Bernadette Hogan

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Cuomo Ads Tout Regional Progress

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign released a series of regionally targeted ads touting his administration’s economic accomplishments.

The ads canvas the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, Western New York and Long Island, all the while touting region specific projects and developments:

State income taxes are down, unemployment is down, jobs are up to record levels and young people are moving in.

The Capital Region ad lists: a $92 million investment into the Albany International Airport, promises to rebuild the Schenectady Train Station and new jobs thanks to the Albany Convention Center.

For decades, the Upstate economy suffered and the state did nothing.

Now Governor Cuomo and Upstate native Lieutenant Governor Hochul are moving the Capital Region forward.

Transforming Albany International Airport, rebuilding the Schenectady Train Station and creating jobs with new conventions and resorts.

State income taxes are down, unemployment is down, jobs are up to record levels and young people are moving in.

Keep the Capital Region progress going.

Vote Cuomo and Hochul on November 6th.

The best is yet to come for the Capital Region.

Cuomo faces Republican candidate Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro during next month’s general election as he seeks a third term.

Farley Ad Criticizes Gillibrand on ICE

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley launched a new digital ad criticizing opponent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s call to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, more commonly known as ICE.

“With New Yorkers facing real threats from terrorists, sex-traffickers and ruthless machete-wielding international gangs like MS-13, Kirsten Gillibrand’s solution is to abolish ICE — that is the definition of lunacy.”

Farley says Gillibrand’s “wacky 2020 socialist agenda” is out of touch and dangerous.

“Not only did law enforcement experts call Gillibrand’s idea leftist lunacy…it should be pretty clear to everyone… Gillibrand must be fired.”

Farley and Gillibrand will go head to head in a Spectrum News debate this Sunday, October 21st at 7 p.m. at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

Gillibrand is seeking her third term, she replaced former U.S. Senator and First Lady Hilary Clinton in 2009, winning a special election in 2010. Farley is a political newcomer, she has made a career in finance, working at both Goldman Sachs and UBS Capital.

SD-39: Basile Endorsed by NRA

The National Rifle Association and New York State Rifle and Pistol Association endorsed Republican Tom Basile in his bid for retiring Senator Bill Larkin’s seat in Senate District 39.

“Tom Basile is the right man to represent Hudson Valley sportsmen and women. A man of principles, Tom will ensure that when we need a voice in Albany, especially against radical New York City-interest who want to take away due process and other rights of law-abiding gun owners, we have a someone defending us. Unlike his opponent, who’d rather steal a quick headline than keep his promises, Second Amendment supporters in our area can trust Tom Basile,” said NRA-ILA FLA Coordinator George Kydon.

Basile faces Democratic Assemblyman James Skoufis in next month’s general election.

“Mr. Skoufis used our area’s sportsmen to get elected. Now he’s turned his back on us, voting for legislation that would strip law-abiding gun owners of their property and due process rights. Mr. Skoufis would rather grab headlines and play to the camera than have real, principled positions. With our rights and freedoms at stake, we can’t afford to have another flip-flopping career politician in Albany,” said Basile.

Basile received an Aq rating from both the NRA and NYSRPA and an A rating from the Shooters Committee on Political Education, or SCOPE.

SD-51: Seward Wins Labor Endorsements

Republican Sen. Jim Seward of New York’s 51st District received endorsements by the Civil service Employees Association, the New York State Public Employees Federation and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in his re-election bid.

“The workers represented by AFSCME, CSEA, and PEF are hard at work across the state in the fields of education, health and child care, and local government. I am proud to have the support of these men and women who make our lives better and will continue to take up their concerns in Albany.

“Ending unnecessary or outdated state mandates that handcuff businesses, local governments, and schools is among my top priorities. Doing so will protect current jobs and help create new opportunities for growth and expansion. I will also continue to advocate for needed property tax relief to help hard-working individuals provide for their families and make New York more affordable.”

The Republican was first elected to the state Senate in 1986 and serves as the Chair of the Senate Insurance Committee. He’s being challenged by Democrat Joyce St. George, a political newcomer ad former NYS corruption investigator, in November.

New Cuomo Ad Criticizes Molinaro on Gun Control

A new campaign ad released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign criticizes his opponent, Republican candidate and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, on his gun control record.

The ad, “Unsafe,” calls Molinaro a “radical conservative,” providing a litany of offenses:

He’s voted to sell guns to criminals.

Voted against an assault weapons ban.

Against banning armor-piercing ammunition that could risk the lives of law enforcement.

Against keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.

And even voted against protections to store weapons properly so we can keep our children safe.

Molinaro opposes the SAFE Act, one of Governor Cuomo’s most prized pieces of legislation, a law that strengthens gun safety by increasing background checks and increases penalties for illegal purchases among other aspects. He currently has an ‘A’ rating and has been endorsed by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.

Cuomo received an “F” rating from the group.

At a time when New Yorkers are rallying for greater gun protections, should we let Marc Molinaro roll back New Yorkers’ rights and protections?

No way. No how.

Molinaro faces Cuomo in November’s upcoming general election.

NY-21: EMILY’s List Endorses Cobb

EMILY’s List, the pro-women political action committee, endorsed Democrat Tedra Cobb’s congressional bid in New York’s 21th District.

Cobb is challenging the Republican incumbent seeking a third term, Rep. Elise Stefanik.

In a statement, EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock said:

“Tedra Cobb is a community leader who is prepared to stand up for North Country working families in Congress. She was inspired to run after Republicans, including incumbent Elise Stefanik, voted to cut rural health care and Medicaid funding for opioid addiction. When elected, Tedra plans to fight for quality, affordable health care and work toward bipartisan solutions to address the opioid epidemic. As a small business owner and former elected local official, she also cares deeply about creating a strong local economy and expanding economic opportunity for North Country families.

“Tedra is running against Rep. Stefanik, who has consistently voted for policies that would hurt women and families in the 21st District. In addition to supporting Republican attempts to take away health care from millions of Americans, Elise has also supported efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and has voted to undermine equal pay protections for women. Tedra is the champion that the people of North Country need fighting for them in Washington – and EMILY’s List is excited to fight for her in the race to flip this seat.”

The race in the 21st is one Democrats hope flows into a successful “blue wave” this November.

SD-43: 1199SEIU Endorses Gladd

Healthcare union 1199SEIU endorsed Democratic candidate Aaron Gladd in the race for state Senate District 43.

“Aaron Gladd will be the kind of proven leader we need in the New York State Senate, fighting for upstate New York and our members across the state,” said Gabrielle Seay of 1199SEIU. “New York needs leaders who recognize the critical importance of an empowered and well-protected workforce, and we are certain that Aaron will bring those values to the Senate and be a treasured voice for workers in the Legislature.”

Gladd is a proponent of the NY State of Health, an online marketplace designed to help individuals enroll in healthcare plans, supports the Affordable Care Act and thinks the cost of Medicaid should be shifted from counties government to the state.

“As the federal government continues to roll back decades of progress to protect working class Americans, New York must stand against these attacks, and I intend to use my Senate seat to advance the cause of workers from every corner of our state, but especially my neighbors in upstate New York,” said Aaron Gladd. “1199SEIU works every day to advocate on behalf of both their members and the patients they serve, ensuring fair treatment for their workers and safeguarding access to healthcare for those who need it most. I am honored to receive their endorsement, and pledge to stand up in defense of organized labor in Albany.”

Gladd faces Republican Daphne Jordan in the general election.

NY-19: NYC PBA Endorses Faso

Rep. John Faso was endorsed by the New York City PBA in his re-election campaign for the seat in New York’s 19th congressional district.

“It is an honor to have the endorsement of the NYC PBA. New York City police officers have one of the toughest jobs in America, and they work tirelessly to ensure New York is safe. It will be a pleasure to continue working with police unions across the state to ensure they are properly equipped, and put in a position to succeed. New York wouldn’t be what it is without the law enforcement officers who serve our communities.”

PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a letter, “On behalf of the NYC PBA, it is my pleasure to announce the endorsement of John Faso in New York’s 19th district. John’s commitments to public service and law enforcement are apparent, and we look forward to continue working with him towards our shared goal of a stronger, safer New York.”

The Republican is making his bid for a third term, facing Democratic political newcomer and attorney Antonio Delgado. On Oct. 23, the pair will meet in a debate hosted by Spectrum News.

Unshackle Upstate Releases Endorsements

The pro-business advocacy coalition Unshackle Upstate endorsed 39 lawmakers in the upcoming general election.

Endorsements are based on the group’s legislative scorecard ranking state lawmakers’ efforts to strengthen New York’s economy, assessing floor and committee votes and bill sponsorships over the past two years in the state legislature. 15 State Senators and 24 members of the State Assembly won the group’s good favor–endorsing sans party lines, indiscriminately between incumbents and challengers.

“At Unshackle Upstate we believe in supporting candidates who support the issues that matter to the Upstate economy. We’re proud to endorse the following legislative candidates because of their commitment to reining in state spending, easing the tax burden on Upstate families and improving New York’s harsh business climate,” said Michael Kracker, executive director of Unshackle Upstate. “We strongly encourage voters who want to see a stronger Upstate economy to support these candidates on Election Day.”

Republican Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh from AD-112 said in a statement:

“As a member of the state legislature, I have always worked to prioritize the needs of Upstate New York’s business owners and taxpayers. It’s clear that Albany’s unsustainable spending and crippling tax burden need to be dealt with once and for all, and that makes it more important than ever that we partner with organizations like Unshackle Upstate to improve our state’s harsh business climate and defend the best interests of our hard-working families.

SD-43: NFIB New York Endorses Jordan

The National Federation of Independent Business New York PAC announced their endorsement of Republican state Senate candidate Daphne Jordan Tuesday.

“Small businesses employ more than half of all New Yorkers and are the heart and soul of our economy. I built two successful businesses from scratch, signed paychecks for my 14 employees and understand the hard work and long hours that go into running a successful business. I also know the significant challenges – the high taxes, the endless government rules, regulations and paperwork – that job creator’s face, especially right here in Upstate. I’ll use my proven experience as a small business owner to fight for lower taxes, fewer Albany regulations and more opportunities for all New Yorkers,” Jordan said.

Jordan is running to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kathy Marchione who has held the seat since 2012. The district has generally been considered a safe Republican seat.

“Small businesses drive the economies and provide vibrancy to neighborhoods across New York State and that is even truer in the communities of the 43rd Senate District. Daphne Jordan’s record is clear on the issues that matter most: lower taxes, fewer mandates and common sense regulatory reform,” said Greg Biryla, NFIB’s NY State Director. “The best thing voters can do to support small business and their local economy is to support pro-small business candidates like Daphne.”

Jordan faces Democrat and veteran Aaron Gladd in next month’s general election.