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NY picks for Congress: some old, some new

Democrats picked up another New York district considered solidly Republican. Oneida County District Attorney Mike Arcuri tallied a solid margin against Republican state Senator Ray Meier in the 24th. With 83 percent of the vote counted last night, Arcuri had 53 percent of the vote. The Watertown Times reports this morning that the district hasn't sent a Democrat to Washington in 60 years. Longtime moderate Sherwood Boehlert retierd from the seat this year. Musician-politician John Hall defeated 12-year Republican Sue Kelly in the 19th Congressional District. Hall wrote the 70s pop hits "Still the One" and "Dance with Me." In the 26th District, Republican Representative Tom Reynolds held onto his seat after becoming ensnared in the congressional page scandal. Freshman Republican Randy Kuhl beat Navy veteran and anti-Iraq war candidate Eric Massa in the conservative rural 29th District.  Go to full article

Scozzafava, Griffo heading to Albany

Republican Dee Dee Scozzafava won her fifth term representing parts of St. Lawrence, Lewis, and Oswego counties in the state Assembly. She defeated Democrat Karl Williams 58 to 42%. And in the 47th State Senate district, Republican Joe Griffo defeated Democrat John Murad 51 to 37%. Working Families party candidate Leon Koziol took 6% of the vote, as did Independence party candidiate Tim Julian. Much of Griffo's support came from the Oneida County and Utica area. Griffo bested Murad in St. Lawrence County by just 6 votes.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/6/06

Last hours of campaigning before Election Day. Bill Clinton and George Pataki were criss-crossing the state to bring out their party's voters. The latest on John Sweeney and Kirsten Gillibrand's bitter race in the Hudson Valley. Profiles of the races for attorney general and the 47th State Senate district. And we remember professor and avid outdoorsman Paul Jamieson, whod ied Saturday at 103.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 10/31/06

Fort Drum planners want to purchase easements on neighboring land to protect training space from encroaching development. Eliot Spitzer continues to cruise past John Faso to the Governor's office. And Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minoras the ultimate Halloween music. Happy Halloween!  Go to full article

All Before Five: 10/30/06

The Adirondacks recover from yesterday's snow and windstorm. We gte the view from Raquette Lake. Governor Pataki announces the state is running a billion dollar surplus. And Brian Mann and Martha Foley talk about the nasty TV ads running in the region's competitive congressional races.  Go to full article

Quebec teen wins Crane Piano Contest

17 young pianists from around the world competed in the 3rd annual Julia Crane International Piano Competition at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam this weekend. The winner was 18-year-old Olivier Hebert-Bouchard, from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Here he plays Diabolical Suggestion by Prokofiev.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 10/26/06

Frontrunner for Governor Eliot Spitzer dropped his support for embattled Comptroller Alan Hevesi. The Sweeney-Gillibrand race gets nastier as Sweeney pulls out of a debate. John McHugh and Bob Johnson spar over foreign policy in their first debate in Massena. And a $100 million expansion is planned for the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino - shops, restaurants, a hotel...maybe even a water park.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 10/25/06

Republicans turn up the heat on Democrats to call on Comptroller Alan Hevesi to resign. Type E botulism is suspected of killing more birds in Lake Ontario and around the Great Lakes. Adirondack Scenic Railroad boosters are hoping for a parting gift from Governor Pataki for a line to Tupper Lake. And a visit to a karate class for kids in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

All Before Five Oct. 24, 2006

Scandal rocks New York state Republicans and Democrats just days before the November mid-term elections. Also, a look at the 122nd Assembly District race. And we check in with our resident astronomer for a look at a dark and cloudy winter sky.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 10/23/06

A state ethics commission says Comptroller Alan Hevesi broke the law when he failed to pay for a staffer to transport his ailing wife. Republican leaders are calling for Hevesi to resign. There's mixed reaction to the Bush Administration's latest proposal on what documents to require at the U.S.-Canada border. And Martha Foley and Brian Mann survey the political landscape with 10 days until election day.  Go to full article

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