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Bob Antonacci says he wouldn't have been able to pay for his race for comptroller if not for public campaign financing. Photo via <a href="http://www.bobantonacci.com/">bobantonacci.com</a>
Bob Antonacci says he wouldn't have been able to pay for his race for comptroller if not for public campaign financing. Photo via bobantonacci.com

GOP comptroller candidate will use new public financing program

State Republicans have picked their candidate for Comptroller, the Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci. He'll be the first statewide candidate in New York to rely on public financing to pay for his campaign.

Antonacci, who's been the Comptroller for the county that includes Syracuse since 2007, says he'd use his skills as a CPA and attorney to scrutinize state spending by the governor and the legislature, and speak out when he sees waste.  Go to full article
President Obama speaking yesterday near the Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14001056327/">Office of the Governor of NY</a>
President Obama speaking yesterday near the Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: Office of the Governor of NY

Astorino claims Cuomo aide made him sit in the back during president's speech

The Republican candidate for governor, Rob Astorino, claims an aide to Governor Cuomo made him sit in the back during President Obama's visit to the Tappan Zee Bridge Wednesday, a charge Cuomo's spokesman denies.

President Obama spoke near the bridge in Westchester County on the opening day of the state Republican Party convention, held just a few miles away nearby.  Go to full article

GOP Attorney General candidate is Pataki law partner

Republicans have chosen their candidate for Attorney General. John Cahill is a former top aide to Gov. George Pataki. Cahill has been in private practice with former Gov. Pataki for the past seven years. Cahill says he's running because he misses public service, and because he believes the current Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, has not been effective.  Go to full article
Rob Astorino. Photo courtesy of Rob Astorino's office
Rob Astorino. Photo courtesy of Rob Astorino's office

Astorino faces steep climb in governor's race

The Republican candidate for governor of New York will be chosen on Thursday. Rob Astorino is definitely the underdog to incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Astorino, the Westchester County Executive, faces a steep challenge. He's 30 points behind the well-known incumbent Cuomo in the polls, and has only a fraction of Cuomo's record $33 million campaign war chest.  Go to full article
Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss. Photo: Chemung County
Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss. Photo: Chemung County

GOP lieutenant governor choice is SAFE Act opponent

GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino says his choice for a lieutenant governor running mate will be the Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss, an avid opponent of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's gun control laws.  Go to full article

NY-21 GOP candidates Doheny and Stefanik both to appear at Watertown luncheon

The race for the North Country's congressional seat gets a little more up close and personal today, with Republican challengers Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik appearing at the same venue. Both will attend the Watertown Armed Forces Luncheon at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The two candidates have traded barbs at long distance in recent weeks, through sharply worded emails and campaign flyers. This will be one of the first moments when they will appear at the same event.

Doheny, from Watertown, is running for the third time. Stefanik, who has already claimed the Conservative Party ballot line, moved to Willsboro last year and is making her first bid for public office. Later this month, they'll hold the first of two Republican debates on May 27, with the second debate scheduled for June 12.

The party primary is set for June 24. Democrat Aaron Woolf and Green Party candidate Matthew Funiciello are running unopposed. Incumbent Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, is stepping down at the end of this term.  Go to full article
Congressional hopeful Elise Stefanik (at right) tours the Urban Mission in Watertown. NCPR file photo: David Sommerstein.
Congressional hopeful Elise Stefanik (at right) tours the Urban Mission in Watertown. NCPR file photo: David Sommerstein.

With GOP primary near, Stefanik cries foul

The race for the North Country's congressional seat has simplified a bit in recent weeks. Democrat Aaron Woolf, a seasonal resident of Elizabethtown, and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello, from Glens Falls, will both run unopposed after their primary opponents failed to qualify for the ballot.

But on the Republican side, the primary battle is more complicated and more bitter than ever. Elise Stefanik, a long-time seasonal resident of Willsboro who moved to the North Country last year. and Watertown businessman Matt Doheny, have been trading barbs and accusations.  Go to full article

Why suburban support is important in the NYS governor's race

The state's Republican and Democratic Party conventions will be held over the next couple of weeks. Both major parties have chosen locations in the New York City suburbs.

The Republicans go first. They are meeting in Rye Brook in Westchester County on May 14. It makes sense for the GOP to hold their convention in a New York City suburb: There is still a small bastion of registered Republicans, and the Republican nominee for governor will be Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

The Democrats are also meeting in suburban Long Island, in Melville, Nassau County, on May 21. The choice may be in part to counteract the number of votes that the Westchester County executive is likely to get in his home county in November. But Larry Levy, Dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, Long Island, says the suburbs are also important because they contain a number of independent voters, not affiliated with either major party: "Suburban voters provide the swing vote in anything from President down to village trustee."  Go to full article
Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS Public campaign finance showing signs of life

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing pressure to revive an issue that failed in state budget negotiations: enacting a public campaign financing system for statewide elections. In the final budget deal, Cuomo agreed with legislative leaders to a pared-down public campaign finance system that would apply only to the State Comptroller's race, and sunset after this year.

The governor was immediately condemned by government reform groups who said the pilot program was cynically designed to fail. But Cuomo defended the deal, saying advocates were looking at the glass half empty.  Go to full article
John P. Cahill (right) has entered the  NY Attorney General race for 2014. Photo: John Cahill campaign on Facebook
John P. Cahill (right) has entered the NY Attorney General race for 2014. Photo: John Cahill campaign on Facebook

Ex-Pataki aide announces run for attorney general

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The former chief adviser to Republican Gov. George Pataki is running for New York attorney general against Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman.

John Cahill, also former state conservation commissioner, tells a gathering in Yonkers, his hometown, that he intends to be an advocate for all New Yorkers as both the public's prosecutor and defender.  Go to full article

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