Molinaro Ad Focuses On MTA

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro on Tuesday released an ad that blasts Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of mass transit in the New York City area.

The commercial, which highlights frustrated tweets from commuters, also works to highlight Molinaro’s own mass transit plan, which includes saving money on projects and labor costs while also backing the modernization plan backed by subway and bus chief Andy Byford.

The ad, the Molinaro campaign said, will start as a digital spot and “move to TV.” Molinaro’s campaign last week reported about $200,000 in cash on hand.

SD-5: Schumer Endorses Gaughran

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer on Tuesday endorsed Democratic state Senate candidate Chuck Schumer in Long Island’s 5th Senate district.

“Jim Gaughran has proven that he is a responsible leader who is able to keep costs low while maintaining outstanding services,” said Schumer, the Senate minority leader.

“As Chair of the Suffolk County Water Authority, Jim has shown that he has the skills Long Island families need from their next Senate Senator. He has been an ardent advocate for water rate payers who needed his leadership to hold American Water accountable. I am proud to endorse Jim Gaughran and I encourage all Nassau and Suffolk voters in the 5th State Senate District to vote for Jim on November 6.”

Gaughran is running to unseat Republican Sen. Carl Marcellino.

“I thank Senator Chuck Schumer for supporting my campaign and I am proud to have earned his endorsement. I’ve worked very hard as Suffolk County Water Authority chairman to ensure my constituents have the best possible services at the lowest possible costs,” Gaughran said.

“I am going to bring that experience to Albany to make sure state government runs better and provides better services for Long Island voters. Senator Marcellino has failed Long Island communities for decades in Albany, and that is why we need new leadership to get us back on track.”

Farley Ad Criticizes Gillibrand on ICE

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley launched a new digital ad criticizing opponent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s call to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, more commonly known as ICE.

“With New Yorkers facing real threats from terrorists, sex-traffickers and ruthless machete-wielding international gangs like MS-13, Kirsten Gillibrand’s solution is to abolish ICE — that is the definition of lunacy.”

Farley says Gillibrand’s “wacky 2020 socialist agenda” is out of touch and dangerous.

“Not only did law enforcement experts call Gillibrand’s idea leftist lunacy…it should be pretty clear to everyone… Gillibrand must be fired.”

Farley and Gillibrand will go head to head in a Spectrum News debate this Sunday, October 21st at 7 p.m. at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

Gillibrand is seeking her third term, she replaced former U.S. Senator and First Lady Hilary Clinton in 2009, winning a special election in 2010. Farley is a political newcomer, she has made a career in finance, working at both Goldman Sachs and UBS Capital.

PBA Of New York City Endorses Marcellino

Republican Sen. Carl Marcellino on Tuesday was endorsed by the Patrolmen Benevolent Association of New York City, his campaign announced.

“Your commitment to addressing the issues affecting New York City police officers is well recognized, and it will be an honor to have your representing our members in the Senate,” said PBA President Pat Lynch. “We look forward to working with you toward our shared goal of a stronger, safer New York.”

Marcellino is running for re-election in a hotly contested race against Democrat Jim Gaughran, a rematch from two years ago.

“It’s an honor to receive the endorsement of the PBA of NYC, and I’m proud that law enforcement officers unions from all over the state have put their confidence in my leadership,” Marcellino said. “Those who risk their safety to protect New Yorkers deserve to have a voice in Albany who cares about them and public safety. I am proud to be that voice.”

NYSUT Spends Another $200K Targeting Three State Senate Races

The New York State United Teachers union in the last day has spent $206,645 in a trio of hotly contested Long Island state Senate races, filings with the state Board of Elections show.

The union’s super PAC Fighting For Our Future is spending on digital and TV ads in the districts held by Republican Sens. Elaine Phillips and Carl Marcellino, the chamber’s Education Committee chairman.

At the same time, the super PAC, known as an independent expenditure committee, is also spending in the district of Democratic Sen. John Brooks, consider the party’s most vulnerable incumbent, with a combined six-figure digital and TV ad buy against Republican Jeff Pravato.

The spending was reported a day after Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan called NYSUT’s effort against Republican incumbents and candidates part of the “forces of evil” arrayed against the party this year.

Traditional GOP allies like charter schools and real estate interests are yet to match labor union spending this month in key Senate races.

Republicans have also alleged the labor union-backed effort to aid Democrats through super PAC spending has been conducting illegal coordination, a claim labor unions have rejected.

Fitzpatrick, Ortt Top Conservative Party Rankings

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick and Sen. Robert Ortt topped the rankings of the state Conservative Party’s annual ratings released on Tuesday.

Fitzpatrick, a member of the Assembly from Long Island, scored a perfect 100. Ortt, a western New York Republican, scored 85 percent.

The Conservative Party reviewed bills on spending, crime, education, regulations and reproductive issues in the 2018 legislative session.

“We believe that it is necessary to keep the public informed of key votes and let the taxpayers be aware of how elected officials spend our money,” said Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long. “Every bill is considered, and then we narrow the number to give voters a fair assessment of what transpires in Albany.”

The overall rating in the narrowly divided state Senate was 55 percent, the same as the previous year. The average score in the Democratic-led Assembly was 42 percent.

The full rankings can be found here.

SD-43: Gibson Endorses Jordan

Republican former Rep. Chris Gibson on Tuesday endorsed state Senate candidate Daphne Jordan for a Capital Region-area district.

In a statement, Gibson criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose former aide, Democrat Aaron Gladd, is running against Jordan this November.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s costly, misguided and corrupt policies, New York State — especially Upstate — is headed in the wrong direction. Daphne Jordan will be a strong voice for Upstate taxpayers who have been forgotten by Albany and hurt by the Cuomo Administration,” Gibson said. “Daphne will also be a fierce advocate for reform, combating Albany’s culture of corruption. Daphne Jordan will fight for positive change for all of her constituents and she has my full endorsement for State Senate.”

Gibson briefly considered running for governor this year before backing out of a race and ultimately declined to run for another term in Congress in 2016.

Jordan and Gladd are competing for the district being vacated by Republican Sen. Kathy Marchione, who is retiring this year.

Cuomo Ad Knocks Molinaro Record

The latest TV ad from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign on Tuesday blasts Republican Marc Molinaro’s voting record while in the state Assembly.

The ad, part of a TV and digital ad purchase, points to Molinaro’s votes against bills for equal pay, abortion and tightening gun control measures for those convicted of domestic violence.

And the ad is seizing on recent events, as well, pointing to the founder of the Proud Boys speaking at Metropolitan Republican Club, where Molinaro’s campaign has offices.

HTC Airs Radio Spot For Cuomo

From the Morning Memo:

The Hotel Trades Council this week is launching a six-figure radio ad buy boosting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s bid for a third term.

The spot touts Cuomo’s achievements on gun control, an increase in the minimum wage to $15 and paid family leave.

“He’s standing up to Washington, protecting a woman’s right to choose, defending access to health care and fighting against tax cuts for billionaires,” the ad’s narrator says. “As our last line of defense, don’t forget to vote for the first name on your ballot: Andrew Cuomo.”

The spot will air on prominent New York City-area radio stations WINS, WCBS, WFAN, WBLS, WLIB.

The union has been a key political ally for Cuomo and has a vaunted voter contact operation. HTC during the Democratic primary had backed Cuomo’s campaign with a radio and digital effort as well as direct voter advocacy.

HTC has also been playing a prominent role in a separate effort to elect Democrats to key battleground House races in New York. Its political action committee this month began airing TV ads meant to play a role in unseating Republican Reps. John Faso, Claudia Tenney and John Katko among others around the state.

Abrams Endorses James For AG

From the Morning Memo:

Former Attorney General Bob Abrams on Tuesday will endorse Democratic candidate Letitia James.

“I am proud to support Tish James for Attorney General — she has the credentials, experience, ability, and independence to do an excellent job,” Abrams said in a statement.

“This office is more important today than at any time in its history. We need an Attorney General who will provide leadership and action in dealing with the disgraceful corruption that has permeated Albany, in protecting the environment, in standing up for consumers and investors, in defending a woman’s right to choose and enforcing the civil rights and liberties of all New Yorkers.”

Abrams, a Democrat, served as attorney general from 1979 to 1993.

James, the New York City public advocate, was the victor of a four-way Democratic primary for the attorney general nomination in September.

A formal endorsement will be held at a news conference at City Hall on Tuesday morning.

“From standing up to polluters, to protecting consumers from fraud, to taking on employment discrimination, and more, Bob Abrams’ record of achievement speaks for itself,” James said. “That work continues to this day, with the Attorney General’s Office committed to improving the lives of all New Yorkers. Our state is better for his years of service, and I am honored to earn his endorsement today.”

James faces Republican Keith Wofford in the November general election.