Bernadette Hogan

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SD-39: Animal Rights Advocates Back Skoufis

Democratic Assemblyman James Skoufis was endorsed by Voters for Animal Rights and the League of Humane voters in his state Senate campaign for the Hudson Valley’s 39th Senate district.

“I want to thank Voters for Animal Rights and the League of Humane Voters for their endorsements and their advocacy. The humane treatment of animals is an important issue and a reflection of who we are as a society. As State Senator, I will be committed to continuing to support legislation to promote better treatment of animals and prevent animal cruelty.”

Skoufis is looking to fill retiring Senator Bill Larkin’s seat, a post the Republican has held for over 25 years. He faces Republican Stony Point Councilman Tom Basile in the general election. Basile has been endorsed by Larkin.

SD-43: Jordan Endorsed by Detectives

The Republican candidate running for the seat state Senate District 43, Daphne Jordan, was endorsed by the Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc.

Jordan is running to replace her boss, retiring Sen. Kathy Marchione in a Capital Region district.

“I am honored to receive the Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc., endorsement and will always work with the courageous men and women of law enforcement who protect and serve. As Senator, I will work to support and strengthen law enforcement and ensure they have the resources needed to continue serving our communities and protect the security of all New Yorkers.”

The Detectives’ union represents 5,500 active and 12,000 retired NYPD detectives. Jordan faces Democrat Aaron Gladd in the general election on Tuesday.

Uniformed Firefighters Endorse Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was endorsed by the Uniformed Firefighters Association in his third term re-election bid.

Gerard Fitzgerald, Uniformed Firefighters Association President, said, “Governor Cuomo is a steadfast advocate for the hardworking men and women who are on the front lines every day keeping New Yorkers safe. Thanks to Andrew Cuomo’s leadership, all of our members – from firefighters to first responders — can go to work every day knowing that they have the support and financial security to support their families’ health and safety. While organized labor is losing support across the country, Governor Cuomo is dedicated to supporting and strengthening unions in New York. We need Governor Cuomo to continue leading us forward over the next four years. The UFA is proud to stand with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.”

Last week Cuomo praised the efforts of first responders in the wake of an investigation involving several suspicious packages sent to the homes of Democrats nationwide, including CNN’s New York City office in Columbus Circle.

“The hardworking men and women of the Uniformed Firefighters Association put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve New Yorkers. That is why I will continue to fight to ensure the state’s uniformed forces have the resources, support and benefits they need to lead long, healthy and happy lives. Unions make up the backbone of the middle class and it is critical that New York continues to be the beacon of hope and opportunity for the nation. I thank the UFA for their endorsement and look forward to our continued work together making New York stronger and safer.”

Cuomo faces Republican candidate and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in the Nov. 6th general election.

Wofford Endorsed by Construction Group

The Republican candidate for state Attorney General, Keith Wofford, was endorsed by the Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors in his campaign to be New York’s next chief legal officer.

“We believe that Keith, unlike his opponent, has a high moral compass and the integrity to do what is right for the people of this state,” said Brian Sampson, President of ABC, Empire State. “Unlike his opponent, he will apply a fair and even hand to the laws and regulations and not let any campaign donors, or the Governor, dictate the positions his office will enforce. Keith Wofford is the only Attorney General candidate that will lead New York to a better future.”

Wofford faces New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, who won a four-way Democratic primary in September.

New York’s current Attorney General Barbara Underwood is not seeking a full term.

SD-43: CWA Endorses Gladd

Democratic state Senate candidate Aaron Gladd was endorsed by the Communications Works of America in his bid for the seat in District 43.

“I am humbled and honored to be endorsed by CWA and other labor unions that represent the best of New York’s workers,” Gladd said. “Over the past few months I’ve met with businesses and labor unions to hear the concerns they face from providing for their families, job security and affordable health care. I’m dedicated to continuing these conversations and representing the issues that matter most in Albany.”

Gladd has received several union endorsements this election cycle, including 1199SEIU and the New York State Conference of Operating Engineers.

“We know that Aaron Gladd is the candidate voters need to choose in District 43 that will be able to get things done that are in the best interests of workers,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President, CWA District 1. “Aaron Gladd’s record of public service and government experience make him the right choice to represent communications workers in the district and across the state. We know he’ll be a strong supporter to working families and the unions that represent them.”

Gladd faces Republican Daphne Jordan in the upcoming general election.

NY-22: Police Conference of NY Endorses Tenney

From the Morning Memo:

The Police Conference of New York endorsed Rep. Claudia Tenney in her bid for re-election to New York’s 22nd District.

“Claudia Tenney is the law and order candidate. In Congress, she has always stood up to support our men and women in blue. She’s successfully delivered important funding for equipment upgrades for local police departments and the resources we need to keep our communities and families safe. The Police Conference of New York proudly endorses Claudia Tenney’s candidacy for the United States House of Representatives, said President of the Police Conference of New York, Richard Wells.

Tenney faces Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi in the upcoming general election.

“Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line each day to keep our families safe. We are all grateful for their service and sacrifice and it is a distinct honor to receive this endorsement. In Congress, I’ve been a staunch advocate for law enforcement, and fought tirelessly to secure federal funding that provides our law enforcement with the best resources possible to keep our communities safe and secure our border,” said Claudia Tenney. “I will continue to be a strong voice for our state and local law enforcement officials.”

In a recent October Spectrum News-Siena College poll, Brindisi led Tenney 46 to 45 percent. 53 percent of district voters said they approved of the job President Trump is doing and that same number prefers Republicans to maintain control in Congress.

The candidates faced off in a Spectrum News debate yesterday, Thursday, October 25th at Colgate University.

NY-11: Rose Slams Donovan’s Credibility in New Ad

In the race for New York’s 11th congressional district, Max Rose, the Democratic candidate challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan, released a new TV ad criticizing his opponent for ostensibly failing to have the backs his constituents.

Rose highlights his military experience in the ad, “I’m Max Rose, and one thing I learned in Afghanistan is that you’ve gotta fight like hell to make things better.”

“You know what, I see it just like you do. That bridge traffic at 7 a.m., those needles in the gutter. And as long as we have sellouts like Dan Donovan, its never gonna change.”

Rose faces Rep. Dan Donovan in the upcoming general election for the district that covers Staten Island and part of Brooklyn.

Gillibrand Endorses Smythe, Gladd

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand endorsed Democratic state Senate candidates Karen Smythe of SD-41 and Aaron Gladd of SD-43 in their runs for office.

Smythe is challenging Republican incumbent Sen. Sue Serino, who is seeking a third term in the state Senate. This is her first bid for public office.

“Karen Smythe is a community and business leader who has the skills, experience, and dedication needed to serve Hudson Valley families in the State Senate,” U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said. “Karen has helped grow the local economy, ensured her employees had fair wages and good benefits and improved the quality of life for her community. I am proud to endorse Karen for the 41st State Senate District, and I know she will work tirelessly to ensure Hudson Valley communities get the state aid and support they deserve.”

Gladd, an Army veteran, is competing for retiring Republican Sen. Kathy Marchione’s seat. He faces Republican candidate Daphne Jordan.

“Aaron’s personal story of pulling himself out of rural poverty, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college and enlisting to serve his country is not only inspirational, but it’s also a testament to the fact that he is a fighter for upstate New York. And just as he has his entire life, I know that Aaron will be ready to fight for his district when he joins the senate this November to represent the 43rd Senate District.”

Both candidates have been endorsed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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.’

SD-39: Business Groups Endorse Basile

A slew of pro-business groups are backing Republican candidate Tom Basile in his bid for retiring Sen. Bill Larkin’s seat in the 39th District. The organizations include: the Business Council of New York State, the National Federation of Independent Business and Unshackle Upstate.

Group representatives spoke at a press conference in Basile’s favor held Thursday in the city of Newburgh.

“The Business Council and our PAC support candidates who are committed to creating jobs and growing our state’s economy,” said Heather Briccetti, the president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

“Tom Basile is the only candidate in this race with a pro-growth, pro-jobs message, and the track record to back it up. He’s also the only candidate who is opposed to a $200 billion government-run health care system which would double our state’s budget and cause the loss of tens of thousands of jobs. The Business Council and our members proudly endorse Tom Basile for State Senate.”

Basile’s opponent, Democratic Assemblyman James Skoufis, was given an ‘F’ rating by both the Business Council and NFIB for his voting record in the last legislative session.

“We need a real economic development policy that rewards all job creators, instead of picking winners and losers like we’ve been doing. The Skoufis way and the NYC way is just giving more to Albany. That has to stop.

“My opponent’s liberal voting record means fewer jobs, less private sector investment in our communities and fewer people finding living wage jobs. Our state’s economic development policy is shot. By the state’s own admission, it isn’t working – yet Mr. Skoufis keeps voting for these giveaways. We need Albany to get out of the way of our success. That means making it easier for local governments to provide meaningful property tax incentives for businesses willing to invest in our communities and relief for everyone from the outrageous property tax burden,” Basile said.

The seat in the 39th is one Democrats hope will flow into their blue wave, and the race is expected to be a close one.

Basile faces Skoufis in next month’s general election on Nov. 6.