Yes, the Unicorn wars. Rob Astorino released an ad Wednesday labeling Andrew Cuomo as a “Unicorn killer.” Governor Cuomo was asked about the ad at an afternoon press conference today in Manhattan. I asked Rob Astorino about the governor’s response tonight at the New York State Business Council conference in Bolton Landing.
Defeated Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout discussed the November elections, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Senate this afternoon, charging ahead in electoral politics despite the end of her own candidacy. She spoke just before appearing at a rally near City Hall calling for continued net neutrality opposing the proposed merger of cable giants Comcast and Time Warner.
Update – Book Discussion:
Teachout also discussed her forthcoming book, Corruption In America:
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio ate their way up Mulberry Street this afternoon, marching in the annual San Gennaro Festival parade. Held in Manhattan’s Little Italy, the parade moves through a narrow street lined with with food booths offering an array of treats. Sandwiches, rice balls, cannoli and more fueled the governor and the mayor as they moved through a packed, friendly crowd.
Governor Cuomo spoke briefly with the press after the parade. (Mayor de Blasio did not.) The session lasted barely two minutes, with two non-parade questions. Cuomo gave a “yes”, but without any commitment on when/where etc., on whether he will debate Republican Rob Astorino, and a non-answer on whether he wants Zephyr Teachout’s endorsement and what he’ll do to get it. He spoke at greater length about the parade, both today’s march and his family’s attachment to the parade.
Update – Leave the Picture, Take the Cannoli:
Here’s a look at the governor and mayor’s culinary experience Saturday:
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Friday afternoon visit to a middle school after school program included being serenaded, freestyle. The mayor, joined by his wife Chirlane McCray and several City officials, visited Gramercy Park’s M.S. 255 to promote the lesser publicized part of his universal pre-K/middle school after school program initiative and urge parents and students to enroll.
Press questions were primarily “off topic,” with on topic questions covering the enrollment statistics and remaining available seats and whether legislative changes to the common core state standards will be an improvement for students, teachers and parents. Off topic questions included city enforcement efforts around Airbnb and Airbnb’s hiring of de Blasio’s campaign manager, why a proposed ban on carriage horses has taken far longer than initially promised by the mayor, Tim Wu’s comments on the mayor’s central role on defeating Wu and Zephyr Teachout in Tuesday’s primary, revised statistics on NYPD chokehold incidents, charter school co-locations, the mayor’s lack of a federal security clearance and resulting inability to receive classified information, school bus drivers movement toward a strike, his relationship with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and his efforts to help elect a Democratic majority in the state senate.
Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to conduct, together with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a review of the Port Authority’s security procedures. Cuomo announced his planned review this afternoon during a speech at the World Trade Center site, and then discussed it briefly afterwards.
Here’s what Cuomo had to say in a brief post-speech discussion. The discussion began with a question (from Zack Fink of NY1) of what Cuomo expects to do in his joint effort with Christie:
Update – Speech:
After leading a 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride from the West 43rd Street quarters of FDNY’s Rescue Company to the World Trade Center, Governor Cuomo spoke at a commemoration ceremony. With the World Trade Center behind him, Cuomo spoke about the site itself and the accelerated construction there, as well as current security threats and dangers. He also announced a planned review, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, of the Port Authority’s security procedures. Here is his full speech:
Update #2 – P.O. Huczko:
As Governor Cuomo mingled with the crowd, shaking hands and posing for pictures after his speech, he encountered newly graduated Port Authority Police Officer Liam Huczko. Huczko, who just joined the department after graduating from the Port Authority police academy, is the son of Stephen Huczko, a Port Authority police officer lost on 9/11. It was a memorable moment, with loss, hope and potential combined in a few seconds.
Tuesday brought the Democratic primaries for governor and lieutenant governor to a close. Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, defeated by Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul, hosted their supporters at an election night party in Hell’s Kitchen.
We spoke with each them after their speeches.
I began by asking Teachout whether she had spoken with Andrew Cuomo and whether she plans to endorse or support him in the general election.
I began by asking Wu for any overriding or impression from the campaign, as well as any disappointments. I also asked whether he had called Kathy Hochul to concede.
Update – Teachout Speech:
Here is Zephyr Teachout’s full speech.
Update #2 – Wu Speech:
Here is Tim Wu’s full speech.
Governor Andrew Cuomo brought his brief primary campaign to a close today, voting near his home in New Castle. Together with Sandra Lee, he appeared at his designated polling place midmorning. There were few other voters around, five anti-fracking protestors standing in the parking lot being the only noticeable activity.
Update #2 – Election Night Plans:
Governor Cuomo on his election night plans:
Update – Anti-fracking Protestors:
Anti-fracking protestors are a regular element of events for Governor Cuomo. Here’s a look at how the Governor and the protestors did today.
After voting, Cuomo spoke with the press for just under ten minutes. He began with a brief statement urging people to vote, saying that there are “a lot of important issues on the ballot” and asserting that “[t]his is a very difficult time. Not just in this state … [but also] internationally.” Question topics included where he will be tonight after the polls close, how the “passion” of Zephyr Teachout’s supporters may affect the outcome and what he said to the anti-fracking protestors outside as he arrived. Here’s his full press availability:
For the third time in three days Governor Andrew Cuomo made a campaign appearance and spoke briefly with the press. Today he attended a GOTV rally held by the Hotel Trades Council at it’s midtown headquarters, joined by Kathy Hochul, his designated candidate for lieutenant governor, and Adriano Espaillat, a state senator endorsed by the HTC in his reelection campaign. Cuomo has attended few, if any, campaign events since the State Democratic Party convention in May. After marching in Saturday’s Labor Day Parade he attended a Flushing rally in support State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and yesterday he attended a Bronx rally in support of State Senator Jeff Klein.
Update – Cuomo Speech:
In his third, and penultimate, primary campaign speech Governor Cuomo gave a barnburner, rousing his audience with calls of economic growth, defeating Albany dysfunction, women’s rights, encouraging immigration and more. Here’s his full speech:
Accompanied by Kathy Hochul and Adriano Espaillat, Governor Cuomo spoke with the press immediately following the rally. After a light hearted beginning, question topics included his expectations concerning Kathy Hochul’s separate primary, where he expects votes to come from, his “position” in the John Liu/Tony Avella senate primary, reports of pressure from Cuomo’s staff and allies on Democrats to refrain from endorsing Zephyr Teachout, Teachout’s comment that her qualifications include “not under federal investigation”, whether Teachout is qualified to be governor, whether votes for Teachout are an anti-Cuomo protest, his encounter with Teachout at the Labor Day Parade and Tim Wu’s related comment that Cuomo “failed a basic test of decency and civility”. Kathy Hochul was asked about her recent statement that the Moreland Commission deserves credit for its accomplishments and her statement condemning NFL player Ray Rice. As he exited and headed for a campaign appearance in Buffalo, Cuomo was asked about his election night plans. That appeared to squelch a “shuffling off to Buffalo” departure line.
Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a strong speech in support of State Senator Jeff Klein this afternoon, joining a GOTV rally in the Bronx. Klein, leader of the breakaway “Independent Democratic Conference” which controls the state senate in cooperation with the Republican minority, faces Oliver Koppell in a Democratic primary on Tuesday.
Post-rally Press Conference:
Cuomo, joined by his lieutenant governor running mate Kathy Hochul and Klein, spoke with the press following the rally. After a statement touting Hochul and Klein’s candidacies, he answered press questions. Topics included his encounter with Zephyr Teachout at the Labor Day Parade Saturday, Hochul’s candidacy, his engagement with the IDC and Republicans, whether he’s “advanced progressive ideals” and his “ethics agenda”. The press conference concluded with an attempt to ask Hochul about being referred to during the rally as a “young lady.”
Update – Speech Highlights:
Speakers included Governor Cuomo, Hochul, Assembly Member Jeff Dinowitz, Assembly Member and Bronx County Democratic Chair Carl Heastie, Bronx Borough President Reben Diaz Jr and Klein.
As you’ll see in our highlight reel, the speeches displayed much of what Team Cuomo has going for it; four years in office with some significant legislative accomplishments, nearly universal support from elected Democrats and their political organizations, enormous amounts of state money spent over the past four years which, whether well spent or not produces support from recipients, and a powerful speaker at the top of the ticket. There’s humor, a few exaggerations and basic politicking mixed with some contortions around the fact that Klein and his IDC have kept the Senate Republicans in shared power and the fact that governor has embraced many of those same Republicans. Among the contortions, Dinowitz’s statement that “Jeff Klein has never supported a Republican. Not once, not ever, not one itty bitty time.” Klein ran on the Republican line in 2012, getting 15,000 of his 80,000 votes on that line.
This afternoon Governor Andrew Cuomo campaigned and held a press conference. Accompanied by Kathy Hochul, his designated candidate for lieutenant governor, Cuomo spoke at a Flushing rally held in support of State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky,
Immediately after the rally Cuomo spoke with press, beginning with short statements in support of Stavisky and Hochul. (Under New York election law, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, even if they’re informally allied as Cuomo and Hochul are, run in separate primaries.) The press conference was brief, running about six minutes in total, but included some interesting questions and answers.
When asked why he is not doing many campaign events (despite having a primary on Tuesday Governor Cuomo has done virtually no campaign events since the state party convention in May), Cuomo responded “I campaign by doing my job.” When asked how his “run in” with rival Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout was at this morning’s Labor Day parade, Cuomo replied “I didn’t get a chance to talk to her.” (Watch their encounter, in which Cuomo appears to assiduously avoid acknowledging her, here.) Cuomo spoke about why he offers few endorsements of political candidates, despite being the most powerful political figure in the state. He was also asked about his refusal to debate Teachout, and specifically about his recent comment that “I’ve been in many debates that I think were a disservice to democracy.”
Here is his full press conference.
Today’s Labor Day Parade featured many elected officials and candidates.
Teachout & Cuomo:
Among those attending, gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout. She tried to say hello to her opponent, Governor Andrew Cuomo, as the parade was about to begin. Here’s what happened:
Update – Cuomo Description:
Governor Cuomo was asked (by Newsday’s Matthew Chayes) about his parade “run in … with Teachout” at an afternoon press conference. Here’s how he described their encounter:
Watch his full press conference here.
Update #2 – Wu & Cuomo:
Lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu, allied with Zephyr Teachout, also went over to Governor Cuomo at the start of the parade. Here’s what happened, along with Wu’s post-encounter recap:
Update #3 – Cuomo Responses:
Governor Cuomo has held three press conferences since leaving the parade on Saturday morning, and he’s been asked about his Teachout encounter each time. We’ve included each of his responses in this updated edition of the parade video.
This evening Kathy Hochul continued a full day of campaigning with an Upper West Side subway stop appearance. Accompanied by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Congressman Jerry Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and State Senator Brad Hoylman, Hochul greeted commuters at the 96th & Broadway subway station.
Shortly after they got underway came a surprise, as Tim Wu appeared. Here’s what happened:
Update – Israel:
The candidates’ views on Israel have received attention recently. Yesterday Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and other elected officials, seemingly at the behest of Governor Cuomo, held a press conference to denounce what they see as insufficient support for Israel from Tim Wu and running mate Zephyr Teachout. In this clip Wu discusses his general views on Israel. (Wu is responding to a question from the New York Observer’s Will Bredderman). We spoke with Kathy Hochul about Israel this afternoon, available here.
Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul returned to the Upper West Side of Manhattan today, visiting the Goddard Riverside Senior Center. After speaking to a lunchtime crowd, she spoke with the press.
In the past 24 hours, Cuomo/Hochul supporters have heavily criticized Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu for their reluctance to discuss their views on Israel and the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I asked Hochul for her views on the United States’ diplomatic engagement in the region and whether she believes the Obama administration is handling the conflict correctly.
(Update – We spoke about Israel with Hochul’s opponent Tim Wu Friday evening, available here.)
Here’s her full Q&A, which began after a seemingly light-hearted pitch to start with a “tennis lob.”