The Problems of Polling

This is the second and final installment of a conversation with Dr. Don Levy, the director of the Siena Research Institute. We covered their miss in the Rochester mayoral race, the challenges of special election polls and a possible future of polling that doesn’t involve contacting voters at all. Continue reading “The Problems of Polling”

Extra Extra: What’s in a Name?

For this bonus episode, USA Today Network’s Jon Campbell talks about organizations mounting independent expenditure campaigns in New York that focus on issues unrelated to their interests. The conversation focuses on the efforts of Airbnb, which has used controversial advertisements on environmental issues to attack a state legislator from the Hudson Valley.

Democratic Hope Springs Eternal on Long Island

Newsday reporter Robert Brodsky outlines the fight for control of state Senate seats on Long Island, where Senate Democrats are hoping to win enough elections to gain a majority in the chamber.

Extra Extra: Republican Eye on Erie County


This bonus episode features Nick Langworthy, the chairman of the Erie County Republican Committee, talking about overcoming a Democratic enrollment edge in Erie County and the likelihood of “split-ticket” voting on Election Day.

Heating Up in the Hudson Valley

Sen. Bill Larkin (Left) and Orange County Legislator Chris Eachus (right)

Chris McKenna, of the Times Herald-Record, breaks down the contentious race for the 39th Senate District, which is a rematch between incumbent Bill Larkin and Chris Eachus. We talked about the issues from the campaign trail, including contaminated water, a potential legislative pay raise and the age of the candidates.

The conversation concluded with an update on the 99th Assembly District, where incumbent Jim Skoufis is fending off a challenge from Colin Schmitt.