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The seven candidates running for governor of New York took the stage at Hofstra University last night in what might be the only debate of the campaign. 
Most took aim at front running Democrat Andrew Cuomo who didn't fight back.  He chose, instead, to highlight his record as a corruption fighter:

"We have to have zero tolerance for any waste, fraud, abuse of public integrity or public corruption violation, period. Enforce the laws."

Republican Carl Paladino put in a pitch for charter schools:

"We have to recognize the shame of taking hundreds of thousands of little five and six year olds every year, and putting them into totally dysfunctional urban schools."

With all seven candidates given equal time, Cuomo and Paladino had little chance to square off at each other.  The tone of the debate was one of civility.  The other participants were Freedom Party candidate Charles Barron, Anti-Prohibition Party candidate Kristin Davis, Green Party candidate Howard Hawkins, The Rent Is Too Damn High Party candidate Jimmy McMillan and Libertarian Party candidate Warren Redlich.

A "New York Times" poll shows that Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand leads her Republican challenger Joseph DioGuardi in their Senate race.  Gillibrand, who was appointed last year to fill Hillary Clinton's vacated seat, now has the support of 50-percent of likely voters.  Twenty-five-percent back DioGuardi, a former Westchester congressman, while nineteen-percent of the voters remain undecided.  In New York's other Senate contest, Democratic incumbent Charles Schumer leads Republican Jay Townsend 61-percent to 21-percent among likely voters.  Townsend is a businessman from Cornwall-on-Hudson.

The Batavia woman, accused by a downtown restauranteur of trashing his buffet table, has yet to be charged by police.
The owner of South Beach Restaurant accused Suzanne Corona last month of stealing food and then trashing the new buffet table during the lunch hour.
Restaurant owner Ken Mistler has said he will not press charges if Corona agrees to parade in front of the restaurant carrying a sign admitting she stole from the eatery.
To date, Corona has not agreed to the deal.
Mistler tells WBTA news partner The Batavian if Corona does not agree to carry the sign, he’ll proceed to file a charge that he says, amounts to a felony.
Corona is the same woman who garnered international attention this past summer for her frolic in Ferral Park. She faces sentencing on a public lewdness charge in connection with that caper.

A Batavia man is charged with using his car to approach a person he had been ordered to stay away from.
BPD says 49-year-old James Sweet of Shady Lane intentionally drove his vehicle into the lane of traffic occupied by the person who had an order of protection. There was also a child in that car. Sweet has been charged with Criminal Contempt, Reckless Endangerment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Sweet has been released from custody under supervision.

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