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Cuomo Stumps In Western New York

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo ventured into his Republican rival's home turf Tuesday.

Cuomo was in Buffalo at a technology corporation to promote his campaign's third book, which outlines his ideas to lower taxes and energy costs to businesses.

It also lays out his plan for economic growth in both the upstate and downstate regions.

"We have to be all about creation of jobs, jobs, jobs, and good, high-paying jobs and making that transition in this state," said Cuomo.

Paladino supporters were once again donning duck costumes and carried hand to let passersby know that Cuomo "ducks" commenting on the president's recent health care reforms.

The Paladino campaign called Cuomo's job creation plan "empty promises."

While speaking to reporters, Cuomo said New Yorkers will have to decide between him, a self-proclaimed moderate Democrat, and Paladino, which he describes as being a "extreme Republican."

"That's a very stark choice, frankly it's one of the most stark choices I've seen in many many years," Cuomo said.

Cuomo went on to outline Paladino's opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, and his suggestion that he would like to see some welfare recipients in hygiene classes in retrofitted prisons.

State Republicans, in the meantime, are hammering the Democrat on his ability to appeal to moderates.

"Andrew Cuomo is running to his left to try and secure his base now and he's leaving his printed program in the dust, the printed program about trying to be a fiscal conservative, he's proven that he's nothing but another tax and spend Democrat," said New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox.

Meanwhile, a new poll shows Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand still leads over her Republican challenger.

The Marist College poll finds 52 percent of likely voters support Gillibrand, compared to 41 percent who support her rival, former Congressman Joseph DioGuardi.

Looking regionally though, pollsters found Gillibrand leads by a statistically insignificant margin upstate.

DioGuardi leads in the suburbs, an area that includes his support base in Westchester County.

In the race for Democratic Senator Charles Schumer's seat, the Marist polls finds Schumer leads Republican nominee Jay Townsend by 58 percent to 37 percent.

The poll surveyed more than 600 likely voters between September 19-22.

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