NY-19: Faso And Heaney Agree To Debate

Two of the Republicans running in the 19th congressional district on Tuesday agreed to a series of debates ahead of the June primary.

The day began with Heaney calling on Faso, a former Assembly minority leader who likely enjoys higher name recognition with voters in the district given that he was once an elected official, to hold six debates ahead of the primary.

“As the turnout for the Presidential primary showed, voters are energized and want to hear directly from the candidates about how they will finally change the culture of corruption and back scratching that permeates Washington,” Heaney said in a statement.

Not missing a beat, Faso agreed in a statement released by his campaign 20 minutes later.

At the same time, Faso’s campaign called for the third GOP candidate in the race, Bob Bishop, to be included. Heaeny’s campaign allies have sought to challenge Bishop’s ballot position.

“John Faso accepts,” said Faso spokesman Bill O’Reilly. “He’s happy to inform voters about Andrew Heaney’s history of donating to President Obama, and we suspect that Mr. Bishop may want to talk about Mr. Heaney’s ongoing attempts to disenfranchise him.”

The 19th congressional district is being vacated this year by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson, who announced Monday he would not run for governor in 2018 and instead take a job at Williams College.

Teachout: $418K Raised In April

Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout, even before April, was raising a staggering amount of money.

But in the last month alone, her campaign says she’s raised $418,000 — a large haul for an upstate House race.

“This month we set an almost impossible to reach $400,000 April goal,” the fundraising email sent to supporters on Saturday says. “Yesterday, we hit our goal! That’s right — we’ve raised $418,000 in April.”

The email calls for more donors to send them $25,000 before midnight.

Teachout has proven her campaign to be something of a fundraising behemoth, leading the 76 congressional candidates in New York who filed financial reports with the Federal Elections Commission so far this year. Between the reporting period of January through March, Teachout received $530,732 in contributions.

Most of those donations to the campaign have come in the form of small dollar amounts.

Teachout is running for the Democratic nomination in the 19th congressional district against Will Yandik.

On the Republican side, three candidates are vying for the GOP line: former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso, businessman Andrew Heaney and Bob Bishop.

The district is being vacated this year by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson, who is considering a run for governor in 2018.

The Hudson Valley House seat is accustomed to attention and well-financed campaigns, having been a battleground district since 2012.

NY-19: Faso And Heaney Added To NRCC’s Young Guns Program

Two of the Republican candidates running for the GOP nomination in the 19th congressional district have been added to the National Republican Campaign Committee’s “Young Guns” program.

The NRCC added John Faso and Andrew Heaney to the list, which recognizes GOP challengers for hitting certain campaign-related benchmarks such as fundraising ability as well as communicating within the district.

“While our Republican majority continues to work hard to move our country forward, we know there is still more to be done,” said NRCC Chairman Greg Walden. “These 11 candidates have proven themselves to be exemplary leaders in their communities and they are exactly the kind of leaders we need in Washington. I am confident these candidates will continue to run strong campaigns as they spread the message and values of the Republican party across the country.”

Both Heaney and Faso, along with Bob Bishop, are in a three-way race for the nomination in the Hudson Valley district, which is being vacated by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson at the end of the year. Gibson is considering a run for governor in 2018.

On the Democratic side, Will Yandik and Zephyr Teachout are competing for the party’s nomination.

The 19th district has become a battleground seat in recent election cycles following the 2012 round of redistricting.

Congressional Fundraising Roundup

With New York’s presidential primary behind us, we’re now looking forward to this year’s Congressional primary in June.

We’re watching eight different races from Long Island to the Finger Lakes that are either competitive this year or have been in past election cycles.

The most recent fundraising deadline was at the end of March, and filings started trickling in late last week. We have compiled the latest numbers so you don’t have to, including how much each candidate has raised overall this election cycle and how much they raised in the first quarter of this year. We have also included how much cash each candidate has on hand as of the latest filing.

Candidates are listed below in order from most-money-raised to least. Remember to click the ‘Read More’ button for the full list.

You can find more on each of these races in our Race for Congress section.

3rd Congressional District

Steve Stern (D)
Total Raised: $500,633
Total Raised First Quarter: $500,633
Cash on Hand: $444,530

Tom Suozzi (D)
Total Raised: $451,306
Total Raised First Quarter: $451,306
Cash on Hand: $374,345

Anna Kaplan (D)
Total Raised: $445,160
Total Raised First Quarter:  $445,160
Cash on Hand: $344,659

Jack Martins (R)
Total Raised: $283,598
Total Raised First Quarter: $283,598
Cash on Hand: $242,223

Jon Kaiman (D)
Total Raised: $242,379
Total Raised First Quarter: $242,379
Cash on Hand: $189,305

Philip Pidot (R)
Total Raised: $106,796
Total Raised First Quarter: $106,796
Cash on Hand: $83,696

Chad Lupinacci (R)
Total Raised: $27,720
Total Raised First Quarter: $27,720
Cash on Hand: $25,262

Jonathan Clarke (D), Dan Serota (R), and Robert Trotta (R) have not submitted a filing for the first quarter.

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NY-19: Bishop Protests Petition Challenges (Updated)

Republican congressional candidate Bob Bishop on Tuesday is criticizing his rivals for the GOP nomination in the 19th district, saying they are unfairly challenging his petitions for the ballot.

“Andrew Heaney and John Faso are using the same tactics that political insiders have used for years to try and disenfranchise every day Americans,” Bishop said. “Our campaign attracted volunteers from all corners of the district to help a true outsider get on the ballot in order to give voters a real choice in June. John Faso and Andrew Heaney are scared of my candidacy and will do anything to stop it.”

Updated — A spokesman for Faso campaign says the candidate has nothing to do with the petition challenges against Bishop.

Bishop in a statement compared the effort to question his petitions to the Republican establishment’s national unease with Donald Trump’s campaign.

“These political games are exactly what voters are coming out in droves today to stop. My opponents are doing the exact same thing the Republican establishment is attempting to do to Donald Trump – trampling on the people’s voice in favor of their own interests,” Bishop said. “Andrew Heaney and John Faso have repeatedly said that this election should be decided by the voters but it’s clear they will simply say whatever they need to get elected – just like we’ve come to expect from wealthy insiders and career politicians.

The 19th district in the Hudson Valley is being vacated by Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican who is considering a run for governor in 2018.

The district has been considered a battleground for Democrats and Republicans nationally, with Gibson fending off challenges to the seat during re-elections bid in 2012 and 2014.

NY-19: Faso Has $619K In Cash On Hand

Republican congressional candidate John Faso’s campaign has $619,102 in cash after raising more than $1 million since entering the race last year.

Faso’s campaign raised $220,442 in the most recent filing. He received $644 donations that range from $1 to the federal maximum of $2,700.

Faso is among several Republican candidates vying for the GOP line in a June 28 primary, including Bob Bishop and businessman Andrew Heaney.

“I’m grateful that so many residents of the 19th Congressional District have shown their support for my candidacy,” said Faso, a former Assembly minority leader. “Throughout my travels in the 11 counties, people are telling me that the status quo isn’t good enough; they’re frustrated and want change. Together we will reform Washington, improve the economy by helping small businesses expand, and repair the damage that has been done during the past eight years under President Obama.”

Faso is vying for the seat held by Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican in the Hudson Valley’s 19th congressional district who is retiring at the end of the year as he considers a run for governor.

NY-19: Yandik Raises $256,000 in First Quarter

Democrat Will Yandik raised $256,000 in the first quarter of this year, his campaign announced Tuesday. Yandik is one of three Democrats running to replace outgoing Congressman (and potential Candidate for Governor) Chris Gibson this November.

Yandik, who also serves as Deputy Town Supervisor in Livingston, says almost two-thirds of the donations came from inside the Congressional District, which encompasses part of the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. Almost all of the donations – 90 percent – came from donors living in New York.

“I am thrilled by the overwhelming support that we have received from individuals across upstate New York,” Yandik said in a statement. “Our strong fundraising quarter is proof that our message is resonating and our campaign will be able to take that message to every corner of the district.”

Yandik is running against Fordham Law Professor and former Gubernatorial Candidate Zephyr Teachout for the Democrat line. Her campaign announced last week that they raised $530,000 in the first quarter of this year – more than double Yandik’s results.

Yandik’s campaign, however, says they are gaining momentum. In today’s release, they say half of their donations came during the month of March. The fundraising deadline was March 31.

The third Democrat in the race, John Kehoe, has not released fundraising results for the first quarter. Full filings are expected to be available on the FEC website later this week.

NY-19: Teachout Says She’s Raised $530K

Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout announced on Friday she had raised $530,732 in her bid for the 19th House district in the Hudson Valley.

Teachout’s haul for the single filing period approaches matching what she raised in her run for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014 against incumbent Andrew Cuomo.

The funds included 13,248 contributions from 10,657 donors. The average check written to the Teachout campaign was $40.06.

In an email to supporters, Teachout touted the strong fundraising period, which she said had a goal of reaching $40,000.

“Together, all your contributions led to a wildly successful first filing quarter,” Teachout said. “You are raising up the voices of people who have been shut out.”

Teachout is competing in a June primary against Democrats Will Yandik and John Patrick Kehoe. The 19th congressional district is being vacated this year by Rep. Chris Gibson, who is gearing up for a run for governor in 2018.

NY-19: Teachout Opposes Cable Merger

Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout on Tuesday outlined her concerns and opposition to a proposed merger by Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, which is currently pending federal review.

“Quality, affordable access is an issue of economic viability and democratic fairness,” Teachout said. “Competition is good for consumers, and removing it will stifle our ability to prevent future rate increases on existing sub-par service, and provide universal broadband coverage. When we allow power to consolidate, people lose.”

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Teachout in a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state regulators at the Public Service Commission called for strengthened authority to oversee large broadband Internet providers and better police anti-competitive behavior in the marketplace.

The Public Service Commission has signed off on the merger, though it is awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

The merger for the companies comes after Comcast Corp. dropped its bid for TWC last year. The acquisition would have created the nation’s largest cable and Internet provider.

Teachout’s 2014 campaign opposed the Comcast-TWC merger, with her running mate Tim Wu being an early pioneer of net neutrality arguments.

New Charter Letter- FINAL by Nick Reisman

NY-19: Gillibrand Fundraises For Teachout

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday sent a fundraising email for Zephyr Teachout, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 19th congressional and the 2014 primary challenger to Gov. Andrew CUmoo.

Gillibrand, the Democratic junior senator in New York, is the first statewide elected official to endorse Teachout’s campaign for the Hudson Valley congressional district.

The fundraising email presents an interesting move for Gillibrand, who has never had much of an alliance with Cuomo.

Gillibrand has sought to elect more women to federal office, including this cycle Democrat Colleen Deacon in a central New York congressional district.

“I can tell you one of my favorite things about Zephyr: She’s worked for years to raise the voices of women in politics,” Gillibrand said in the email. “She’s co-organized events to encourage New York women and teachers to run for office. She’s volunteered for Girls on the Run. She’s been a mentor for young women almost her entire life — pushing for more women in business and politics.”

Teachout faces Will Yandik in a Democratic primary in June, as well as John Patrick Kehoe.

The 19th congressional district is being vacated by Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican considering a run for governor in 2018.