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

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Zephyr Teachout
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 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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Charlie Rangel Declares a Narrow Victory, But Adriano Espaillat Won't Concede

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Rangel in a 2012 campaign against homophobia.
After serving in the United States House of Representatives for an unbroken 43 years, 84-year-old Congressman Charlie Rangel has won yet another term, defeating Democratic primary challenger and New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, WNYC's election results show Rangel as the winner, with 47 percent of the vote to Espaillat's 43 percent, or roughly 1,800 votes. But Espaillat has refused to concede, saying there are still absentee ballots that need to be counted. There are, but that's probably not going to help him out much.

Espaillat, 59, previously challenged Rangel in 2012, who still managed to squeeze out a narrow victory, defeating the younger man by less than 1,100 votes. That was particularly impressive given that his 2010 censure by the House was still fairly fresh in voters' minds. Rangel was censured for failing to pay taxes on a villa in the Dominican Republic, and for hoarding four rent-stabilized apartments, one of which he illegally used as a campaign office. Espaillat challenged the election results for more than a week after the June 26 election in 2012 before eventually conceding defeat.

The other challengers in this year's race didn't fare particularly well, although Pastor Michael Walrond, who lives in New Jersey but has a church in Harlem, still garnered about 1,000 votes, enough to slightly tamper with Rangel's lead. Meanwhile, Bronx activist Yolanda Garcia, who mainly made news for claiming that someone in the Espaillat campaign had come to her house to threaten her in the middle of the night, won barely over 200 votes.

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Charles Hynes, Brooklyn D.A., Goes Negative in Effort to Resurrect Campaign

Call it the battle of questionable campaign aides. The campaign of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and that of Ken Thompson, the man who beat him in the democratic primary, are trading attacks around claims that each campaign used politically connected operatives with criminal records in their runs.

The 23-year incumbent Hynes lost to former federal prosecutor Thompson by 11 points what was the biggest upset of this year's primary election. Hynes still held the Republican and Conservative lines in the general election. After initially saying he'd step out gracefully, even personally telling Thompson that he would, he abruptly changed his mind and started campaigning.

He is slated to officially announce what an aide described as an "aggressive and enthusiastic" campaign Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, Thompson on Monday received an endorsement from Senator Charles Schumer, who lauded "Thompson's commitment to justice, unquestioned integrity and experience protecting the public."

Read on.

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Michael Reilly, Retired NYPD Lieutenant and Impressively Coherent Write-In Candidate for Mayor, Talks About the Job

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Mayoral write-in Mike Reilly
As the November 5 general election approaches, the major candidates are doing their usual two-step. Among the other lesser-known candidates, there is the write-in campaign for mayor of Mike Reilly, a retired NYPD lieutenant and member of Staten Island's school board.

We write about Reilly, a 40-year-old married father of three, because he's kind of a sensible voice of the outer-borough middle class--a group that the major candidates claim to champion, but often disappoint.

"The candidates refer to the middle class, but it's really the working class," Reilly says. "It's people working from check to check. The property tax bills and water bills are through the roof. And, unfortunately, they are not hearing us."

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An (Early) Handicapping of Some Possible Candidates for the Next NYPD Commissioner

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Democratic primary winner Bill de Blasio met last Wednesday with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly for what was probably a pretty interesting conversation. The meeting was scheduled for three hours, and said to be a primer on law enforcement issues that the next mayor may confront. (Republican primary winner Joseph Lhota was set to have his meeting this week.)

One wonders whether they discussed who the next police commissioner might be, which right now seems to be the most important decision the new mayor's going to make. After the jump, we present an incomplete list of the names being floated as possible successors to a guy with some big shoes--Kelly, the longest serving commissioner in NYPD history. We should note that it has been 23 years since an African-American held the top position in the department. No one of Hispanic descent, and no woman has ever run the department. Given the stop-and-frisk controversy, that has to be a consideration for the next mayor.

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Christine Quinn Won Four Percent of Votes in Majority-Black Neighborhoods

In East New York, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got 3.7 percent of the vote. In Brownsville, 3.3 percent. In South Jamaica, 3.2 percent. In Canarsie, 2.7 percent. In East Flatbush, 1.6 percent.

In all, four percent of voters in majority-black neighborhoods chose Quinn for mayor in Tuesday's Democratic primary, according to election data gathered by the New York Times. That was the fifth lowest total, behind even John Liu and Anthony Weiner. In neighborhoods that are three-quarters or more black--mostly in central Brooklyn and southeast Queens--Quinn took 2.7 percent of the vote.

Not a good look in a city that is more than a quarter black.

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Election Night At Brownsville's Betsy Head Park

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Betsy Head Park in the daytime.
The parents sat along the long green benches at Betsy Head Park in Brownsville, watching their sons' Pop Warner football practice. Some discussed the kids' game on Sunday--that fumble at the end of the second half changed everything! Some flipped through newspapers. Some munched on sour candy.

Then came a loud noise from the street. It was mumbled and static-y, as if from an AM station just out of range. Heads turned to see a black van with a speaker on the roof slowly cruising by.

Somethingsomethingsomething vote for suchandsuch! Somethingsomethingsomething vote for suchandsuch!

A woman in a white shirt turned toward the older lady next to her.

"If we could understand it, that would be nice," she said with a grin.

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Advocacy Group "Anybody But Quinn" Got Exactly What They Wanted

They wanted anybody but Quinn, and they got one. Possibly even two.

The Anybody But Quinn campaign celebrated election returns last night at Mustang Sally's at 28th Street and 7th Avenue. Culminating there in that nondescript midtown bar at the northern edge of Chelsea was a four-year campaign to make sure that, no matter what, Christine Quinn never became the city's chief executive. The group's alternative? Anyone. Really, anyone at all.

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De Blasio's Victory Spurred On By Early Embrace Of Deep Public Disaffection With Stop and Frisk

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Bill de Blasio's victory tonight in the Democratic mayoral primary caps a fairly startling turnabout in what was a most amusing and topsy-turvy race, a race which saw the sitting City Council Speaker Christine Quinn tumble from a large early lead to a fairly pedestrian third place finish. That de Blasio could win (apparently) with a run-off proof margin was even more startling.

With 95 percent of the vote counted, de Blasio had that magic, runoff-proof 40 percent of the vote, Bill Thompson, 26 percent, Christine Quinn, 15 percent, Comptroller John Liu, 7 percent and Anthony Weiner, 5.

In the early debates months ago, we recall de Blasio seeming kind of marginalized, almost an afterthought, the tall man perched at the edge of Quinn's mayorly glow, Thompson's quiet steadiness and Weiner's frenetic energy. (His first poll numbers stood at less than 10 percent.)

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