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NY Attorney-General Andrew M. Cuomo. Source: campaign website
NY Attorney-General Andrew M. Cuomo. Source: campaign website

Cuomo says he'll reform Albany as governor

On Friday, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo made it official. He's running for governor and hopes to replace fellow-Democrat David Paterson, who has bowed out of the race. Cuomo will face either Republican Rick Lazio or Democrat-turned-Republican Steve Levy in November. Todd Moe talks with Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann about the race.  Go to full article

In Albany: Senate Dems push budget reform, Senate GOP pushes back

New York's budget is late -- again -- and getting later. While talks go on, the new Democratic majority leaders in the state Senate say they never really understood how bad the traditional process for writing New York's budgets was, and now that they're in the thick of it themselves, they want change. Republicans, who presided over the Senate for 40 some years, are scoffing. Karen DeWitt has today's story from the capitol.  Go to full article

Paterson announces gubernatorial campaign

Governor David Paterson formally announced his candidacy for governor over the weekend. He began with a speech on Long Island at his law school alma mater, Hofstra University, and then made stops in Rochester and Buffalo. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Poll has mixed results for Paterson

A new poll says New York Gov. David Paterson's overall favorability rating has increased slightly in the past month, up from 27 percent in October to 33 percent now. But the poll raised other concerns for the governor as well. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Congressman-elect Bill Owens, campaigning yesterday in Saranac Lake
Congressman-elect Bill Owens, campaigning yesterday in Saranac Lake

Plattsburgh Democrat Bill Owens scores historic win in 23rd

For the first time since before the civil war, much of the North Country woke up this morning with a Democratic Congressman. Bill Owens defeated Conservative Doug Hoffman, 49 to 46 percent, in the 23rd district special election, with 95% of precincts reporting. Republican Dede Scozzafava, who abruptly dropped out over the weekend, still captured 6% of the vote. Hoffman conceded last night. The historic race featured millions of dollars in attack ads, appearances by the nation's biggest political figures, and a fight for the identity of the Republican party. David Sommerstein was at Owens headquarters in Plattsburgh and has this story.  Go to full article
Democrat Bill Owens with Vice-President Joe Biden this morning in Watertown.
Democrat Bill Owens with Vice-President Joe Biden this morning in Watertown.

Biden stumps for Owens in Watertown

The race to replace John McHugh is down to its last frenzied day after a shocking weekend. Republican Dede Scozzafava dropped out on Saturday, after a Siena poll showed her trailing badly. Then on Sunday, Scozzafava bucked her party and threw her support behind Democrat Bill Owens. That leaves Owens and Conservative Doug Hoffman, who both benefit from star power appearances today. Jonathan Brown talks with David Sommerstein about the second last day of campaigning.  Go to full article

WEB ONLY: Bill Owens unedited interview

Listen to Bill Owens speaking with David Sommerstein earlier this month at the Democratic campaign offices in Canton.  Go to full article

GOP, two Dems flip power balance in NY senate

Republicans have re-taken the State Senate, in a coup that stunned Democrats, who insist that they are still in power. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
State Senator Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)
State Senator Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)

Supporters push, but Aubertine stands firm against same-sex marriage

Groups on both sides of the same sex marriage debate are lobbying hard in Albany. All eyes are on a handful of state senators whose vote could make the difference on the Marriage Equality Act already passed by the Assembly. State Democratic Party chairwoman June O'Neill says the bill "is very much in play" and could be brought to a vote before Albany recesses for summer. The New York Daily News Daily Politics blog reported yesterday that Senate Majority leader Malcolm Smith is counting heads and may be close to having enough votes to pass the bill. One head he's not counting on is that of North Country Senator Darrel Aubertine. The Democrat from Cape Vincent is against same-sex marriage, but has been quiet on the issue lately. Yesterday, he spoke with David Sommerstein, who reports some of Aubertine's biggest supporters in St. Lawrence County are trying to change his mind.  Go to full article

Dems invite the press to meeting on property taxes

Senate Democrats let journalists into their normally closed-door party conference yesterday, to witness a discussion of ideas to clamp down on the state's highest in the nation property taxes. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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