Miner, Moli­naro pounce; GOP leader says New York­ers should be ‘scared to death’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS - By David Klep­per

AL­BANY, N.Y. » In New York state govern­ment news, Stephanie Miner and Marc Moli­naro are wast­ing no time pounc­ing on Gov. Andrew Cuomo fol­low­ing his big win over Cyn­thia Nixon in the Demo­cratic pri­mary.

The two can­di­dates for gov­er­nor both blasted Cuomo for they said was his fail­ure to cur­tail govern­ment cor­rup­tion, the first of many at­tacks on the in­cum­bent now that the gov­er­nor’s race has en­tered the gen­eral elec­tion phase.

Mean­while, Repub­li­can state Se­nate Leader John Flana­gan says New York­ers should be “scared to death” af­ter lib­eral chal­lengers pre­vailed in sev­eral state Se­nate races.

Here’s a look at sto­ries mak­ing news:

Gen­eral (elec­tion) melee

Moli­naro, the Repub­li­can Dutchess County ex­ec­u­tive, launched what he’s call­ing the “Cuomo Cor­rup­tion Tour” in Man­hat­tan on Fri­day, the day af­ter Cuomo beat Nixon, a long­time po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist and for­mer star of the tele­vi­sion show “Sex and the City.”

Speak­ing to re­porters, Moli­naro cited the re­cent cor­rup­tion con­vic­tions of two for­mer top ad­vis­ers to Cuomo and said the gov­er­nor has failed to act on an ob­vi­ous prob­lem in Al­bany.

“Andrew Cuomo’s vic­tory in the Demo­cratic pri­mary was af­fir­ma­tion that New York’s govern­ment is bro­ken,” he said. “This gov­er­nor may not have bro­ken New York, but he has done noth­ing to fix it.”

Miner, mean­while, put out a state­ment im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing Cuomo’s pri­mary win that ticked off a num­ber of re­cent mis­fires in­volv­ing the gov­er­nor’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, in­clud­ing its de­ci­sion to speed up the open­ing of the fi­nal span of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Cuomo held an open­ing cer­e­mony for the struc­ture, only to have to post­pone the ac­tual open­ing af­ter en­gi­neers warned that pieces of the old Tap­pan Zee Bridge, now be­ing dis­man­tled, could fall onto mo­torists.

“Andrew Cuomo just spent at least $21 mil­lion to win the Demo­cratic pri­mary, enough to over­come his prob­lems with cor­rup­tion, ram­pant pay to play be­hav­ior, ex­ces­sive use of state air­craft, a rushed bridge open­ing, and a dirtytricks mailer about an op­po­nent,” Miner said.

Ex­pect Cuomo to mount a vig­or­ous de­fense — and to try to make the race about Don­ald Trump.

Also in the race are Green Party can­di­date Howie Hawkins and Lib­er­tar­ian Larry Sharpe.

“Scared to death”

That’s what most New York­ers should be af­ter lib­eral can­di­dates — in­clud­ing one so­cial­ist — pre­vailed in leg­isla­tive pri­maries, ac­cord­ing to Repub­li­can Se­nate Leader John Flana­gan.

The Long Is­land law­maker vowed to fight hard to keep Repub­li­cans in con­trol of the cham­ber, warn­ing that if Democrats take over they will raise taxes and fees, shift re­sources from up­state and Long Is­land to New York City and stunt eco­nomic growth.

Sev­eral Demo­cratic chal­lengers de­feated in­cum­bents in Thurs­day’s pri­mary, in­clud­ing Ju­lia Salazar, who bested Sen. Martin Di­lan in Brook­lyn. Flana­gan seized on Salazar’s sta­tus as a Demo­cratic So­cial­ist.

“The Demo­crat so­cial­ists are on the march, and if they are al­lowed to im­ple­ment their rad­i­cal agenda, New York will never be the same,” he said.

Com­ing up

The state Assem­bly’s Com­mit­tee on Tourism, Parks, Arts, and Sports De­vel­op­ment will hold a joint hear­ing with the Sub­com­mit­tee on Mu­se­ums and Cul­tural In­sti­tu­tions Sept. 26 in Man­hat­tan to dis­cuss the eco­nomic im­pact of arts and cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS RICHARD DREW

Repub­li­can New York gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date Marc Moli­naro holds a news con­fer­ence out­side the New York City Po­lice Depart­ment’s 17th Precinct, in New York, Wed­nes­day, Aug. 8, 2018.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS RICHARD DREW

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks as he holds his pri­mary elec­tion bal­lot at the Pres­by­te­rian Church of Mount Kisco, in Mount Kisco, N.Y., Thurs­day, Sept. 13, 2018.

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