2018 Gubernatorial race

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Republican Marc Molinaro continues his tour across New York calling out Governor Cuomo for ongoing corruption and its impact on state business and eroding public trust.   Molinaro’s visit to Syracuse Thursday came on the same day Cuomo Administration official Joe Percoco was sentenced to six years for accepting bribes from leaders of state contractors. 


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Governor Cuomo all but ignored his primary opponent during a campaign rally Monday in Syracuse, and instead continued to rail against the Trump administration.  It was part of a final swing across upstate New York ahead of Thursday's primary against actress and activist Cynthia Nixon. 


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Green Party Candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins says Syracuse is poisoning its children, and he has a plan to stop it.  A 2016 study by The Journal of Pediatrics found that, in terms of percentage, Syracuse’s youth had the highest lead levels in the nation between 2009 and 2015.   

Hawkins is making it a campaign issue.

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It’s no secret what the main tactic will be for Republican Governor’s candidate Marc Molinaro this year.  During a visit in Syracuse Thursday, he raised numerous examples, linking Andrew Cuomo with ethics problems and corruption.  The question remains whether that can unseat the two-term governor. 

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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has decided to run for New York Governor after all.  The New York Times was first to report her independent campaign on Monday.  Since last fall, Miner had said she was mulling a run for governor or Congress but hadn't made a decision. 

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Governor Cuomo says the anti sexual harassment  policies enacted in the state budget are among the strongest in the nation, but his political rivals say the governor has not done enough to respond to allegations of sexual harassment in his own administration.

Cuomo, in his speech at last month’s state Democratic Party convention, contrasted New York’s newest policy to prevent sexual harassment to the lack of action in Washington, where he says “the silence is deafening”.

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Republicans meeting at the state convention in New York City nominated Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro as their candidate for Governor Wednesday, and offered a scathing critique of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking a third term in office.

Marc Molinaro presented himself as an ordinary person, who grew up in a family that relied on food stamps to become mayor of his hometown of Tivoli at 19, and who now runs one of the state’s more populous counties.

New York State Democratic Committee and New York State Republican Committee

Both major political parties hold their conventions later this week.

The Democrats and the Republicans are holding their events simultaneously, on May 23 and 24, the Republicans are in New York City and the Democrats are in Long Island. 

On Wednesday, the GOP is expected to nominate Marc Molinaro as their candidate for governor. Molinaro, the 42-year-old Dutchess County Executive, has been in politics since he was a teenager, becoming Mayor of his hometown of Tivoli when he was 19.

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Green party candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins is calling for a massive expansion of public housing in the state in an effort to make housing more affordable.  But he says it’s a different approach than the old, large-scale projects of decades past.   

Green Party's Howie Hawkins Announces Run for NY Governor

Apr 13, 2018
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Yet another candidate has announced a run for New York governor.  Syracuse’s own Howie Hawkins is seeking the Green Party nomination for the state’s top job. Four years ago, Hawkins earned more than 184,000 votes, which he says pushed the state in new directions.  

 “We got five percent and Governor Cuomo, I think, was compelled to compete for those progressive votes by adopting some of our demands like the ban on fracking, the millionaire’s tax, the $15 minimum wage, paid family leave. Well, we moved policy, and we intend to do the same thing this time.”

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