Gov. Andrew Cuomo Re-elected, Beating GOP Challenger Rob Astorino, Reports Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reportedly won re-election Tuesday night to a second term, handily defeating Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, his Republican closest rival.That’s according to unofficial early projections from The Associated Press and other news outlets who based the estimates on exit polls. His reported win makes him the first Democratic governor to be re-elected since his father, Mario Cuomo, accomplished that feat in 1986.“Our efforts were all about unifying people and growing the state,” the governor told cheering supporters at his campaign headquarters in Manhattan, noting that his opponent called to concede. “While other states are putting up walls, we’re inviting people in.”The 56-year-old Mount Kisco resident also drew votes on the Working Families Party, Women’s Equality Party and the Independence Party lines. Astorino, 47, who’s been county exec since 2003, also ran on the Conservative Party and Stop Common Core lines.Cuomo’s lieutenant governor will be Kathy Hochul, a 56-year-old former Democratic Congresswoman from the Buffalo area, who joined the ticket after Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy declined to run again.Throughout his campaign, Astorino said that Cuomo has made New York lose ground economically by perpetuating “the highest taxes in the country, the worst business climate and the most corrupt government.” He vowed to cut income taxes drastically, reduce state spending and stop the unfunded mandates from the state Legislature that drive up property taxes. But Astorino never could overcome polls that showed him consistently trailing the incumbent governor by a two-digit margin.Cuomo drew support across party lines, as shown by Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s recent endorsement, not to mention bipartisan praise from state Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre). As governor, Cuomo passed same sex marriage in New York, passed medical marijuana, ushered in the SAFE Act gun-control measure in wake of the Newtown massacre and approved a 2-percent property tax cap.The next closest candidate on the night’s losing end was Howie Hawkins, the Green Party’s nominee, who was making his second bid for governor. The 61-year-old Syracuse resident proposed raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and making tuition free at CUNY and SUNY. He would have funded that initiative with a more progressive state income tax system.Hawkins’ campaign was hoping to benefit from liberal voters disenchanted with the Cuomo administration’s centrist record who might have supported Zephyr Teachout’s third party bid on the Working Families Party line, until Cuomo out-maneuvered her at her party’s convention in the spring and gotten the WFP’s backing. In the September Democratic primary, Cuomo got almost 62 percent of the vote, and Teachout ended up with 34 percent. Both the Green Party and the WFP needed 50,000 votes minimum to retain their position on future ballots.Astorino, in his concession speech, said: “We have planted a flag and we will be back to reclaim it and advance it further.”last_img read more

US scientists create malaria-blocking mosquito

first_imgScientists in the US say they have bred a genetically modified (GM) mosquito that could eventually help eradicate malaria.About 3.2 billion people (almost half of the world’s population) are at risk of malaria but if the lab technique works in the field, it could offer a new way of stopping the biting insects from spreading malaria to humans.The scientists put a new “resistance” gene into the mosquito’s own DNA, using a gene editing method called Crispr and when the GM mosquitoes mated, their offspring inherited the same resistance, PNAS journal reports.In theory, if these mosquitoes bite people, they should not be able to pass on the parasite that causes malaria.Bed nets, insecticides and repellents can help stop the insects biting and drugs can be given to anyone who catches the infection, but the disease still kills around 580,000 people a year.Scientists have been searching for new ways to fight malaria.The University of California team believe their GM mosquito could play a pivotal role – breeding resistant offspring to replace endemic, malaria-carrying mosquitoes.They took a type of mosquito found in India – Anopheles stephensi – on which to experiment.Dr Anthony James and his team showed that they could give the insect a new DNA code to make it a poor host for the malaria parasite.The DNA, which codes for antibodies that combat the parasite, was inherited by almost 100 per cent of the mosquito offspring and across three generations.The researchers say the findings offer hope that the same method could also work in other mosquito species.Although it would not be a sole solution to the malaria problem, it would be a useful additional weapon, they say.Prof David Conway, UK expert from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “It’s not the finished product yet but it certainly looks promising. It does look like the genetic editing works.”Other scientists have been looking at genetically modifying mosquitoes to render them infertile, so that they die out.But some experts fear that eliminating mosquitoes entirely may have unforeseen and unwanted consequences.Replacing disease-carrying mosquitoes with harmless breeds is a potential alternative.last_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff weekly bookings: June 15 to June 22, 2015

first_imgRow, Michael27Wellington, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOProbation Violation6/19/15 Mulvane1 Russell, Aaron21Wellington, KS1400 E 16th, Wellington, KSSUSODriving under influence of alcohol or drugs, Driving while license suspended6/21/15 Stewart, Melissa40Wellington, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence6/16/15 Willard, Douglas28Mulvane, KS1574 E Willow Lane, Mulvane, KSSUSODomestic Battery6/18/15 Monday 0600 to Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 6/15/2015 thru 6/22/2015  Main, Ronald58Wichita, KSI-35 MP 33KHPDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs6/20/15         Jones, Katie25Leon, KS1574 Meadow Lane, Mulvane, KSSUSODomestic Battery6/18/15 Mullins, Elroy29Wichita, KSCowley County Jail, Winfield, KSSUSOProbation Violation6/19/15 Wellington PD5 Total54 Black, Alfred39Wellington, KS2024 W 8th, Wellington, KSWellington PDAssault6/17/15 Bail Bondsman1 Oxford1 Bookings Moran, Tyler27Wellington, KSStewart and Superior, Wellington, KSWellington PDDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs6/21/15 Brown, Richard36Wellington, KS217 E 17th St, Wellington, KSWellington PDCriminal Threat, Criminal Damage to Property6/16/15 Hada, Mason37Alva, OKWashington County Jail, Fawn Creek, KSSUSOProbation Violation6/19/15 NameAgeHome TownArrest locationAgencyChargesArrest date Black, Dustin26Wellington, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOProbation Violation6/16/15 Chavez, Carlos29Wichita, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence6/19/15center_img Sedgwick Co29 Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report June 15 to June 22, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  Noah, Amanda28Beloit, KS400 N US 81, Wellington, KSSUSODriving under influence of alcohol or drugs, Operate vehicle without liability insurance6/20/15 Query, Michael41Wellington, KSUS160 & River RoadOxford PDDriving while license suspended6/15/15 KRGC0 Sumner Co14 Smith, Conner26Leawood, KS1400 E Lincoln, Wellington, KSWellington PDPossession of depressant, Possess drug paraphernalia, Interference with LEO6/21/15 Utz, Cassandra34Wichita, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence6/16/15 Wilbert, Jordan24Derby, KS206 S 1st, Mulvane, KSSUSOPossession of certain stimulant, Possession of paraphernalia, Refusal to submit to test for drugs or alcohol, Driving while license suspended6/19/15 Kessinger, James22Wellington, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSBondsmanBond Revocation6/18/15 Asbury, Christopher21Wellington, KS1100 N Day, Wellington, KSWellington PDDriving while license suspended6/17/15 Hawley, Erica33Eudora, KSButler County Jail, El Dorador, KSMulvane PDFailure to Appear6/18/15 Monzano-Fuentes, Roberto28Wichita, KS300 N US 81, Wellington, KSSUSODriving while license suspended6/18/15 KHP2 Specht, Andrew26Argonia, KS118 N High St, Argonia, KSArgonia PDAbuse of a Child6/20/15 Argonia PD1 Belle Plaine0 Caldwell PD0 Niblack, Devyn20Peck, KS1442 Crow Road, Sumner County, KSSUSODriving under influence of alcohol or drugs, Consumption of liquor by minor6/21/15 Ruiz, Victor21Brownsville, TXI-35 MP 22KHPDriving while license suspended6/19/15last_img read more