Tag Archives: gubernatorial

Paladino’s upstate base

21 Oct
By STEPHON JONHSON and AMITY PAYE

Already, it’s been quite the ride for Carl Paladino.

And while the Buffalo businessman and Tea Party favorite has become the butt of national jokes and is an embarrassment for many Republicans statewide, his reputation is a mixed bag for those associated with his upstate alma maters, St. Bonaventure University and Syracuse University.

Paladino graduated from St. Bonaventure, located in the western part of the state between Olean and Alleghany, in 1968, and while there was connected to the school’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (or ROTC). He went on to Syracuse Law School, where he graduated in 1971. Continue reading

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Debate debacle

21 Oct
By HERB BOYD Special to the AmNews

Asking students on Hofstra’s campus in Hempstead, Long Island, about the debate and its location was almost as daunting to them as a question on statistics. Many of them had no idea what the lost reporters were seeking or what debate they were talking about.

The same may be said for several of the panelists during the gubernatorial debate, if it can be so defined. Far too often, it was a debacle, a charade or, as Blue Magic once sang, “Let the sideshow begin.” Continue reading

The debate that wasn’t

21 Oct
By CYRIL JOSH BARKER and By NAYABA ARINDE
Talking loud and saying nothing is a phrase some armchair and professional pundits alike are using to describe last Monday’s gubernatorial debate. Little was gained or learned, “unless you appreciated the comedy of it,” State Senator Bill Perkins told the AmNews.

To call Monday night’s event a gubernatorial debate would be an overstatement, considering the fact that the candidates vying for the governorship barely spoke to each other but, rather, answered questions about what they would do if elected governor. Continue reading

The Rumble

14 Oct
By Amsterdam News Team:
Nayaba Arinde, Cyril Josh Barker, Stephon Johnson and Amity Paye

As the midterm elections press forward the highly anticipated gubernatorial debate next Monday – 18 Oct., is being dubbed as not only a political showdown – but also free ad time for candidates other than Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo and Republican candidate Carl Paladino.

But rather than a quaint show and tell session for Cuomo and Paladino, they will share the stage at Hofstra University with the five other candidates looking to grab the governorship: including Charles Barron of the newly-formed Freedom Party, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, Libertarian Party candidate Warren Redlich, Jimmy McMillan of the Rent is too Damn High Party, and Manhattan madam Kristen Davis of the Anti-Prohibition Party. Continue reading

Black leaders call out Paladino

23 Sep
By STEPHON JOHNSON: Amsterdam News Staff

Calling New York State Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino a “threat to New York’s longstanding commitment to tolerance and equality,” New York State’s Black leaders released a collective statement last week after Primary Tuesday addressing a new enemy: Paladino. They called for him to apologize for past remarks that they deemed insensitive and asked him to tone down his rhetoric.

The joint statement was signed by Arva Rice, president and CEO of the New York Urban League; Phil Banks, president of 100 Black Men’s New York Chapter; Hazel Dukes, New York State Conference director of the NAACP; former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall; former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson; Assemblymen Hakeem Jeffries, Carl Heastie and Karim Camara; Assemblywoman Helen Foster; Councilman Jumaane Williams; Councilwoman Leticia James; New York State Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson; and Eric Stevenson, leader of the 79th District in the Bronx. Continue reading