Cuomo 2014 Releases Policy Book

Last week, the Cuomo re-election campaign released a 245-page policy book titled Moving the New NY Forward. It outlines a series of issues he would seek to tackle in the next four years,

Much of what is included in the book has been previously announced. Highlights include a $500 million investment in broadband Internet access in rural upstate areas; creation of an infrastructure bank; using $500 million from the state’s surplus to further provide incentives to local governments to consolidate and share services; the Global NY initiative to promote overseas trade of state businesses and upgrading New York City-area.

Astorino Releases ‘Empowerment & Opportunity Plan’

Last week, GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino released his ‘Empowerment & Opportunity Plan,’ which emphasizes “empowerment, opportunity, self-reliance, personal responsibility and individual and government accountability.”

The plan’s highlights include:

  • Expanding school choice for parents with children in failing schools;
  • Approving the Education Investment Credit;
  • Creating well-paying job, career and entrepreneurial opportunities for all through “micro-Enterprise Zones” to attract retail and commercial services;
  • Stronger families, with fathers involved in their children’s lives
  • Transforming public assistance programs to promote employment; and
  • Criminal justice reforms to expand drug treatment and impose longer penalties for violent felony offenses involving firearms.

DiNapoli Ad Highlights Reforms in Comptroller’s Office

Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released a television ad this week that highlights the reforms DiNapoli instituted after he took office, including prohibiting lobbyists being involved in pension fund transactions, cracking down on wasteful public spending, and helping to prosecute corruption public officials.  DiNapoli became Comptroller in 2007 when he replaced Alan Hevesi, who was jailed in a pension corruption scandal.

Poll Shows Democratic Incumbents Leading

A Siena College poll released last week shows that the three Democratic incumbent statewide officials each have leads of at least 20 percentage points over their Republican challengers heading into the last two weeks of the campaign.

The poll found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo leads Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino 54%-33%, with Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins with 9% support. It has Attorney General Eric Schneiderman leading Republican John Cahill 55%-35%, and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli leading his GOP challenger Bob Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller, 58%-31%.