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State Dems: Do Astorino & Moss Have ‘Dirty Hands’?

The state Democratic Party is out with yet another attack TV ad this time targeting both GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino AND (I believe for the first time) his running mate, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss.

The issue: The candidates’ failure to make public a sufficient number of past tax releases to satisfy the Democrats.

Astorino has released just one year of his tax returns, while Moss hasn’t released any so far.

Just a reminder: It’s traditional, but not legally required, for candidates to at least let reporters review their tax returns. And it’s equally traditional for the opposition to make a campaign issue out of however many years worth they release – especially if it’s zero.

I’m not sure how much voters actually care about this issue, though it does provide an opportunity for candidates to accuse one another of a lack of transparency.

Candidates who have declined to release their returns have managed to win anyway.

Kirsten Gillibrand, for example, declined to heed the tax return call of her GOP opponent in 2006 – then-Rep. John Sweeney – but defeated him handily in the general election.

Since she moved from the House to the US Senate, Gillibrand has made a point of not just making her returns public, but also posting them on her website. In 2012, the senator made five years worth of returns available online.

Here’s the text of the state party’s new ad:

“For decades, candidates for state-wide office have released at least five years of taxes. Governor Cuomo has released twenty.”

“Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy Hochul has released five. Rob Astorino, just one. Astorino’s running mate Chris Moss? Moss hasn’t released a single year.”

“Why are they refusing to release their taxes, even for years when they have been public employees – county executive and Sheriff?”

“Who else was paying them? What are they hiding? You can’t clean up Albany with dirty hands.”

More WEP Upset

From the Morning Memo:

The consternation over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to create the Women’s Equality Party line is growing among Democratic women who worry that effort will hurt down-ballot candidates running on Row A.

On Monday, a Democratic district leader in Manhattan sent an email to a Cuomo administration aide, asking that he express to the governor her “extreme displeasure” with ads that ask voters to support him on the WEP line next month.

“He either does not understand or care about what that means to the Democratic Party,” wrote Louise Dankberg, who is also a member of the Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club and a longtime Upper East Side political activist.

“Votes in the gubernatorial race determine size of Assembly districts, election districts, district leader lines, state committee members, judicial delegates and alternates,” Dankberg continued.

“We are trying to get the word out that it is important for Democrats or anyone wanting to vote for the governor’s ticket to vote on the Democratic line. Any help is much appreciated.”

Dankberg is not the alone in her concern.

Sen. Liz Krueger, who represents the Upper East Side, recently called the Women’s Equality Party a “mistake” that could hurt the Democrats’ effort to re-take the Senate majority and marginalize female voters.

And Karen Scharff, co-chair of the Working Families Party, said during a CapTon interview last week that she sees no need for the WEP, and does not believe women voters should be “pigeonholed” into a separate party.

It is not lost on WFP officials like Scharff that just one letter separates their party from the governor’s WEP – a move some cynics believe is meant to confuse voters and dilute the WFP vote.

Cuomo is running on the WFP line, but rarely mentions that fact, and so far isn’t urging voters to support him there.

If the party fails to get 50,000 votes for Cuomo on its line, it will lose its official ballot status, and if it is out performed by another party – say, the WEP – it will be bumped from its hard-won slot on Row D to a line further down the ballot.

Internal Hayworth Poll: NY-18 Race Is A Statistical Tie (Updated)

From the Morning Memo:

According to an internal poll conducted for Nan Hayworth’s campaign, the former congresswoman is closing fast on her Democratic opponent, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, and now trails him by just 4 percentage points.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, shows Maloney leading Hayworth 39-43, with a third party candidate, Scott Smith, receiving 2 percent of the vote.

The margin of error for this poll of 400 likely voters is 4.9 percent, which means this race is a statistical dead heat.

A Siena poll released last month showed Hayworth trailing Maloney by 8 percentage points.

Hayworth’s campaign shared just the top lines of the poll with SoP, providing no additional details or crosstabs. (Federal election rules, unlike state requirements, do not mandate that candidates release entire poll results if they make just some information public).

The poll memo warns, however, that this situation is “eerily similar” to the 2012 election, when Hayworth was up 7 percentage points in an October Siena poll, only to see her lead slip away come November.

“Bottom line – if the Hayworth campaign is able to appropriately fund paid media for the final push to get Nan’s message out to voters in the district, she can win back this congressional seat on November 4th,” the memo concludes.

The DCCC is clearly worried about Maloney’s chances of holding onto his seat next month.

The national Democats recently pulled funding for TV airtime from two flailing upstate congressional campaigns in NY-21 (Aaron Woolf) and NY-23 (Martha Robertson), and shifted the cash to NY-18.

Using that money, the DCCC recently launched its first attack ad against Hayworth, echoing Maloney’s main campaign theme that she is too conservative to represent the evenly divided district.

Update: Stephanie Formas of the Maloney campaign weighs in on the poll.

“This self-serving release of selectively hand-picked poll results is a Hail Mary attempt to save the campaign of a self proclaimed radical who supports a Tea Party agenda to privatize Social Security and defund Planned Parenthood to give more tax breaks for multimillionaires like herself,” she said. “There’s a reason even Republican elected officials are supporting Sean’s results-driven, bi-partisan approach.”

NY-18 internal poll for GOP former Rep. Nan Hayworth's campaign. by liz_benjamin6490

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

At 8 a.m., the AARP holds a roundtable breakfast with Capital Region community leaders to discuss Boomer Flight and impact of the 50+ on the local economy, The Desmond Hotel, 600 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany.

At 8:30 a.m., Board of Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch and state Education Commissioner John King visit The Little School, 226 Linda Ave., Hawthorne.

At 10 a.m., LG Bob Duffy attends Cuomo’s second annual NYS Yogurt and Dairy Summit, PepsiCo Auditorium, Stocking Hall, Cornell University, 411 Tower Rd., Ithaca.

Also at 10 a.m., Cuomo attends the dedication ceremony for the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons at Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, the Bronx.

Also at 10 a.m., Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins holds a meet-and-greet with voters, Lake Front Park, 1 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.

Also at 10 a.m., Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz presents his proposed budget for 2015, 16th floor, Edward A. Rath Building, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo.

At 10:20 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a guest on WNYC with host Brian Lehrer.

At 11 a.m., Tisch and King visit Excelsior Academy, Newburgh Free Academy North Campus, 301 Robinson Ave., Newburgh.

At 11:30 a.m., Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks will endorse Astorino’s jobs and tax plans to revive New York’s struggling economy, Riverside Court, Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E Main St., Rochester.

At noon, GOP AG candidate John Cahill, joined by Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, discusses his plan to combat heroin addiction, Borough Hall Park, Staten Island.

Also at noon, former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke delivers remarks at Long Island Association’s annual fall luncheon, Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury.

At 12:15 p.m., Astorino will address the Irondequoit Kiwanis Club, Keenan’s Restaurant, 1010 East Ridge Rd., Rochester.

At 12:30 p.m. AG Eric Schneiderman makes an announcement, 157 Maplewood Ave., Syracuse.

At 1 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio illuminates the Empire State Building for NYC Go Purple Day in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Empire State Building Lobby, 350 Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets, Manhattan.

At 1:15 p.m., Democratic LG candidate Kathy Hochul joins former NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn and student leaders for a Q and A on sexual assault on college campuses, in front of 4 Times Square, Conde Nast Building, 43rd Street entrance, Manhattan.

At 2:15 p.m., de Blasio meets with the Mayor of Milan Giuliano Pisapia, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 3:15 p.m., Hochul tours Breezy Point with Rep. Greg Meeks, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and community leaders, starting point: Rockaway Point Breezy Catholic Club, 204-10 Rockaway Point Blvd., Queens.

At 4:20 p.m., de Blasio hosts a press conference to kick off the Sandy Recovery Opportunity and Resource Fair, Challenge Prep Academy, 2538A Beach Channel Dr., Queens.

At 5 p.m., Astorino will attend the Monroe County GOP Pre-Victory Grazing, Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E Main St., Rochester.

At 6 p.m., Cahill discusses his heroin addiction plan with Long Island voters.

At 6:15 p.m. Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss delivers remarks at the Nassau County Republican Committee’s Dinner, Crest Hollow Country Club, 8235 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury.

At 6:30 p.m., Cahill’s wife, Kim, attends the New York County Republican Women’s Club Networking Meeting, Women’s National Republican Club, 3 West 51st St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Cahill attends the Nassau County GOP Dinner, Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury.

Also at 7 p.m., Cuomo signs copies of his new memoir, Barnes and Noble, Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., Manhattan. (He’ll be met by hundreds of anti-fracking protestors).

Also at 7 p.m., state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and his GOP opponent, Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci, participated in a TWC News debate, CUNY’s Baruch College, Lexington Avenue and 23rd Street, Manhattan.


A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has tested positive for the disease.

Ebola has become campaign fodder, with Democrats accusing the Republicans of making deadly cuts to health care funding, and the GOP accusing President Obama of not doing enough to protect Americans from the disease.

The World Health Organization reported that new cases in West Africa could reach 10,000 a week by December — 10 times the current rate.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was in the nation’s capital yesterday for meetings with federal officials on the threat of terrorism and the Ebola outbreak.

The trip was a chance for de Blasio, who is still finalizing his federal security clearance and struggling with his relationship with police leaders back home, to get out of town and burnish his law-and-order credentials.

New York’s premier public hospital – Bellevue – will become a center for treatment of the Ebola virus in the city, hospital and city officials said, amid widespread concerns that the disease may not be so easily contained by every hospital that has an isolation unit.

The New York Times chides Cuomo for refusing to agree to more debates with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, saying: “(M)issing from (his) busy schedule is the political reality of the moment.”

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No matter what Gov. Andrew Cuomo says, Charlie Rose believes the governor wants to be president because “it’s in his blood.”

In a interview with USA Today, Cuomo called the Moreland mess “a political dispute,” insisting he established the commission solely to force lawmakers to pass ethics reform – not to investigate them.

The Daily News’ Ken Lovett recalls the circumstances of the fateful phone call that landed him in Cuomo’s book.

Cuomo will get his moment in the Top 10 tonight, on “Late Show With David Letterman.”

The tagline for the NRCC’s new anti-Aaron Woolf ad in NY-21: “Brooklyn’s congressman. Not ours.”

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis faces up to two years in prison after pleading guilty today to two counts of willfully failing to file federal income tax returns.

Democratic NY-19 candidate Sean Eldridge made Roll Call’s list of this cycle’s nine biggest candidate “flameouts.”

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer may not be on speaking terms with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, but he’s got Rachel Noerdlinger’s back.

President Obama will hold a fund-raiser on Long Island Thursday, but many local Democrats on the ballot this fall won’t be attending.

Democratic Senate candidate Jesse Hamilton appears to be jumping the gun.

The NAACP is opposed to Prop. 1.

Trips to Pennsylvania drilling sites are emerging as a political pilgrimage for candidates for governor in New York as politicians and voters wrestle with fracking.

A Washington State ballot initiative imposing stricter gun control, funded in large part by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, faces a drop in support.

Three SUNY campus police departments reportedly acquired military equipment, including high-powered rifles, through the Pentagon’s 1033 program.

Hollywood bigwigs are lining up to show their support for Hillary Clinton as she headlines a fund-raiser for the DSCC.

There’s footage of Rob Astorino dancing at a Sukkoth celebration in Borough Park.

Rep. Brian Higgins wants the state waterfront agency to take $15 million set aside for parking ramps and instead spend the money on park and access improvements on the Outer Harbor.

NY-11 Democratic candidate Domenic Recchia thinks the DCCC could be spending its money on something other than reminding voters of Rep. Michael Grimm’s legal problems. “People know,” he said.

Grimm savaged Recchia after the challenger revealed he would skip a debate tonight in Brooklyn – the second such forum Recchia has missed.

Cuomo announced members of a task force that will aim to end the AIDS epidemic in New York. The task force met today.

Bloomberg reportedly backed compulsory military service at an event last year.

The scandal-scarred “Scorch the Flame” is out.

REBNY’s PAC Hits the Airwaves for Amedore

Jobs for New York Inc., the outside spending group created by New York City-based real estate industry, is hitting the airwaves for the first time this election cycle with a TV ad in support of former Assemblyman George Amedore, the Republican candidate in the 46th Senate District.

The ad is a positive spot that focuses in part on Amedore’s efforts in the community, but also aims to blunt the Democrats’ attack against him for opposing abortion rights.

Amedore, who is trying for the second time to unseat Democratic Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, who beat him by just 18 votes in 2012, has been steadfast in his anti-abortion stance, despite the fact that women’s issues – specifically, the governor’s 10-point Women’s Equality Act – has been a key wedge issue in this race.

The ad says Amedore is “leading the fight to stop domestic violence and to make sure working women get equal pay for equal work” – two of the remaining nine Women’s Equality Act planks, which were passed as stand-alone bills by the Senate this past session.

Jobs for New York spent $8 million on New York City’s 2013 elections, and recently registered a new state-level campaign committee to benefit three GOP Senate candidates: Amedore; Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy, who is running against Democrat Justin Wagner for the seat vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Greg Ball; and Dutchess County Legislator Susan Serino, who is trying to unseat freshman Democratic Sen. Terry Gipson.

According to a filing made with the state Board of Elections, Jobs for New York spent $432,000 on air time late last week. So far, this is the only ad that it is running. Here’s the script:

“George Amedore has always been a leader, whether it’s fighting for breast cancer research, using his own time and money to help rebuild the local Ronald McDonald House for sick children, or helping victims of Hurricane Irene, George Amedore fights for us. Now, George Amedore is leading the fight to stop domestic violence, and to make sure working women get equal pay for equal work. George Amedore, fighting for all of us.”

Conservative Party Pans Prop. 3

The state Conservative Party has come out against Prop. 3 – the so-called “Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014″ – saying borrowing $2 billion to pay for educational technology, no matter how beneficial it may be in the short term, is not a smart investment when the technology is likely to be outdated long before the debt is paid off.

“The ‘Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014,’ would have voters believe that, if passed, every student will have the classroom technology necessary to achieve success, leaving out the fact that the very same technology is obsolete within five years,” the party said in a statement released this afternoon.

“The New York State budget currently allocates tax dollars specifically for computer-hardware aid. To incur an additional $2 billion debt for iPads, laptops and other devices requires these students to begin their adult lives with an additional enormous debt they cannot approve, yet, must repay.”

The party said it supports “reasonable” spending to meet the educational needs of New York’s students. But it also noted that state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli issued a report in 2013 that found New York has the second highest level of debt in the country, and spends a larger share of its annual budget repaying principal and interest on outstanding debt than similarly sized states.

“To add an additional $2 billion for technological support that will be outdated before the Bond matures is an irresponsible financial burden being put on the very children the bond is supposed to help,” the Conservatives concluded.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo first proposed the Smart Schools Bond Act in his 2014 State of the State address, but hasn’t done much so far this campaign season to promote it. (He’s a little preoccupied with his own re-election campaign and, as of today, promoting his new memoir).

The Conservative Party is supporting Prop. 1 – the redistricting reform amendment that has divided the good government community. That amendment was a result of a deal Cuomo struck in 2012 with legislative leaders in exchange for his signing off on the highly gerrymandered Senate and Assembly redistricting plans, even though he had promised – as far back as the 2010 campaign – that he would veto any lines that were drawn in the traditional, politically-controlled manner.

Cuomo yesterday declined to take a position on Prop. 2, which would switch the Legislature over to a paperless system, putting bills lin-line rather than distributing hard copies on the desk of every single lawmaker in both chambers. The proposal was pushed by GOP Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, who will be discussing it on CapTon this evening, as a means of modernizing legislative operations and saving money in the process.

UPDATE: The Conservative Party also supports Prop. 2, which Shaun Marie Levine, executive director, told me is “just common sense.”

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

At 7 a.m., “CBS This Morning” airs a pre-taped interview of Cuomo by Charlie Rose about the governor’s new memoir “All Things Possible,” which is released today.

At 10:05 a.m., Westchester County Executive and GP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a guest on the Laura Ingraham Show.

At 10:25 a.m., Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is interviewed on “The Brian Lehrer Show,” WNYC Radio.

At 10:32 a.m., Astorino will be a guest on “Live from the State Capitol” with host Fred Dicker, Talk 1300 AM.

At noon, Hawkins makes an appearance at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Also at noon, Brooklyn BP Eric Adams will stand with interfaith leaders, elected officials and others to denounce recent attacks against members and institutions of the Jewish community, rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

At 12:30 p.m., Democratic NY-19 candidate Sean Eldridge and GOP Rep. Chris Gibson will participate in AARP’s candidate forum to discuss Social Security, Medicare and other issues important to seniors, Beekman Arms – Wayfarer Room, 6387 Mill St., Rhinebeck.

At 12:35 p.m., GOP AG candidate John Cahill is a guest on Long Island News Radio with John Gomez, 103.9 FM.

At 1:30 a.m., Astorino holds a press conference condemning the proposed Upper East Side Dump and calling on the DEC to require a post-Sandy study to determine the environmental impact of the waste transfer station, 90th Street and York Avenue, Manhattan.

At 3 p.m., the DEC holds a public hearing on proposed changes to Petroleum Bulk Storage and Chemical Bulk Storage regulations, Meeting Room 6, Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany.

Also at 3 p.m., George Amedore, candidate for the 46th Senate District, will join Sen. Jim Seward for a campaign announcement and to discuss important education initiatives, Kool-Temp Heating and Cooling, 11639 State Route 9W, West Coxsackie.

At 5 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio participates in a media availability with Deputy Commissioner John Miller, NYC Federal Affairs Office, Suite 350, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC.

At 6 p.m., state Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawksy will deliver remarks on virtual currency and Bitcoin regulation, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, 55 5th Ave., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., Chemung County Sheriff and GOP LG candidate Chris Moss addresses the Corning Tea Party, The Center, 400 South Park Ave., South Corning.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio accepts Campaign for America’s Progressive Champion Award and delivers remarks at Celebrating America’s Future 2014, Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW, Washington, DC.

At 7:15 p.m., along with Ramon Jimenez, Green Party AG candidate, Hawkins will be interviewed on NY1′s “Inside City Hall.”

At 7:30 p.m., Astorino will host a reception with Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita, Tutta Bella Trattoria, 754 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale.

Also at 7:30 p.m., Zephyr Teachout holds a book signing as part of her statewide anti-corruption tour, St. Joseph’s College, Greenlight Bookstore, 245 Clinton Ave., Brooklyn.


As Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s memoir hits bookstores today, he will hit the interview circuit — raising his profile in New York and nationally three weeks before Election Day.

Cuomo holds a 21-point lead over Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Long Island, even though just 1 in 5 residents say they are better off now compared to four years ago, according to a new Newsday/News12/Siena College poll.

Cuomo and Astorino courted voters at New York City’s Columbus Day Parade Monday, but not without trading barbs on the upcoming gubernatorial race.

Astorino dubbed Cuomo’s possible pre-Election Day trip to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico the “panic-and-pander tour.”

“Interviews with dozens of Westchester residents show that Mr. Astorino’s fiscal and economic record — including having balanced the county budget without raising taxes — has intrigued both centrist Democrats and those who describe themselves as conservative.”

Sen. Diane Savino: “(Cuomo) has very little respect for members of the Legislature. He thinks we’re a bunch of idiots, all of us. He really does.”

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Back in Feburary, Gov. Andrew Cuomo “became visibly angry, raised his voice and stormed out” of a restaurant where he was having an off-the-record meal with NYT reporters and editors.

But after 25 blocks of reiterating there would be no questions for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Columbus Day Parade, de Blasio was made available – briefly – and again was asked about Rachel Noerdlinger.

Women Speak Out PAC, partner of the Susan B. Anthony list, launched a $25,000 radio campaign slamming NY-21 Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf’s “extreme” positions on abortion.

Predictably, Sen. Lee Zeldin used the “friggin’ mailman” line against his Democratic opponent, Rep. Tim Bishop, in a debate.

The race for the 55th state Senate district is becoming a battle of the news anchors.

An excerpt of the index of Cuomo’s new memoir.

NewsChannel 13′s FOIL requests seeking detailed spending information for Cuomo’s “unity tour” of Israel was denied.

Donald Trump trash talked the Pegulas on Twitter.

Cuomo’s Columbus Day statement doesn’t actually mention Christopher Columbus.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched a challenge inviting U.S. cities to develop temporary public art projects that enhance cultural and economic activity.

Central New York voters consistently rank the economy and jobs as the top issue in congressional elections, including this year’s NY-24 race between Rep. Dan Maffei and John Katko.

NY-4 GOP candidate Bruce Blakeman’s campaign is revisiting criticisms of his Democratic opponent Kathleen Rice’s voting record – an issue first raised during her 2010 primary run for state attorney general.

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins has entered the Common Core fight,  saying he wants to get rid of statewide standards – and standardized testing – altogether.

The DCCC’s latest salvo against Republican Rep. Michael Grimm features NY-11 constituents saying he’s “not the guy” they thought he was.

New York politicians are courting the growing Asian-American vote.

The Buffalo Sabres were named host of the 2016 NHL draft.

Hillary Clinton may not have the luxury of waiting until early next year to declare her intentions to run for president in 2016 if the Democrats lose the US Senate.

Fitch has upgraded the Erie County government’s credit rating outlook from “stable” to “positive” and affirmed its “A” rating in preparation for an upcoming bond sale to finance its 2014 capital projects.

New York City is preparing to end its ban on cellphones in schools, dooming an industry that sprang up near dozens of schools where teens could park their phones in a van for a dollar a day.

A man and woman tested negative for the Ebola virus after they went to Bellevue Hospital.

This happened.

House Majority PAC Sticks With Robertson In NY-23

The DCCC may have abandoned Democratic Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson in her quest to unseat Republican Rep. Tom Reed next month, but she isn’t completely going it alone.

The House Majority PAC just announced it is releasing new TV ads in 10 congressional districts across the country – including NY-23, where the House Democrats’ political arm, led by Long Island Rep. Steve Israel, recently cancelled two weeks worth of reserved air time so it could rededicate resources to protect incumbent Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who is in a tight re-election battle with his 2012 opponent, former GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth, in NY-18.

The ad, which appears below, is airing in the Elmira market only starting tomorrow. And the buy isn’t terribly large – $49,138 – although that goes a lot further in the Southern Tier than, say, the NYC media market.

And, something is definitely better than nothing, from Robertson’s perspective – especially when you consider the fact that another Democratic House candidate recently abandoned by the DCCC, Aaron Woolf, didn’t make the House Majority PAC cut. In fact, the PAC cancelled $300,000 worth of air time it had reserved on Woolf’s behalf just before the national Democrats also decided to pull the plug on his.

The House Majority PAC has also purchased $58,472 worth of air time in Central New York’s NY-24 to benefit Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei. The ad, which can be seen below underneath the anti-Reed spot, slams Maffei’s Republican opponent, former prosecutor John Katko, for being “too conservative” for New York - particularly when it comes to women’s issues.

A GOP source insisted that these buys are not new and have been reserved for some time now. But considering the fact that money is being shifted around all over the place, it’s a safe bet these candidates consider it a win to have managed to hold on to their planned time slots.