Cuomo has big fi­nan­cial edge over Moli­naro

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By David Klepper

AL­BANY, N.Y. >> In New York state govern­ment news, Gov. An­drew Cuomo is head­ing into the fi­nal weeks be­fore the election with a huge fi­nan­cial ad­van­tage over Repub­li­can chal­lenger Marc Moli­naro.

Mean­while, there’s more dire pre­dic­tions about the fu­ture of New York City sub­ways and a new ef­fort to fight hep­ati­tis C gets off the ground.

Here’s a look at sto­ries mak­ing news:

GOP WARCHEST WOES: Cuomo, a Demo­crat, has more than 40 times more money to spend on his cam­paign than Moli­naro, the Dutchess County ex­ec­u­tive.

Ac­cord­ing to cam­paign fi­nance re­ports filed last week, Moli­naro has raised $448,000 since July and spent about $1.13 mil­lion. He now has $211,000 on hand. Cuomo’s bal­ance? $9.2 mil­lion. The tow­er­ing ad­van­tage means Cuomo will be able to over­whelm Moli­naro when it comes to crit­i­cal cam­paign ads in the fi­nal weeks of the race. Cuomo al­ready had the ad­van­tage of in­cum­bency — and party en­roll­ment. Reg­is­tered Democrats out­num­ber Repub­li­cans in New York by more than two-to- one.

The re­cent fil­ings also show that none of the three third-party can­di­dates ap­pear to be pick­ing up se­ri­ous fundrais­ing mo­men­tum. In­de­pen­dent can­di­date and for­mer Syra­cuse Mayor Stephanie Miner posted a bal­ance of $55,000. Green Party can­di­date Howie Hawkins has $31,000 and Lib­er­tar­ian Larry Sharpe has $24,000 on hand.

MTA MALAISE: Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s of­fice has a new re­port out with more dire pre­dic­tions about the fu­ture of New York City’s sub­ways.

The anal­y­sis con­cludes that the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity’s fi­nan­cial plan “en­tails con­sid­er­able risk.” The au­thor­ity will face a bud­get gap of $424 mil­lion in 2021 that grows to $634 mil­lion just a year later, ac­cord­ing to the re­view. And that’s af­ter new in­vest­ments by the city and state — and plans for fare and toll in­creases — are fac­tored in.

The au­thor­ity needs bil­lions of dol­lars more in com­ing years to re­pair, re­place and main­tain the ag­ing sys­tem.

DiNapoli, a Demo­crat, said it’s part of a broader “cri­sis” im­pact­ing all of the re­gion’s pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tems.

“Ser­vice has de­te­ri­o­rated on the city’s sub­ways and buses, the Long Is­land Rail­road and MetroNorth,” he said. “Sub­way rid­er­ship has fallen notwith­stand­ing

the largest job ex­pan­sion in New York City’s his­tory. De­spite an in­fu­sion of $836 mil­lion in state and city funds, there has been lit­tle im­prove­ment so far in sub­way ser­vice. Rid­ers are leav­ing the sys­tem in frus­tra­tion and de­serve bet­ter, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the pro­posed in­crease in fares.”

DiNapoli’s au­di­tors also looked at on-time per­for­mance by the sub­way and de­ter­mined it’s get­ting worse — a find­ing that won’t sur­prise many reg­u­lar rid­ers.

Week­day on-time per­for­mance fell from 87.7 per­cent in 2010 to 63.4 per­cent last year. That’s the low­est score since 1991.

Among the other in­ter­est­ing find­ings in the re­port: Al­most one-third of sub­way cars are 30 years old or older. Av­er­age bus and sub­way fares have risen 53 per­cent since 2007 — nearly three times faster than in­fla­tion.

HELP FOR HEP C: A new state ef­fort to erad­i­cate hep­ati­tis C is un­der­way.

Cuomo an­nounced last week that he has ap­pointed sev­eral physi­cians, pub­lic health of­fi­cials and com­mu­nity ad­vo­cates to a new task force cre­ated to ad­dress the disease, a sig­nif­i­cant cause of liver disease and liver fail­ure that the Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion call a “silent epi­demic.”

More than 200,000 New York­ers are be­lieved to have hep­ati­tis C; in many cases peo­ple have the disease but show no symp­toms un­til se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions ap­pear. Ex­perts say many baby boomers were ex­posed to the virus decades ago, while many new cases in younger peo­ple can be linked to the rise in opi­oid use.

The task force’s main goals are to study ways to im­prove pre­ven­tion, in­crease test­ing and ex­pand ac­cess to treat­ments and cures.

MARY ALTAFFER— AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS (AP PHOTO/)

In this file photo, New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo speaks to re­porters dur­ing a news con­fer­ence Sept. 14, 2018, in New York.

RICHARD DREW, —AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

In this file photo, Dutchess County Ex­ec­u­tiveMarc Moli­naro, Repub­li­can can­di­date for gov­er­nor, ac­knowl­edges del­e­gate’s ap­plause at the New York state Repub­li­can Con­ven­tion, in New York.

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