NY-19: Hinchey Family Endorses Delgado

The wife and daughter of the late former Rep. Maurice Hinchey on Wednesday endorsed Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado.

Delgado was endorsed by Ilene and Michelle Hinchey, as well as Dan Ahouse, the former chief of staff of Hinchey, who represented upstate New York until 2013 and died in 2017.

“Antonio is a natural leader who has the strength and courage to not just defeat John Faso and be an outstanding Representative, but also to be the leader we need here at home and in Washington — someone who will bring people together to advance and protect our core democratic principles that are currently under assault in Washington,” said Ilene Hinchey, Michelle Hinchey and Dan Ahouse.

“Antonio has a deep personal connection to and understanding of our region and can speak to the hopes and dreams of the people who live here. He will be our voice, he will inspire action and he will stand up for our values with unbreakable determination.”

Delgado is among the crowded field of Democrats vying for the nomination in the 19th congressional district in the Hudson Valley.

“Maurice Hinchey was a great man and Representative and I could not be more proud to earn the trust of those who knew him best,” said Delgado. “He stood up for what was right and just. He understood that this job starts and ends with the people, not special interests or what’s popular in Washington. I promise to strive every day to live up to his legacy as a fierce and principled public servant.”

NY-19: HTC Endorses Rhodes

The politically influential Hotel Trades Council on Wednesday endorsed Democratic congressional candidate Gareth Rhodes in his bid for the nomination in next week’s 19th district primary.

Rhodes, a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was credited by the union for appearing on a picket line during a job action at an Albany hotel down the road from the state Capitol.

“Only one candidate in this race walked the picket lines with our members, standing by their side demanding that Hilton Albany workers receive the fair wages, health benefits and pension they deserve, and that was Gareth Rhodes. He showed the courage, conviction and compassion that’s far too infrequently demonstrated by our leaders in Washington today,” said HTC President Peter Ward. “When it comes to fighting for our members’ rights, from healthcare to worker protections to pushing back against anti-immigrant discrimination, Gareth has stood up for working families, and we’re proud to stand with him now.”

Rhodes has picked up a series of high-profile labor nods in recent weeks, including the New York State Nurses Association on Tuesday.

The winner of next Tuesday’s primary will take on Republican Rep. John Faso, who is seeking a second term.

“Whether it’s fighting for fair wages or providing their members with a national model for affordable and accessible healthcare, the Hotel Trades Council is a tireless advocate for working families, and I’m honored to have their support,” Rhodes said. “I stood with hotel workers and their families on the picket lines at the Hilton Albany and was amazed at how they never lost hope and never backed down. It’s that inspiration that drives me to fight every day for working families, and I look forward to continuing to partner with HTC and their members as we fight for a better future for all working families.”

Miner Says She’d Tackle Corruption, Not Play A Spoiler

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is making public corruption a centerpiece of her campaign for governor — promising a civil discussion of the issues without name calling.

And, she insists, she’s not playing spoiler for the Republicans.

“My path to winning is to say to voters who are dissatisfied with the status quo and people who think corruption, the culture of corruption, is a formidable problem in Albany and the cost that all New Yorkers pay is too high,” she said. “I’m running on the outside to say we can disrupt this and have real, meaningful change.”

Miner is running an independent bid for governor, challenging both Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive and presumptive GOP nominee.

Her candidacy in large part is built around a bipartisan push against corruption, launched as prominent developers from upstate New York and the former president of SUNY Polytechnic face a corruption trial related to the rigging of bids for economic development projects.

She is a former co-chairwoman of the state Democratic Committee, backed by Cuomo before their falling out over pension smoothing policy.

“I think we as New Yorkers will all benefit from the more voices and the more civic dialogue,” she said. “It’s about having a real discussion. The more people who are part of that process, the better off it is for all New Yorkers.”

She dismissed concerns that she would be spoiler potentially for Molinaro, calling it an insider matter. She would examine, scale back and potentially end economic development spending she says hasn’t helped the state, including a $400 million film tax credit program.

She is running on the Serve America Movement ballot line — an organization that includes Republicans. Asked about the Republican affiliation, Miner pointed to the backing and donations Cuomo has received from Republicans, including Anthony Scaramucci, the short-lived White House communications director for President Donald Trump.

She wants to ban unlimited political giving through limited liability corporations, but for now is stopping short of pushing for public financing of political campaigns, calling it “one of the harder things” to get done.

For now, she will stay a registered Democrat and plans to write herself in for the September gubernatorial primary (she previously spoke to Cuomo’s primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon).

“We have to stop engaging in this name calling and partisanship and we also have to be honest what’s keeping us back: Naming calling and not talking about our problems,” she said.

NY-19: NYS Nurses Association Endorses Rhodes

From the Morning Memo:

The New York State Nurses Association on Tuesday will announce its endorsement of Democratic congressional candidate Gareth Rhodes, a key union nod in the Democratic primary for the 19th district in the Hudson Valley.

“The New York State Nurses Association is proud to endorse Gareth Rhodes as the best candidate to take on Rep. John Faso and to fight for our members and all working families in Washington,” said Marva Wade, the PAC chairwoman of the association.

“Rhodes was born in Ulster County and has committed his life to the 19th District and serving the people of New York. He stands with labor and backs single-payer health care as well as safe staffing, advocates for common sense gun safety, fights for the environment and calls for greater investment in our schools. NYSNA is proud to stand with a candidate who stands up for working class New Yorkers.”

Rhdoes is a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeking the nod to compete head-to-head against Faso, a freshman Republican in what’s expected to be a top-tier House race this fall.

The endorsement is another labor nod for Rhodes, who has previously been given the backing of the Communication Workers of America as well as the Teamsters Local 445 and 456.

Rhodes over the weekend was endorsed by the editorial board of The New York Times.

Taken together, the endorsements could provide both an edge and a last-minute boost of momentum ahead of the coming primary on June 26.

“Nurses are on the frontlines of keeping our communities healthy and safe, and it’s an honor to have the endorsement of the New York State Nurses Association. I rallied with NYSNA in Albany when at least 2,200 nurses at Albany Medical Center became unionized, and I will fight every day for issues like safe staffing, health care for all, and to keep our hospitals open for care,” he said in a statement.

NY-19: Shawangunk Democrats Endorse Clegg

From the Morning Memo:

Democrats in the town of Shawangunk on Tuesday will formally endorse Dave Clegg in the 19th congressional district.

Clegg, an attorney and chairman of the Ulster Human Rights Commission, is among the crowded field of Democrats vying for the party’s nomination in this month’s primary to challenge Republican Rep. John Faso in the Hudson Valley House seat.

“There is no one with more experience or the deep roots needed to beat John Faso in November than Dave Clegg,” Shawangunk Democratic Chairwoman Adrienne Perine said on Tuesday.

“He has given both his professional and personal life to the people of our district. Dave’s impeccable record taking on giant corporations, polluters, and the health insurance industry in the courtroom and winning, while also serving his community as the Chair of the Ulster Human Rights Commission, giving hundreds of pro-bono hours to women who have been the victim of abuse, and his commitment to protecting our environment makes him the best candidate to represent us in Congress.”

The final vote to endorse Clegg was 13-2.

“I am honored to have the support of the Town of Shawangunk Democrats who represent the very best that our party has to offer,” Clegg said in a statement.

“As we head into the final week of the campaign I know their support will make all the difference in this race. They understand what I do – that it’s going to take a candidate with an actual history of serving the people of this district to win this race. I look forward to working with them the rest of this primary, and into the general, in our joint effort to defeat John Faso; I will be the representative in Washington looking out for our district.”

NY-21: Wilson Releases Second TV Ad

Democratic congressional candidate Katie Wilson on Monday released her second television ad of her bid for the Democratic nomination in the 21st congressional district.

“Running for Congress is surprisingly like motherhood.I’m trying to be a force of good in the world, I’m trying to advance a positive agenda and I’m constantly putting out fires,” Wilson said.

“Yet I struggle every single day, and I worry about the same things. Will my kids have access to a good education and will my father be able to afford health care and end of life care when the time comes” she continues, echoing the themes that she’s championed across the district since entering the race for NY-21 almost a year ago.”

Wilson is among the Democratic field running for the North Country House seat that’s held by Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik.

Miner To Launch Campaign For Governor

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is running for governor as an independent, a culmination of a years-long break with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Miner told The New York Times in a story posted Monday morning she would launch her bid, basing it around political corruption that has engulfed the Capitol in recent years.

Miner’s entrance into the race is an evolution for the ex-mayor, who had served briefly as Cuomo’s hand-picked Democratic Party co-chairwoman in New York.

Miner emerged as a critic of the administration’s policies toward local governments, an eyebrow-raising development for someone who had been aligned with a governor who brooks little dissent.

After leaving the Syracuse mayor’s office last year, Miner had been considered a potential candidate to challenge Republican Rep. John Katko in central New York, a battleground congressional district.

Her entrance into the race for governor means Cuomo will be fighting a multi-front war for re-election on several fronts heading into the general election.

“Mayor Stephanie Miner has been an outspoken critic of Andrew Cuomo’s reckless administration of this state, and I welcome her into the governor’s race,” said Marc Molinaro, the presumptive Republian nominee for governor and the Dutchess County executive.

“As yet another criminal corruption trial involving the Cuomo Administration kicks off in federal court today, it comes as little surprise that this is now a four-way contest. Governor Cuomo’s corrupt and disastrous pay-to-play policies have cost New York taxpayers billions of dollars they can’t afford, lining Mr. Cuomo’s campaign coffers with an obscene amount of money at everyone else’s expense. The Cuomo corruption holding New York back from reaching its true economic potential must end.”

It’s not yet clear what the immediate impact of Miner’s candidacy will be: She could either shave votes from the governor or split the anti-Cuomo vote in New York. A Siena College poll released last week showed Cuomo with a 19-percentage point lead over Molinaro in a head-to-head contest among likely voters.

NY-22: Brindisi Reports Large Fundraising Advantage

Democratic congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi’s campaign on Friday announced it had raised more than $340,000 between April and June, opening up a large cash-on-hand advantage against Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney.

Tenney, a Republican freshman seeking a second term in the 22nd congressional district, raised $176,977 during the same time period.

“Rep. Tenney’s fancy fundraisers in Washington that cost $30,000 a ticket are no substitute for the grassroots fundraising powering our campaign in Upstate New York ,” said Ellen Foster, Brindisi’s campaign manager. “We pledged not to take a dime of corporate PAC money, and it’s clear that independence is what the voters of the 22nd district want.”

Brindisi, a member of the state Assembly, has an overall cash advantage, with nearly $1.2 million in the bank compared to $774,603 for Tenney.

SD-13: Citizen Action Endorses Ramos

Democratic state Senate candidate James Ramos was endorsed Friday by Citizen Action of New York, a progressive group affiliated with the Working Families Party.

Ramos is challenging Democratic Sen. Jose Peralta in his Queens district.

“At Citizen Action, our top priority is electing candidates who show a real commitment to helping working families. Jessica Ramos’ campaign to fix our subways, fully fund our schools, and achieve real rent reform shows she’s the real Democrat in this race. For too long, State Senator Jose Peralta failed to support working families, instead of working with the Republicans in the State Senate to block real rent reform, public school funding, and more,” said Jesse Laymon, Board Member of Citizen Action of New York.

“Jessica embodies the kind of candidate Citizen Action supports: rooted in her community’s needs, armed with a vision for how to turn those needs into a reality, and committed to fighting the legislative battles that will get her there. We are thrilled to support her bid for State Senate.”

Peralta is a former member of the now-dissolved Independent Democratic Conference. The IDC disbanded in April and its members joined the mainline Democratic conference fold in the Senate.

“Citizen Action of New York has worked tirelessly to push a progressive agenda forward across our state, and I’m thrilled to have their endorsement today,” Ramos said. “Our campaign focuses on harnessing grassroots power to deliver positive change back to our own community—from fixing the MTA, to funding our public schools, to passing real rent reform. I’m honored to receive Citizen Action’s endorsement and look forward to campaigning alongside their team as we work to bring a real Democratic majority to the State Senate this year.”

Maloney Touts War Chest, Petition Drive After AG Launch

Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney’s campaign for attorney general on Friday touted the 8,000 petition signatures it has collected and the $500,000 in campaign cash raised since he launched his candidacy last week.

It was not immediately clear how much of that money came from Maloney’s existing federal account.

“Although the fix is in for other candidates, we’ve been out working hard, talking to thousands of New Yorkers, and earning the support of contributors across the state,” Maloney said.

“New Yorkers are sick of being steamrolled by Trump – they want someone to take him on and to protect the America we all believe in – an America where everyone has a fair shot regardless of where they come from, what they look like, or who they love.”

Maloney is running for the Democratic nomination for AG, but plans to seek re-election to his seat in the House of Representatives if he fails to win the nomination — an unusual step he insists is a legal one.

Maloney is facing three other Democrats for the nomination: New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Leecia Eve and Fordham Law School professor Zephyr Teachout.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned last month after he was accused by multiple women of domestic violence.