Governor to Face Democratic Primary Challenge from Progressive Candidate

Last Monday, Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout and Columbia Law professor Tim Wu announced their candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor and lieutenant governor, challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his running mate, Kathy Hochul. The two characterized themselves as “progressive Democrats.”

Teachout said that she plans to collect the 15,000 petition signatures needed to challenge Gov. Cuomo for the Democratic Party nomination at a Sept. 9 primary.  She unsuccessfully sought the Working Families Party nomination to run for Governor at the party’s convention last month.

Teachout criticized Gov. Cuomo for failing to address the growing inequality crisis by cutting the millionaires’ tax, and trying to pay for the tax cut by proposing the largest cut to education in New York state history.  She said that the Governor is focused on his own ambitions and the interests of wealthy donors.  (Watch video of her announcement here.)

Serino to Challenge Gipson in 41st S.D.

In the race for the Hudson Valley’s 41st Senate District, Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik has dropped out of the race, leaving only Dutchess County Legislator Susan Serino to challenge freshman Democrat Terry Gipson.  Gipson is a top target of the GOP this November.  He won the seat in a three-way race in 2012 with just over 43% of the vote.

Serino owns a real estate firm, and previously served on the Hyde Park Town Board. Her priorities include reducing taxes, improving the economic climate to enable job creation, and ending the state’s use of the ‘Common Core’ education standards.

The 41st S.D. includes most of Dutchess County and about half of Putman County.