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A preview of New York's gubernatorial race next year

The New Year will be starting without an announced Democratic candidate in the 2010 race for governor. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the most popular politician in the state, is keeping mum on his plans, while the current Governor, David Paterson, says he wants to run, but hasn't made it official. Karen DeWitt takes a look at what's ahead in the governor's race that could dominate New York politics next year.  Go to full article

Giuliani says no to Senate run; endorses Lazio for Governor

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said definitively that he would not be a statewide candidate in New York next year. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Governor's tumultuous year only prologue for 2010

Governor David Paterson is finally starting to reap some political benefits from his tough talk on the state's fiscal crisis. His poll numbers have risen for the first time in over a year. As Karen DeWitt reports, the governor seems intent on making a comeback, and remaining a candidate for governor in 2010, even though he still faces steep odds.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Brian Kolb heads the GOP caucus in the Assembly (Source: NYS Assembly)
Assemblyman Brian Kolb heads the GOP caucus in the Assembly (Source: NYS Assembly)

Republican Assembly leader: Moderates welcome

The Republican Party in New York state has suffered some painful blows in the last decade. The GOP has lost every statewide election and seen its congressional delegation nearly wiped out, even losing House seats here in the North Country. Brian Kolb leads the GOP's minority caucus in the state Assembly. His caucus holds only about a quarter of the seats in the Assembly. In large part that's because the increasingly conservative Republican Party has struggled to compete in New York City. Kolb spoke with Brian Mann this week about the future of his party. He says a nearly two-to-one voter-enrollment advantage gives Democrats a big headstart.  Go to full article

GOP "purity" test ripples through North Country politics

The North Country has seen more than its share of political upheavals over the last several years. For the first time in decades, the region is represented by a Democrat, Darrel Aubertine, in the state Senate. The region has also elected three Democrats to Congress: Mike Arcuri, Scott Murphy and Bill Owens. Last week, Conservative Doug Hoffman finally conceded the 23rd congressional district race to Owens.

These elections represent stunning reversals for the once-dominant upstate Republican Party. And they've caught the attention of the national media, including a television appearance yesterday by Republican Dede Scozzafava. Her withdrawal and endorsement of Owens in the closing days of the 23rd CD race brought questions of her party's identity into sharp focus. Brian Mann covered the 23rd CD race for NCPR and NPR. Martha Foley spoke with him about this latest chapter.  Go to full article
Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)
Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)

As vote counting continues, Rep. Bill Owens takes up job in Washington

While Doug Hoffman was raising allegations of vote-tampering here in the North Country, Rep. Bill Owens was working in Washington DC. He was sworn in on November 6 and this week Democrats gave Owens high profile appointments to the House Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee. Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, spoke yesterday with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Paterson's run for Gov. may depend on convincing lawmakers to fix budget

Governor Paterson tried to forge an agreement with leading lawmakers to close the state's growing budget gap. But, after the second day of special sessions this week, no cuts were made. Paterson is staking his reputation on resolving the state's deepening deficit. The mid-December deadline draws closer. But, as Karen DeWitt reports, there's no indication lawmakers are any closer to legislative action.  Go to full article

Governor Paterson says critics of his spending plan are "immature"

Governor David Paterson spent much of the day today on the telephone talking with reporters, trying to explain his budget-cutting plan. In a conversation with North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann, Paterson blasted his critics in the legislature and in the public employee unions. According to Paterson, no one has suggested credible alternatives to the deficit reduction plan that he's proposed.  Go to full article
Paul Maroun, Franklin County legislator
Paul Maroun, Franklin County legislator

Angered by 23rd District loss, Maroun may challenge Duprey

Political fall-out continues from this week's 23rd district congressional race. Democrat Bill Owens won, in part because of a simmering feud between conservative acvitists and Republican Party candidate Dede Scozzafava. Scozzafava dropped out of the race and endorsed Owens, instead of Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. In the wake of that contest, it appears that more rifts are emerging within the GOP. Franklin County legislator Paul Maroun says he might challenge one of Scozzafava's strongest supporters in next year's Assembly race. Maroun is from Tupper Lake, describes himself as a conservative Republican. He's pro-life and opposes same-sex marriage. He says Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, who represents the 114th district, angered many Republicans when she failed to back Doug Hoffman.  Go to full article

Paterson repeats he will run for Governor

Governor David Paterson keeps saying he will run for election next year. Despite low poll numbers and admonitions from the White House that he should step aside. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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