2020 election

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The state’s Democratic Party leaders acted recently to greatly shorten the lead time when voters can register to cast a ballot in the 2020 presidential primaries.

Under current laws, voters in New York must register in a political party more than six months before the primary vote is held. Party registration can only be changed 25 days or more before a general election, held in November. The presidential primaries are not held until the following April.

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There are still 19 months to go before Election Day 2020, but there are already three Democrats looking to unseat central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) next year.

Earlier this month, Navy veteran Roger Misso became the first Democrat to announce a run for the seat. On Monday, another Navy veteran, Francis Conole, joined the race. Tuesday night, Dana Balter became the third Democrat to announce a run for the 24th District seat. 

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Democratic leaders gathered in Central New York over the weekend to talk strategy and unity moving forward at the Democratic Rural Conference's annual convention.

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Syracuse's Howie Hawkins could add running for president to his already long electoral résumé, forming an exploratory committee to test the waters for a presidential run.

As a Green Party founder, Hawkins has unsuccessfully run for everything from Syracuse Common Council to governor of New York state to U.S. Senate. After retiring last year from his job with UPS, and after finishing third in the race for governor, his plan was to read a couple hundred books.  But then Green Party leaders asked him to run for president.

Gillibrand kicks off 2020 presidential campaign

Jan 17, 2019
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced her intention to run for president Tuesday during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Hours later, the Democrat returned to her native Capital Region for her first campaign event.

On a chilly January morning, at a roadside diner she called her favorite, Gillibrand made her White House pitch.

“I’m going to run for president of the United States because as a young mom I’m going to fight for your children as hard as I would fight for my own,” said Gillibrand.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo again dismissed talk that he will run for president, saying Tuesday that he is focused on leading the nation’s fourth-largest state and not preparing a run for the White House in 2020.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is more prominent on the national stage these days, leading some to wonder whether he is running for president.

In Cuomo’s first term as governor, he made a point of never leaving the state, even taking vacations within its borders, saying the state is so beautiful that he never needed to leave it. He discouraged any talk of seeking higher office.

Lately, though, that has changed.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is again wading into national issues this week. He’s had a press conference against the latest attempt in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. And he met with the governors of California and Washington to discuss steps to slow climate change.

In both cases, the governor said he’s addressing the matters because the actions — or, in the case of climate change, inactions — in Washington have a harmful impact on New York.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s name has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2020, but first, he may be facing some obstacles to win a third term as governor in 2018.

Cuomo has taken actions in recent months that could be viewed as steps toward a presidential run. He’s hired key staff from President Barack Obama’s administration, as well as new chief of staff Maria Comella, who has worked on Republican presidential campaigns and was a top aide for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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While a new poll finds New Yorkers would like Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be a “national leader” challenging the policies of President Donald Trump’s administration, Cuomo seldom actually mentions the president by name.

Cuomo has railed against the Republican plans in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, singling out two New York GOP congressmen, Chris Collins and John Faso, who have proposed an amendment to charge the state $2.3 billion to pay for county Medicaid costs.

“Faso-Collins is a shell game,” Cuomo said.

A new online video ad featuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo and promoting tolerance has once again fueled talk that New York’s governor may be planning a presidential run. There are some questions, though, about the ad and its donors.

The ad, which for now is only running online, features Cuomo and several well-known actors, including Steve Buscemi and Whoopi Goldberg. All claim to be something other than they actually are to promote a message of unity and tolerance in a diverse state.

“As a New Yorker, I am black,” Cuomo says in the ad.

“I am white,” Goldberg says.

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Indictments are due by Wednesday in an economic development corruption scandal involving Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide and other former associates. The governor has been active in recent days on other matters, including taking steps to counteract a rise in hate crimes after the election of Donald Trump as president.