Cuomo considering options in a ‘worst-case scenario’

If his poll numbers continue to plummet, incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo may choose not to seek reelection later this year — avoiding the type of political loss that undermined his father’s presidential ambitions.  Political operatives loyal to the Governor are contemplating a ‘worst case scenario’ that seemed unthinkable a few short months ago.  Strategists have been tasked with developing contingency plans to abandon the primary … Continue reading Cuomo considering options in a ‘worst-case scenario’

Republican insiders worried a Jacobs loss is likely

Republican party operatives are worried that the 60th State Senate District — currently held by Chris Jacobs — is in jeopardy this election cycle, as rumors of a looming public corruption scandal and a steamy affair inside the former Clerk’s office spread.  Few operatives are willing to discuss the allegations, which they say are “flatly damning.” Grand Island Town Councilman Mike Madigan is likely to … Continue reading Republican insiders worried a Jacobs loss is likely

Former Maziarz machine approaches an uneasy detente

For decades Senator George Maziarz was the godfather of Niagara County politics.  He was once a leading power broker in Albany, but his resignation following rumors of a looming FBI investigation caused his political empire to unfold. That those eventual charges, brought by a politically ambitious and particularly partisan Attorney General, would be settled with a $1,000 fine, largely vindicates Maziarz in the eyes of … Continue reading Former Maziarz machine approaches an uneasy detente

Will Cuomo step aside in General Election if he loses the Democratic primary?

If Governor Andrew Cuomo loses the Democratic Primary in September, sources say that he is likely to run an active campaign on the Independence Party line in the General Election in November.  They say that, if Cuomo were to lose the primary, he would sooner endorse a third party candidate than endorse Cynthia Nixon, his Democratic Party primary opponent. Nixon has not indicated whether she … Continue reading Will Cuomo step aside in General Election if he loses the Democratic primary?

Albany insiders baffled by Molinaro’s ‘shoddy’ political calculations

Longtime Albany insiders openly joke that Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro has the easiest job in New York politics. “Can you imagine a county that is smaller, richer, less diverse, more Republican, with fewer Medicaid eligible residents,” the punchline goes. That’s why the Republican County Executive’s flirtation with a gubernatorial run — first he was running, then he withdrew, now he is running again — … Continue reading Albany insiders baffled by Molinaro’s ‘shoddy’ political calculations

Giambra calls on GOP leaders to vote on Child Victims Act this month

BY TONY FARINA Joel Giambra, independent candidate for Governor, is calling on Republican leaders – including gubernatorial contenders Marc Molinaro and John DeFrancisco – to back the Child Victims Act. Giambra wants Majority Leader John Flanagan to bring the bill up for a vote on the Senate floor this month – something that Flanagan and Deputy Majority Leader DeFrancisco have been unwilling to do. Both … Continue reading Giambra calls on GOP leaders to vote on Child Victims Act this month

Senate GOP blocks the Child Victims Act following contributions from Catholic groups

Republican gubernatorial candidates Marc Molinaro and John DeFrancisco are being lambasted by activists for their refusal to back the Child Victims Act. Advocates are demanding Majority Leader John Flanagan to bring the bill up for a vote on the Senate floor this month – something that Flanagan and Deputy Majority Leader DeFrancisco have been unwilling to do. Both Senators oppose the bill and have defended … Continue reading Senate GOP blocks the Child Victims Act following contributions from Catholic groups