BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Democratic gubernatorial front runner Andrew Cuomo turned up the heat Friday in "Carl Country," but Carl Paladino is not scared by Cuomo's poll numbers.
During a campaign stop in Albany, Carl Paladino referred to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as "Schumer's little girl."
"She follows in whatever he wants her to do, so she is his little girl," said Paladino.
Cuomo said, "The more he talks, the better I do."
Andrew Cuomo relished the chance to take a jab at Paladino in "Carl Country."
"You could not make this stuff up, I'll tell you the truth. Every day it's a new one," said Cuomo.
At this Democratic rally in Cheektowaga, the frontrunner again promised no new taxes.
Cuomo said, "We're gonna get this state's fiscal house in order. We're gonna balance the budget, we're gonna close the deficit, and we're gonna do it without raising taxes, because the people of this state cannot afford to let that state government put its hand in their pocket anymore."
Earlier on Friday, Governor David Paterson came to Niagara Falls making a commitment to bringing high-speed rail there. He also clarified why he's laying off close to 900 state workers.
"Those layoffs will come and I wanted to do it before the end of the year so that I would not be dumping it on Mr. Cuomo, Mr. Paladino. I don't want the next governor to have to endure layoffs that I projected we had to make," said Paterson.
Paladino said, "Oh, he's doing what he can right now. There'll be more with me. I don't know the exact numbers, but yes we're gonna be downsizing this government. We're gonna be getting rid of entire agencies that don't have any use anymore."
Paladino finished the day by attending the private Erie County Republican Black Tie Gala at Adam's Mark Hotel. Despite Paladino's downstate campaigning, the latest poll by the Wall Street Journal has New York City residents backing Cuomo by a margin of 73 to 12 percent.
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