September 22nd, 2010
10:31 AM ET
4 years ago

Bloomberg endorses Cuomo as poll suggests close race

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will endorse Democrat Andrew Cuomo for governor Wednesday.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will endorse Democrat Andrew Cuomo for governor Wednesday.

(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for governor.

New York's independent mayor gave his backing to the Democrat's gubernatorial nominee Wednesday at an event outside City Hall.

The endorsement comes as a new poll suggests that the gubernatorial battle between Cuomo and Buffalo businessman and developer Carl Paladino, the Republican nominee, is tightening up.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey, 49 percent of likely voters in New York State support state attorney general Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic nominee for governor, with 43 percent backing Republican nominee Carl Paladino and seven percent undecided. Cuomo's six point margin is just within the poll's sampling error.

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Filed under: 2010 • Andrew Cuomo • Michael Bloomberg • New York
November 19th, 2009
02:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Judge frees man accused of threatening Obama

(CNN) - A former security guard at a New Jersey airport who was accused of making threats against the president is expected to be released from jail Thursday after a judge determined he is not a threat to himself or others, the prosecutor's office said.

John Brek, 55, of Linden, New Jersey, appeared Thursday morning before Judge Robert Gardner, who, after reviewing Brek's psychiatric evaluation, sentenced him to the 29 days he has served in jail since his arrest in October, a spokesman for the Essex County prosecutor's office told CNN.

Brek initially was charged with making terroristic threats in connection with remarks he allegedly made about President Barack Obama. He denied making any threats, and the judge ultimately accepted a plea deal under which Brek pleaded guilty to two lesser counts.

Sentencing was delayed pending the psychiatric evaluation. After looking at that evaluation, Gardner said he concluded Brek is not a threat to anyone.

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Filed under: President Obama