News from the Associated Press - August 21, 2014

Associated Press
August 21, 2014

Poll: Cuomo maintains big lead in NY gov race

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new poll shows Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to maintain a 2-to-1 advantage over his Republican challenger in New York's gubernatorial race.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gives Cuomo a 56 to 28 percent lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. That's essentially unchanged from Quinnipiac's poll in May.

Cuomo has been dogged recently by allegations that his administration interfered with an anti-corruption commission, but the survey indicates the episode has done little to sway voters.

The poll finds that many voters remain unfamiliar with Astorino, or Cuomo's primary challenger, Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout. Eighty-eight percent of respondents say they don't know enough about her to form an opinion.

The survey of 1,034 voters was conducted from Thursday through Sunday. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.


Teachout again survives NY residency challenge

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Zephyr Teachout has survived another attempt by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's supporters to knock her off next month's Democratic primary ballot.

A four-judge panel on Wednesday upheld a lower-court ruling and rejected arguments from Cuomo supporters that Teachout didn't meet the five-year residency requirement.

The challenge was brought by two men listed online as Cuomo campaign interns. They noted in court papers that Teachout listed a Vermont address on documents in 2012 and obtained a New York driver's license this spring.

A Cuomo campaign spokesman says there are no plans to appeal Wednesday's decision.

Teachout says she moved to New York City in 2009 to take a job as a law professor at Fordham University. She says Cuomo wanted to keep her off the ballot to silence opposition.


Xerox to lay off 121 at New York plant

WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — Xerox Corp. plans to lay off 121 people at its Webster plant in western New York.

A notice filed with the state Labor Department this week says the layoffs will take effect Nov. 17.

A statement from Norwalk, Connecticut-based Xerox says the affected employees work for the site and facilities services operations providing maintenance and cleaning for the Webster plant.

The work will be contracted out to the commercial firm, JLL, which Xerox says may hire laid-off Xerox workers who apply there.

Xerox says the switch is part of the company's strategy of exiting "non-core activities."

More than 6,000 of Xerox's 140,000 employees work in western New York.


New York State Fair opens today

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Fair is kicking off its 12-day run with national touring acts and a new operator for the rides on the midway.

The gates at the fairgrounds in the Syracuse suburb of Geddes (GEH'-dehs) open at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Kellie Pickler leads off the fair's entertainment lineup with a free afternoon concert at Chevy Court, followed by the Barenaked Ladies at night. Other acts performing free concerts include Ashanti on Sunday and the Doobie Brothers on Labor Day, Sept. 1.

Country music star Brad Paisley kicks off the concerts in the Grandstand with a Thursday night performance. Other Grandstand performers include Pitbull on Saturday, Kid Rock on Monday and Jason Aldean on Aug. 30.

The fair's midway includes more than 60 rides provided by Wade Shows.


Amtrak offers train service to New York State Fair

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Amtrak is once again this year offering train service to the New York State Fair.

The fair begins a 12-day run Thursday in suburban Syracuse. Amtrak will run five trains daily dropping passengers off at the fair.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he urged Amtrak and track operator CSX Corporation this week to reach an agreement to continue the annual service.

Cuomo says providing passenger service to the fair was more complicated this year because freight traffic has increased. Amtrak wanted to make sure passenger trains with fair stops were not delayed by heavy freight traffic.

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