Democrats–including both David Paterson and Andrew Cuomo–are gathered today in Buffalo.
Republicans yesterday picked Ed Cox to be their state chairman at a convention that was part wound-licking, part forward-looking pep-rally.
Cox said the party is “alive and we are energized.”
Cox said Rudy Giuliani–who did not attend the convention–would make a great governor or senator, walking back a more candid comment about his preference that Giuliani try for the Senate.
Karla Giraldo will likely take the stand today in the domestic violence trial of State Senator Hiram Monserrate.
“You don’t commit domestic violence in a pitch-black room,” Monserrate’s lawyer Joseph Tacopina said, saying a bloody fingerprint on the light switch (and other physical evidence) doesn’t hurt his case.
Senator and DSCC chair Bob Menendez said that Chuck Schumer will “drive” voters toward Kirsten Gillibrand “no matter who’s on top of the ticket.”
“Quite frankly, all of these people shouldn’t be in the majority,” State Senator Jeff Klein told The Capitol. “I’d hate to have to be the judge, but they should really be in the minority. Because they’re really not ready to lead, they don’t understand how the legislative process works, that no matter who you are–majority leader, deputy majority leader–you have job to do. Go do it!”
Paterson called a special election to replace John McHugh for Nov. 3, sparking concern that military voters may be disenfranchised.
Greg Ball’s congressional campaign is in full swing–16 months before the election.
And below, David Paterson in Wyoming County announcing $1 million in funding for rail service: