Pataki Administration Official to Run for Attorney General

Last week John Cahill, a former Pataki Administration official, took the first step toward mounting a challenge to incumbent Democratic State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Friends of Cahill has been created as an exploratory committee.

Cahill served as Gov. Pataki’s Chief of Staff, and as Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Schneiderman, a former state senator from Manhattan, is in his first term in the Attorney General’s office.

State Democratic Party Begins Running Anti-Astorino Ads

This week, the state Democratic Party released two ads attacking Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino on his ongoing fight with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Watch the ads here and here.

Astorino responded to the attack in a web video.

Koppell to Challenge Klein

Former state Attorney General, City Councilman and Assemblyman Oliver Koppell announced Monday that he will challenge Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein in a Democratic Primary.  Klein leads the Senate’s five-member Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), which has joined with the Republicans in the Senate Majority Coalition. 

Koppell faces an uphill battle.  Klein has already been endorsed by a number of Bronx elected officials, and he has $1.5 million on hand.

Former NYC Councilman to Challenge Senator Malcolm Smith

Former New York City Councilman Leroy Comrie, a Democrat, is reported to be preparing to challenge State Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) in a primary this September.  Smith, who served as Senate Majority Leader in 2009 and 2010, is scheduled to stand trial on federal corruption charges in June.  Mr. Comrie currently serves as Queens Deputy Borough President.

Town of New Paltz Supervisor to Challenge Assemblyman Kevin Cahill

On Tuesday, Democratic New Paltz Supervisor Sue Zimet announced that she is running for the 103rd Assembly seat, setting up a primary battle with long-time Democratic incumbent Kevin Cahill.

In her official campaign announcement video, Zimet highlights major issues facing the district’s residents including real property tax reform, fracking and the environment, state testing mandates and Albany’s culture of corruption.