An experimental public campaign finance system for the state Comptroller’s race has fizzled, after the lone candidate who applied for the program failed to meet the minimum threshold to obtain the public monies.
The pilot public campaign financing program, limited to just the state Comptroller’s race as part of a state budget deal.
It was widely condemned at the time by reform groups as fatally flawed. Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group called it “cynical.”
The race for Attorney General is the closest of all the statewide contests. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he wants another four years to continue what he says have been numerous successes, while his opponent, John Cahill says the incumbent has not been aggressive enough and too cozy with the political establishment in Albany.
The November 4 ballot includes an amendment to borrow $2 billion dollars to buy new technology for school children, like iPads and other tablets. Fiscal watchdogs are against it, and the education community has been lukewarm. But with one week left to go before voting day, Governor Cuomo who came up with the idea, has finally started to push for it.
Governor Cuomo defended his decision to quarantine travelers and health care workers returning from West Africa through New York City area airports if they’ve been in contact with Ebola patients. Cuomo’s faced intense criticism since the policy was announced over the weekend, but he says he’s doing what he thinks is necessary to keep the public calm and safe.
During Wednesday’s only gubernatorial debate, Governor Cuomo said that the long awaited health review on potential dangers of hydrofracking will be completed by the end of the year.
Cuomo, answering a question on whether fracking, which is on hold in New York, will begin in the next four years if he’s re elected, says an over two year old health review will be concluded by the end of the year, though not before Election Day. He says he’s told experts at his Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation to “give me a report.”