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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
Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino in 2010. Photo: <a href="">Azi Paybarah</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino in 2010. Photo: Azi Paybarah, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Paladino: Astorino must "cleanse" GOP

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino says Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino would make a "great governor" but says he will only win if he appeals to the party's conservative base.

In an email to state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox, Paladino said he's dropping his efforts to recruit celebrity businessman Donald Trump. But he says Astorino won't win unless he works to "cleanse" the GOP of officeholders who he says fail to adhere to conservative principles.  Go to full article
Howie Hawkins. Photo via <a href="">Howie Hawkins for Governor on Facebook</a>

Green Party's Hawkins begins bid for NY governor

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins is kicking off his campaign for New York governor, vowing to build on his third-place finish four years ago.

Hawkins announced his campaign Wednesday. He says that if elected he would
support raising the minimum wage, more investments in renewable energy and public transportation, a ban on hydraulic fracturing and higher taxes on wealthy earners.  Go to full article
Rob Astorino and family. Photo: <a href=""></a>
Rob Astorino and family. Photo:

Astorino makes first campaign stop in western NY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has introduced himself in Buffalo, a day after formally entering the race for governor.

The Republican from New York City's northern suburbs says he's not intimidated by his lack of name recognition elsewhere in the state, noting the election is still nine months off.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Gage Skidmore</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Trump, considering NY gov's race, to head upstate

BUFFALO, N.Y. AP) Donald Trump, who says he'd consider a run for New York governor, is scheduled to head upstate to attend a Republican fundraiser.

The Erie County Republican Committee says Trump will be at its Lincoln Leadership Award event in Buffalo on Jan. 31.  Go to full article
I?m going to tell you my plan, you tell me if it sounds crazy

Seven candidates trade zingers

Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino, the major party candidates for Governor, ignored each other during last night's wide-ranging televised debate.

The five minor party candidates provided comic relief, audacious zingers and alternative viewpoints in the 90-minute discussion. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Andrew Cuomo meets and greets at the county fair
Andrew Cuomo meets and greets at the county fair

Cuomo's the front-runner, but voters still want to know more

Andrew Cuomo and his RV are making a swing through eastern half of the North Country today. The Democratic candidate for Governor has appearances in Port Henry, Plattsburgh, and Saranac Lake. He'll march in the Seaway Festival parade in Ogdensburg tomorrow. The stops are part of Cuomo's plan to visit all 62 counties in his "Drive for a New New York" campaign. Yesterday, Cuomo held rallies in Watertown and Speculator, and he toured the Lewis County fair in Lowville. That's where David Sommerstein found the Democrat greeting fairgoers. He reports many voters still have questions before choosing New York's next Governor.  Go to full article
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
Steve Levy, now a Republican, in Ogdenbsurg
Steve Levy, now a Republican, in Ogdenbsurg

Steve Levy: 'There would never be a late budget'

Suffolk County executive Steve Levy brought his campaign for Governor to Ogdensburg on Wednesday. He mingled with St. Lawrence County Republicans at a meet-the-candidates night at the Freighthouse restaurant. Levy switched parties from Democrat to Republican for this race. Some of his Democratic donors are demanding he return their campaign contributions. Levy told David Sommerstein he would not allow a late state budget if he were Governor. He says if the legislature couldn't pass a budget by the deadline, his executive budget would take effect.  Go to full article

Democrat Levy enters Governor race as republican

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy made it official Friday - he's switching from the Democratic Party to become a Republican and run for governor, he says, as a change agent. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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