News Photographer Harry Scull Jr. has filed the following videos and photos of protesters gathering near the Hyatt on Pearl Street in advance of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's appearance at a fundraiser tonight.
Buffalo real estate developer Carl P. Paladino is acting very much like a candidate for governor once again.
The 2010 Republican opponent of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo bought local radio time today to encourage an anti-Cuomo protest at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo this evening during the governor's big Western New York fundraiser.
Paladino's ads encourage those who disagree with Cuomo's positions on gun control and casino gambling as well as his delay in approving or disapproving the hydraulic fracturing method of natural gas recovery in New York State to show up en masse at the Hyatt this evening.
The event is expected to draw several hundred Cuomo supporters and garner $300,000 to $400,000 for the governor's re-election effort, according to organizers.
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic candidate who's challenging Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, favored a single-payer health care plan before Congress passed Obamacare, and Reed is making an issue of it.
Days after a YouTube site called "Legal Insurrection" aired a compilation of years-old videos in which Martha Robertson endorsed a health system run entirely by the federal government, Reed on Monday said that's a stance that should worry voters.
"In my opinion, that's government-controlled, government-run health care, and I think that's the wrong policy for America," Reed told reporters on his weekly conference call. "It's problematic and it's something the voters should be aware of. If you put her position on single payer health care out to the American people as well as the voters of the 23rd congressional district, it would be resoundingly rejected."
The video shows Robertson saying that the American health care system "needs to be single payer." She also portrayed Obamacare as a path to a government-run health plan, saying: "We'll get to single payer soon."
Asked about those comments on Monday, Robertson said she now favors "fixing the Affordable Care Act" rather than replacing it with a single-payer plan.
"The American people want their government to solve problems and not to have the same arguments over and over again," said Robertson, who chairs the Tompkins County Legislature. "This is the law of the land. It's been in place for three years already with people getting insurance who haven't been able to get it before, people keeping insurance that they couldn't keep before, seniors paying less for their prescription drugs. That's already in place. Tom Reed would turn that back, would take that away from his neighbors."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, yes from the Garden State, has a higher favorability rating in New York than the Empire State’s own Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In the latest Siena College poll out this morning, Christie has a 63 percent favorability rating in New York compared to 61 percent for Cuomo.
Other numbers show continued problems but also some good news for Cuomo.
On the problem side, 56 percent give his job performance a negative rating, his worst since taking office in January 2011. Forty-four percent give him a positive rating. Upstate, the numbers are gloomy: 65 percent say they don’t like the job Cuomo is doing in office.
Fifty-one percent of New Yorkers say they would vote to re-elect Cuomo -– down from 62 percent last December -- with 41 percent saying they would like someone else in the governor’s office.
But New Yorkers, at least right now, aren’t impressed by the possible opponents Cuomo might face next year. The Siena poll shows Cuomo beating Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino by as much as 41 points.
As for the 2016 presidential election, more New Yorkers -– 47 percent to 42 percent –- would vote for Christie than Cuomo. But 56 percent said they would vote for Hillary Clinton, compared to the 40 percent of New Yorkers who would vote for Christie.
Paladino's vow to run for governor on the Conservative line if Republicans don't find an acceptable candidate has garnered attention beyond Western New York. The News' Bob McCarthy talks with Brian Meyer about the developer's comments:
The disagreement between the city and Brand-On Services over what the company owes under its contract to operate the Erie Basin Marina continues, and a deadline is looming.
Tomorrow is the deadline for Brand-On to pay its invoice with the city, for $343,245. The company, run by the Wolasz family, has disputed that amount, and said it only owes $27,412. A meeting last week between the parties did not resolve the matter.
A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.
Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.
Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.