Race for governor gets busy Tuesday: Campaign trail includes push for Women’s Equality Party

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, left, shakes the hand of Endwell resident Jeff Weyant, shipping supervisor at Bob Carr 2.0 Printing and Mailing, before he reveals details about his comprehensive jobs plan during a press conference Tuesday in Binghamton.

Jon Campbell

Albany Bureau

ALBANY — The race for governor played out in the courtroom and on the campaign trail Tuesday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s running mate — former Rep. Kathy Hochul, D-Buffalo — stood Tuesday outside City Hall in Man­hattan, where she said Cuomo’s campaign had secured 100,000 voter sig­natures to create the Women’s Equality Party ballot line this fall. At the same time, an attorney for Cuomo’s re­election team was in a Brooklyn appeals court, challenging whether Democratic primary can­didate Zephyr Teachout — the only female on the ballot in the governor’s race — meets the mini­mum residency require­ment for a gubernatorial run. And in Binghamton, Republican gubernato­rial candidate Rob Astori­no laid out his jobs plan, calling on the state to au­thorize hydraulic fractur­ing and make numerous regulation and fee changes to spur job growth. Teachout, a Fordham Law School professor who lives in Brooklyn, is hoping to challenge Cuo­mo in the Sept. 9 Demo­cratic primary, which will also include come­dian and activist Randy Credico. But first she must withstand the Cuomo campaign’s legal chal­lenge, which accuses Tea­chout of not meeting the minimum standards for residency over the past five years, pointing to various points where she listed her parents’ Ver­mont home address as her own. A state Supreme Court judge earlier this month sided with Teachout, ar­guing that she had contin­uously maintained a place of residence in New York since Fordham hired her in mid-2009. The state Constitution requires candidates for governor to have been a New York resident for five years preceding an election.

The state Appellate Di­vision of the Supreme Court heard arguments from both sides Tuesday, and a decision is expected within days to account for the fast-approaching pri­mary.

“They are going to lose, again,” Teachout campaign manager Mike Boland said in a state­ment. “They have neither the law or the facts on their side. Zephyr Tea­chout has put one heck of a scare into the governor and his old boys club, and they are desperate.” Meanwhile, Hochul and women’s rights activ­ists were in Manhattan, where they touted their effort to launch the Wom­en’s Equality Party line.

If the state Board of Elections deems the pet­ition signatures valid, it would give Cuomo and the Democratic state­wide ticket a fourth ballot line come November, along with the Democrat­ic, Working Families and Independence party lines. That’s assuming Cuomo wins the Demo­cratic primary; public­opinion polls show Tea­chout is little-known across New York. “The extraordinary number of New Yorkers who have shown their support for the Women’s Equality Party sends a clear message that voices of women will be heard and counted where it mat­ters most — at the ballot box,” Hochul said in a statement. Pending certification, nine Democrats running for state Senate also will hold the ballot line, in­cluding Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, D-Bronx; Democratic Leader An­drea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers; Sen. Ted O’Bri­en, D-Irondequoit; Sen. Terry Gipson, D-Rhine­beck, Dutchess County; Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, Schenecta­dy County; and Justin Wagner, an attorney from Croton, Westchester County. In Binghamton, Asto­rino unveiled his seven­point jobs plan, which takes aim at several pe­rennial issues at the state Capitol, such as the re­peal of the much-debated Scaffold law. He laid out several new ideas, includ­ing the creation of a farm­ers- only EZ Pass that would allow the agricul­ture industry to avoid paying Thruway tolls.

The plan included making the 2 percent property tax cap put in place by Cuomo perma­nent and holding flat or reducing state spending over the next four years. Astorino also proposed eliminating incorpora­tion fees for LLCs and partnerships and placing a moratorium on any new regulations. Astorino kicked off a statewide tour Tuesday to tout the plan, which he un­veiled at Bob Carr 2.0 Mailing and Printing, a small business in the Southern Tier city. Binghamton has be­come an epicenter of the debate over hydrofrack­ing, the Astorino-support­ed, much-debated tech­nique used to help recov­er natural gas.

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