| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Rob Astorino: Opposes abortion, except for rape, incest & maternal life.
Rob Astorino: Philosophically opposed, but won't fight legal abortion.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Majority of women use contraception; it's not "evil".
Kirsten Gillibrand: Let women make life-and-death decision about own body.
Wendy Long: Don't require churches to offer contraception to employees.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Require coverage of contraception, even church employees.
Wendy Long: Conscience exemption: churches need not insure contraception.
Wendy Long: Roe v. Wade was constitutionally flawed legal decision.
Jay Townsend: Roe v. Wade should be overturned.
Hakeem Jeffries: Supports embryonic stem cell research.
Budget & Economy|
Rob Astorino: N.Y. is most regulated, least business friendly state.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Tighten our belts but carefully, not a "slash-only approach".
David Paterson: Enforce spending cap, even by constitutional amendment.
Rob Astorino: People from the Bronx drive up costs in Westchester.
Wendy Long: The Democrats cooked up this whole phony "war on women".
Wendy Long: Would never attend a same-sex marriage ceremony.
Bob Turner: The ship has sailed on gay marriage; focus elsewhere.
George Maragos: Publicly advocate the repeal of same-sex marriage.
Andrew Cuomo: Supports same-sex marriage and same rights of marriage.
David Paterson: Increased MWBE state contract participation from 4% to 24%.
Hakeem Jeffries: Supports affirmative action in state hiring & college.
Howard Mills: Reduce regulations on private sector.
Howard Mills: Include sexual orientation in discrimination & hate crimes.
Howard Mills: Restrict marriage to one man and one woman.
Zephyr Teachout: Level playing field between family stores and big business.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Access to capital for small business will create jobs.
David Paterson: Replace failed Empire Zone program with Excelsior Program.
Zephyr Teachout: Disenfranchising due to criminal convictions is undemocratic.
Zephyr Teachout: We have a long way to go on criminal justice reform.
Zephyr Teachout: Give minorities opportunity, not criminal justice system.
Zephyr Teachout: Raise age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.
Hakeem Jeffries: Alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders.
Zephyr Teachout: Marijuana decriminalization, on the path to legalization.
Hakeem Jeffries: Let doctors prescribe medical marijuana.
Howard Mills: Stiffer penalties for drug-related crimes.
Rob Astorino: Common Core has been a disaster; replace with local control.
Zephyr Teachout: Public education is the foundation of democracy.
Andrew Cuomo: Follows federal lead in education by emphasizing performance.
Hakeem Jeffries: No abstinence ed nor voluntary prayer in public schools.
Energy & Oil|
Andrew Cuomo: Led multi-state effort to lower carbon emissions by 45%.
Rob Astorino: Tap into New York's vast energy resources.
Zephyr Teachout: Reduce carbon emissions& adopt clean sources of energy.
Zephyr Teachout: Ban fracking; it contaminates our groundwater.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Fracking must avoid chemicals that harm drinking water.
Wendy Long: Develop upstate natural gas via fracking.
Wendy Long: Build Keystone pipeline instead of subsidizing solar panels.
Wendy Long: Keystone Pipeline delays are heavy hand of regulation.
Hakeem Jeffries: Produce more oil & gas, but limit greenhouse gases.
Andrew Cuomo: Commit to a greener future for our children & grandchildren.
Andrew Cuomo: Water policy to protect environment and business interests.
Bob Turner: We have yet to find out who are the bad guys in Syria.
Joe DioGuardi: Yes, I was a lobbyist; to fight Albanian genocide.
Zephyr Teachout: Public financing for all statewide and legislative elections.
Andrew Cuomo: Supports campaign finance reform as fair to all candidates.
Joe DioGuardi: In Congress, served as president of Truth In Government.
Joe DioGuardi: 1987: Voted NO on Congress pay raise; donated his to charity.
David Paterson: Comprehensive ethics reform about what is legal and rampant.
Hakeem Jeffries: Limit campaign spending and donations, but no term limits.
Bob Turner: No cross-state reciprocity on carry permits.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Shifted to left because "I fight for my constituents".
Hakeem Jeffries: No concealed carry; yes licenses & background checks.
Rob Astorino: ObamaCare meltdown changes the political landscape.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Opposes NYC large sugary drink ban.
Wendy Long: Opposes NYC large sugary drink ban.
Joe DioGuardi: Purpose of reform should have been to reduce the cost.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Investigate insurers until full program initiates in 2014.
Andrew Cuomo: $15M for nation's 1st college dedicated to homeland security.
Kirsten Gillibrand: No across-the-board budget cuts to anti-terrorism.
Zephyr Teachout: Immigrants are a pillar of our economy.
Bob Turner: Wouldn't report illegal immigrant working in his own home.
Joe DioGuardi: Shut down the borders before we reform anything.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Government IDs for illegals as part of comprehensive reform.
Rob Astorino: Illegal immigrants drive up costs of services.
Wendy Long: Administration has not created jobs in upstate New York.
Scott Noren: We need a jobs bill with national job-stimulating potential.
Joe DioGuardi: Democrats have created a toxic environment for NY jobs.
Principles & Values|
Joe DioGuardi: Gillibrand had a 2-year tryout; now give me a 2-year tryout.
Joe DioGuardi: Accused of making deals in a $1.7 billion Ponzi scheme.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Accused of hiding facts connecting cigarettes and cancer.
Charles Schumer: 1998: demanded 10 debates; 2010: declined all debates.
Jay Townsend: Will debate cardboard cutout of incumbent Schumer.
Zephyr Teachout: No tax breaks for those earning $500,000 to $2 million.
Bob Turner: Close business tax loopholes even if construed as tax hike.
Bob Turner: No anti-tax pledge; keep taxes on the negotiation table.
George Maragos: No-tax pledge; teach the rest of Congress economic theory.
Wendy Long: Don't ever put tax increases on the table.
Wendy Long: Cut taxes & regulations to let job creators create jobs.
Joe DioGuardi: Extend Bush-era tax cuts, even for earners over $250K.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Extend Bush-era tax cuts, except earners over $250K.
Joe DioGuardi: Fined by IRS in 1978 for deducting commodity spreads.
Zephyr Teachout: Open universal broadband: 21st Century Internet.
War & Peace|
Kirsten Gillibrand: Al Qaeda has metastasized; get troops out of Afghanistan.
Wendy Long: Stand with Israel in ensuring Iran does not get nukes.
Wendy Long: No 2014 withdrawal date for troops in Afghanistan.
George Maragos: No military intervention in Syria; but pressure Arab League.