Latest New York Primaries

    The Working Families Party in Queens (photo: @NYWFP)


    The results of the August party primary elections for the U.S. House of Representatives and State Senate were bittersweet for the New York Working Families Party, the progressive third party that seeks to push Democrats to the left. The WFP is one of the most prominent actors in the intra-party battle Democrats continue to wage in New York and beyond.

    Several WFP-backed Democratic incumbents who faced competitive challenges emerged victorious in their primary races. Other endorsed candidates won primaries for open seats, likely adding to the ranks

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  • A Closer Look at Voter Turnout in New York's August 2022 Primaries

    Voters at the polls (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)


    The August primary election for congressional and State Senate races in New York saw significantly low voter turnout, barely topping single digits in many districts across the state. It was the predictable outcome of an unprecedented election that resulted from a tumultuous redistricting process that unfolded this year, all adding to New York’s voter turnout crisis. Despite many competitive races, several of which were narrowly decided, New Yorkers again showed little enthusiasm to cast their ballots.

    The party primaries,

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