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NY-22: Boehlert Robocalls For Babinec

Former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert has released a robocall backing independent congressional candidate Martin Babinec in the 22nd district.

In the call, Boehlert calls Babinec “an independent reformer” who “can get things done in Congress” if elected.

Babinec is among three people vying for the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Richard Hanna, facing Democrat Kim Myers and Republican Claudia Tenney.

Boehlert, a Republican member of Congress who retired in 2007, recently attended a reception for Babinec along with local Republican leaders.

“Sherry Boehlert represented Upstate New York and the Mohawk Valley with independence and integrity, in Congress I would follow his example,” said Babinec. “I’m proud to have the support of Congressman Boehlert and thank him for his efforts on behalf of our campaign.”

NY-22: TWC News/Siena Poll Shows Tenney Leading 3-Person Field

Republican congressional candidate Claudia Tenney holds a 4-percentage point lead over Democrat Kim Myers in the 22nd House district in central New York, a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll found.

The poll found Tenney receiving 38 percent of the vote compared to Myers’s 34 percent. The poll has a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.

Independent candidate Martin Babinec, meanwhile, has faded from Tenney and Myers. In September, the TWC News/Siena poll found Babinec polling at 24 percentage points. He’s now down to receiving support from 16 percent of voters in the race.

Both Myers and Tenney, meanwhile, made modest overall gains with voters: Myers last month polled at 30 percent, while Tenney drew 35 percent.

The poll of 643 likely voters was conducted on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, several days after the FBI announced it had renewed its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server following the discovery of emails during an unrelated investigation of former Rep. Anthony Weiner and his alleged explicit text messaging with a minor.

On the presidential level, Clinton continues to trail Republican Donald Trump in the 22nd district, with Trump drawing 46 percent of the vote and Clinton drawing 32 percent — virtually unchanged since September. Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green candidate Jill Stein both draw 5 percent and 3 percent respectively.

Babinec has pledged to caucus with House Republicans if elected and a majority of the voters polled in the district want the GOP to retain control of the House of Representatives. And Babinec’s support from conservative-leaning voters has held: 61 percent of Babinec voters plan to vote for Trump.

“Babinec is appealing to a certain swath of Republicans and it happens to be those Republicans who do not like the Republican candidate, Claudia Tenney,” said Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg.

Nevertheless, some of Tenney’s biggest gains came from her fellow Republicans. In September, she polled 50 percent with GOP voters and now draws 59 percent of support.

Myers, too, increased support from her own party by 10 percentage points from last month, from 54 percent to 64 percent.

Though Babinec’s numbers have dropped, the independently wealthy businessman still draws 22 percent of support from independent voters and 18 percent from enrolled Republicans.

More than half of voters polled — 52 percent — say they have made up their mind as to who they will vote for in the battleground district.

The poll comes as all three candidates for vying for the open House seat that’s being vacated by Republican Rep. Richard Hanna, a moderate lawmaker who has not endorsed in the race.

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NY-22: Babinec Says He’ll Donate Congressional Salary To Charity

Martin Babinec, the independent running in the 22nd congressional district, says he would donated the $174,000 salary if elected to the House of Representatives.

“John F. Kennedy would be rolling in his grave if he knew that today we have members of Congress who have flipped his famous axiom and are more focused on what America can do for them – as opposed to what they can do for America,” Babinec said. “These are hard times for many throughout the 22nd Congressional District and I believe it is important to reclaim a tradition of service.”

The donation pledge is inspired, in part, by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s vow to turn down the $400,000 salary if elected.

Babinec’s salary would be donated to charities in areas such as education, arts, local community organizations and human development.

Babinec is in a three-person race for the central New York House district, facing Republican Claudia Tenney and Democrat Kim Myers.

Incumbent Richard Hanna, a Republican, is retiring.

NY-22: Local GOP Figures Hold Reception For Babinec

Congressional candidate Martin Babinec is running an independent bid for Congress, but he’s also garnering support from Republican figures in the 22nd congressional district.

Babinec today is holding a reception with a variety of current and former elected Republican officials, including former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente and George Joseph, the Oneida County Legislature’s majority leader.

The reception is being held at the Ocean Blue Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Utica.

That local support comes as Babinec faces Republican Assemblywoman Claudia Teneny, who has the backing of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Babinec has asserted his independence in the race, but says he will caucus with House Republicans if elected.

Along with Democrat Kim Myers, the three candidates are vying to replace Rep. Richard Hanna, who is retiring from the central New York House seat.

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NY-22: U.S. Chamber Endorses Babinec

Independent candidate Martin Babinec, who has touted himself as a “single issue” candidate focused on job creation, was endorsed Tuesday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Voters in the 22nd Congressional District have the choice between three candidates, two of which are running on alleged business acumen matched with extreme views. Martin Babinec, on the other hand, offers voters a third option as an independent reformer with a strong background of creating jobs. The U.S. Chamber is proud to stand with the local business community to endorse Martin Babinec,” Eileen Braden, Vice President, Political Affairs and Federation Relations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Babinec is running in a three-person race for the 22nd congressional district in central New York, facing Republican Claudia Tenney and Democrat Kim Myers for the seat being vacated by Rep. Richard Hanna.

“We can reverse the 30 year decline of the upstate economy and keep our families together, but it is going to take a fresh approach and new ideas that focus on investing in our communities,” Babinec said. “I deeply appreciate the Chamber’s trust and confidence in my ability to be a partner in Washington for a stronger and more competitive business climate.”

Babinec has said he will caucus with House Republicans if elected to Congress.

NY-22: TWC News To Host 3-Way Debate

Time Warner Cable News next week will host an hour-long debate for the 22nd congressional district.

The debate, to be held at Colgate University, will be held on Oct. 20 and begin at 9 p.m.

The debate will include Republican Claudia Tenney, Democrat Kim Myers and independent candidate Martin Babinec.

The forum will air on TWC News in Binghamton, Syracuse and the Watertown area on channel 200.

The district is an opens seat that’s being vacated by Republican Rep. Richard Hanna.

Colgate will provide up to 200 tickets available to the public.

NY-22: Hanna Won’t Endorse Tenney

Retiring GOP Rep. Richard Hanna is declining to endorse the Republican who wants to replace him in the 22nd congressional district.

Hanna told reporters on Wednesday he is yet to make an official endorsement in the three-way race, but it won’t be for Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, the Republican state lawmaker who challenged him unsuccessfully in a primary two years ago.

“Certainly, I’m not going to endorse Claudia Tenney,” said Hanna. “The jobs she’s had and the offices she’s run for isn’t a positive [campaign] that I can associate myself with,” said Hanna.

Hanna has been criticized by conservatives, including Tenney, for the moderate streak he has displayed in office, culminating with his endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency over Republican Donald Trump.

Tenney told TWC News that Hanna is “yesterday’s news.”

Tenney says Hanna’s decision doesn’t come as a surprise.

“I think if he really cares so much about this race, why doesn’t he run himself? Why did he back out?” she said.

Tenney is in a three-way race for the district, facing Democrat Kim Myers and independent Martin Babinec, the latter of whom has said he would align with House Republicans if elected.

A TWC News-Siena College poll last week found Tenney in a tight race, but leading both opponents with 35 percent of the vote.

As for Hanna’s endorsement, he said it’s still under consideration.

“I think people need to look at the individual candidates, figure out what’s important to them and decide,” said Hanna.

NY-22: Associated Builders And Contractors Back Tenney

The Empire State Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors endorsed Republican Claudia Tenney’s campaign for the 22nd congressional district in central New York.

Tenney, a member of the state Assembly, is in a three-way race for the seat that’s being vacated by Rep. Richard Hanna, a Republican. She faces Democrat Kim Myers and independent candidate Martin Babinec.

In astatement, the trade group pointed to Tenney’s support for lower taxes and policies that would make New York’s business climate more competitive.

“Claudia Tenney has proven herself to be a fighter for taxpayers, small business and free enterprise during her time in the New York State Assembly,” said ABC President Brian Sampson. “Her calls for transparency and fairness in government are ones that we agree wholeheartedly with. As the first person to call for Sheldon Silver’s resignation, we can count on her to stand up to corruption and make decisions based on what is in the best interest of her constituents.”

NRCC Triple Threat: Ads In NY-19, NY-22 and NY-24

The NRCC today unleashed a trio of ads in three hotly contested congressional districts – NY-19, NY-22, and NY-24 – slamming the Democratic (and in one case, independent) contenders in hopes of bolstering the chances of the GOP contenders as the general election draws closer.

The NY-22 and NY-24 spots are similar, in so much as they cast the non-Republican candidates (remember, there’s an independent – Martin Babinec – and a Democrat – Kim Myers – running in NY-22) as too close to Democrats both here in New York and down in D.C.

The NY-24 spot again uses a clip from Democrat Colleen Deacon’s Capital Tonight interview this past spring, when she couldn’t come up with any policy issue on which she might break from the current House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, even though the district is closely divided and voters there have demonstrated time and again that they prefer independent thinkers.

Yesterday, an exclusive TWC News/Siena poll found freshman Republican Rep. John Katko with a comfortable double-digit lead over Deacon.

The NY-22 spot is something of a twofer, accusing both Babinec and Myers as being too closely aligned – either politically or ideologically – with the Democrats.

The NY-19 ad takes a different approach, criticizing Democrat Zephyr Teachout for supporting the controversial Iran deal negotiated by the Obama administration, accusing her of being in “denial” over the potential national security threat that the country poses to the U.S.

According to a recent TWC News/Siena poll, Teachout and her Republican opponent, former Assemblyman John Faso, are running neck-and-neck for the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson.

Here are the ads, which were released this morning and are all currently airing in their respective markets.

This comes as NRCC Chairman Greg Walden is due to make a stop in NY-22 tomorrow to support the Republican candidate there, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. Walden would like to keep the seat, which is being vacated by Rep. Richard Hanna, a moderate Republican, in GOP hands.

NY-22: Babinec’s Education Platform Would End Common Core

Congressional candidate Martin Babinec on Tuesday released an eight-point education platform that includes ending the controversial Common Core education standards.

Babinec, running as an independent in a three-way general election race for the 22nd congressional district, also wants to ensure educational focuses on trade and digital sectors, strengthen funding for Title I, expand educational opportunities for rural students and expand basic research on education.

“In Congress, I will work in a bipartisan manner with all who seek to improve our system and focus on the real needs of our children and the realities of the communities they live in,” Babinec said in a statement.

New York state officials are moving toward an alternative to the Common Core standards, which have com under fire from parents and teachers in part due to an over reliance on testing in the classroom.

Several states have sought to pull out of the Common Core standards, which are developed on the state level but have been identified with an overall push by the federal government to enhance standards in the classroom.

“Top down, one size fits all policies from the federal government have done enough damage, and also get in the way of our own local innovations like advancing high impact opportunities such as digital curriculum and preparation for career paths not requiring college,” Babinec said.

Babinec is running for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Richard Hanna in race that includes Republican Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney and Democrat Kim Myers. The district includes central New York and the Southern Tier regions of the state.