Siena Poll: Cuomo Opens Commanding Lead

Gubernatorial Candidates Release Plans To Fix Albany Mess

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — We’re four weeks away from Election Day.

With a new poll showing Democrat Andrew Cuomo opening a large lead over Republican Carl Paladino, both on Tuesday gave voters a taste of how they will deal with the Albany circus.

They weren’t in the same room, but at least they were in the same borough.

Paladino’s answer to New York’s dysfunctional Legislature is to deal with them with anger, bombast and threats.

“The people are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore. Legislators who won’t back reform will find themselves out of the Legislature unless they get on board,” Paladino said.

Paladino has a plan to give uncooperative lawmakers the old heave ho.

“I also have lobbyists to work over the Legislature. My lobbyists are called the people,” Paladino said.

And during an appearance at the Crain’s breakfast, where CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer was a panelist, Paladino demanded that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver be investigated for holding up bills that would hurt his law practice.

“The man is a criminal,” Paladino said.

The remarks came as a new poll by the Siena Research Institute had Cuomo beating Paladino 56 to 32, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9.

And, stunningly, 61 percent said they think Paladino is a loose cannon, a 20-point jump in two weeks. It is a jump at least partially attributed to a shouting match he got into with a New York Post reporter that got national attention.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports Paladino says he wants to tap into frustration, not anger

“They look to Albany and they see the chaos and the dysfunction and the corruption of their own state government,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said he also wants to fix Albany, and so with the support of reformer Ed Koch he released a 115-page agenda for cleaning up the state capital. It includes:

* Public financing of campaigns

* Full disclosure of lawmakers’ outside income

* And establishing an independent redistricting commission

But Paladino’s charge about Silver being a criminal brought a harsh condemnation from Cuomo supporter Koch.

“He’s not a criminal. It’s an outrage. Every public official should stand now, including those who support Paladino, and denounce him. He’s demeaning public office,” Koch said.

Still unresolved is whether the candidates will meet face to face is a debate. Paladino has accepted seven invitations, while Cuomo has accepted zero.

Meanwhile, Silver said he would not get “into the gutter with Mr. Paladino” or “dignify his comment with a response.”

  • Proud Agnostic

    Where are they polling?The upper west side?Grenwich Village?I’d rather see Paladino than the same old pack of trust fund brats!Hey andy ,still afraid to debate Paladino?

  • Sean Roche

    you call this journalism? are you on the Cuomo payroll? whose the writer? so lets see what news is. Paladino is angry and little Andy has a plan and was never at HUD?

  • Sean Roche

    I think it is funny you won’t post my comments

  • ttc

    i would rather see a show dog be elected as governor than that loon paladino.

    • Nick

      I would rather see a loon Paladino elected than the same old show rats.

  • Maddie

    Am I really supposed to be impressed with Andy’s agenda? Only now after being forced to present something to the public, he has an agenda.
    Mr. Paladino’s use of the word “criminal” was a poor choice, but we all know it’s a figure of speech-and in this case very close to the mark.
    I am tired of this state’s decline- on every level-especially where the working class is concerned.
    I want a change & I don’t see Cuomo as being the one to bring it.

  • Kim

    Paladino has vowed to take apart the MTA.

    Andrew thought this would be a walk in the park.

    I do not believe that Andrew is that far ahead in the polls.

    I am voting Paladino.

  • gerry williams

    Agreed. Cuomo sided with Wall Street Fat Cats at Oppenheimer over their railroaded clients still stuck in Auction Rate Securities.

  • Kat

    Cuomo is Evil and has used people for his own political Gain. Please say no to Cuomo.

  • DanTe

    Yeah, why does the libturd media continue to refuse to ask Cuomo what he was thinking of when he was in charge of HUD? You know, when HUD mandated that FNMA and FHLMC come up with some creative ways for people who can’t afford it to by a house. And once FNMA and FHLMC set up the ponzi scheme, banks were forced to “accommodate” it and sell it to the market. I believe this mortgage scheme thingie is what this current economic mess is all about? Or have you libturds conveniently forgotten that little event too? You really thought banks wanted to lend to deadbeats if they weren’t forced to do so?

  • BS Meter

    Where’s the media mention of Cuomo’s heading HUD? — in what precipitated the housing bust/mortgage collapse/Great Recession… somehow, we’re to believe an Albany insider that running on the WFP line (for crying out loud) is another one of these “reform” Democrats — that never seem to reform anything?

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