Governor Andrew Cuomo couldn’t get a bill aligning New York and U.S. abortion law past Republican state senate leaders. By pushing the issue in next year’s campaign, he can still come out ahead politically in Albany while burnishing his image among female voters nationwide.
Republican voters in New York are almost evenly divided over gubernatorial candidates Carl Paladino, a Buffalo real-estate developer and Tea Party supporter, and Rick Lazio, a former congressman from Long Island selected by party officials, according to a Siena Research Institute survey.
The New York Senate will be led by a coalition of Republicans and a group of five Democrats who broke from the party to form their own caucus, marking the first time power in the chamber will be shared.
Andrew Cuomo , attorney general and Democratic candidate for New York governor, widened his advantage over Republican Carl Paladino , as Democrats led in all five statewide races, a Siena Research Institute poll showed.