Republican County Executives Endorse Cuomo for Re-Election

This week, the Cuomo re-election campaign released two new ads, featuring endorsements by two Republican elected officials — Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

Business Council Endorses Cuomo, Cahill

Last week, the Business Council of New York State (BCNYS) endorsed Gov. Cuomo for re-election, citing his efforts to limit state spending, cap real property taxes and address rising energy costs.

BCNYS also endorsed Republican challenger John Cahill for state Attorney General, citing his desire to see the state move forward with natural gas exploration, reform the Scaffold Law and tort laws, and to provide reasonable oversight of the state’s crucial financial services industry.

Yesterday, the Business Council announced its legislative endorsements. The group endorsed 29 Assemblymembers and 27 Senators based on their performance on the Business Council’s legislative scorecard for the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions. The group will be making additional endorsements for open legislative seats in the near future.

Quinnipiac Poll: Cuomo 51%, Astorino 31%

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo leads his Republican opponent Rob Astorino by 20 percentage points, 51% to 31%.

In the race for attorney general, Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman leads Republican John Cahill 46%-34%. In the Comptroller’s race incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli leads his Republican challenger Bob Antonacci, 56%-28%.

Senate GOP Leader Endorses Grisanti

On Thursday, Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau County) said that he will support the re-election campaign of Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), who lost in the Republican primary to Kevin Stocker. Grisanti is actively campaigning for re-election on the Independence Party line.  Democrat Marc Panepinto and Conservative Timothy Gallagher are also in the race.