BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Democratic front runner Andrew Cuomo brought his gubernatorial campaign to western New York on Monday. Cuomo confronted questions about the dismal state of the upstate economy, the Aqueduct scandal, and more.
Andrew Cuomo presented his "urban agenda" to a Buffalo audience, saying he would partner with cities, listening to the needs expressed by city leaders.
"This whole field of developing cities as cities, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, New York City, the state government has been asleep at the switch," said Cuomo.
He said he would change the "culture of corruption" in Albany. News 4 asked Cuomo about the growing scandal involving Aqueduct Entertainment's bid for casino rights and Democrats at high levels of state government, Cuomo said, "It's yet another unfortunate Albany scandal. It's one of the reasons I'm running for governor."
He met with IBEW Union members in Niagara Falls and said his opponent, Republican Carl Paladino, has tapped into taxpayer anger by taking what he called "extremist positions."
"They really are an extremist agenda, against a woman's right to choose, even in the cases of rape and incest. Can you believe that, in New York in 2010?," asked Cuomo.
Cuomo reacted to a New York Post article by Fred Dicker that claimed the Paladino campaign made false claims about Paladino's military record in 1971.
Cuomo said, "My position is I'm the Attorney General, I think he should tell the truth."
The Paladino campaign shot back: "Andrew Cuomo and Fred Dicker just don't understand the military.. Hundreds of thousands of veterans in this state are offended by their disdain for military service."
While a new poll shows Paladino ahead of Cuomo in Erie County, Cuomo continues a commanding a lead statewide. Paladino questioned whether polls have any meaning anymore. Cuomo repeated the old expression that the only poll that counts is on election day.
A Town of Tonawanda restaurant owner has been arrested and charged with strangulation and assault.
A house became engulfed in flames on Route 243, in Rushford, early Wednesday morning.
Law enforcement agencies in El Paso County, Colorado have made an arrest in the hit-and-run death of a western New York native.
Travel advisory for Southern Erie County. Travel ban in North Collins. Travelers advised to avoid I-90 between Exit 57 and Exit 61. More info:
Lakes will remain active on and off through the weekend.
One third of Canadians receive their mail straight to their door but that will soon be changing. Canada Post will phase out their door-to-door delivery over the next five years.