POLITICAL ROUNDUP

Authorities are calling a horrific crash over the holiday weekend the deadliest car accident in the country in almost a decade. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now calling for tougher enforcement of transportation regulations that guarantee greater safety on the roads.United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley resigns. We have the latest.City and State New York is here with this week’s political winners and losers.

Aired on October 9, 2018.

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> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

I'M JENNA FLANAGAN.

IT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ON THE ROAD.

THAT WAS THE MESSAGE FROM GOVERNOR CUOMO AS HE RESPONDED TO THE LIMOUSINE CRASH THAT KILLED 20 PEOPLE IN NEW YORK ON SATURDAY.

AFTER RUNNING A STOP SIGN, THE VEHICLE SHOT ACROSS A JUNCTION AND HIT ANOTHER CAR BEFORE PLOWING INTO PEOPLE IN A PARKING LOT.

AUTHORITIES HAVE YET TO SAY HOW FAST THE LIMO WAS GOING OR DETERMINE WHY IT FAILED TO STOP.

WHAT IS CLEAR IS THAT IT WAS THE DEADLIEST CRASH IN AMERICA SINCE 2009.

FOR MORE ON THAT AND A DEEP DIVE INTO THIS WEEK'S WINNERS AND LOSERS IN LOCAL POLITICS, I'M PLEASED TO WELCOME CITY AND STATE'S EDITOR IN CHIEF JOHN LENTZ BACK THAT THE PROGRAM.

WELCOME BACK.

GLAD TO BE HERE.

I WANT TO START OFF WITH A SOMBER, SERIOUS STORY.

A HORRIFIC CRASH UP IN AMSTERDAM, NEW YORK.

STILL THINGS ARE BEING DETERMINED AS TO WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED.

I'M WONDERING FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE, WHAT DO YOU THINK WE CAN SEE COMING OUT OF THIS.

IS IT A MATTER OF MORE REGULATION THAT'S NEEDED, BETTER SAFETY PROCEDURES.

INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH THE GOVERNOR WAS ASKED WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT HERE.

HE SAID HE DOESN'T SEE IT'S NECESSARILY A PLACE FOR NEW REGULATIONS OR NEW LAWS, THAT IT'S MORE A MATTER OF ENFORCEMENT.

APPARENTLY THIS DRIVER OF THE STRETCH LIMO POSSIBLY DIDN'T HAVE THE CORRECT LICENSE.

THE CAR IN QUESTION HAD BEEN FLAGGED FOR SOME SAFETY ISSUES SOMETIME WITHIN THE PAST MONTH.

ALSO A QUESTION OF A LOOPHOLE WITH FEDERAL REGULATIONS, IF YOU BUY ONE OF THESE SUVs AND CONVERTED IT TO A LIMO, THE SAME RULES DON'T APPLY.

SO I DON'T KNOW THAT ANYTHING WILL CHANGE AT THE STATE LEVEL, BUT CERTAINLY SOMETHING TO WATCH.

WE'VE GOT A LOT OF THINGS TO COVER.

WE'VE BEEN COVERING THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES AROUND THE STATE.

A CANDIDATE UP IN THE FINGER LAKES.

I BELIEVE HER NAME IS DANA BATLER WHO RAISED A LOT OF MONEY.

SET A RECORD FOR THAT DISTRICT, $1.5 MILLION IN THE LAST QUARTER.

GREAT NEWS FOR HER.

SHE'S BEEN SEEN AS LAGGING BEHIND HER REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT, CAT CO-. HE SEEMED TO BE DOING PRETTY WELL.

ALSO SOME PUNDITS HAVE MADE THAT RACE, DEEMED IT MORE COMPETITIVE.

A POTENTIAL PICKUP FOR DEMOCRATS IN NEW YORK.

YOU'VE SEEN A FEW RACES LIKE THAT, SHIFT MORE FAVORABLE TOWARDS DEMOCRATS.

TURNING TOWARDS THE STATE, WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE STATE, GOVERNOR CUOMO TURNS OUT TO BE A WINNER OVER THE ISSUE OF HIS I LOVE NEW YORK HIGHWAY SIGNS.

FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW, WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM WITH THE SIGNS?

KIND OF A BIZARRE FIGHT.

THESE TOURISM SIGNS PROMOTING NEW YORK ALONG HIGHWAYS ALL AROUND THE STATE.

THE REAL ISSUE IS READABILITY.

IF DRIVERS ARE DRIVING ALONG TRYING TO READ THESE SIGNS, TOO MUCH LANGUAGE, IT COULD BE A SAFETY ISSUE.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TRIED TO TAKE THEM DOWN.

THERE ARE QUESTIONS LIKE THE I LOVE NEW YORK WEBSITE, TAKE SOME OF THE LANGUAGE OFF.

BUT THERE WAS A DEAL REACHED TO AVOID A MAJOR FINE, BASICALLY GOING TO PHASE A LOT OF THESE SIGNS OUT.

WE ALSO FIND OUT HE'S WAY AHEAD IN THE POLLS IN THE RACE FOR GOVERNOR AT LEAST AGAINST MAIN CANDIDATE MARK MOLINARO.

REPUBLICANS BEHIND 22 POINTS, NOT SURPRISING GIVEN THE HEAVY DEMOCRATIC ENROLLMENT STATE.

THIRD THING IS THE THIRD PARTY LINE THEY HAD GOTTEN BEHIND CYNTHIA NIXON, A QUESTION OF WHAT TO DO NEXT.

THEY GOT BACK BEHIND THE GOVERNOR.

A BIT OF AN AWKWARD SITUATION.

YES, FOLLOWING THE DEVELOPMENTS, IT WAS ODD TO WATCH ON TWITTER.

WHO WE WON'T SEE RETURNING, FORMER STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN.

HE HAD A HUGE CAMPAIGN WAR CHEST.

HE USED A LOT OF IT TO RUN FOR HIS SEAT.

HE DID NOT WIN.

DO WE KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH HIM AND ALL THAT MONEY NOW?

NO.

HE'S BEEN VERY QUIET.

SUSPICIOUSLY QUIET.

THERE'S BEEN SOME SPECULATION HE'D TRY TO RUN ON A THIRD PARTY LINE, MAYBE GET INSTALLED AS A JUDGE.

THE NOBLE THING IS HE SPENT A RECORD AMOUNT IN TERMS OF MONEY PER VOTE HE GOT.

YOU SAID HE WAS KNOWN FOR FUND-RAISING.

THAT WAS THE REAL STRENGTH OVER THE YEARS FOR THE IDC, INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE.

ONE REASON TO RECRUIT PEOPLE.

IN THE END MONEY DIDN'T PAY OFF FOR HIM.

IT WASN'T QUITE ENOUGH TO GET HIM OVER THE EDGE.

> SPEAKING OF MONEY AND GETTING OVER, LET'S SAY, 'THE TIMES' STORY ABOUT DONALD TRUMP AND THE TRUMP FAMILY'S INHERITANCE FROM HIS FATHER FRED TRUMP.

FOR ANYONE ELSE, THIS MIGHT BE CAREER ENDING FOR A POLITICIAN.

WHAT DO WE KNOW AFTER THIS STORY CAME OUT?

A LOT OF QUESTIONS THAT CAME OUT IN THIS PIECE FROM 'THE TIMES' QUESTIONS ABOUT WHERE DONALD TRUMP GOT HIS WEALTH.

MORE THAN HE KNEW WAS FROM HIS FATHER, HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

EVEN MORE SO, THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TACTICS THEY USED TO EVADE GIFT TAXES, OTHER THINGS.

KIND OF GOT BURIED THIS WEEK WITH THE KAVANAUGH CONFIRMATION.

THE STATE IS INVESTIGATING TO SEE IF ANY LAWS WERE BROKEN, TO SEE IF THERE'S MONEY TO BE REFUNDED.

NEW YORK CITY IS INVESTIGATING AS WELL.

JOHN, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AGAIN AND GIVING US AN UPDATE ON THE WHO IS WINNING AND WHO'S LOSING AROUND NEW YORK STATE AND EVEN AT THE FED RELIGION LEVEL, BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS TIES TO NEW YORK.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

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