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Ballot time is at hand

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - Updated: 9:44 AM


Express Editor

This year’s General Elections will be Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

On the ballot in Hamilton County are candidates for statewide and regional offices, as well as a proposition in the Town of Hope and a town justice slot in Long Lake.

The major party candidates for governor are Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo, who is also the choice of the Independence and Working Families parties; and Republican Carl P. Paladino, who is also running on the Conservative and Taxpayers lines.

Incumbent Governor David Paterson is not running for election.

Paladino, 64, of Buffalo, is a real estate developer and attorney who won the Republican Primary Election in September after he petitioned his way onto the ballot.

Cuomo, 52, has been state attorney general since Jan. 1, 2007 and is a former secretary of the federal agency Housing and Urban Development (1997-01), an attorney and son of former Governor Mario Cuomo.

Other candidates include Green Party co-founder Howie Hawkin; Rent Is 2 Damn High Jimmy McMillan, a political activist from Brooklyn; Guilderland attorney Libertarian Warren Redlich; New York City councilman Freedom Party Charles Barron; and former madam Anti-Prohibition Party Kristin M. Davis.

The candidates for state comptroller are incumbent Democrat Thomas P. DiNapoli, also endorsed by the Working Families Party; Republican, Independence and Conservative parties candidate Harry Wilson; Green Julia A. Willebrand; and Libertarian John Gaetani.

The state Legislature appointed DiNapoli, 56, who was an assemblyman for 20 years, as comptroller in February 2007 to replace Alan Hevesi, who resigned. DiNapoli is from Long Island.

Wilson, 38, a Johnstown native, lives in Westchester County. He worked for Blackstone Group and Goldman Sachs before becoming a partner at Silver Point Capital and then retiring at age 36.

State attorney general candidates are Democrat Eric T. Schneiderman, who is also the candidate for the Independence and Working Families parties; Republican Dan Donovan, who is also the candidate for the Conservative Party; Libertarian Carl E. Person; and Freedom Party Ramon J. Jimenez.

Schneiderman, 55, is a New York State senator from Manhattan. Donovan, 53, is Staten Island’s district attorney.

Candidates for U.S. Senator six-year full term are incumbent Democrat Charles E. Schumer, who has also been endorsed by the Independence and Working Families parties; Republican / Conservative E. Jay Townsend; Green Colia Clark, an activist and politician; and Libertarian and Anti-Prohibition Randy A. Credico, a political comedian and activist.

Brooklyn native Schumer, 60, is a career politician. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998. He was a congressman 1981-99 and a state assemblyman from 1975-80. He is licensed to practice law in New York state.

Townsend, 56, is a market research and communications consultant (The Townsend Group) from Cornwall-on-Hudson in Orange County. He was born and raised in Indiana.

Candidates for U.S. Senator two-year unexpired term are incumbent Democrat Kirsten E. Gillibrand, who has also been endorsed by the Independence and Working Families parties; Republican / Conservative Joseph J. DioGuardi; and Conservative Douglas L. Hoffman, who is on the ballot but has withdrawn from the race.

Minor party candidates are Green Cecile A. Lawrence, an attorney and social activist; Rent Is 2 Damn High Joseph Huff; Libertarian John Clifton; Anti-Prohibition Vivia Morgan, an activist and union member; and Tax Revolt Bruce Blakeman, 54, an attorney and former member of the Nassau County Legislature.

Gillibrand, 43, was appointed in January 2009 to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who resigned to become United States Secretary of State.

DioGuardi, 70, is a certified public accountant, a two-term former congressman and founder of the non-profit government watchdog group Truth In Government.

For Representative in Congress the candidates are incumbent Democrat William L. Owens, who has also been endorsed by the Working Families Party; and Republican Matthew A. Doheny, who has also been endorsed by the Independence Party.

Owens, 61, of Platts-burgh, was elected in 2009 to fill the remainder of former Congressman John McHugh’s term after he resigned to become secretary of the army. Owens is an attorney and businessman and a former Air Force captain.

Doheny, 39, of Water-town, is an investor with Fintech Advisory Incorporat-ed and a corporate lawyer. The grassroots group Upstate New York Tea Party, which despite its name is not an official political party, has endorsed him.

All New York state Assembly and Senate members are up for election this year.

There is one candidate for state senator in the 45th District: incumbent Repub-lican Elizabeth O’C. Little of Queensbury. The Independ-ence and Conservative parties have also endorsed her. She was first elected senator in 2002, after serving in the Assembly for seven years.

There is one candidate for Member of Assembly 113th District: incumbent Repub-lican Teresa R. Sayward of Willsboro, who has also been endorsed by the Independence Party. She was elected to the Assembly in 2002 after 11 years as town supervisor.

The Town of Hope will have a proposal on the ballot asking its voters if the town clerk / tax collector and superintendent of highways should serve for four years rather than two.

There will also be an election for a town justice in the Town of Long Lake on the ballot. The only candidate is Republican Brian C. Farr.

The polling site in the Town of Lake Pleasant has been moved from the Municipal Center on Rt. 8 to Lake Pleasant Fire Hall on South Shore Road.







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