2018 Governor's Race

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A former mayor of Syracuse brought her gubernatorial campaign to Buffalo Wednesday morning. Stephanie Miner, along with runningmate Michael Volpe, are seeking votes on behalf of a party founded just one year ago.


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Candidates for statewide office were required this week to disclose how much money they have on hand for the final month of the 2018 election season. Once again, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking a third term, is far ahead of his challengers.

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Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, a retired UPS worker from Syracuse, and former Vietnam war protester, is running for governor for the third time, challenging popular incumbent Andrew Cuomo from the left. Hawkins, in a conversation with Karen DeWitt, explains why he thinks he is a true alternative and not just a protest vote.


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An independent budget watchdog group agrees with an idea that Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro has to help bring down local property taxes. But it also says there is a tradeoff to any potential savings.


A new Siena College poll finds Governor Cuomo far ahead of his challengers in his quest for a third term in office. But the survey also shows that failed primary challenger Cynthia Nixon is still taking points away from the governor’s lead.


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The state’s high property taxes and outmigration problem were among the issues discussed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican opponent, Marc Molinaro, this week when each separately visited a meeting of some of the state’s business leaders.


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More talk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeking the Presidency in 2020 has been fueled by the governor’s decisive victory over a candidate from the progressive left of his party. But the governor still says he’s only running for a third term to lead New York State.


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Larry Sharpe claims he never refers to notes during interviews. That assertion was among the many the Libertarian Party candidate shared during an interview with WBFO this morning. The ex-Marine says notes aren't needed when a candidate answers questions truthfully. Sharpe ripped off many answers during a brief conversation.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo handily won  in a Democratic primary against  actor Cynthia Nixon. Cuomo’s current lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul also won, as did Cuomo’s choice for attorney general, New York City Public Advocate Tish James.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo had been gaining momentum in the days leading up to the Sept. 13 Democratic primary for governor, but two controversial incidents over the weekend could set the governor back in his race against challenger Cynthia Nixon.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon squared off in the only debate before the Sept. 13 election. It was a testy and contentious hour-long discussion broadcast from Hofstra University on Long Island.

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The end of August used to be considered a slow season in politics, but television ads released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro, are getting heated, as Cuomo and his Democratic challenger Cynthia Nixon prepare to debate Wednesday evening at Hofstra University.


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The Democratic candidates for governor — incumbent Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon — have different views on spending money on the state’s schools.


There are three weeks until primary day in New York, and the Democratic underdog for governor, Cynthia Nixon, is laying out her plans for the final stretch of campaigning, saying there is a potential path to victory.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has both a primary challenger and several general election opponents as he seeks a third term. But New Yorkers might be forgiven for mistakenly thinking that the governor is actually running against President Donald Trump.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is enjoying solid support from the leaders of most of the major unions in New York as he runs for a third term in office. But Cuomo’s relationship with organized labor was not always so sunny.


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Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro came to Buffalo Thursday morning, announcing a set of proposed government reforms. They include more independent oversight, newer standards for sexual harassment policy, the end of "pay to play" culture and term limits for numerous state offices - including the one he seeks.

For the second day in a row, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held rallies criticizing President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court and urging action on a measure that would protect the right to choose abortion in New York.


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President Donald Trump is set to announce his choice for a new Supreme Court justice, which he has said could eventually result in the reversal of the abortion rights case Roe v. Wade.


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As a former law student at the University at Buffalo, Stephanie Miner is familiar with Western New York. The former, two-term mayor of Syracuse was in town to introduce her gubernatorial campaign to the region. Running on the Serve America line, she sat down for a long interview at the WBFO studios.


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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is entering the race for governor against incumbent Andrew Cuomo. The long time Democrat is the candidate for a newly formed political movement.


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A Siena poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo is securely ahead of his challengers, Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Republican Marc Molinaro, in his re-election bid.


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Ending corruption in state government is hot on the mind of Marc Molinaro, who paid a visit to Buffalo on Wednesday morning. The GOP gubernatorial candidate intends to roll out a comprehensive plan for accountability in the capital.


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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is trying to connect with voters as he challenges Governor Andrew Cuomo.  "I'm an ordinary New Yorker. I grew up in a family where food stamps put dinner on the table. It was easy to be humble." In a conversation with WBFO, Molinaro criticized the incumbent for his economic policies and the allegations of corruption swirling his administration. "I think New Yorkers deserve a governor who knows how hard it is to live and work in New York."


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Marc Molinaro, the presumptive Republican candidate for governor, released his tax returns for 2017, but his opponent, incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, raised the stakes, saying his GOP challenger should release 10 years of tax returns.


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Andrew Cuomo has two main challengers in the governor’s race: Cynthia Nixon on the left and Marc Molinaro on the right. Surprisingly, the two agree on a number of key items as they make their case against the incumbent governor, including a laser-like focus on Cuomo’s perceived weaknesses.


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Challengers to Gov. Andrew Cuomo were on the campaign trail Thursday, as the governor announced a massive new anti poverty program in Brooklyn. Democratic candidate Cynthia Nixon visited the Finger Lakes to voice her opposition to a controversial proposed liquefied natural gas plant on Seneca Lake.


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A newly-released poll by Remington Research Group suggests Governor Andrew Cuomo's re-election chances are in good shape among Democratic voters ahead of the party's New York State Primary. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, however, is in an apparent tighter race against a New York City Councilman. However, many including Hochul are pointing out that the survey was commissioned by a former longtime aide of her former election rival.


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Cynthia Nixon spent Thursday traveling the New York State Thruway from Syracuse to Rochester as part of her upstate campaign swing. In between stops, the actor and underdog candidate talked about how Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential race helped inspire her to run for governor and why she thinks Andrew Cuomo is not doing enough to help the state.


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Taking aim at the Governor Andrew Cuomo's demeanor in office and the scandals surrounding many of the incumbent's close associates, Marc Molinaro vowed to restore a sense of ethics and openness as he brought his gubernatorial campaign to the Erie County Republican Committee's downtown Buffalo headquarters Wednesday morning.


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