Here’s a look at opinion content published Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31:
Saturday, Oct. 30
Suzi Oppenheimer: Endorsement
In the race for the 37th state Senate district seat, we endorse Democratic incumbent Suzi Oppenheimer, who is challenged by Republican Bob Cohen. We write:
… [In 2008,] Oppenheimer won re-election; the Democrats took control of the Senate — by the scantest and most precarious of margins; and Oppenheimer became head of the Senate Education Committee, an important post in a region with the highest school taxes in the nation. Significant results followed, with the senator from Mamaroneck in the thick of things. Her hard work and achievement — in the midst of the usual dysfunction that defines Albany — commends her return to the Senate, over a challenge by Scarsdale Republican Bob Cohen, owner of a real estate and construction company.
Education-reform legislation on which Oppenheimer was the prime sponsor — passed over the considerable push-back from the teachers union and their allies — made New York among the first states in the nation to qualify for funding under the White House’s competitive Race to the Top education initiative. New York gets some $700 million under the program, but the real payoff, sure to endure long after the money has been spent, are the status-quo changing reforms. …
…Cohen told the Editorial Board he was running because he is fed up with the spending, borrowing and taxes in New York. He said the “incumbency class” in Albany had not served us well. Much of this campaign has been waged in television attack ads, which on both sides have been faulted for their truthfulness and authenticity. We think the most important gauge — beyond the rhetoric of either candidate — are the accomplishments now set forth in the law. This time, we think Oppenheimer merits another term. …
Amy Paulin: Endorsement
Amy Paulin wins our endorsement in the 88th state Assembly district race. The Democratic incumbent is challenged by Republican Rene Atayan. We write:
In a legislature known for inaction, Democrat Amy Paulin has accomplished much. In the 10 years that she has represented the 88th Assembly District, she has written 107 bills that have become law, including important measures protecting rape victims and victims of human trafficking. It is a batting average most lawmakers would envy. This year alone, she has had success passing New York’s new no-fault divorce law, which she sponsored in the Assembly; the safe-passing distance law, which aims to protect road bicyclists from drivers; and the good Samaritans law, which provides liability to those who step up to help during a medical emergency. …
Sunday, Oct. 31
Andrew Cuomo: Endorsement
We endorse state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for governor. The Democrat is challenged by Buffalo Developer Carl Paladino, a Republican candidate we don’t believe is fit for service as governor. Of Cuomo, we write:
Well, who isn’t endorsing Democrat Andrew Cuomo for governor in Tuesday’s election? The state attorney general and former Clinton cabinet member has the familiar and tried name, the stellar resume, the change-minded ideas, and an unrestrained and ill-mannered opponent in Republican Carl Paladino. The picking should always be this easy; the trouble in Albany, of course, arises in the actual governing.
Paladino’s unscrubbed, attention-getting campaign did much to amplify the voice of the angry voter in 2010. Seldom, however, did the Buffalo developer reach beyond caricature and buffoonery. The likes of MSNBC, “The Daily Show” and Letterman might have revelled in the absurdity — the pornographic and racists emails, the baseball bat, the threats — but New Yorkers were denied the kind of robust discussion that often makes better candidates and ideas.
We will learn in the future whether there is a price to be paid for the pass that GOP primary voters — they picked Paladino over the staid Rick Lazio — handed Cuomo, who became the Democrats’ presumed nominee after Gov. David Paterson’s longshot candidacy was reduced to “Saturday Night Live” sketches.
The inadequacies of the campaign notwithstanding, voters can take comfort in knowing that the problems ailing in New York are as readily apparent to Cuomo as they are the rest of us: There has been too much spending; too much taxing; too much government; and too much corruption. That is the short-hand version of the Cuomo platform, which is laid out in a detailed 252-page agenda online — substance for voters starved for it. …
Andrew Cuomo: Cartoon
Matt Davies comments on the gubernatorial candidacy of state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
93rd state Assembly District: Reisman
Phil Reisman explores the race for the 93rd state Assembly district in his Sunday column. Democratic incumbent Mike Spano is challenged by Republican Mike Ramondelli.