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Photo Gallery: Gounardes At City Hall



State senate candidate Andrew Gounardes came to City Hall for a press conference Friday, drawing a substantial group of elected Democrats as he condemned Republican state Senator Marty Golden for paying his female staffers significantly less than his male staffers.  Gounardes is running against Golden in the general election.

Elected officials joining Gounardes included Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon, Council Member Margaret Chin, Senator Liz Krueger, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Council Member Carlina Rivera, Council Member Justin Brannan, fellow senate candidate Jessica Ramos and Council Member Mark Treyger.  There was limited press attendance, possibly due to the discovery that morning of a mail bomb in a West Side post office and a mayoral press conference in Queens.

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Photo Gallery: Johnson at the Met Club



New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson held a press conference calling for police action against members of the alt-right group “Proud Boys” for their actions following an appearance by Gavin McInnes, founder and leader of the “Proud Boys,” at the Metropolitan Republican Club.  After McInnes’ appearance fighting broke out on nearby streets, with video showing “Proud Boys” members beating protesters.  The Met Club’s clubhouse had been vandalized ahead of McInnes’ appearance, with a broken window and spray painted doors visible behind Johnson.  Johnson was joined by fellow Council members Ben Kallos, Keith Powers, Donovan Richards and Rory Lancman and Assembly members Rebecca Seawright and Dan Quart.

Republican state senate candidate Pete Holmberg was at the press conference, although not invited to join it.  Holmberg, a Met Club member who was present at McInnes’s appearance, had a seemingly conciliatory conversation with Johnson ahead of the press conference but the press conference ended with Holmberg, Johnson and Paxton Hart (also a member of the Met Club) shouting at each other as Johnson departed.

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Photo Gallery: Molinaro & Golden



Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro visited Senator Marty Golden’s campaign office in Bay Ridge today for a press conference focused on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State parole board.  Molinaro and Golden excoriated the parole board for its grant of parole to Herman Bell, convicted of the 1971 murders of two New York City police officers, and the possibility that the board may grant parole to Bell’s accomplice.

Molinaro and Golden accused Cuomo of complicity in the decision to grant Bell parole, asserting that Cuomo effectively controls the board. 

Golden is in a heated reelection campaign as Democrats dig to defeat a Republican incumbent in their effort to move the state senate to Democratic control.  Governor Cuomo made a parallel appearance last week, campaigning with Golden’s opponent Andrew Gounardes in Dyker Heights.

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Photo Gallery: Columbus Day Parade 2018



The Columbus Day Parade drew a large contingent of elected officials and candidates to Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Monday for the annual celebration of Italian heritage.  Headlining the group was Governor Andrew Cuomo, with his Republican opponent Marc Molinaro and frequent nemesis Mayor Bill de Blasio among the attending politicians.

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Molinaro & Diaz Sr.



Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro visited the Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr. Thursday, speaking at a meeting of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization at Diaz’s Bronx church.  Diaz, currently a member of the New York City Council and previously a member of the New York State Senate, is a Democrat but diverges from his party on many issues.

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Cuomo Campaigns for Gounardes



Governor Andrew Cuomo continued his campaign efforts in support Democratic state senate candidates, appearing in Dyker Heights with Andrew Gounardes.  Gounardes is running against Republican  incumbent Marty Golden, and the race is viewed as a significant opportunity for a Democratic pickup.

Cuomo and Gounardes spoke at a rally at the Stars and Stripes Democratic Club.

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Photo Gallery: Cuomo Post Primary Rally



Governor Andrew Cuomo marked his primary victory over Cynthia Nixon and the start of the general election campaign with a Midtown rally featuring a large group of Democratic elected officials and candidates.  Headlined by Cuomo and running mate Kathy Hochul, attendees included New York City’s three citywide elected officials, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate and attorney general candidate Tish James and Comptroller Scott Stringer,  as well as Council Speaker Corey Johnson.  House members attending included Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Hakeem Jeffries, Joe Crowley, Jose Serrano, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Yvette Clarke, Adriano Espaillat and Tom Suozzi.

Some of the successful challengers to state senate IDC members attended, including Alessandra Biaggi who defeated IDC leader Jeff Klein and Robert Jackson.  Notable candidates not spotted included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated Rep. Joe Crowley in the June primary, and incumbent NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.  Additionally, Cuomo’s and Hochul’s primary challengers Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams did not attend.

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Photo Gallery: Primary Night



Cynthia Nixon, Jumaane Williams and Zephyr Teachout brought their 2018 campaigns to a close with a shared primary night party in Flatbush.  They each lost their race by a wide margin but there was nonetheless a sense of celebration driven by their own belief in their campaigns and by the defeat that night of six of the eight state senate IDC Democrats, including IDC leader Jeff Klein.  Nixon, Williams and Teachout had endorsed and supported the IDC challengers and their statewide campaigns provided connective tissue for the separate and scattered IDC challengers.

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Photo Gallery: Cuomo In Flushing



Governor Andrew Cuomo held an unannounced rally in Flushing on primary eve, joined by eight Queens elected Democrats.  One of approximately a half dozen unannounced Cuomo appearances that day, the rally was “closed press,” but the Cuomo campaign relented and allowed press to enter and cover the rally.  Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and attorney general candidate Tish James also appeared at the rally, although after Governor Cuomo’s quick departure.

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Photo Gallery: McCray & Ramos



Chirlane McCray, wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio, joined state senate candidate Jessica Ramos at a Jackson Heights senior center.  McCray, who told me two days earlier that she intended to only endorse attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout in the 2018 primaries, joined her husband in supporting Ramos.  McCray said that while she had not “formally endorsed” Ramos she is “100% with her.”

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Photo Gallery: McCray for Teachout



Chirlane McCray, wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio, endorsed and appeared with attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout.  They appeared together at a Brooklyn subway station just before Teachout’s four-way primary.  Teachout is the first candidate endorsed by McCray in the 2018 Democratic primaries, and McCray said that she does not plan to endorse any other candidates in the primaries.

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