Cuomo Or Paladino: NYers Vote For New Governor

NEW YORK (AP/WCBS 880/ CBS 2/1010 WINS) – The long, often nasty campaign to pick New York’s next governor in a time of fiscal and ethical crises ends Tuesday as Democrat Andrew Cuomo seeks the office his father once held and tea party Republican Carl Paladino hopes to pull off one more upset.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell with Paladino campaign manager Michael Caputo

WCBS 880’s interview with fmr. NYC Mayor Ed Koch

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell with Carl Paladino as he votes in Buffalo

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams with Andrew Cuomo voting in New Castle

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb with Andrew Cuomo in Queens on Monday

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell with Carl Paladino in Buffalo on Monday

Cuomo has coveted the office since he was a 20-something political wunderkind running his father Mario’s campaigns.

Paladino is trying to muster voter anger aimed at Albany and fueled by a recession to overcome a gaffe-prone campaign that saw him repeatedly knocked off message.

Cuomo has led all the way in the polls and in fundraising, often blanketing TV ads statewide that even Paladino, a millionaire Buffalo developer, couldn’t match.

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Andrew Cuomo votes in Mt. Kisco. Girlfriend Sandra Lee of Food Network fame and 12-year-old daughter Michaela at right. (Photo/Steve Sandberg)

Cuomo promises to clean up Albany’s ethics and end its overspending and to cap the growth in some of the nation’s highest taxes.

Paladino aims to cut taxes by 10 percent and spending by 20 percent and said he’d “take a baseball bat” to Albany.

“New York state government was the finest state government in the United States,” Cuomo told supporters at a rally in Cheektowaga, the heart of Paladino’s base. “This state passed programs that other states followed. This state passed legislation the federal government followed. We were not a national embarrassment, we were the nation’s leader.”

Paladino petitioned his way into the Sept. 14 Republican primary then won in a shocking landslide against the party leaders’ choice. He parlayed that into the Conservative endorsement, critical for Republicans running statewide, after that party’s leaders had passed him over.

Voters “look at us because we’re about change and they’ve had just about enough of this government,” Paladino said of Albany, where every statewide office and both chambers of the Legislature are controlled by Democrats.

“And Andrew is incapable of doing anything about it,” Paladino said outside the Capitol.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Susan B says:

    Paladino has anger management problems and like most people the Tea Party backed candidates will only make a bigger mess for this country and he does not belong in politics. The Republicans made this mess and everyone looking for a change back to them or to anyone from the Tea Party will be the cause of nothing getting done.

    1. Nick says:

      So you’re saying Cuomo is a Republican/Tea Partyer?

      Cuomo was in charge of HUD 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?

      But I bet if I drink the same Kool-Aide you’ve been drinking, I will be a dumbacrat too.

  2. Diane D says:

    Although I would like to see Paladino win, I don’t think he will. The media destroyed him. Every politician has made every kind of gaffes during campaigns, Carl is no different. The media put a spotlight on those gaffes, and repeatedly Paladino tried talking issues. (He is frequently quoted as saying “Let’s talk issues.”) and the media wouldn’t let him. Cuoimo is just another relative of a political family dynasty. I though we ended political family dynaties when Obama became president!

  3. jack meoff says:

    WHY DOESNY ANYBODY ASK CUOMO ABOUT HIS MAFIA CONNECTIONS

  4. Janet says:

    i find Cuomo totally repellent. Something about him is reptilian. He’ll win – and Heaven help NY! Something’s wrong with this guy….call it woman’s intuition, but the lines on his face reveal a guy that’s up to no good.

  5. Joe says:

    Nick
    That is the sleeper of this entire campaign. Most voters do not know this an Cuomo wants everyone to forget it

  6. Nick says:

    Why does the libturd media still 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?

    1. Nick says:

      LOL! These libturds are so transparent. This was the first post. But since it was FACTUAL and poked holes into their lies, they re-sorted it down to the bottom.

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