From the Morning Memo:

It’s been a week of petitioning for candidates to formally get access to the ballot and, as usual, they’re using the process to show their campaigns have strength ahead of the coming vote.

In the Hudson Valley, Democratic state Senate candidate Karen Smythe touted the thousands of signatures submitted to gain a spot on the ballot submitted to the state Board of Elections.

Smythe is challenging Republican incumbent Sue Serino in the Poughkeepsie-area Senate district and will likely have up to three ballot lines: the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality Party lines.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support for my campaign and very proud of the organization we have built to spread our message throughout the Hudson Valley,” Smythe said in a statement.

“Hudson Valley families want new representation in the State Senate and real leadership up in Albany, and that is why hundreds of volunteers have come out to help me bring that change. The enthusiasm among volunteers and voters is amazing, and with their support I know we will win in November.”

Meanwhile, in Manhattan, Sen. Marisol Alcantara touted the petitioning support she received from the labor union DC37.

“As a lifelong labor union organizer, I know what it means to fight for our working class men and women,” Alcantara said.

“During my first year in office, I witness firsthand what we can do together when we worked to pass my Card Check Bill to protect our public sector unions from the recent Janus v AFSCME Supreme Court decision. I will forever be a part of the labor movement, and will forever champion our unions’ causes.”

Alcantara is a former member of the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference, which merged with the mainline Democratic conference in April. She faces former Councilman Robert Jackson in a Sept. 13 Democratic primary.