No Labels Action Endorses Suozzi, Reed And Katko

A super PAC that supports lawmakers with bipartisan voting records on Friday endorsed two Republicans and one Democrat from New York.

The group No Labels Action backed the re-election bids of Reps. Tom Reed and John Katko, both upstate Republicans, as well as Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi.

Of those lawmakers, Katko’s central New York race remains the most closely watched. He faces Democratic candidate Dana Balter as he seeks a third term.

“Rep. Katko is one of the most bipartisan members of Congress and he is working day in and day out to forge solutions to our country’s toughest problems,” said No Labels Action Executive Director Margaret White.
“With No Labels Action, there is finally a robust campaign organization working to bring America and our leaders back together, and we’re proud to give Rep. Katko our strong endorsement.”

All three lawmakers are supporters of the No Labels proposal meant to change how Congress operates and make it easier for bipartisan bills to come to the floor for a vote.

Molinaro Doesn’t Expect Collins To Negatively Impact GOP Gubernatorial Turnout In WNY

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro weighed in on the decision made by Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY-27, to remain on the ballot this November.

Collins, who federal prosecutor’s charged last month with crimes connected to insider trading, unsuspended his campaign earlier this week. The congressman said he is now “actively campaigning” while simultaneously working to clear his name.

“I will say that it’s certainly, certainly wasn’t what I was expecting but it’s a decision that he his family and his lawyers decided,” Molinaro said.

Collins also said he will serve the district in Congress if re-elected, a decision some members of the GOP including Carl Paladino have speculated might dissuade voters from coming to the polls. The district is traditionally a Republican stronghold, and a region where Paladino did very well during his 2010 campaign for governor.

However, Molinaro said he’s not concerned about Collins situation affecting his prospects.

“I suspect there will be heavy turnout nonetheless,” Molinaro said. “Certainly we want to be sure that voters understand in this district, in this part of the state, that the governor has turned his back on Western New York. He has and I won’t.”

The candidate was in Buffalo again Friday, as part of his “Cuomo Corruption Tour.”

Independence and Intrigue in SD-53

From the Morning Memo:

Perhaps there’s potential for Simcha Felder-type situation in Central New York, but a lot of cards need to fall into place first.

Democratic candidate Rachel May officially won her primary over incumbent Sen. David Valesky, following the counting of absentee ballots yesterday. However, Valesky will still appear on the November ballot, since he holds the Independence Party line, and potentially the Women’s Equality Party line as well.

Whether he will actively campaign as an independent candidate, however, remains an open question.

“Now that all the votes have been counted, I congratulate Rachel May on her win in the Democratic primary,” Valeksy wrote on Facebook. “Ms. May and her supporters deserve credit for their hard work and tireless advocacy on behalf of progressive causes.”

“Since last week’s primary, countless individuals have urged me to actively campaign as an independent. Out of respect for them, I will take some time to consider all options going forward.”

Should he decide to stick it out, Valesky has a few things going for him – namely the power of incumbency and just short of $400,000 in his campaign coffers as of 11 days before the primary. He is also running in a district that includes most of the city of Syracuse, where just last year Mayor Ben Walsh ran a successful independent campaign.

Meanwhile, Republican candidate Janet Burman isn’t expected to make much noise. She has run unsuccessfully for several other offices, and she has less than $2,000 in campaign money.

There’s also the matter of her name being conspicuously left out of a statement issued yesterday by Onondaga GOP Chairman Tom Dadey, in which he urged voters not to choose May in the general election.

“If Rachel May is elected to the Senate, she will bankrupt this state and make our communities more dangerous and our families less safe,” Dadey wrote. “There is an alternative to Rachel May and the Democrat socialists who are attempting to takeover our state government, and the voters of the 53rd Senate District would be wise to choose it.”

Might this be a sign that the GOP be open to backing Valesky in November?

Burman is not a lawyer, so she can’t be nominated for a judgeship and would only be able to get off the ballot if she moved out of the district. If the party could convince her to suspend her own campaign, it could either actively throw institutional support behind Valesky, or at a minimum, stay out of the race.

Then the question is this: If the incumbent were to launch a successful third party campaign with tacit – or even outright – support from the local GOP, who would he conference with in the state Senate?

Valesky is one of the founding members of the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference, which helped the Republicans maintain control of the majority.

Despite a deal to reunify with mainline Democrats earlier this year, he and five other former members were defeated by a slate of progressive insurgents during the primary. Come next session, there will be no IDC, but it’s possible Valesky could decide to side with Republicans again.

After all, Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat, has been doing so for years, and has at times wielded significant influence as a result. Thanks to Felder, the GOP currently hold a one vote edge in the chamber, but Democrats have high hopes of taking back the majority in November.

That means SD-53 could turn into a swing district, depending on what Valeksy – and, more importantly – CNY voters, decide to do in November.

Gallivan Not Sold on Collins Re-elect

From the Morning Memo:

Add state Sen. Pat Gallivan’s name to the list of Western New York Republicans who aren’t thrilled with the idea of sending disgraced Rep. Chris Collins back to Washington as he’s battling charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI.

During a CapTon interview last night, Gallivan, who took himself out of the running early on as a potential replacement for Collins on the November ballot – back before the congressman decided he would seek re-elect despite his legal troubles after all – said he needs to be convinced to vote for Collins, though he didn’t express a preference for any other candidate.

“For me, I’m one of his constituents, my district – all but two or three towns – sit wholly within that 27th Congressional District, and I think that Congressman Collins has to make his case, make a case to his constituents – myself included – in order to be re-elected,” the senator said.

When pressed on whether that means he can’t be counted on to vote “yes” on Collins, Gallivan replied:

“I serve the citizens, and I try to be responsive to the citizens that I serve, and I think he needs to do the same. He has said publicly that he is innocent of these charges, and I think that what he needs to do tell us about it, tell us that he is innocent and convince us that he is.”

“And if he can successfully do that, then he can be re-elected. I think he owes that, he has said that publicly, he now owes that to his constituents.”

WNY GOP officials had been struggling to figure out how to get Collins off the general election ballot and replace him with someone else – all while Democrats threatened to challenge any such move in court.

But Collins this week made their decision for them, announcing that on the advice of his attorneys, he had decided to run for re-election, and subsequently has said he plans to actively campaign while also fighting to clear his name.

The Cook Political Report has moved the NY-27 race to “leans Republican” from “likely Republican,” saying Collins flip-flop on his re-election bid improves the chances of his Democratic opponent, Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray, despite the overwhelming GOP enrollment edge in the district.

When The WFP Played Spoiler

From the Morning Memo:

The Working Families Party doesn’t want to play the spoiler role in the November gubernatorial election, its leadership has insisted, having Cynthia Nixon actively campaign to the detriment of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and potentially to the benefit of Republican Marc Molinaro.

“In 20 years, the WFP has never played a spoiler role,” WFP State Director Bill Lipton told The Capitol Pressroom in April. “It’s not in our DNA.”

But Democrats have lost pivotal races in the past without the support of the WFP. It was 14 years ago, in 2004, when Republican Sen. Nick Spano was re-election with a razor-thin margin of 18 votes, defeating then-challenger Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

At the time, Spano had the WFP ballot, going 1,870 votes in the race.

Stewart-Cousins in a rematch two years later would go on to defeat Spano for the Westchester County seat and eventually become the chamber’s Democratic leader.

It’s not yet clear how the statewide ballot will sort itself out. The WFP endorsed Nixon and Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams in April over Cuomo.

Nixon’s camp has indicated it would want an apology for the actress over a mailer from the state Democratic Committee linking her to anti-Semitism.

The governor secured the Democratic nomination last Thursday, handily defeating Nixon. He has not given an indication as to whether he’d accept the ballot line.

The party has switched statewide before, backing Hillary Clinton after her primary victory in 2016 after endorsing Bernie Sanders.

But Cuomo carrying the WFP line, too, would potentially be beneficial to the WFP given the need for a ballot line to secure 50,000 votes in order to secure ballot status in the next election cycle.

Skoufis Adds Endorsements by PEF, RWDSU

From the Morning Memo:

State Senate candidate James Skoufis has picked up additional union support as he seeks to flip retiring Republican Sen. Bill Larkin’s seat into Democratic hands in November.

The assemblyman has been endorsed by the Public Employees Federation, New York’s second-largest state workers union; as well as the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

“The Public Employees Federation is proud to endorse Assemblyman James Skoufis in his election bid to the New York State Senate,” PEF President Wayne Spence said.

“Assemblyman Skoufis has dedicated his entire public service career to helping working families, ensuring our children receive a quality education, and fighting for better wages and improved healthcare for all New Yorkers. At a time when anti-union forces are ramping up efforts to tear us down, we know Assemblyman Skoufis will have our backs in the New York State Senate.”

As we saw in last week’s Democratic primaries, organized labor remains a force to be reckoned with in New York, despite the decline of unions elsewhere in the country.

Labor helped turn out the vote for Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his race against actress-turned-activist Cynthia Nixon, having repaired the rather rocky relationship it has had with him since he took office; and also assisted a number of insurgent state Senate candidates defeat incumbent former IDC members.

Larkin’s Hudson Valley seat is one of five opening up this fall due to retirements by GOP incumbents. It is one the Democrats are counting on to change hands as they push to regain control of the chamber.

Skoufis has similarly received the backing several powerful state unions such as AFL-CIO, NYSUT and CSEA. He faces Stony Point councilman, Republican Tom Basile, in this November’s general election.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not yet released a public schedule for the day.

President Donald Trump is still in Las Vegas, NV, where he will participate in a roundtable with supporters before delivering remarks and participating in a signing ceremony for legislation appropriating funds for energy and water, military construction and Veterans Affairs, and the legislative branch.

Shortly after noon, Trump departs Nevada for Springfield, MO, where he will participate in a roundtable with supporters at the JQH Arena prior to a “Make America Great Again” rally.

After the rally, the president travels to his golf club in Bedminster, NJ.

Vice President Mike Pence this morning travels to Knoxville, TN, where he delivers keynote remarks at the American Conservative Union’s CPAC 365: Knoxville event.

After that, Pence participates in a Marsha Blackburn for Senate event, and then heads to Little Rock, AR, where he participates in a French Hill for Congress event before returning to D.C.

At 9:30 a.m., the NYC Conflicts of Interest Board meets, BakerHostetler, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 14th floor, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., NYC Councilman Ritchie Torres and medical services provider MedAlliance hold a press conference to announce a new and comprehensive lead poisoning prevention and safety plan, Torres’ District Office, 573 E. Fordham Road, Bronx.

Also at 10 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears live on Brian Lehrer’s show on WNYC and takes calls from listeners.

(After his radio appearance, de Blasio and his wife, NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, travel to Connecticut, where their son, Dante, attends college).

At 10:15 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro will continue his “Cuomo Corruption Tour,” 1339 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

At 11 a.m., Assemblyman David Weprin holds a press conference calling on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Department of Justice to end the indefinite detentions of immigrants, ICE Varick Street Detention Facility, 201 Varick St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., “The Capitol Pressroom” features City & State staff reporter Jeff Coltin and others, WCNY.

Also at 11 a.m., Molinaro will be a guest on WHAM 1180 with Bob Lonsberry.

At 11:30 a.m., representatives from the NYC Department of Finance and the Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit will partner with NYC Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal to hold a free rent freeze enrollment event for New Yorkers in the Upper West Side, Hamilton Senior Center, 141 West 73rd St., Manhattan.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Howie Hawkins will kick off his Green Party gubernatorial campaign for the general election with a news conference, Peacemaker Stage, 7 Court St., Binghamton. (Green Party state comptroller candidate Mark Dunlea will also be on hand).

At 1:15 p.m., Molinaro makes another “Cuomo Corruption Tour” stop, outside the County Executive Office Building, 39 W. Main St., Rochester.

At 2 p.m., Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins and Green Party state comptroller candidate Mark Dunlea kick off their general election campaign, Mezzanine, Autumn Leaves Used Book Store, 115 East State St. Ithaca.

At 3 p.m., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and SUNY Broome Community College President Kevin Drumm for a press conference regarding the SUNY Broome Culinary Arts Center, Carnegie Library, 78 Exchange St., Binghamton.

Also at 3 p.m., U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in discussion on the “Impact of Litigation on Policy Change,” Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 4:30 p.m., Heastie tours the Agriculture Development Center/Broome County Regional Farmers Market, 840 Upper Front St., Binghamton.

At 5 p.m., Heastie tours downtown Johnson City developments, 96 Corliss Ave., Johnson City.

At 5:30 p.m., Heastie tours the Binghamton Brewing Company, 15 Ave. B, Johnson City.

At 6 p.m., Assemblyman Victor M. Pichardo holds a march for peace to celebrate the International Day of Peace, starting at 79 W. 183rd St. and ending at Slattery Park, 231 E. 183rd St., Bronx.

Also at 6 p.m., Molinaro will be the keynote speaker at the Ontario County Republican Committee Constitution Day Dinner, Club 86, 86 Ave. E, Geneva.

At 6:30 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at the Genesee County Democratic Committee’s Farm to Table Event, Sage Pavilion, 62 South Lake Ave., Bergen.

At 6:45 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza joins Yankees President Randy Levine and General Manager Brian Cashman to make an announcement, Yankee Stadium
1 East 161st St., the Bronx.

Headlines…

The woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, ruled out Monday as a possibility for testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but also appeared to leave the door open to testifying even if the FBI does not investigate her accusations, as she had previously requested.

In an interview last night with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, President Donald Trump wondered why Ford didn’t “call the FBI 36 years ago” to report his sexual misdeed, adding: “That being said, let her have her say, and let’s see how it all works out.”

The venom flows both ways, as Kavanaugh’s accuser and the U.S. Supreme Court nominee and his wife are all reporting receiving hate mail and death threats.

Making a rare campaign appearance in Nevada, which he lost in the 2016 election, to support Sen. Dean Heller’s re-election, Trump dispensed with some of his usual bravado and predictions of victory and instead told an audience in a cavernous convention center in Las Vegas that the Republican majority was on a razor’s edge.

Investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have spent hours quizzing Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, about his one-time client’s dealings with Russia.

Cohen tweeted and quickly deleted a third-person message last night that confirmed his “critical” cooperation against Trump in Mueller’s investigation.

First Lady Melania’s top spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, broke a longstanding federal law by issuing a pro-Trump message from her official Twitter account earlier this year, investigators announced.

Joseph Percoco, a former top adviser and confidant to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was sentenced to six years in prison in a case that cast a long and unflattering shadow over the Cuomo administration.

“If you can’t live with a public sector salary, get out of government,” Manhattan U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni lectured a stonefaced Percoco in the courtroom. “What you can’t do is stay in government and make up the difference by taking bribes. If you do so, this court will show you no mercy.”

Caproni noted Percoco’s sentencing occurred amid other recent high-profile convictions of state leaders, and said she hoped the punishment – one year less than she gave ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver after his guilty verdict in a re-trial on corruption charges – will “be heard in Albany.”

Cuomo, who once referred to Percoco as his late father’s third son, has been distancing himself from his former confidant. In a statement, Cuomo said Percoco “paying the price for violating the public trust,” and expressed sadness for the “tragedy” that has befallen his ex-aide’s family and young children.

Percoco is due to report to federal prison on Dec. 28, though his attorneys suggested they may try to keep him free as he appeals.

On the day Percoco was sentenced, the Cuomo campaign released an ad accusing the governor’s Republican opponent, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molino, of abusing the public trust.

The 30-second spot highlights a firm, Tinkelman Architecture of Poughkeepsie, that received $227,277 in tax breaks during Molinaro’s tenure as county executive. The narrator notes that Tinkelman hired “a member of Molinaro’s family” — his wife, Corrine Adams — as marketing director.

The NY Post: “Cuomo’s see-no-evil approach may explain why his campaign saw nothing ironic in rolling out a TV ad — on the very day of Percoco’s sentencing — seeking to taint GOP gov candidate Marc Molinaro as guilty of similar pay-to-play shenanigans.”

About an hour before Percoco was sentenced, Molinaro stopped in Watertown as part of his “Cuomo Corruption Tour,” calling the moment “another example of what is, by any measure, the most corrupted state government in America.”

Cuomo’s opponents feasted on the news that Percoco had been sentenced, and blamed the two-term Democratic incumbent for allowing pay-to-play corruption to occur right under his nose.

The Working Families Party bet big on Cynthia Nixon’s long-shot bid for governor. But in the wake of her Democratic primary loss to Cuomo, the WFP is considering anew who will run on its ballot line in November – including, possibly, the governor. Independent candidate Stephanie Miner has also contacted the party.

“Stranger things have happened than having an independent (candidate) win,” Miner said during a visit to the Times Union’s editorial board. “We’re in a time of tremendous volatility, politically.”

Bertha Lewis, a veteran WFP leader, she would “never” vote to give the party’s line to Cuomo after his campaign released a mailer linking Nixon to anti-Semitism, adding: “We don’t need Cuomo.”

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Joseph Percoco, who spent more than two decades as one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s most-trusted aides and closest personal friends, was sentenced to six years in prison and three years of supervised release for accepting more than $300,000 in bribes.

The woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, in an apparent bid to jump-start negotiations, has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she “would be prepared to testify next week,” so long as senators offer “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety.”

U.S. Sens. Mazie Hirono and Kirsten Gillibrand accepted a letter signed by over 1,000 Holton-Arms alumnae in support of and in solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s accuser.

Here are several of the most visible false and misleading claims about Dr. Blasey, along with explanations of what’s really happening.

Nearly two dozen protesters opposing Kavanaugh were arrested as activists occupied the offices of key Republican senators.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is diverting up to $266 million this fiscal year to pay for the detainment of immigrant children, redistributing money previously used for cancer research, other refugee support programs and Head Start.

Drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 people in the US last year — a record — and killed some 600,000 people between 1979 and 2016, according to a new report. If the trend continues, the researchers say, then overdose deaths will double every eight years for the foreseeable future.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo is adding a radio show to his television work. The prime-time host will start his own two-hour radio show next Monday at noon on SiriusXM.

A former federal judge, Barbara Jones, will independently review the procedures that the Archdiocese of New York has in place to handle clergy sexual abuse, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio formally approved a plan to diversify schools in Brooklyn’s District 15 by scrapping screened admissions and shifting to a lottery system.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the first-time congressional candidate who unseated longtime Rep. Joseph Crowley in a Democratic primary in Queens, says that the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico deserves to be granted “real self-determination” in the wake of two devastating hurricanes last year.

Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says the president’s legal team likely plans to use executive privilege to block the release of parts of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation.

Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has participated over the last month in multiple interview sessions lasting for hours with investigators from the office of special counsel, sources tell ABC News.

The U.S. Senate has approved spending $324.6 million for the Army to buy radars from Lockheed Martin’s plant in suburban Syracuse that track incoming rocket, mortar and artillery fire.

The state Attorney General’s Office will investigate the 2016 death of an Erie County Holding Center inmate who spent her final days babbling on the floor of her cell, laying in her urine.

Marc Molinaro, the Republican candidate for governor, said today he favors replacing the Interstate 81 viaduct in downtown Syracuse with the combination tunnel-street grid approach championed by Sen. John DeFrancisco.

The Adirondack Council released its annual State of the Park report, highlighting many things it believes elected and appointed officials did well for the park in 2018, and some things it thinks still need addressing. It received mixed reviews.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh wants to talk about how we remember Christopher Columbus in his city.

Syracuse University permanently expelled its chapter of Theta Tau in April, but the executive director of the fraternity’s national organization says Theta Tau could return and rebuild a chapter in Syracuse without SU’s recognition.

Buffalo needs a new convention center, and a location near Canalside or an expanded footprint near the existing facility are the two best places to build one, according to a study released today.

Joe Kernan, co-host of CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” took a shot at Buffalo. And Buffalo squawked back.

Brian Wansink, the Cornell University eating-behavior scientist under fire for scientific misconduct allegations, announced he will retire at the end of the academic year – a day before the school planned to announce the results of an investigation it had been conducting into his research — and a day after six of his papers were retracted, giving him a total of 13 retractions.

Percoco Sentenced To Six Years In Prison

Joe Percoco, the former close aide and confidant to one governor and a “third son” to another was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday after he was found guilty of accepting kickbacks earlier this year.

Percoco was found guilty earlier in the year in his fraud trial of receiving bribes in exchange for using his influence to aid the development of the facility for Competitive Power Ventures.

Percoco and a range of prominent figures in New York politics had sought leniency for him during sentencing, but ultimately Judge Valerie Caproni determined the former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo had sought to enrich himself through bribes and a “low-show” job for his wife.

The corruption trial for Percoco was just one of several this year highlighting the unseemly ways of doing business in state government.

In a parallel case, prominent upstate developers and the former president of SUNY Polytechnic were found guilty of bid rigging for contracts in the Buffalo Billion economic development program which has been backed by Cuomo as a way of reviving the western New York economy.

And the former top legislative leaders in the Assembly and Senate, Democrat Sheldon Silver and Republican Dean Skelos, were both found guilty in their separate corruption cases that had been retried after the Supreme Court altered its theft of honest services definition.

Percoco had played a key and public role for Cuomo over the decades, working with him in the attorney general’s office and the governor’s office as well as a super-advance man on his campaigns. Percoco, while seen as an enforcer for Cuomo, was also a listener, serving as the eyes and ears for the governor with the Legislature. He was often spotted on the third floor of the Capitol speaking with lawmakers during budget or end-of-session negotiations.

In a 2014 memoir, Cuomo referred to Percoco as “my father’s third son” who also served as a sympathetic ear during his divorce from Kerry Kennedy following a disastrous run for governor in 2002.

Cuomo has expressed sadness at case of his former close aid, but has also insisted he was unaware of the outside work being done by Percoco at the time and that he should face punishment. Cuomo himself has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

“I was an Assistant District Attorney and Attorney General, and the rule of law is paramount,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Joe Percoco is paying the price for violating the public trust. And it should serve as a warning to anyone who fails to uphold his or her oath as a public servant. On a personal level, the human tragedy for Joe’s young children and family is a very sad consequence.”

Republican candidate for governor Marc Molinaro nevertheless has sought to link Cuomo to the scandals in the halls of the Capitol.

“Andrew Cuomo was sentenced today — he just doesn’t have to do the time,” Molinaro said. “He came into office promising reform and ended up turning New York State government into a corrupt, taxpayer-paid enterprise that works only to further his presidential ambitions”

Earlier in the day, Cuomo’s re-election campaign released a TV ad that sought to tie Molinaro to his own ethics issues and a contractor in Dutchess County who employed the GOP candidate’s wife and has received county contracts.

House GOP-Aligned Super PAC Spending More In NY-19, NY-22

The super PAC allied with the House Republican leadership in Thursday announced it would spend an additional $13 million this week across the country, including two battleground races in New York: the 19th congressional district and the 22nd House district.

“This week’s $13 million reservation allows CLF to double-down in current districts and expand to new races as we work to support Republicans across the country,” said Corry Bliss, the executive director of the Congressional Leadership Fund.

“In addition to the aggressive ad campaign, CLF’s hyper-targeted, data-driven field program has exceeded 21 million voter contacts since February 2017 and will continue be an effective tool in working to hold the House Republican majority.”

The ads have been especially pointed from the CLF, with one spot in the 19th district highlighting hip hop lyrics by Democratic candidate Antonio Delgado, who is challenging Republican Rep. John Faso in the 19th district. Critics have knocked the strategy as a racially charged.

The CLF is now taking a role in 15 House races around the country. In May, the group received the help of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who contributed $30 million to the group.