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Six NY House Districts Part Of National Tax Reform Focus

A Republican aligned advocacy group has in recent days bolstered its efforts in New York congressional districts to promote the push for tax reform in Washington.

The group, American Action Network, is targeting six districts overall in New York as part of a 41-district effort.

In New York, the campaign has been focused on the districts represented by GOP Reps. Lee Zeldin, John Faso, Elise Stefanik, Claudia Tenney, John Katko and Chris Collins.

Of those lawmakers, Collins is believed to be safest in next year’s midterm elections, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo has sought to work to unseat the western New York Republican who had backed an effort to shift the burden of Medicaid spending from county governments to the state level.

This effort from the American Action Network has been focused on tax reform, part of a $500,000 digital ad campaign to push for the issue. It comes as the U.S. Senate is turning its own focus back to a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

“Now is the time for Congress to act and make tax relief for working families a reality,” said Corry Bliss, AAN Executive Director. “Conservatives are on the right track and have a winning message on pro-growth tax reform: cut taxes on working families, keep and create jobs here at home, and eliminate loopholes for special interests. That’s exactly what Americans across the country deserve. Lawmakers must deliver on their promise to families or prepare to be held accountable.”

Martins Releases 1st TV Ad in Nassau Co Exec Bid

Now that he knows who his Democratic opponent will be in November, Republican Nassau County executive candidate Jack Martins isn’t wasting any time getting the general election battle underway.

County Legislator Laura Curran barely had time to savor her Democratic primary victory over County Comptroller (and party switcher) George Maragos last night before Martins, a former state senator, hit the airwaves with his first TV ad of the race.

The spot, entitled “Zero Tolerance” and produced by produced by BrabenderCox, was provided to CapTon for a sneak preview. In it, Martins pledges to battle corruption in a county that has seen its fair share of that particular problem, most recently in connection with the outgoing Republican executive, Ed Mangano, who declined to seek reelection as a result.

The Nassau County GOP backed Martins even before Mangano announced his plans regarding a third term, breaking with the incumbent due to his legal troubles. The party and its candidate clearly want to put as much distance between themselves and their tainted former standard bearer, hence the corruption-busting focus of this ad.

The press release announcing the ad, which is going up with a fairly sizable $1 million buy, notes Martins “passed the pension forfeiture constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot statewide this November.” It also includes a link to his reform plan.

(Note that it did take Albany politicians quite some time to get on board with the pension forfeiture amendment, thanks to ongoing debate and infighting over its final wording).

Here’s the script of the Martins ad, which is pretty straightforward/no frills. It features Martins in a shirt and tie, (sans jacket), speaking to a group of supporters at what appears to be some sort of forum who applaud him at the end.

“We have the ability to great things here in Nassau County, but it starts with having zero tolerance when it comes to public corruption,” Martins says.

“Not only do we have to have the ability to remove somebody from office. we have to have the ability to say we’re going to take away your public pension, because you don’t deserve a pension if you violated the public trust.”

“If you’re an elected official, and you put yourself ahead of the people, there have to be consequences for violating the public trust.”

Martins served three terms as a state senator until last year, when instead of seeking re-election, he ran for the House seat vacated by former Democratic Rep. Steve Israel. Martins lost that race to now-freshman Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi, a former Nassau County executive.

After last night’s primary results were in, Martins also didn’t waste any time releasing a statement “welcoming” Curran into the race, but also slamming her for “wanting to make this about the past.”

“Unfortunately, with what appears to be historically low turnout today in the Democratic primary, it seems the strategy of ‘looking back’ hasn’t excited Democratic voters, which doesn’t bode well for Democrats in the general election,” Martins added.

Curran, meanwhile, said her victory yesterday was “a clear message that Nassau County is ready to chart a new path – that we are ready to put an end to the culture of corruption and make our government live up to the greatness of the people of this county.”

She also sought, as she has repeatedly, to tie Martins to the corruption problems that have plagued the local GOP, saying:

“We are facing off against a political machine that has proven it knows how to win. But we know all too well what the reality of those victories have meant – corruption scandal after corruption scandal, with politicians like Ed Mangano, (former Senate Majority Leader) Dean Skelos, and (former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor) John Venditto being dragged out in handcuffs for using our tax dollars to enhance their own bottom lines.”

Astorino: Westchester Can’t Rely On Albany Or Washington

Republican Rob Astorino’s latest TV ad in his re-election campaign says Westchester County can’t rely on either Albany or Washington for help.

“We can’t count on Albany or Washington to make the right choices,” Astorino says in the ad released Thursday. “But here in Westchester, we focus on the things that truly matter, and together we get things done.”

The Westchester County executive is seeking a third term this fall. The race has potential statewide implications given the likelihood Astorino will run for governor again in 2018 against incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

The 30-second spot dovetails with an ad Astorino released earlier this month that highlights his support from the black community.

Two Democrats are facing each other in a primary for the party’s nomination: Sen. George Latimer and County Legislator Ken Jenkins.

NY-3: NRCC Knocks Suozzi’s Record On Veterans Issues

A digital ad released on Monday by the National Republican Congressional Committee knocks the voting record of Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi on veterans issues.

The ad takes issue with five votes taken by the freshman lawmaker from Long Island, including measures that would crack down on neglect at the V and providing resources to veterans.

“The 25,000-plus veterans in NY-03 district deserve a fighter in their corner,” said Chris Martin, a spokesman for the NRCC. “Tom Suozzi has proven that he’d rather take the fall to curry favor with Nancy Pelosi at their expense.”

Suozzi was elected last year, filling the seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Steve Israel, defeating former state Sen. Jack Martins.

GOP Advocacy Group Airs Ad In NY-22, 24

A Republican super PAC’s national ad campaign will air a TV ad in two battleground House districts in upstate New York as part of a broader national push on tax reform.

The ad called “Laid Off” will air in the 22nd district, represented by Rep. Claudia Tenney, and the NY-24, a seat held by second-term incumbent John Katko. Both Republicans are expected to be top targets for Democrats next year.

The total ad purchase is worth $2.5 million.

The ad released by the American Action Network seeks to strike a populist tone on the issue and highlights an Ohio worker who says he was laid off because of an uncompetitive tax code could not contend with foreign competition.

“We are committed to standing up for Americans who have been left behind by our broken tax code, and sharing real stories to raise awareness on how jobs have fled to countries like China,” said the group’s executive director, Corry Bliss. “It’s time for Congress to act and defend hard-working Americans and their families across the country.”

Meanwhile, the group has sought to play an on-the-ground role in the House districts, setting up field offices in battleground seats around the country in the lead up to next year’s mid term elections.

NY-19: Pro-ACA Group Runs Digital Ad Pressuring Faso

An advocacy group that supports the Affordable Care Act has released a digital-only ad targeting Rep. John Faso over his support for the legislation that would have repealed and replace the legislation, which so far has faltered in Congress.

“Congressman Faso broke his promise and voted for the health care repeal bill that would’ve taken coverage away from 23 million people, including over 1 million New Yorkers, and would’ve raised premiums 20 percent,” the ad’s narrator says.

“It threatened affordable coverage for pre-existing conditions. Americans want Congress to improve the health care law, not get rid of it.”

The ad was released by the group Save My Care as part of a campaign that’s targeted up to two dozen lawmakers nationally.

The spot comes as Faso has said he wants to seek bipartisan changes to the law, commonly known as Obamacare. He backed a provision attached to the House version of the bill that would shifted the cost of Medicaid from county governments to the state.

Faso was elected last year to the Hudson Valley congressional seat, which has been considered a battleground district over the last several cycles.

NY-22: Digital GOP Ad Raises Single-Payer Specter

The 22nd congressional district is among the eight House races being targeted in a new digital ad backed by the National Republican Campaign Committee that raises fears over the creation of a single-payer health care system.

“European-style single-payer healthcare is the new litmus test in the Democratic Party,” said NRCC Communications Director Matt Gorman.

The ad claims a single-payer system would negatively impact programs like Medicare Part D and Veteran’s Affairs coverage (both are, arguably, examples of socialized medicine already in place).

“Every day from today until Election Day, Democrats will be forced to answer whether they support this disastrous plan which raises trillions in taxes, controls all your healthcare decisions, and could even end Medicare Part D and the VA,” Gorman said.

The ad is being released in the district held by Rep. Claudia Tenney, a freshman Republican who could face Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi next year in the general election, among what is expected to be a handful of hotly contested House races in upstate New York.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is preparing a single-payer or “Medicare for all” bill in the wake of the GOP-led health care talks breaking down in Congress.

GOP Super PAC Ad Seeks To Counter Dem Agenda

As congressional Democrats on Monday move to lay down a populist platform ahead of the 2018 elections, a GOP-aligned super PAC has released a digital ad knocking the effort.

The ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund includes imagery of violent protests, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to frame the Democratic effort as part of a “resistance” movement seeking undermine President Trump.

“It is no surprise that Democrats want to pretend Nancy Pelosi and her toxic brand don’t exist,” said Corry Bliss, CLF Executive Director.

“The simple truth is that a Democrat is someone who is beholden to Nancy Pelosi, wants to raise your taxes, is blinded by their hatred of the president, and regularly loses elections. With Pelosi at the helm, Democrats and their resistance movement are completely out-of-touch with the majority of Americans. As we detailed in a recent polling memo, the majority of Americans want a Congress run by Speaker Ryan, not Speaker Pelosi.”

The group is running field operations in competitive House races this cycle, and efforts in New York so far include the 24th and 22nd congressional districts.

Uber TV Ad Focuses On Long Island Approval

Uber Technologies on Monday released a TV ad that aims to push back against efforts to ban ride hailing in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The ad comes as ride hailing outside of New York City will take effect in the next 10 days.

County governments can move to disallow ride hailing companies like Uber and Lyft from operating in their borders. The concern for Uber is Long Island is home to especially influential cab companies that could play a role in banning them from a large suburban market.

Uber Releases New TV Ad In Final Ride-Hailing Push

The ride hailing company Uber on Tuesday released a new TV ad in a final push to have an expansion measure included in the state budget.

The ad will air in upstate TV markets on broadcast and cable from Tuesday through the end of the week, when the budget is expected to pass.

“Time and again, legislators have left the Capitol without delivering on ridesharing for Upstate New York,” said Josh Mohrer, General Manager, Uber NY. “Poll after poll after poll has shown that an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers are demanding better transportation options in their communities and it’s time for Albany to ignore NYC special interests and pass a statewide framework for ridesharing immediately.”

In the ad, Uber urges for the passage of the provision in the budget, given New York is one of two states that do not have ride hailing services statewide.

“Tell Albany to get moving,” the ad’s narrator says. “Let’s get ridesharing across the finish line.”

Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are considering a plan in the budget, but differ on local control issues as well as how to tax hails.