Andrew Cuomo Is a Unicorn-Killing Santa Imprisoner, According to New Astorino Ad

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It's looking like the war between Governor Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger, Rob Astorino, is going to be fought, for now at least, on the battleground of profoundly stupid ads. Following a Democratic ad razzing Astorino for being a Dolphins fan, Astorino has fired back with one accusing Cuomo of being a "unicorn killer" and someone who locks up Santa in the chimney.

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Republican Rob Astorino Is Really Mad Democratic Ad Edited His Son Out of Photo

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The unaltered photo, right, and the version used in the Erie County Dems' ad, left.
Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo defeated primary challenger Zephyr Teachout by a narrower-than-expected margin. And now that the circus that was the Democratic primary is over, we can move on to the bigger and more exhausting circus that is the general election. On November 4, Cuomo will face off against Republican Rob Astorino, who's already accusing the governor, and Democrats in general, of dirty pool. Capital New York reported yesterday that Astorino and Co. are furious about an ad, paid for by the Erie County Democratic Party, that mocks the Republican for being a fan of the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills' biggest rivals. It uses an Astorino family photo of the man wearing a bright blue Dolphins shirt. In the original photo, though, Astorino's son, Sean, stood in front of his father; the ad edited the boy out of the picture.

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Andrew Cuomo Wins Democratic Primary, Defeating Challenger Zephyr Teachout [Updated]

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Andrew Cuomo voting at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco this morning.
In a tighter-than-expected race, Governor Andrew Cuomo has defeated his long-shot Democratic primary challenger Zephyr Teachout. With 41 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press is declaring the governor the victor. His pick for lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, has also defeated Teachout's running mate, Tim Wu. Although the results are still coming in, Teachout and Wu did far better than expected; Teachout looks to have pulled around 35.5 percent of the vote to Cuomo's 60. Wu did slightly better, 39 percent to Hochul's 60. The third gubernatorial candidate in the running, comedian Randy Credico, came away with about 4 percent of the vote.

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Confusing Mailers Almost Make It Look Like the New Yorker and the Times Endorsed Cuomo

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It's Primary Day, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has emerged at long last from hibernation. The governor is facing off in today's Democratic primaries against Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham law professor who, though she has a very slim chance at victory, has still given Cuomo a surprisingly uncomfortable few months. In the last week, the governor has finally begun actively campaigning, appearing in the last couple days at a rally in Times Square and at the Labor Day parade with Kathy Hochul, his pick for lieutenant governor, where they awkwardly tried to avoid making eye contact with Teachout or her running mate, Tim Wu, who were cheerily and persistently trying to introduce themselves, even as one of the governor's aides threw himself in their path, human shield-style. (After a video of the incident was widely circulated, Cuomo told a group of reporters the incident had been misinterpreted: "I never saw her.")

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Zephyr Teachout Debated an Empty Chair on NY1

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There was a debate in the governor's race scheduled last night, but, as expected, only one candidate showed up. Zephyr Teachout, who's challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary on September 9, has repeatedly asked Cuomo to debate her. The response, she's said, has been "total silence." New York 1 got the same answer when Inside City Hall host Errol Louis asked the governor to participate in a debate. So last night, Teachout went on NY1 and, rather cheerily, argued with an absent Cuomo, whom she likened at one point to Ronald Reagan.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo Is Still Ignoring Challenger Zephyr Teachout's Requests for a Debate

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With 11 days to go until the Democratic primary election, it looks pretty unlikely that Governor Andrew Cuomo will ever debate Zephyr Teachout, his main challenger, despite many requests from her, and even an online petition circulated by her campaign. Cuomo missed New York 1's August 28 deadline to respond to an invitation for a debate on September 2.

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Democratic Challenger Zephyr Teachout to Andrew Cuomo: "Game On"

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Teachout talks to her supporters outside the trial last week.
"I feel great," Zephyr Teachout said, actually seeming to mean it. "It's not fun to have anybody staring you down, and trying to knock you off your game. But all this has done is proved that I am a New Yorker."

It was Monday morning, a few hours before Teachout, the Democratic longshot candidate challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in the gubernatorial primary, would find out if the Cuomo's effort to have her knocked off the ballot had been successful. In late July, two college students affiliated with the Cuomo campaign had filed legal challenges to Teachout's candidacy, arguing she hadn't lived in New York the requisite five years required to run. After a two-day trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Judge Edgar G. Walker was going to issue his decision at 2 p.m. In a greasy spoon diner near her campaign headquarters, working her way through a fruit smoothie and a plate of eggs over easy, Teachout was showing no signs of strain.

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Democratic Candidate Zephyr Teachout Calls Cuomo's Residency Challenge To Her Campaign "Baseless"

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Teachout, in blue, with supporters at a rally before her court appearance.
There's still some debate about how long one must live here before they're considered a true New Yorker: Ten years? Twenty? But for the purposes of running for governor of the state, it's clear: You have to have lived here for five years. It's on those grounds that Governor Andrew Cuomo's campaign is mounting a legal challenge to try and knock his Democratic challenger, Zephyr Teachout, off the ballot. In Brooklyn State Supreme Court this morning, at the start of a trial expected to last several days, Cuomo's lawyers got Teachout to admit she'd used her parents' address in Vermont as her permanent address on her tax filings for the entire time she's lived in New York.


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Democratic Challenger Zephyr Teachout Wants Cuomo to "Resign Immediately" After Allegations of Meddling In Corruption Panel

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As far as Albany skulduggery goes, this one is almost too on-the-nose: a New York Times investigation out today alleges that Governor Andrew Cuomo's office interfered with an anti-corruption commission, making sure it was unable to investigate any alleged corruption emanating from people or groups with close ties to the governor.

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Cuomo's Push for Minimum Wage Hike is a Good Start, But it's Not Quite Enough, Critics Say

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Low-wage workers and advocates took New York City by storm at the close of last year with mass demonstrations across the city for better wages and work-place conditions.

Thus, one might assume that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call for a $1.50 minimum wage increase during his annual State of the State address would signal a great victory for those advocating for higher worker wages.

But it turns out that while advocates for wage increases are happy to see the governor put his stamp of approval on a potential wage-hike, many also contend that a $8.75/hour minimum wage still isn't enough for workers and their families to survive.

"Is $8.75 sufficient? Of course not , but it's a huge step in the right direction." James Parrott, chief economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute, tells the Voice. "I think people see that this is the year that this will happened in New York State. This is not going to be the end of it. This is not going to be sufficient."

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