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9:51pm

Wed October 22, 2014
Politics

Candidates for New York governor spar in only debate

Candidate for New York governor, from left, the Green Party's Howie Hawkins, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
Ryan Delaney/WRVO & Zack Seward/WXXI

The four candidates for governor of New York met on a stage together in Buffalo Wednesday night for likely the only time this fall.

The debate began with questions of economic development, hydrofracking and political corruption. It soon turned through into a series of no longer on-topic jabs between Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican challenger Rob Astorino, the executive of Westchester County.

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5:17am

Wed October 22, 2014
Politics

Candidates for New York governor prepare for race's only debate

governorandrewcuomo Flickr

Four of the candidates running for New York state governor will be participating in a debate shown on public television and heard on public radio.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and the Libertarian Party’s Michael McDermott will appear together in an hour long debate, the only televised contest of the 2014 governor’s race.

GOP challenger Astorino had wanted a chance for the two major party candidates to hold additional debates on TV. Astorino spoke before the debate schedule was settled.

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5:17am

Wed October 22, 2014
Politics

Hawkins says he will attack Cuomo's stance on hydrofracking during debate

Ellen Abbott WRVO

The controversial issue of hydrofracking will come up in Wednesday night’s gubernatorial debate if Howie Hawkins has anything to do with it. The Green Party candidate will be on the stage in Buffalo with Democratic incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino and Libertarian candidate Michael McDermott.

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5:56pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Politics

Hochul touts Cuomo's economic record during upstate visit

Kathy Hochul, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, speaks at a gathering of supporters in Oswego.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's running mate this fall, former Buffalo-area Rep. Kathy Hochul, says the governor's initiatives, including Start-Up NY and the establishment of ten regional economic development councils, have helped spur additional growth in all areas, particularly upstate.

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6:59am

Fri October 17, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo using a different approach in reelection bid

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In the final weeks before elections, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been promoting his memoir and announced travel plans to Puerto Rico. One thing he hasn’t been doing is running a typical campaign, and he’s said little about what he’ll do in the next four years.

Cuomo, who holds a double-digit lead over Republican candidate Rob Astorino, has more than $30 million in the bank. He has employed a rose garden strategy for much of the political season, and seldom holds campaign events.

He says he's simply letting his job speak for itself.

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5:34am

Thu October 16, 2014
Politics

Cuomo's new women's political party serves multiple purposes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Seneca Falls in June to stump for his Women's Equality Act.
Greg Cotterill / WEOS Geneva

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making women’s rights a pillar of his campaign and is focusing on an abortion rights provision. The issue serves multiple purposes for the governor.

Twice now, Cuomo has boarded a bus with his running mate Kathy Hochul, and several other leading female politicians, and rode to rallies for women's equality upstate and in New York City and Long Island.

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7:12am

Tue October 14, 2014
Politics

Formerly stay-at-home Cuomo to make third out-of-state trip

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he plans to visit Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic before Election Day.

Cuomo, speaking after marching in the Columbus Day parade, says he wants to make a trip to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in the next couple of weeks.

“I’d like to get there before Election Day,” Cuomo said. “As a sign of respect to those two communities that I’ve worked with for a very long time.”

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5:30am

Thu October 9, 2014
Politics

Cuomo gains major business endorsement

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the Business Council of New York State's annual meeting.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been endorsed by the state’s largest business lobby for his reelection bid. The New York State Business Council made the announcement Wednesday at the Plug Power energy manufacturing company near Albany.

Business Council President Heather Briccetti says her group is endorsing Cuomo over his GOP challenger Rob Astorino because of the governor’s record on achieving four on-time budgets, enacting business tax cuts and holding the increase in state spending and property taxes to two percent each year. She also praised Cuomo’s bi-partisan governing style.

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7:13am

Wed October 8, 2014
Politics and Government

Candidates for governor disagree on whether to ban flights from nations with Ebola outbreaks

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is calling on the FAA to ban flights to the United States from West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak
Ellen Abbott WRVO file photo

The topic of preventing the Ebola virus in New York state became part of the governor’s race, when the Republican candidate proposed that flights be banned from countries with Ebola outbreaks.

Saying we should “err on the side of caution,” GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino is calling for a ban on all flights from Ebola stricken countries in Africa to New York’s airports. He says the Ebola case in Texas, where the victim allegedly did not tell authorities that he had been in contact with someone with the disease, shows that the screening process is not adequate.

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6:41am

Wed October 8, 2014
Politics

Mahoney throws support behind Cuomo in new political ad

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says Gov. Andrew Cuomo has helped upstate New York grow.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has the support of several high profile Republicans, including Larry Rockefeller. But in a newly released campaign ad that started airing Tuesday, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney is publicly giving the governor her endorsement for reelection.

"I'm a Republican and I'm supporting Gov. Cuomo," Mahoney said in the 30 second commercial. "We can't afford to go back to the way things were. Let's keep New York moving forward with Andrew Cuomo."

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5:38am

Mon October 6, 2014
Politics

Cuomo campaigns on women's rights issues

Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses a crowd of supporters during a recent campaign stop.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his democratic running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul, and other women’s rights advocates spoke to a cheering crowd of union members and local elected officials as part of an upstate bus tour to promote a 10-point women’s rights plan.

Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act failed in the state Senate, when neither party could muster enough votes for an abortion rights provision. Now Cuomo and Hochul are making it a campaign issue.

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7:03am

Thu October 2, 2014
Politics

Debates for governor still in flux

The New York state Capitol building. (file photo)
Karen Dewitt WRVO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has accepted two debate offers from media outlets, but neither format includes a one-on-one televised contest between the incumbent Democrat and his Republican opponent. GOP candidate Rob Astorino is objecting.

One of the debates would take place in Buffalo, sponsored by the Buffalo News, and public television and radio stations WNED and WBFO. It would include Cuomo, Astorino, the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins and Libertarian candidate Michael McDermott.

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7:02am

Thu October 2, 2014
Politics

Cuomo enlists Republican Rockefeller to support his reelection campaign

The New York state Capitol building.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reaching out to moderate Republicans to try to win over their vote in next month’s elections, and his efforts have been bolstered by a new ad featuring Larry Rockefeller.

Rockefeller, the nephew of former Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, says in the spot that GOP candidate Rob Astorino is too conservative for New York, and that he favors the mainstream Cuomo in the election.

“I’m a lifelong Republican," says Rockefeller in the ad. “But I cannot support the ultra-conservative Rob Astorino.”

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4:05pm

Wed October 1, 2014
Politics

Candidates for governor disagree on upstate New York economic recovery

Downtown Buffalo, NY.
Ken Lund Flickr

With less than five weeks to go until Election Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says upstate New York is much improved economically from when he came into office four years ago.

Cuomo said the impact of large-scale investments throughout upstate, including the famed "Buffalo Billion," designed to create thousands of jobs in the western portion of the state, are rejuvenating the economy.

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8:08pm

Tue September 30, 2014
Politics

Hawkins open to all credible candidates debating, but wants criteria in place

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins says he should be involved in this fall's debates because he is the only progressive running. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins says every debate leading up to the fall election should be televised statewide and that he should be included.

During a teleconference with reporters Tuesday morning, Hawkins said his poll numbers make him a credible candidate.

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7:07am

Tue September 30, 2014
Politics

Astorino, underdog in governor's race, relies on creativity

GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino is far behind in the polls and in fundraising, compared to incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But Astorino is making the most of his campaign and is quick to improvise or bend a situation to his advantage. He also maintains that he expects to win.

Since last winter, Astorino, who currently serves as Westchester County executive, has been determinedly traveling the state and expounding on a core message that he lays out in an introductory video.

“As a state, are we winning or are we losing?” Astorino asks.

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7:01am

Mon September 29, 2014
Politics

Cuomo runs Zen campaign -- says he's campaigning by not campaigning

Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke to the New York State Business Council last week.
governorandrewcuomo Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not running the typical campaign. In fact, it could be called the Zen campaign.

The incumbent governor with a $35 million war chest who is well ahead in the polls, is employing a classic Rose Garden strategy. He seldom holds an overtly political event, and his limited public schedule often includes a carefully stage managed  economic development announcement.

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8:01pm

Sun September 28, 2014
Politics

Cuomo agrees to two debates

Ryan Delaney WRVO (file photo)

Incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s agreed to two debates with his opponents, both on public broadcasting. But his GOP challenger is angered because the formats do not include a televised contest between the Democratic and Republican candidates.

Cuomo says he’s accepted an invitation to debate on television in Buffalo, along with GOP candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and the Libertarian Party’s Michael McDermott.

The governor has also agreed to a radio debate in New York City. It will be a one-on-one between Cuomo and Astorino.  

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4:36pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo ahead in governor's race, but new poll shows weakness

The New York state Capitol building.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

A new poll finds that six weeks before elections, Gov. Andrew Cuomo maintains a double-digit lead against his Republican opponent, but the governor’s job performance rating has hit an all-time low.

The Siena Research Institute poll finds Cuomo continues to be around 30 points ahead of Republican challenger Rob Astorino, leading 56 to 27 percent. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins received seven percent.

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3:48pm

Thu September 25, 2014
Politics

Oneida County Executive upset with Astorino comments on Nano Utica

GOP candidate Rob Astorino discusses his campaign plans during a recent visit to Oswego. (file photo)
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino has been traveling the state criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo's attempts to invest money in parts of New York to spur economic development. During a recent interview with Utica radio station WIBX, Astorino called the Mohawk Valley's $1.5 billion Nano Utica project "smoke and mirrors." Astorino also said the Mohawk Valley is not really experiencing an economic recovery.

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6:24am

Tue September 23, 2014
Politics and Government

At fall meeting, Dems focus on portraying GOP opponents in a negative light

Kathy Hochul, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, speaks at the fall meeting of the New York State Democratic Committee.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

State Democrats say their prime strategy to motivate voters this fall will be to paint Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Republican opponent as an ultra-conservative who has a negative view about New York.  

Kathy Hochul, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, went on the attack against Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino, saying the GOP opponent and his running mate are too conservative and his portrayal of the state as economically troubled and dysfunctional is too pessimistic.

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6:18am

Tue September 23, 2014
Politics

Rob Astorino: Onondaga Lake amphitheater will sit empty

Artist rendering for a proposed $80 million concert venue along Onondaga Lake.
Onondaga County

A concert venue along Onondaga Lake is not the economic development project the state should be investing in, according to Rob Astorino, the Republican running for governor of New York.

Astorino, the Westchester county executive, said Monday a proposed 17,000 seat concert amphitheater for the west side of Onondaga Lake will be a hollow space.

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4:52pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Politics

Hawkins polling well in Syracuse, hampers Cuomo's lead over Astorino

Howie Hawkins is running for governor this fall as a Green Party candidate. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Green Party's Howie Hawkins might be lagging in the race for New York state governor, but in Syracuse he's getting much higher poll numbers than the rest of the state.

According to a recently released Syracuse.com/Post-Standard,/Siena College Research Institute poll, Hawkins is supported by nearly one out of every four voters in the city of Syracuse.

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3:43pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo, Astorino have rare encounter at business conference

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the Business Council of New York State's annual meeting Friday.
governorandrewcuomo Flickr

The Republican candidate for governor temporarily upstaged incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, when Rob Astorino appeared unexpectedly at the Business Council of New York State's annual meeting and attempted to talk to the governor.

Astorino addressed the Business Council Thursday night, in a speech scheduled months ago. Cuomo did not commit to speak to the group at its annual meeting on Lake George until the conference had already started, and Cuomo chose a Friday morning time slot.  

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10:24am

Fri September 19, 2014
Business

Astorino says business climate in NY state is grim

file photo
Rob Astorino for Governor

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino received a mostly polite reception from the state’s biggest business lobby at their annual meeting in Lake George.

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5:30am

Thu September 18, 2014
Politics

Pro-Cuomo ad criticized for photoshopping opponent's son out of picture

Rob Astorino (second from left) greets supporters while in Oswego earlier this week.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

This election season seems to feature more than the usual amount of negative ads, with television spots painting opponents in a dark light. But an ad that criticized a candidate’s choice of football team may have backfired when controversy arose over a picture that was altered to cut out his son.

Viewers of the most recent Buffalo Bills game saw an ad, sponsored by Erie County Democrats, that criticized Republican candidate Rob Astorino for being a Miami Dolphins fan.

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4:17pm

Wed September 17, 2014
Politics

EPA rejects Cuomo plan for thruway bridge loan, Astorino responds

The new Tappan Zee bridge is anticipated to be complete in 2018.
Doug Kerr Flickr

7:47am

Wed September 17, 2014
Politics

Astorino says policy changes, hydrofracking can help upstate New York economy thrive

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino was in Oswego to talk about his policies.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino was in Oswego Tuesday to meet with supporters, including Assemblyman Will Barclay, to discuss his plans for office if elected. One of the many topics he covered was the need to regrow the upstate economy, including leveraging the region's residents and location to help spur economic development.

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6:24am

Wed September 17, 2014
Politics and Government

Future of fracking will influence November election for governor

A fracking well in northern Pennsylvania
Matt Richmond/Innovation Trail

The issue of hydrofracking played a role in the recent Democratic primary for governor in New York, and those who oppose the gas drilling process hope it will influence the general election, as well.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, once on a fast track to begin the natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing in New York, has put his decision on hold while his administration is conducting a health review that began two years ago. Cuomo, asked about the future of fracking in the state one day after the Democratic primary, said he’s still reserving judgment.

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6:31am

Tue September 16, 2014
Politics and Government

Green Party candidate for governor wants to be involved in debates

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins says he should be involved in this fall's debates because he is the only progressive running.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

The Green Party candidate for governor wants to be included in any upcoming debates. Howie Hawkins says he is the only candidate left in the race to represent the state’s progressives.

Hawkins, a Syracuse-area UPS worker and Teamsters union member, says by any reasonable standard he should be included in any debates for the governor’s race that feature major party candidates, Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo and Republican Rob Astorino.

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