ADDED: Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s Republican opponent, Richy Garcia, says he’s no longer interested in continuing his campaign against the embattled Brooklyn Democrat.
A state judge invalidated Binghamton’s two-year fracking moratorium, marking the first time a local law that would ban or delay hydraulic fracturing in New York has been struck down.
The Sunlight Foundation plans to apply some disinfectant – in real time! – to the debate.
Debate bingo (one of many versions).
In advance of the debate, IOGA released a new postcard noting both President Obama and Mitt Romney agree on the benefits of domestic natural gas development.
Today happens to be the Obamas’ 20th wedding anniversary, which they marked on Twitter.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer is returning to Albany – perhaps for the first time since he resigned in the wake of his prostitution scandal? – to participate in a WAMC event on Oct. 21.
More sensitive documents were picked up by a reporter at the unsecured US mission in Benghazi, Libya.
HTC is “all in” for Democrat Mark Murphy in NY-11, and is making his battle to unseat GOP Rep. Michael Grimm a “priority race.”
Nassau County Legislature Majority Leader Peter Schmitt died after suffering a heart attack in County Executive Ed Mangano’s office.
Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs said he was “shocked and saddened” to hear of Schmitt’s death, calling him ”a strong advocate and a formidable political opponent” who was “always a gentleman in his dealings with me.” (No link).
Nassau County GOP Chairman Joe Mondello called Schmitt “an extraordinary human being, a dedicated public servant and one of my dearest friends.” (No link).
House Speaker John Boehner is back in New York this weekend, this time to assist GOP NY-27 candidate Chris Collins.
Stephen Barton, the 22-year-old Aurora, Colorado shooting victim who appears in a Mayors Against Illegal Guns ad running this week, met with Mayor Bloomberg.
The Republicans turned Assemblyman George Latimer’s own mailer against him.
Thanks to Cuomo, farm distilleries can now ply their wares at the State Fair, local fairs and farmers markets.
Cuomo signed legislation allowing the state Department of Motor Vehicles to place a distinguishing mark on a driver’s license, or non-driver ID, to indicate its holder is a veteran.
SEIU 1199 is hosting a campaign finance reform summit in NYC tomorrow.
Attorneys for Sen. Tim Kennedy and his Democratic primary opponent, Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, will be back in court Friday.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani will endorse NYC Councilman Dan Halloran’s NY-6 House bid on Oct. 9 (next Tuesday) at a fundraiser at Terrace on the Park in Queens. (No link).
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson crowd surfs.
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