NY-19: Biden To Headline Delgado Event

Former Vice President Joe Biden will hold a get-out-the-vote rally for Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado in the 19th congressional district, a hotly contested battleground race in the Hudson Valley.

Biden’s event will be held next Friday in Kingston at 11:30 a.m., Delgado’s campaign sad.

“We need people like Antonio in Congress. Antonio and I were both raised in working class families, not too far apart, and I know that he has what it takes to make a real difference for people in upstate New York. He has fresh ideas and the ability to find common ground,” said Biden in a statement.

“His commitment to serve the community is clear. I know he will fight for the rights of everyone in upstate New York and is exactly the kind of leader we need right now.”

The 19th district has been a focal point in upstate New York for the larger national battle over control of the House of Representatives.

Rep. John Faso is running for a second term.

“I am honored to welcome Vice President Biden to upstate New York,” Delgado said.

“Vice President Biden grew up just south of here, in Scranton, and understands the struggles and concerns of the working folks in our region. He knows what it takes to bring about real positive change, and to seek out bipartisan solutions. I am very grateful for his support as we remind folks just what is at stake and how important it is to get out and vote on November 6.

Biden has also recorded a GOTV video for Delgado. A limited number of tickets will be available to the general public on Monday.

Extras

Thousands of migrants who’ve trekked from Honduras in hopes of making it to the United States broke down a metal gate at the Mexico-Guatemala border this afternoon.

In recent months, some reporters who cover the Trump White House have received phone calls from the last person they would expect: Hillary Clinton, who, according to one longtime aide, has at least thought about another run for president.

Long Island Democratic Sen. Todd Kaminsky released a new TV ad featuring a Valley Stream constituent who thanks him for voting against tax increases.

The NY-22 Democratic candidate, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, said he supports expanding background checks on gun sales, and he blamed the influence of the gun lobby for holding up legislation in Congress.

Republican Rep. John Katko and his Democratic opponent, Dana Balter, have reached a final agreement to meet in four debates over the final two weeks of their campaigns for Congress in the 24th District.

Spectrum is raising prices for its individual television and internet services, beginning next month, though the hike does not impact customers who purchase their television, internet or telephone services as part of a package.

People living in about 100 trailer parks across the Capital Region and upstate will be getting refunds of illegal down payments and other fees under illegal “rent-to-own” plans, the state Attorney General’s office announced.

Colgate University has suspended its men’s swimming and diving team for the fall season due to “hazing and high-risk alcohol consumption,” officials announced.

A Russian woman has become the first foreign national charged with interfering in the 2018 midterm elections.

The woman, Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, of St. Petersburg, was involved in an effort “to spread distrust toward candidates for U.S. political office and the U.S. political system,” prosecutors said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is scrutinizing how a collection of activists and pundits intersected with WikiLeaks, the website that U.S. officials say was the primary conduit for publishing materials stolen by Russia, according to people familiar with the matter.

NYC Councilmen Ritchie Torres and Fernando Cabrera are demanding Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new Democracy NYC office explain how it botched the mailing to 400,000 voters, sending a letter to chief democracy officer Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune.

Tonawanda Coke is preparing to abandon its River Road plant and leave the massive cleanup to the federal government, a prosecutor said – and allegation that comes just three days after the company filed for bankruptcy.

The long awaited first upstate Chick-fil-a opened just inside the Albany International Airport’s security checkpoint.

Gavin McInnes, the founder of the far-right group the Proud Boys, said that he was arranging the surrender of eight members whom the police are seeking in connection with a brawl outside a Republican club in Manhattan last weekend.

Starting today, New York City police officers must inform civilians of their right to refuse a search if an officer has no warrant or lacks reasonable suspicion of a crime. Officers will also be required to hand a business card to civilians who they stop to question, frisk, or search.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg is actively considering a campaign for president as a Democrat in 2020, concluding that it would be his only path to the White House even as he voices stark disagreements with progressives on defining issues including bank regulation, stop-and-frisk police tactics and the #MeToo movement.

A referendum going before Ulster County voters in November looks to clarify where the authority to adopt a final legislative redistricting plan lies and could make Ulster the first county in the state to strike a fatal blow to gerrymandered districts.

The North Creek man who was arrested earlier this year after he claimed that he was stranded overnight on a ski lift at Gore Mountain Ski Center was convicted of making a false statement to State Police.

The Mega Millions jackpot soared to a record-breaking $1 billion in the hours ahead of the prize drawing slated for tonight.

Hochul Endorses 5 Democratic Women Running For Senate

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul endorsed five Democratic women running for the state Senate on Friday as the party pushes to gain control of the narrowly divided chamber.

Hochul endorsed Democrats Pat Strong, Michelle Ostrelich, Kathleen Cleary, Carima El-Behairy and Joan Elizabeth Seamans.

“As I have been traveling the state non-stop and talking to voters, I have seen clear signs of significant Democratic energy in every corner of New York,” Hochul said in a statement.

“I have been working to elect more women to the State Senate and Congress because we need more women’s voices in elected office, and we have a great slate of Democratic candidates. I’m proud to continue my efforts with these five incredible women who will help us to flip the State Senate from red to blue. Governor Cuomo and I have worked to make New York the most progressive state in the nation, and we need the rightful Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins leading the State Senate to work with us to finally advance long-stalled priorities like the Reproductive Health Act, expanding voting rights, and criminal justice reform. I’m looking forward to using my experience and support to help elect Democratic women in swing districts all across New York.”

Hochul previously endorsed a slate of Democratic women running for Republican-represented districts in the Senate and the House, including Liuba Grechen Shirley, Tedra Cobb, Tracy Mitrano, Dana Balter, as well as Monica Martinez, Anna Kaplan, Jen Metzger, Jen Lunsford and Karen Smythe.

SD-43: Gibson Endorses Jordan In TV Spot

Former Rep. Chris Gibson in a TV ad released Friday endorsed Republican state Senate candidate Daphne Jordan for a Capital Region-area district.

“These are folks you can really count on,” Gibson said in the ad. “They get up every morning and they give everything they have and they believe in this country. This is why I’m proud of Daphne Jordan. I believe she represents those values.”

Gibson represented a portion of the Senate district while in Congress. He retired in 2016 and is chairman of Republican Marc Molinaro’s gubernatorial campaign.

The commercial comes as Jordan is competing against Democratic candidate Aaron Gladd for the district being vacated by Republican Sen. Kathy Marchione.

Cuomo Lobbies Trump for Tunnel Repairs

“They say a picture is worth a thousand words, in this case I think it’s worth $13 billion dollars,” concludes Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s five minute and 23 second digital funding appeal to President Donald Trump.

Cuomo wants the federal government to go halfsies with New York, New Jersey and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on the Gateway Tunnel Project–an endeavor that would rebuild parts of Amtrak’s 107 year old ailing passenger train infrastructure that stretches across the Northeast Corridor, and build a new two lane Hudson River tunnel.

It’s something he calls, “probably the critical infrastructure issue facing not just New Jersey and New York, but literally the entire Northeast.”

The estimated cost lies somewhere between 12 and 13 billion dollars, and the project expected is to take seven to eight years.

The video message gives face to every engineers worst nightmare: crumbling concrete walls wet by intrusive salt water, power cables connected to Penn Station becoming increasingly less protected thanks to corrosion and flood damage from Super Storm Sandy.

Cuomo explains he had lobbied a receptive Obama administration to foot 50 percent of the bill, but the Trump Administration has been opposed to the proposal.

Cuomo says the project has no legs without the federal government’s approval, legal assistance or funding.

“Given your background in construction I think once you see the severity of the situation it will speak volumes.”

Cuomo toured the tunnels Wednesday night in effort to capture the appeal on camera.

The Democratic Governor is running for a third term this November and is no fan of President Donald Trump, constantly painting his opponent, Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro as an antagonistic ‘Trump mini-me.’

Super PAC Ad In NY-22 Warns Against ‘Liberal Mob’

A super PAC aligned with the House Republican leadership is airing a radio ad in 10 congressional districts, including the hotly contested 22nd district in the Mohawk Valley, that warns of a “liberal mob.”

The radio ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund blasts Democrats over the allegations of sexual assault made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

“The liberal mob pushing their extreme views,” the ad’s script says. “Trying to hijack our democracy and steal seats on the United States Supreme Court. Despicable lies. Disgusting character assassination.”

The ad airing in the 22nd House district comes as Rep. Claudia Tenney is seeking a second term in a competitive and costly race against Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.

“Democrats have been very clear that if they win back the House, Speaker Pelosi’s first order of business would be to impeach President Trump and Justice Kavanaugh,” said Courtney Alexander, CLF Communications Director. “The stakes couldn’t be higher, and Republicans must turn out to vote to stop Pelosi’s liberal agenda.”

Brindisi has said he will not support Pelosi for speaker should Democrats win control of the House of Representatives.

State Dems Condemn Farrakhan

The New York State Democratic Committee on Friday in a statement condemned the remarks of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan that compared Jews to termites.

“The hateful, discriminatory remarks from Minister Louis Farrakhan have no place in the public discourse,” said the committee’s chairman, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. “I stand with all New Yorkers in condemning these disgusting words which are an affront to our shared values of inclusion, tolerance and equality. We will continue to confront hate and discrimination in all its forms.”

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Marc Molinaro on Thursday issued a similar statement condemning Farrakhan’s remarks. Video of the speech has since been removed from some websites.

The Pataki Years Make A Comeback

Ask a hardcore political junkie about the 1998 race for governor and they’ll probably rattle off a few names for you: George Pataki, Peter Vallone, Betsy McCaughey, Tom Golisano.

The race saw the birth of the Independence Party and the breakup of the Pataki-McCaughey Ross ticket.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign also remembers that race, especially when it comes to an incumbent far ahead in the polls against a little known challenger.

Cuomo and his campaign have today pointed to the 1998 race and Pataki’s decision to not debate Vallone, then the New York City Council speaker, as a data point in the ongoing debate over actually holding a debate this year.

Then there’s Republican former Sen. Al D’Amato, now a prominent lobbyist who has been publicly complimentary of Cuomo’s economic policies. D’Amato was a key force in unseating Cuomo’s father, Mario Cuomo, in 1994 with Pataki as the GOP standard bearer.

He told me in a phone interview this afternoon that it is “a colossal political blunder” for Molinaro to not agree to a radio debate with Cuomo.

“I think that when you’re a challenger and you’ve made an issue about having a debate and there’s a bona fide news organization giving you the opportunity, you should take it,” he said, adding Molinaro should be pushing for a televised forum as well. “I don’t understand the failure to do that. To turn it down makes no sense to me.”

D’Amato similarly insisted he is not endorsing Cuomo’s bid for a third term, but then quickly pivoted to his support for keeping the narrowly state Senate in GOP hands.

“I have not endorsed either,” he said. “I’ve been working for the Republicans very hard to try to keep the state Senate which I think is imperative for the interests of upstate New York and the suburban counties.”

So, why are the Pataki days relevant again?

The answer may be in Molinaro’s campaign, which is being run by several former Pataki aides, including Dave Catalfamo, who has since departed from D’Amato’s lobbying firm, Park Strategies.

I admit this is extraordinary inside baseball, probably even for this blog’s readership.

But it’s also an insight on how Cuomo’s campaign may be viewing the debate about the debates: Something for the blogs and Twitter to chat about, but not something keeping voters up at night.

Abinanti Backs Limo Safety Bill

Assemblyman Tom Abinanti has introduced an Assembly version of the Stretch Limousine Safety Act in his chamber, a bill announced earlier this week by Sen. Simcha Felder.

The measure was introduced following the deaths of 17 passengers, a driver and two pedestrians after a stretch limo in Schoharie crashed.

“We need a more comprehensive approach to the inspection and licensure of ‘stretch limos’ to protect all New Yorkers,” said Abinanti, a Westchester County lawmaker.

“New Yorkers hire these limos to transport them safely to and from proms, weddings, and other special events. They count on the State to make sure that the vehicles and the drivers are safe.”

The bill includes a retirement age for stretch limos, new training requirements for drivers as well as inspection and insurance regulations that would make it harder for a vehicle to get back on the road should it fail to pass.

The limo involved in the crash, officials have said, failed inspection a month earlier.

Gladd Receives Nod From Construction Labor Group

Democratic state Senate candidate Aaron Gladd on Friday announced the endorsement of a construction labor union in his bid for the 43rd district in the Capital Region.

Gladd received the nod from the New York State Conference of Operating Engineers, a group that represents operating engineers working as heavy equipment operators, mechanics, and surveyors in the construction industry.

“Throughout this campaign, Aaron Gladd has shown a commitment to rebuilding New York, pledging to support desperately needed infrastructure investments, and protecting union construction jobs,” said the conference’s president Daniel McGraw. “The New York State Conference of Operating Engineers is proud to endorse Aaron and stand with him in his campaign for state Senate.”

Gladd is running against Republican Daphne Jordan for the district represented by Sen. Kathy Marchione, who is retiring at the end of the year.

“One of my key priorities as state senator will be investing in key infrastructure projects for upstate New York,” Gladd said. “Operating Engineers and all of our unions bring the very real concerns of the working class to Albany, and I am here to work with them to make sure the men and women building our state are heard.”