<![CDATA[NBC New York - Politics]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com en-us Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:14:37 -0400 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:14:37 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cuomo Ripped Over Moreland in Debate]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:48:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/169*120/AP895082250901.jpg Gov. Cuomo took big hits from his gubernatorial challengers over the Moreland Commission scandal. See some of the highlights from Wednesday's debate.

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<![CDATA[Anthony Weiner: "My Political Career is Probably Over"]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:56:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/anthony+weiner+august+2.jpg

In an interview with Politico, Anthony Weiner said he is done with politics both in the nation’s capital and in New York City and that he “would have lost (his) marbles” if he had stayed in Congress after his son was born.

The former congressman and mayoral candidate told the political blog he has been keeping busy with business, media appearances and his son, Jordan. He said he has no plans to make another political comeback after the sexting scandals that forced him to resign from Congress in 2011 and derailed his campaign to be the Democratic candidate for New York City mayor in 2013. 

“I mean, realistically, my political career is probably over,” Weiner told Politico. “The only job I ever wanted more than Congress was mayor, and I don’t think that either of those two jobs are going to be available. So, no, it’s not like, ‘OK, how do I get back in?’ I’m not thinking that anymore. I think I kind of took my stab at that.”

Weiner has spent his time away from public service working as a political consultant and pundit. He's also setting up a hybrid restaurant/social service agency for at-risk youth in the Rockaways. He told Politico the time away from the limelight has also allowed him to spend more time with his son.

Weiner said he has already taken the 3-year-old to his first Mets game and has watched “The Lorax” with his son “about 291 times.” He said he thinks that if he hadn’t resigned in 2011, he would have eventually left Congress to be more involved in his son’s upbringing.

“I would have quit Congress to be home with Jordan, plain and simple. I would not be sitting around in Washington waiting for the Senate to come back into session to pass some (continuing resolution),” Weiner said. “I could not imagine it any other way. I would’ve lost my marbles.”

Weiner added that he’s a little nervous about the conversations he might have to have with his son in the future about "the birds and the bees" and his sexting scandals, but said he’s more focused on other fatherly concerns. He wouldn't say if he is messaging women again.

Weiner also refused to comment on whether his wife, Huma Abedin, would be involved in a potential presidential campaign for Hillary Clinton.

Abedin was the former First Lady's traveling chief of staff during her 2008 presidential run and served as a top aide while Clinton was Secretary of State.

<![CDATA[Rivals Debate in NH Senate Race]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:06:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2014-10-21-21h11m54s10.jpg

Scott Brown continued to hammer away at Democrat Jeanne Shaheen's record in Washington as the incumbent repeatedly accused her Republican opponent of fear mongering during a debate in New Hampshire's U.S. Senate race Tuesday.

Brown accused Shaheen of "outsourcing independence" by voting for policies backed by President Barack Obama. Shaheen, meanwhile, sought to distance herself from the president, who has low approval ratings in New Hampshire.

"In some ways I approve, in some ways I don't approve," of the president's decisions, Shaheen said when asked to answer "yes or no" if she approves of Obama's job in office.

The latest efforts to contain and prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States also became a hot topic, as Brown pushed for a travel ban from West Africa. Shaheen reiterated a comment from a day earlier that she would consider one if it would make a difference. That position was a reversal from last week, when she said she didn't think the idea "makes sense." 

The Democratic incumbent accused her rival of fear mongering on the Ebola virus, border security and the threat of terrorism posed by ISIS.

The two rivals remain locked in a close race as they headed into Tuesday's televised debate, which was hosted by New England Cable News, the Concord Monitor and the University of New Hampshire. A recent WMUR Granite State poll showed Shaheen leading her GOP challenger 44 percent to 38 percent among likely voters at the start of the month. Seventeen percent remained undecided.

The competitive race has attracted campaign cash and headlines from across the country, as one of several competitive seats Republicans are targeting in their bid to win control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

Chuck Todd, NBC's "Meet the Press" host, moderated the debate from the Capitol Center for the arts in Concord.

Shaheen said she was proud of her vote for the Obama's landmark heath care overhaul, the Affordable Care Act, while Brown insisted Granite Staters wanted to repeal Obamacare.

Sparks also flew on the topics of immigration and border security.

"The border is secure when people don't come across it," Brown said to the applause of supporters after Todd asked him to define a secure border.

Shaheen attacked Brown's record on abortion rights, which he says he supports; Brown, while senator for Massachusetts, supported the Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed any employer with moral objections to opt out of requiring to cover birth control in 2012.

When Brown said Shaheen was anti-nuclear as the subject of rising energy costs came up, she countered, "No, I'm not!"

Brown suggested repeatedly that Shaheen backs a new national energy tax, an assertion PolitiFact has deemed "mostly false."

In a final lightning round, Shaheen said her priority after being re-elected would be to refinance student loans; Brown said he would push the U.S. Senate to come up with a budget. Both declined to say they'd back their respective party heads in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, for another term in leadership. 

Barbs were also thrown after Brown defended his decision to run in New Hampshire this year instead of seeking to win back the Massachusetts seat he lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012 by saying he didn't run "because I live here." 

"I don't think New Hampshire is a consolation prize," Shaheen said.


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<![CDATA[Rival Gets Hands on Campaign Book]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:40:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/carl+demaio+scott+peters.JPG

A new bombshell dropped Friday in the race for California’s 52nd Congressional District when both candidates confirmed a Carl DeMaio campaign strategy book, allegedly stolen during an office break-in, found its way into the hands of incumbent Scott Peters’ staff.

It is the latest revelation in an already ugly race peppered with attack ads and sexual harassment allegations.

The two had a chilly meeting Friday morning at a taping of NBC 7’s Politically Speaking, as DeMaio walked right by Peters’ hand outstretched for a handshake.

During the session, DeMaio discussed the burglary and vandalism at his campaign headquarters on May 28. Cords and cables were cut, water was poured over laptops and printers, computer screens were smashed in and one important item was taken: DeMaio’s campaign playbook.

The candidate confronted Peters about the book on “Politically Speaking.”

“And Mr. Peters, I just want to ask a very simple question. Did your campaign come into possession of our strategy book, all of our direct mail pieces in the last five months?” asked DeMaio.

Peters responded with: “In early June, information was forwarded to our campaign which we immediately turned over to the police.”

DeMaio pressed the issue, asking Peters why he did not let his opponent’s campaign know that he had seen DeMaio’s playbook all along.

“I’ve obviously never seen it,” said Peters. “We turned it directly over to the police within 24 hours of getting it because what was contained in it was potentially part of a criminal investigation.”

He added his campaign manager “looked at it enough to know what it was.”

On Friday evening, Peters' Communication Director Alex Roth sent out the following statement about the revelation:

"To clarify, we do not know what a campaign playbook is; nor has our campaign ever received anything that could be characterized as 'a campaign playbook' as Mr. DeMaio called it. To reiterate, our campaign staff received information in early June that we immediately transmitted in its entirety to the police.This is nothing more than an attempt by Mr. DeMaio to divert attention away from the Filner-esque sexual harassment allegations that have been made against him.”

During the show's taping, Peters said he felt as if he had been cast as the perpetrator of the break-in, which was portrayed with Watergate-like overtones when it first happened.

DeMaio told his opponent he does not believe Peters had anything to do with the burglary.

Instead, he blames former aide Todd Bosnich.

Bosnich has publicly accused DeMaio of sexually harassing him while he worked for the former San Diego City Councilman, releasing the results of a polygraph test that he says support his claims.

Called the allegations “outrageous lies,” DeMaio said Bosnich is trying to get revenge for being fired as a suspect in the break-in.

However, the candidate said he will not take a polygraph exam to rebut Bosnich’s allegations.

CNN reports Bosnich's lawyers sent the news outlet the results to a second polygraph test Friday in which Bosnich was asked if he broke into the campaign headquarters last May. The test shows Bosnich's "no" answers were "truthful and found "no deception."

Bosnich confirmed the story to NBC 7 via text message.

DeMaio's spokesman David McCulloch defended the candidate, saying in a statement, "Both Carl DeMaio and Tommy Knepper — named in a series of vile smear attacks — have taken lie detector tests that have shown these smears are baseless. Meanwhile, Mr. Peters admitted on NBC7/39 this morning that his campaign received stolen property from our campaign — begging the question: who provided this sensitive campaign material?"  

McCulloch later clarified that statement that the lie detector test taken by DeMaio was one in August 2013 after a former colleague accused DeMaio of lewd acts in San Diego's City Hall.

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<![CDATA[Campaign Ad Featuring James Foley Pulled]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:58:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tlmd_james_foley_ejecucion_isis_syria.jpg

A conservative ad campaign that featured James Foley, the New Hampshire journalist slain by ISIS, moments before his execution, will be pulled, the group responsible for the ad said.

Secure America Now President Allen Roth said in a statement that his group didn't intend to upset Foley's family with the ad attacking Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and that they "apologize for any pain we inadvertently caused.“

“It has been brought to our attention that a news report image of American hostage James Foley that appeared in a Secure America Now video has upset his parents, so we have decided to take the video down," the statement continued. “The purpose of the video was to draw attention to Washington’s failure to secure our borders from real threats by terrorists. That remains our objective and we will continue to engage in this public debate.”

Foley, a Rochester native, was beheaded by Islamic State militants in August, nearly two years after he was kidnapped in Syria. His parents say the ad was "deplorable" and told NECN in an emotional interview that they were demanding that the ad be pulled from New Hampshire.

Secure America Now used the image in a 15-second Internet ad attacking Shaheen, who is locked in a tight race against Republican Scott Brown, and other Democratic incumbents in critical Senate races nationwide.

"It makes me very sad that people would use the brutality of our son's death for their own political purposes," Mrs. Foley said.

Shaheen issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon condemning the ad.

"This is a disgraceful ad that dishonors the memory of a respected journalist and New Hampshire native," she said. "It hurts all who loved and knew Jim, and the people behind this ad owe the Foley family and apology."

According to Elizabeth Guyton, communications director for Scott Brown, Brown said, "This is completely inappropriate and disrespectful to the Foley family.”

Roth says the group did not contact the Foley family before making the ad public.

Secure America Now emphasized that the Foley execution video and the image have been used in other campaigns across the country several different times.

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<![CDATA[NY Gov Candidates Talk Ebola]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:10:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cuomo+astorino1.jpg Ebola has become a hot potato in the New York governor’s race. As Gov. Cuomo convened a meeting to show how prepared New York state is, his Republican opponent accused him of putting political correctness ahead of the safety of New Yorkers. Melissa Russo reports.]]> <![CDATA[Some Voters Listed as 164 Years Old in NYC BOE Records]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:05:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000005147461_1200x675_346457667932.jpg More than 1,000 registered New York City voters are listed as 164 years old in Board of Elections records. Michael George has more on why some voters are listed this way.]]> <![CDATA[Astorino Challenges Supporters to Question Cuomo for Cash]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:25:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/astorino+cuomo+challenge.jpg Short on cash? Willing to ask politicians some tough questions? You may make $1,000. It’s the latest bizarre twist in the race for governor in New York. Government Affairs Reporter Melissa Russo explains]]> <![CDATA[Last Day to Register to Vote in New Jersey]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:23:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Voting-Sign-Generic-Ballot-1.jpg

With Election Day less than a month away, Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in New Jersey.

Information on where to register in person can be found here. Voter registration applications are also available online.

To register voters must be 18 years old by the Nov. 4 election and a resident of New Jersey for 30 days prior to the election. Voters must also be U.S. citizens and cannot be currently serving a sentence, probation or parole because of a felony conviction.

New Jersey voters this year will decide on a U.S. Senate race, two proposed constitutional amendments and a dozen congressional races.

<![CDATA[NH Lawmaker Calls Congresswoman "Ugly as Sin"]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:22:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Steve+Vaillancourt.jpg

Candidates for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District are speaking out after a state lawmaker described one of them as "ugly as sin."

The story has gained national attention and has both candidates denouncing the remarks. Republican state Representative Steven Vaillancourt wrote a blog post on Friday after he says he saw a poll that claimed more attractive candidates have the upper hand with voters.

In the blog, he wrote, "Does anyone not believe that Congressman Annie Kuster is as ugly as sin?"

Vaillancourt then compared her to a drag queen.

"Look, it's rude and offensive," Congresswoman Kuster said. "But I have a thick skin."

Kuster's Republican challenger, Marilinda Garcia, said the post was just plain mean.

"She doesn't deserve to be treated that way," Garcia said.

Congresswoman Kuster said Vaillancourt's comments reflect a broader issue with the Republican Party.

"I am more frustrated with the positions they stand for, and frankly, that leads to an environment where people say disrespectful things," Kuster said.

Garcia said she is frustrated that exactly three weeks before the election, the conversation has turned to this.

"Looks and appearance seem to supersede commentary and observation and the other things that are more important," Garcia said.

In Vaillancourt's blog, he called Garcia, "One of the most attractive women on the political scene anywhere."

Garcia, who has worked with Vaillancourt during her four terms as a state representative, said the comments are not surprising and she is not at all flattered.

"He certainly is an equal opportunity offender," Garcia said.

NECN tried to reach Vaillancourt for comment, but no one answered when crews knocked at his Manchester home. He later sent an email referring NECN to his latest blog entry, which was posted Monday evening. Vaillancourt answers reporters' questions about whether or not he stands by his statements, writing, "Stand by the fact that Ms. Garcia is better looking than Ms. Kuster? If the reporters themselves don't see that, then they should question their own abilities to function."

In that same blog, Vaillancourt makes it clear, none of this is about supporting his party affiliation. In fact, he went on to criticize Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

"Anyone who has followed what I've written (more than 500 posts this past year) knows that neither looks nor race nor sexual orientation nor sex matters a whit to me," Vaillancourt wrote.

As for the 2nd Congressional District Race, the most recent poll shows Kuster with a two point lead over Garcia.

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<![CDATA[Gubernatorial Politics at Columbus Day Parade]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:40:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/russo+astorino+parade.jpg Italian pride ruled Fifth Avenue on Monday at New York City’s Columbus Day Parade, and when there’s a parade in New York, we know politicians are often right there too -- that included Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who’s vying to defeat Cuomo next month. Both are Italian-American. Melissa Russo reports.]]> <![CDATA[Clinton Recommends Grandmotherhood]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:39:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tlmd_hillaryclinton7.jpg

Thousands waited hours in the sun to see Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday in South Florida.

Clinton was signing copies of her new book "Hard Choices" at Books & Books at 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables.

There, she spoke about her book and about becoming a grandmother just a few days ago, saying, "I highly recommend it!"

Earlier on Thursday, Clinton spoke at the Crew Network Convention & Marketplace at the Loews Hotel in Miami Beach.

Her message for the 1,200 professional women at the event was one of empowerment.

"You can't get tied into knots by what others say and think, because we all know women sometimes get judged by different criteria -- even powerful women in powerful positions," she said.

Karyl Argamasilla, with the Miami Crew chapter, said she took Clinton's message to heart.

"At the end of the day, she's someone who has broken all the glass ceilings," Argamasilla said.

At one point, a woman in the audience shouted out, "2016!" -- the only mention of a possible presidential run during Clinton's Miami stops. But those in attendance said they don't doubt she'll be joining the race.

"She's already been to Iowa," said Steve Sails. "She's running."

<![CDATA[CA Plastic Bag Ban Approved]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:23:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/Plastic+Bag+Ban+Store+Counter+copy.jpg

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags Tuesday.

The measure, first proposed by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles, would prohibit single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and large pharmacies in 2015 and at convenience stores in 2016.

It includes $2 million in loans to help manufacturers shift to producing reusable bags and lets grocers charge 10 cents each for paper and reusable bags.

The bill had sparked one of the most contentious debates in the last weeks of the legislative session, with aggressive lobbying by environmentalists and bag manufacturers.

Moments after Brown signed the measure, the American Progressive Bag Alliance called it a “back room deal between grocers and union bosses to scam California consumers out of billions of dollars without providing any public benefit – all under the guise of environmentalism.”

The group plans to launch a referendum effort for the November 2016 ballot to repeal the measure.

San Diegan Laura Quinn-Stalker had mixed feelings about the news.

“Although I reuse my plastic bags constantly and will miss that,” she posted to NBC 7’s Facebook page, “I think this is important to do.”

“Won't see a dime saved in my pocket. Now, I have to buy garbage bags,” Oxnard resident Wade Wilson posted.

For years, a statewide plastic bag ban has been an elusive goal for lawmakers trying to reduce the buildup of plastic waste in oceans and waterways that costs millions of dollars to cleanup.

About 100 local jurisdictions in California already have adopted similar bans, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[Mayoral Aide's Relationship With Convict Scrutinized]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:14:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/noerdlinger.jpg

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police union reacted Friday to a published report that the boyfriend of a senior adviser to the mayor is a convicted killer and interstate drug trafficker whose also ran over a New Jersey police officer while driving her car last year.

Chief of staff to first lady Chirlane McCray, Rachel Noerdlinger, has been in a relationship with Hassaun McFarlan since 2010 and the two have lived together for nearly two years, DNAInfo.com reported Thursday.

The 36-year-old McFarlan has been arrested at least five times, and was convicted in the fatal 1993 shooting of a teenager over a down jacket, the site said.

Two of the arrests occurred after McFarlan began dating Noerdlinger, a former aide to the Rev. Al Sharpton, according to the site. 

McFarlan also allegedly referred to police officers as "pigs" on his Facebook account.

Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said Noerdlinger should never have been hired to work in the de Blasio administration. 

"New York City police officers are not allowed to associate with known criminals," he said. "If we are, we get disciplined, and we should." 

Lynch added, "The hateful language he uses on websites toward police officers, what kind of guidance is this staff member giving the mayor and the first lady?"


On Friday, the mayor defended Noerdlinger, saying she was in no danger of losing her job and that it would be "ludicrous" to fire someone over statements made by their boyfriend.

"I have absolute faith in her," De Blasio said. "I know what I value and she values the same thing. We need a close relationship between police and communities."

City Hall spokeswoman Rebecca Katz said in a statement earlier, "No one at City Hall condones criminal behavior or disparagement of the NYPD, including Rachel. Rachel is her own person. She is a strong, independent woman who possesses a core set of values and beliefs that align with this administration. She is not going anywhere."

Noerdlinger's attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, said her work was in no way affected by her relationship with McFarlan.

"She doesn't share all of the opinions of Hassaun McFarlan and anyone who has ever had any contact with her knows Rachel to be an incredibly hard-working, kind, respectful professional." Lichtman said. "She stands on her own and always has."

Before working for the mayor's office, Noerdlinger worked with Sharpton's National Action Network for more than a decade.

Michael Hardy of the NAN said he fully supports Noerdlinger and McFarlan's relationship.

"He seems like a great guy, and more than that, what are we if we're not a nation of second chances and redemption?" he said. 

Follow Danielle Elias on Twitter @danielle4ny

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<![CDATA[Cuomo Easily Leads Governor's Race ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:59:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cuomo-new-split-astorino.jpg

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is still leading the race for governor handily, in a re-election race in which his Republican opponent Rob Astorino is increasingly seen as a conservative, a Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist Poll released Tuesday found.

Cuomo, who is running for a second term, is ahead of Astorino 54 percent to 29 percent among likely voters, while 9 percent chose the Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins.

In a state in which Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1, Astorino, the Westchester County executive, is considered a conservative among 40 percent of registered voters, up from the 27 percent who viewed him that way in July.

"Cuomo’s winning the battle to define Astorino on terms Cuomo would like," said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. Miringoff said he was "struck by the success of the Cuomo campaign in targeting and to some degree tarnishing Astorino as he’s getting better known."

A striking 57 percent of Astorino backers said they saw their vote for Astorino as a vote against Cuomo. By contrast, 74 percent of Cuomo’s backers said they would vote for the governor because they supported him.

The race is competitive upstate, where Cuomo has 42 percent of likely voters and Astorino, 39 percent.

But Cuomo holds a two-to-one lead in the suburbs, 56 percent to 27 percent. Seventy percent of voters in heavily Democratic New York City back Cuomo, compared to 15 percent for Astorino.

Cuomo also has the support of 27 percent of registered Republicans who have crossed party lines to back him, while only 11 percent of Democrats back Astorino.

The governor’s lead comes despite a 42-percent job approval rating among registered voters, his lowest since he took office and down from a high of 59 percent two years ago. Only 43 percent think the state is headed in the right direction, and 57 percent believe the state is still in a recession.

“There’s just a general grumpiness that voters have towards government, politicians and their job performance,” Miringoff said. “This is not unique to New York but we’re seeing it also in New York.”

But at the same time, Miringoff said, voters view Cuomo as a leader and believe that he cares about them and represents most regions of the state.

Fifty-five percent of likely voters view Cuomo favorably, compared to 33 percent for Astorino. By contrast, 39 percent have an unfavorable view of Cuomo, while 37 percent look unfavorably on Astorino.

Tuesday's poll is the first in the governor’s race that surveys likely voters as opposed to registered voters, and the first since Cuomo’s Democratic primary victory over a Zephyr Teachout, a little-known liberal challenger who nonetheless garnered about a third of the vote.

Any concerns that Cuomo might hit a rough patch following the primary are not showing up, Miringoff said.

“Astorino is having difficulty getting traction at this point,” Miringoff said.

Cuomo had already been leading Astorino by a wide margin. A poll last month found that although a majority of New Yorkers thought Cuomo’s staff behaved unethically toward a panel investigating corruption in government, he continued to lead Astorino, 54 to 23 percent, among registered voters.

The poll released Tuesday surveyed 958 registered voters from Sept. 17 through Sunday. There were 517 likely voters among them.

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<![CDATA[Cuomo, Teachout Prepare for Primary]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:18:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zephyr+teachout+sept+8.jpg Decision 2014 begins Tuesday in New York with the Democratic primary for governor. Gov. Cuomo critic and Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout’s long-shot campaign is threatening to disrupt what many believed to be an easy reelection for Cuomo. Government Affairs Reporter Melissa Russo reports.]]>