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Albany from above. Photo: <a href="">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany from above. Photo: Karthik Chinnathambi, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lt. Gov. pick only surprise expected at NYS Democratic convention

The Democrats are holding their party convention on Long Island this week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be nominated to run for a second term as governor on Thursday. Before that happens, two other incumbents will be endorsed for second full term: State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

The only surprise expected at the convention is the announcement of Cuomo's running mate. Several names have been mentioned to replace Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, who has opted not to seek a second term. The governor and his aides have been keeping the name close to the vest, and are expected to reveal their choice later Wednesday.  Go to full article
Democratic candidate for Congress Aaron Woolf. Photo: Martha Foley
Democratic candidate for Congress Aaron Woolf. Photo: Martha Foley

Democrat Aaron Woolf: media silence is not inaction

The elusive Democrat who's running for Bill Owens' seat is meeting privately with local leaders across the 21st Congressional District. Documentary filmmaker Aaron Woolf met with Warren County Democrats in Lake George Wednesday night after visiting the St. Lawrence County chamber of commerce in Canton.

It's been more than three weeks since party leaders endorsed Woolf. Even though he's barely spoken with the media, Woolf says he's been busy.  Go to full article
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.  Photo: Karen DeWitt
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Photo: Karen DeWitt

New Senate Dem Leader "expects" seat at table

Newly elected Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says she feels a great sense of "responsibility", having finally broken a barrier as the first female legislative leader in state history.

Senator Stewart-Cousins, who says she hopes to "do the Democratic conference proud", admits that it's something of a disappointment to likely have Minority Leader status when the Senate meets again in January.  Go to full article
Janet Duprey talking with her Plattsburgh district office administrative assistant Cathy Kourofsky and her husband Brian at the Duprey campaign headquarters in Plattsburgh. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Janet Duprey talking with her Plattsburgh district office administrative assistant Cathy Kourofsky and her husband Brian at the Duprey campaign headquarters in Plattsburgh. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Duprey wins 115th Assembly seat

Republican Janet Duprey swept the 115th Assembly race last night, beating back Conservative challenger Karen Bisso and Democrat Tim Carpenter. She won 52 percent of the vote.

The incumbent Republican will return to Albany next year, representing Clinton, Franklin, and part of St. Lawrence counties. While last night's victory was decisive, the campaign wasn't easy.  Go to full article

NY Senate control could hang on few races, votes

This election will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the state Senate in the next term, and it could come down to just a few hundred votes in a small number of key Senate contests. Not surprisingly, both sides are hopeful they'll win.  Go to full article
Tempers are kind of flaring in a way that you donít often see in Vermont politics, especially local Vermont politics.

Burlington mayor's race: a primer

"Politics" are different in Vermont's largest city. Since 1985, a successful third party, the Progressive party, has dominated local government there. Progressive voters essentially sent Sen. Bernie Sanders to Congress after re-electing him mayor of Burlington for successive terms.

But for the first time in almost 30 years, there's no Progressive running for mayor this year.

Paul Heintz covers politics for 7 Days, an alternative weekly newspaper based in Burlington. He says this race isn't so much about issues as personalities and shifting loyalties. And he says that even though there's no Progressive on the ballot, those votes will still make a difference.

He told Sarah Harris there's a history of bad blood between Progressives and Democrats, and this race is a bit of a turf battle.  Go to full article
I donít believe that an election 14 months before another election is a predictor of whatís going to happen.

Pollster says GOP win not just about Obama

While many are portraying the outcome of New York's 9th Congressional district race as a message to President Obama, a New York based pollster and political analyst says it's more complicated than that. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Will gay marriage be legalized in New York?
Will gay marriage be legalized in New York?

Ogdensburg shoppers weigh in on same sex marriage

This week, it's been all about same sex marriage in Albany. Supporters, led by Governor Cuomo, have been lobbying hard for a vote in the State Senate. Now they're one vote shy of passage.

According to a Siena College poll this week, 55% of New Yorkers support legalizing same sex marriage. Sarah Harris chatted with shoppers in Ogdensburg to get their opinions.  Go to full article
Hispanic men and women - some of them quite young - provide labor illegally on many dairy farms.
Hispanic men and women - some of them quite young - provide labor illegally on many dairy farms.

Owens seeks dairy guest worker program

Yesterday, President Obama took his pitch to overall the nation's immigration laws to the Mexican border. In El Paso, Obama said he's exceeded Republican demands for improved border security. He said now it's time for them to work on immigration reform.

Today, there are at least hundreds of Mexican and Central American men and women working illegally on North Country dairy farms. Last month, a Jefferson County farmer was arrested by federal agents for employing undocumented workers.

For the dairy industry, the biggest problem with current immigration laws is one called H2A. It's a guest worker program, but dairy farmers are not eligible to use it. A bill introduced by Congressman Bill Owens would change that. He spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article
Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)
Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)

Owens talks jobs in St. Lawrence County

Congress is out of session. That means representatives are criss-crossing their districts to talk with constituents. Coming off a town hall meeting Wednesday night in Plattsburgh, Democrat Bill Owens made several stops yesterday in St. Lawrence County.
He visited the chamber of commerce in Canton, spoke to a rotary club in Ogdensburg, and met with seniors at a nursing center in Massena. While on the road, Owens spoke with David Sommerstein.
When Owens returns to Washington, he'll face what's expected to be a divisive debate over next year's federal budget and raising the nation's debt ceiling. Owens has said he's likely to vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling.  Go to full article

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