WXXI AM News

2018 Election

Governor Cuomo's office

Candidates for statewide office were required this week to disclose how much money they have on hand for the final month of the 2018 election season. Once again, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking a third term, is far ahead of his challengers.

The Green Party candidate for state comptroller, Marc Dunlea, said he isn’t in the race to win but rather to highlight one key issue — combating climate change.

Dunlea was the longtime director of Hunger Action Network, a lobby group that advocates for services for the poor. He now works for the environmental group 350.org, and he said if he were comptroller, he would immediately divest the state’s pension fund of all investments in fossil fuel companies.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has accepted the ballot line of the liberal Working Families Party in next month's general election.

Cuomo said Friday through a spokeswoman that he would accept the ballot line of the party that earlier backed his Democratic primary opponent, actress Cynthia Nixon.

Working Families Party leaders said Wednesday they would offer the party's ballot line to Cuomo, a two-term incumbent.

Cuomo's acceptance means his name will appear on the November ballot under the Democratic, Independence and Working Families lines.

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, a retired UPS worker from Syracuse and former Vietnam war protester, is running for governor for the third time, challenging popular incumbent Andrew Cuomo from the left.

Hawkins, in a conversation with WXXI’s Karen DeWitt, explains why he thinks he is a true alternative and not just a protest vote.

Matt Ryan, New York Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he hasn’t decided whether to accept the nomination of the Working Families Party in the race for governor. The party previously backed actor Cynthia Nixon after a bitter split in the progressive-leaning minor party.

When the party chose Nixon for governor over Cuomo last spring, the argument was heated. Its executive director, Bill Lipton, said Cuomo, in his first two terms in office, did not live up to expectations that the governor would back progressive ideas and policies.

Monroe County Democratic Committee

The Monroe County Democratic Party has a new chairwoman.

On Wednesday night, Brittaney Wells accepted the nomination after what party officials say was an overwhelming vote by city and town Democratic Committee members.

Wells is the first African-American to hold the job locally, and said that Monroe County Democrats must embrace a spirit of unity in order to take full advantage of opportunity Democrats have to win the county executive’s race next year.

courtesy Unshackle Upstate

An independent budget watchdog group agrees with an idea that Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro has to help bring down local property taxes. But it also says there is a tradeoff to any potential savings.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t talk a lot about what his agenda would be if voters give him a third term. Cuomo said his record of what he’s done in the past is more important than what he’d do in the future.

In a speech before the state’s Business Council, Cuomo devoted most of a 40-minute presentation to listing what he said were his accomplishments during his first two terms in office. They include infrastructure projects such as revamping the state fairgrounds and renovating airports.

Matt Ryan, New York Now

Environmentalists are urging a state panel on water quality standards to meet its October 2nd deadline to set new acceptable levels of toxic chemicals in public water supplies.

Governor Cuomo's office

The state’s high property taxes and outmigration problem were among the issues discussed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican opponent, Marc Molinaro, this week when each separately visited a meeting of some of the state’s business leaders.

Molinaro spoke first to the Business Council meeting on Lake George, where he unveiled a plan to reduce New York’s high property taxes by 30 percent. Molinaro said the state’s taxes, named by the conservative Tax Foundation as the 48th worst in America, are driving businesses and people out of the state.

Pages