Erin’s Law Supporters Release TV And Radio Ads

Supporters of a bill that would require sex abuse education in schools on Wednesday announced TV and radio ads as part of a push to have the measure approved.

The bill, known as Erin’s Law, would mandate schools teach children about sexual abuse by those familiar to them — either family members, friends or otherwise trusted adults.

The commercials were released by the Fighting for Children PAC, which had previously sought the passage of a measure that makes it easier for survivors of childhoods sexual abuse to file lawsuits. That bill, the Child Victims Act, passed earlier this year.

“Our new legislators, including our overwhelming majority in the Senate, and our hugely supportive Assembly Members and our Assembly Education Committee, where more than one third of the members of the committee sponsor our bill, will do what’s right and pass this bill to protect New York’s kids,” said PAC founder Gary Greenberg, a victim of childhood sexual abuse and a businessman from Greene County.

Tax Cap Coalition Launches Digital Push

From the Morning Memo:

The coalition of regional business groups on Tuesday will launch a digital ad campaign to push for the permanent extension of the state’s cap on property tax increases.

The digital ad buy, which the groups called a “robust” purchase, comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for the permanent extension provision included in a final budget agreement.

The digital campaign is scheduled to run from this week through April 1, the end of the state budget season.

The coalition is composed of the Long Island Association’s Kevin Law, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce president and former lieutenant governor Bob Duffy, and the New York Business Council President Heather Briccetti as well as the Business Council of Westchester’s Marsha Gordon.

“Governor Andrew Cuomo’s property tax cap has saved New Yorkers $25 billion since 2012,” the groups said in a joint statement.

“Now is the time to make it permanent. According to a recent Siena poll, a broad majority of New York voters support the Governor’s vision for a permanent cap, but we need action now. We urge state legislators to support the permanent property tax cap in order to keep New York economically competitive and affordable,” said leaders of the property tax cap coalition.”

Cuomo has opposed making changes to the cap, such as no longer linking it to the rate of inflation or making it easier to override.

The Democratic-led state Senate has approved a permanent extension measure as a standalone bill; the Democratic-controlled Assembly is yet to follow suit.

#SupportTheCap from Tax Cap Coalition on Vimeo.

Criminal Justice Group Focuses On Suburbs

A group pushing for criminal justice law changes has launched a third TV ad that focuses on persuading suburban voters.

The $200,000 ad buy highlights the big three issues facing lawmakers: ending cash bail, changing discovery procedures and ensuring access to a speedy trial.

The focus on the suburbs — Long Island and the Hudson Valley — comes as lawmakers from those areas in the state Senate have raised concerns about the effect of the changes.

The crucial pretrial reforms under consideration are fair and a boost for community safety – and it’s critical that New Yorkers are aware,” said Khalil A. Cumberbatch, Chief Strategist for New Yorkers United for Justice. “Issue campaigns in New York are won and lost in the suburbs – and that’s why we’re focused on making investments there. We look forward to continuing this conversation – and setting the record straight against any misinformation.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said any budget agreement by the end of this month must include criminal justice changes such as ending cash bail for misdemeanor and non-violent charges.

But lawmakers want the changes done outside of the state budget.

NRCC Targets 4 NY Dems Over Impeachment Split

The race for 2020 is already well underway, and not only when it comes to the White House. The political machines on both sides of the congressional aisle are already ramping up and taking aim at their respective targets in the next election cycle.

The NRCC today announced a series of digital ads running in 55 target districts across the nation that highlight the division in the Democratic Party over the question of whether to pursue an effort to impeach President Donald Trump.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this week in an interview with the Washington Post Magazine that she is not in favor of impeachment because it’s too divisive, and, in her opinion, the president is “not worth it.”

This put the speaker at odds with more activist/progressive members of her conference, though the man in charge of the chamber’s Judiciary Committee, New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, has also said he doesn’t want to make any moves in the impeachment direction unless there’s substantial Republican support to do so.

The NRCC has seized on this issue, pressuring marginal members to pick a side, or, as the committee’s chairman, Tom Emmer, put it in a press release:

“The socialist Democrats in Congress need to definitively state if they will stand up to the baseless attempts to impeach our president or if they will once again roll over for the extremists running their caucus.”

In New York, the ads, which will be running through the recess week while members are home in their districts, are directed at four members, three of whom are freshmen: Reps. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Max Rose (NY-11) and Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18).

Here’s the Delgado ad, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, the script doesn’t differ.

TV Ad Highlights Driver’s License Issue

From the Morning Memo:

A TV ad set to begin airing this week seeks to boost support for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, a measure that has stalled over the last decade at the Capitol.

The ad, from the New York Immigration Coalition, highlights the story of Dalila Yeend, an undocumented immigrant whose special needs son has five to 10 medical appointments in a given month.

“That hardest part of not having a driver’s license is not being able to get to medical emergencies when my children have been sick,” she says in the ad.

The ad will dovetail with a rally on the issue later today that is expected to bring nearly 1,000 people to Albany.

The ad will air on cable news channels in New York City and Albany over the next two weeks.

The spot comes as advocates this year hope the Democratic-controlled Legislature will approve the measure.

Extending access to driver’s licenses to undocumented residents proved to be a politically difficult stretch for then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who pulled the proposal back after Democrats signaled their opposition.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has previously signaled he would sign the bill if it were to pass the Legislature.

Here’s The Best Ad Of The 2018 Election Cycle

You don’t have to be a fan of the 1992 Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day to appreciate this TV spot from Democratic Assemblyman Al Stirpe, a Democrat from the Syracuse area.

The ad is a parody of the movie in which Murray’s character repeats the same day over and over again and how campaign season can certainly feel that way.

But it’s also a bit of light-hearted fun in a landscape otherwise littered with depressing attack ads or glossy spots that are aired wall-to-wall.

Having something that’s a bit different and self-effacing is never a bad thing.

NY-19: Delgado, Faso Release TV Ads

Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado and Republican Rep. John Faso on Thursday both released a pair of TV ads as the campaign heads into its final week for the 19th congressional district in the Hudson Valley.

Delgado’s ad features the candidate addressing voters directly into the camera.

“With all the noise going on, I want to speak to you directly. I’m running for Congress to serve you, no one else,” Delgado says in the ad. “I’m determined to fight for affordable, accessible healthcare. Not take it away. And I’ll work to lower your tax burden.”

Faso, meanwhile, highlighted the Iran nuclear agreement that President Donald Trump has pulled out of, criticizing Delgado’s support for it.

A Spectrum News/Siena College poll this week showed Faso and Delgado running neck and neck in the district.

Women’s Equality Party Airs Ad To Bookend Debate

The Women’s Equality Party on Tuesday will air a TV ad that bookends Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s debate with Republican Marc Molinaro, slamming the GOP nominee on women’s issues.

Alyssa Milano, the actress and activist, narrates the spot.

“No, we’re not talking about a distant figure from an ugly past. We’re talking about the current Republican candidate for governor, Marc Molinaro,” she says in the ad. “I’m Alyssa Milano, vote for pro-women leadership with Governor Cuomo and his Democratic team on the Women’s Equality Party, the only women’s party in the nation.”

The Women’s Equality Party was formed in 2014 as Cuomo was seeking a second term. The ballot line was initially meant to highlight Cuomo’s push for a 10-point package of bills aimed at gender equality in the workplace and housing as well as anti-human trafficking and abortion rights.

The sole plank of the agenda, a bill that strengthens abortion rights in New York, has not been approved.

But at the same time, the WEP was seen by some on the left as a ballot line meant to rival the Working Families Party, which considered endorsing Zephyr Teachout four years and backed Cynthia Nixon during her failed Democratic primary bid. The WFP has since endorsed Cuomo, who accepted the ballot line.

The WEP this year received a $50,000 over the summer from the New York Laborers PAC and reported a $25,000 loan from Cuomo’s re-election campaign in September.

SD-43: Jordan TV Ad Yokes Cuomo To Gladd

A TV ad released on Tuesday by the campaign of Republican state Senate candidate Daphne Jordan sought to further tie her Democratic opponent Aaron Gladd to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Gladd is a former aide to the governor opposing Jordan in the Capital Region-area Senate district that’s being vacated by Republican Sen. Kathy Marchione.

His campaign has in some areas distanced itself from Cuomo, including an embrace of having the state government assume the county share of Medicaid spending.

But the Jordan campaign’s ad says Cuomo “needs Aaron Gladd” in the state Senate to assume “absolute power” in the state with a Democratic Senate.

The spot dovetails with mailers by Jordan’s campaign the portray Gladd as a puppet for Cuomo.

James To Begin Statewide Ad Campaign

Democratic attorney general candidate Letitia James on Tuesday will begin a $600,000 statewide TV and digital ad campaign, her first since winning her four-way primary in September.

The ad, to air on TV in the Hudson Valley, Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, New York City and Long Island, focuses on James’s opposition to the policies of President Donald Trump.

The ad is set to run over the next two weeks and versions of it will also appear on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, and display advertising.

Stoking opposition to Trump during this campaign season has been almost defacto setting for candidates including James, as well as Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Trump remains unpopular with voters in New York and that unpopularity is especially strong with those in the Democratic base.

At the same time, the attorney general’s office can play a role in filing legal challenges to the Trump administration, a practice that’s been demonstrated since he took office in 2017.

James faces Republican Keith Wofford on Nov. 6 for the open office.

“In the age of Trump, New Yorkers need a fighter who we can trust to stand up for our rights. Republican Keith Wofford has embraced Trump’s divisive policies, from hateful anti-immigration stances to a healthcare plan which will increase insurance premiums across our state,” said James spokesman Jack Sterne.

“Voters have a clear choice in Tish James, who will hold Trump accountable, fight corruption in Albany, and protect New Yorkers from rollbacks on health care and the environment — and we’re making sure they hear that message.”