Morning Read: ‘This Race Has a Long Way to Go’

(Photo: The still-existent Facebook page of “NYS Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr.”)

Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose public schedules typically redact anything more specific than a 100-mile radius of where he might be, has released additional information of what he’s been up to for the last five months. Here are some highlights. His public schedule for today is unavailable but might be provided sometime in 2013.

The New York Post wondered about former Senator Pedro Espada, “Is there anything these guys won’t steal?!” Prosecutors are alleging he’s continued to loot hundreds of thousands of dollars from the charity he’s already been convicted of steeling from.

District Leader Lincoln Restler is considering a fraud lawsuit to contest the results of his close reelection campaign. Absentee ballots are still being counted in race today.

While the 2013 mayoral candidates have repeatedly used lawsuits to take pieces out of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Quote a former deputy mayor, “[Y]ou learn something about the measure of a political leader — their integrity and their commitment to democratic principles — by those rare instances where they choose to go to court.”

Because we know you’re not done with Moshe Tischler‘s legal efforts against Assemblyman Dov Hikind: “ORDERED that the Petitioner is to remain off the ballot in the November 6th, 2012 General Election for the office of Member of Assembly in the 48th Assembly District on the Nachman Caller’s Community First party line.”

As two Republican senators who supported gay marriage face tight counts in their reelection bids last week, the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown is already taking a victory lap. “It was excellent. It was excellent,” he said last night on Inside City Hall as to how he perceived the results. “If you go back to the beginning of this, folks like Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo and a number of billionaires and millionaires here in the city claimed that these Republicans could vote for same sex marriage and there would be no effect.  … But none of that was true.” While on Capital Tonight, Mr. Brown repeatedly castigated the “betrayal” of these vote-switchers and declared it a “massive victory.”

Mr. Brown said that according his numbers, Sen. Roy McDonald is set to go down in flames. Jimmy Vielkind has a new profile of Mr. McDonald up over here.

Siena College has new polling numbers out that show Republican Rep. Chris Gibson in a very nice position against his Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman. Countered the Schreibman campaign in a press release, “Almost exactly two years ago to the day, Siena released a poll showing Congressman Murphy up by 17 points; six weeks later he lost by 10 points. Even Siena College Pollster Steven Greenberg said ‘this race clearly has a long way to go.'” Rep. Scott Murphy, who the statement referred to, lost to Mr. Gibson in 2010’s Republican wave. View the full crosstabs here.

While Democrat Mark Murphy‘s campaign embraced the rhetorical pivot in their response to GOP Rep. Michael Grimm‘s latest ad. Said Murphy spokesman Nathan Smith last night, “Congressman Grimm is clearly hoping that his new attack ad will distract Staten Island and Brooklyn voters from the fact that his top fundraiser is being arraigned in federal court tomorrow as part of the FBI investigation into Grimm’s fundraising.”

For her part, Congressional candidate Grace Meng is getting a boost from Senator Chuck Schumer, who would like to have cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with you and your money next Sunday. The day after, her Republican rival, Councilman Dan Halloran, is raising money with the help of a newspaper outside of the district.

Via Chris Bragg: “Feds say they’ve negotiated an agreement with politically connected real estate player Edul Ahmad, whose pals include Congressman Gregory Meeks and state Senate Minority Leader John Sampson.”

Morning Read: ‘This Race Has a Long Way to Go’