SD-13: Ramos Ad Focuses On Transit Woes

A video ad released Friday by the state Senate campaign of Democrat Jessica Ramos takes aim at the troubled New York City subway system and, in particular, the 7 train residents of Queens use.

“Here in our district, we often have to wait for the 7 train for a very long time. Subway system malfunctions often make us very late for work — and being late costs workers their paychecks. I’m running for State Senate because we need to get the MTA fixed,” Ramos said.

“We deserve better. I want to go to Albany and fight for an MTA that works, rent regulations that protect tenants, and public school funding that our children deserve. I’m a straphanger, I’m a Queens native, and I’m a REAL Democrat.”

Ramos is challenging Sen. Jose Peralta, a former member of the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference, in a primary.

The ad is a sign the transit problems in New York City won’t be confined to just the race for governor, but also down-ballot races that will be closely watched this September.

1199 SEIU Launches Radio, Print Ads Aimed At Faso, Tenney And Stefanik

The labor union 1199 SEIU on Thursday announced a print and radio ad campaign meant to highlight the votes cast by Reps. Claudia Tenney, Elise Stefanik and John Faso that made key changes to the Affordable Care Act.

The ad campaign is part of a broader effort at on-the-ground efforts in the battleground districts, the labor union said in a statement. The effort aims to capture “health care voters” who would be motivated by the issue of repealing the ACA, commonly referred to as Obamacare.

The 1199 campaign in particular is highlighting the House bill that would have made changes to the Medicaid program and potentially trigger deep cuts.

Ultimately, Congress backed a measure that ended the individual mandate that requires Americans to carry health insurance.

NY-22: Dem Super PAC To Air Ad Targeting Tenney

From the Morning Memo:

A Democratic-backed super PAC will launch a TV ad that criticizes Rep. Claudia Tenney, a first-term Republican in the 22nd congressional district.

The ad will be aired on broadcast TV and on digital platforms in the Binghamton media market, taking Tenney to task for the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“Congresswoman Tenney is just another career politician who looks out for herself and special interests instead of hardworking Upstate families,” said House Majority PAC Communications Director Jeb Fain. “Tenney has voted time and time again against the middle class, even backing a devastating ‘Age Tax.’ HMP is getting a head start making sure Upstate voters know the truth about Tenney’s terrible record.”

Tenney faces Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi in the central New York House seat that is considered one of the top battleground races this fall.

NY-19: Clegg Releases First Video Ad Highlighting Health Care

Democratic congressional candidate Dave Clegg has released his first video ad of his campaign, highlighting the story of his daughter Jessica, who was born without a heartbeat and with life-threatening congenital problems.

The video spotlights how her health insurance coverage was taken away over claims that she had a pre-existing condition.

“I know first hand what it’s like to have the person you love most in this world have their health care taken away and to not have the money to cover astronomical health care costs; I want to go to Congress to fight for Medicare for all so no one has to go through what we did,” Clegg said on Monday.

“I’ve spent 37 years in this district defending working people from predatory corporate practices, and now, I want to go to Congress to make sure that no insurance company or pharmaceutical manufacturer ever puts their profit margins before a person’s life. Health care needs to be about the well being of our citizens, not executives’ bottom line.”

As an attorney, Clegg challenged the insurance company successfully. The broader in the campaign is the Affordable Care Act and the Republican efforts to weaken the measure.

Clegg is among the crowded field of Democrats seeking to take on Republican Rep. John Faso this fall in the Hudson Valley’s 19th congressional district.

“It makes me sick thinking about how Rep. John Faso and Donald Trump did everything in their power to take health care away from 60,000 people in our district,” Clegg said.

“We need to act now to make sure they can never threaten our well being again. And let’s be clear – we need someone who is going to fight for this legislation, not half measures or some ill defined version of universal health care. I will fight to my last breath to make sure every citizen, regardless of their income, gets the health care coverage they deserve, which I know we can do by passing Medicare for all.”

NY-19: Delgado Highlights His Parents In TV Ad

The congressional campaign of Democrat Antonio Delgado on Tuesday released its latest TV ad as part of a five-figure ad campaign that will air on broadcast and cable TV in the 19th district in the Hudson Valley.

The ad shines a light on Delgado’s family, namely his parents.

“This region is my home, and the place where my parents taught me the value of hard work,” Delgado said in a statement. “It’s time we had a Representative in Congress who will show up and work just as hard as the families of our region. We need a champion for a tax policy that puts hardworking families first, not Paul Ryan’s giveaway to big corporations and the wealthiest Americans. This campaign is about you. It’s about doing good for our home and the people in it. Thanks to what my mom and dad taught me, nobody will work harder for our region than I will.”

He is among the crowded Democratic field for the nomination in the district. Republican Rep. John Faso is running for a second term.

SD-37: Killian Ad Focuses On School Aid

The second TV ad from Republican state Senate candidate Julie Killian released Monday calls attention to school aid for Westchester County, knocking Albany for what she said is failing to send suburban schools their fair share.

“As parents, we work hard to teach our kids to play fair,” she says in the ad. “Clearly, a lesson the Albany politicians didn’t learn. Instead of Westchester students getting their fair share of state school funding, Albany sent almost 200 million dollars meant for our kids to New York City schools.”

The ad is part of Killian’s campaign in a special election scheduled for April 24 to flip a Senate seat in the suburban district that was vacated this year by George Latimer, now the Westchester County executive.

Killian faces Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer in what is expected to be a key race for control of the narrowly divided chamber.

The seat is the linchpin of a deal to unite the factions of Democrats in the chamber.

Uber Weighs In With TV Ad On Assembly Ride Share Fee

Uber Technologies has released a TV ad that has started to air in the last week that is critical of the Assembly’s budget proposal that would add fees to ride hails in New York City.

The ad is part of a six-figure purchase on cable and broadcast television.

The Assembly plan unveiled last week would draw $500 million in new revenue from a proposed Transportation Sustainability Program that would create a $2.75 charge for ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft as well as black cars and limousines in Manhattan below 96th Street.

A $1 charge would added to trips outside of the zone. Taxis and other street hailed green cabs hailed below 96th Street would subject to a 50-cent per trip fee.

At the same time, the Assembly wants progressive tax rates for the real estate transfer tax for both residential and commercial properties valued at $5 million and higher.

Uber, which has backed efforts to create a congestion pricing plan that adds tolls at key points around Manhattan, knocked the proposal.

“The Assembly’s proposal unfairly burdens the majority of New Yorkers who live outside of Manhattan and already pay far more in taxes per trip than Manhattan taxi riders,” the company said in a statement. “Instead of incentivizing Manhattan riders to take public transit, the Assembly plan allows them to hail a yellow taxi to avoid higher fees. The only way to address congestion, fully fund the MTA and improve transportation outside of Manhattan is through a comprehensive congestion pricing plan where everyone pays their fair share.”

NY-19: Delgado Ad Highlights Door Knocking

Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado on Wednesday released a TV ad highlighting his door-to-door campaigning ahead of the June primary.

The ad is part of a five-figure ad purchase that will air on broadcast and cable channels in the Hudson Valley House district.

Delgado is among the crowded field of Democrats vying to take on Republican Rep. John Faso in the competitive district that has long been a target for the party to flip.

“This TV ad is a reflection of our campaign,” Delgado said.

“I’ve spent the past year listening to folks in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. I’ve knocked on doors, made phone calls and attended events. And we’ve only just begun. This campaign is about you. Over the course of this campaign we will be highlighting the same issues we talked about in your doorways. This first ad will highlight the need for universal, quality, affordable health care. It’s time we had a representative that shows up and listens. My parents taught me that with hard work and discipline good things can happen. No one will work harder for the people in our region than I will.”

1199 And Hospitals Team Up On Ad For Health Care Funding

The Greater New York Hospital Association and the influential labor union 1199 SEIU on Tuesday launched a six-week ad campaign to push for more health care funding in the state budget.

The ads are part of a multi-million dollar push for health care spending in the budget, typically one of the costliest areas in the spending plan aside from education aid. The campaign points the finger at Washington for the potential cuts in aid and urges Albany to “secure” money to bolster health care spending.

The two ads, which feature a nurse who worries about the cuts, will also air on the radio statewide. The ad buy includes broadcast and cable news as well as Facebook and local news sites.

“Washington’s healthcare cuts have put some of New York’s most vulnerable communities in danger of losing access to quality care,” said George Gresham, President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. “Now we are looking to Albany to take a stand for working New Yorkers by ensuring that the budget contains the funding needed to keep healthcare accessible to communities around the state. These commercials will educate lawmakers and the public about exactly what we are facing, and why affordable, community care is so critically important.”

It’s not unusual for the hospitals and 1199 to work together. Both are highly influential and deep-pocketed organizations that have sway with both the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“New York’s financially troubled hospitals have gone 10 years without a single Medicaid reimbursement rate increase while our costs have steadily climbed,” said GNYHA President Kenneth E. Raske. “Now, with the State’s health care funding under relentless assault from Washington, the situation has become untenable. These TV ads will educate New Yorkers and the State legislators who serve them that it has never been more important for Albany to provide significant additional health care funding in the State budget.”

GOP-Aligned Advocacy Group Launches New Digital Ad

A Republican-aligned advocacy group on Tuesday released digital ads in 36 House districts backing the December tax law, including two in New York.

The group American Action Network is releasing the district-specific ads, including in the seats held by Reps. John Katko and Claudia Tenney in central New York.

The organization’s ad campaign is part of a $2.5 million digital effort to tout the tax law, which has come under fire from Democrats in New York, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“All across the country, working families are seeing real results, from paycheck bonuses to an average tax cut of $2,000 thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” said Corry Bliss, AAN Executive Director. “AAN will continue to promote the benefits of pro-growth tax reform for the middle class because families deserve to know how these cuts will provide them with much-needed peace of mind.”