Gubernatorial candidates campaigned Thursday, with Governor Andrew Cuomo holding a press conference in Gotham and Rob Astorino speaking with the press following a speech to the New York State Business Council at a conference on Lake George.
Cuomo held a press conference to announce a “women’s equality pledge.” Cuomo, and running mate Kathy Hochul have created a “Women’s Equality Party” ballot line for November, and they’re now pushing for all candidates for state office to sign a pledge in support of their “women’s equality agenda.” Among the other topics was Astorino’s recent ad labeling Cuomo a “unicorn killer.” What follows is the Q&A portion of their press conference in midtown Manhattan. They were joined by former council speaker Christine Quinn.
Astorino addressed the New York State Business Council at it’s annual conference Thursday night, held in Bolton Landing on Lake George. The Business Council should be friendly territory for Republican Astorino, but the group is poised to endorse Andrew Cuomo on Friday. Astorino challenged the Council and the business community as complicit in New York’s economic shortcomings, and much of the questioning centers on his speech and the audience reaction. Other topics included whether the Cuomo campaign has responded concerning candidate debates and Astorino’s take on Cuomo’s unicorn comments.
Yes, the Unicorn wars. Rob Astorino released an ad Wednesday labeling Andrew Cuomo as a “Unicorn killer.” Governor Cuomo was asked about the ad at an afternoon press conference today in Manhattan. I asked Rob Astorino about the governor’s response tonight at the New York State Business Council conference in Bolton Landing.
Their full press Q&As are here.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino attacked Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the Moreland Commission To Investigate Public Corruption, asserting that “I believe Governor Cuomo committed a crime.” According to Astorino, Governor Cuomo’s apparent failure to pass along evidence of wrongdoing to appropriate law enforcement authorities violated section 63(8) of the Executive Law. Astorino called for a special prosecutor to investigate the matter, although he was vague on some of the details around a special prosecutor.
Here is Astorino’s full press conference, which begins with his statement that “I believe Governor Cuomo committed a crime.”
Update – Signholders:
Some silent signholders appeared this morning, holding anti-Astorino posters and attempting to avoid having their identity revealed. On July 22nd, a similar group appeared at a joint Astorino/Zephyr Teachout press conference, holding signs and doing a little weak heckling. On July 25th, Colin Campbell and Hunter Walker of Business Insider followed a similar group after a Zephyr Teachout press conference, reporting on their
apparent ties to the Cuomo campaign. At today’s press conference, the signholders stood well back before the press conference, walking away when I approached them. The group then stood silently during the press conference, with lowering their signs a couple of inches more as their only response when asked where they’re from.
It’s an odd effort; not really disruptive or distracting to the candidates they’re shadowing, their farcical attempts at subterfuge reflect poorly on their apparent patron.
Former Congressman Bob Turner hosted Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and Republican comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci this afternoon for a press conference at Turner’s home in Breezy Point. Astorino focused on a favored theme: that Governor Andrew Cuomo has wrongfully used approximately $40 million of Hurricane Sandy relief funding for thinly disguised political ads promoting Cuomo.
Turner, elected to replace Anthony Weiner, was winding down his one term in Congress when Sandy struck. More than 100 homes, including Turner’s, were destroyed by a fire that raged through Breezy Point as Sandy’s storm surge struck. The homes behind Astorino, Antonacci and Turner are newly rebuilt, replacing some of the homes destroyed by that fire.
During the Q&A portion of the press conference (which begins at about 4:00) I asked Astorino questions about other Sandy-related topics, including his view of the overall response to Sandy by New York State government and whether he would do anything differently concerning the NYS Department of Financial Services and it’s regulation of insurance companies, which he would control as governor. Astorino appeared unwilling, or unable, to move on to other Sandy-related topics, staying focused on Governor Cuomo’s use of federal relief money for TV advertising. The Q&A began with my question of why Astorino’s fellow Republicans, in the state senate, have permitted Cuomo’s use of Sandy money as condemned by Astorino.
Note: Astorino held a separate press conference this morning, with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout, available here.
In an unusual joint news conference today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout denounced Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “corruption”. Emphasizing their many political and policy differences, the two aspiring political opponents of Governor Cuomo attacked a variety of Cuomo’s actions and his opaque political methods.
The news conference also featured a group, presumably pro-Cuomo, holding signs and heckling both candidates. As you’ll see, during the Q&A the group moved from behind the press, and facing the candidates, to just off to the side of the candidates. They refused to answer when asked who they were and where they’re from.
Among the question topics were what more Governor Cuomo should have done before disbanding the Moreland Commission on public corruption, how Astorino feels about NJ Governor, and chair of the Republican Governors Association, Chris Christie “writing you off”, whether they believe Christie and Cuomo have an “arrangement” concerning Christie’s lack of support for Astorino, what “assurances” of support Christie gave to Astorino when they met, how this joint press conference came to be, how many debates they hope to have and Astorino’s take on Christie campaigning in New Hampshire but not New York. Here is their joint press Q&A:
Rob Astorino, Republican gubernatorial candidate, visited the Rockaway Republican Club Monday night.
Friendly Candidate, Frightening Message:
Astorino is a polished candidate with a friendly mien. His message, however, is decidedly more dour than his person:
We asked Astorino about some post-Sandy recovery issues:
Here is Astorino’s full presentation, including audience Q&A: