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Gillibrand Launches $1M Ad Campaign

The presidential campaign of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday announced a $1 million TV ad campaign to begin in Iowa and New Hampshire this weekend.

The ad comes as Gillibrand is pushing to move up in the crowded Democratic presidential primary field’s polls and qualify for the stage at the next presidential debate in September.

“My promise to the American people is that I will restore compassion, courage and humanity to the White House,” Gillibrand said in a statement.

“Despite what we feel today, it’s not impossible to have affordable health care for all, to protect our environment, to keep our kids safe and to root out the corrupting influence of money in our politics. As our campaign gains momentum, I’m excited to share my message with Iowa caucus-goers and New Hampshire voters.”

The ad is largely light on specifics and does not mention President Donald Trump, while largely focusing on broad themes.

“Imagine an America where harmony displaces hate,” the ad’s narrator says. “That protects our planet, provides healthcare for everyone. An America where public places are safe spaces. Where morality overrides money. Power restored to the people.”

Hotel Trades Council To Air de Blasio-Boosting Ad

The Hotel Trades Council on Wednesday released a TV spot to air during the presidential debate this evening touting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s candidacy.

The ad leans heavily on the mayor’s tenure in New York City, including full-day pre-Kindergarten as well as his push for health care and affordable housing.

The spot is being released by one of the state’s most politically influential labor unions, which continues to have key issues facing it, such as halting the spread of online rental companies like Airbnb.

De Blasio will be taking part in the first night’s debate airing on MSNBC.

Labor Unions, Business Groups Back Bill Reforming Hospital Billing

Legislation that would change how patients are billed for out-of-network hospital visits is being backed by a coalition that includes prominent labor groups and business organizations like the Business Council.

The coalition is launching a TV ad campaign this week to push for the legislation, which would empower an independent arbitrator to review hospital billing, a process the state has in place already for emergency room doctor bills.

The bill is backed by more than 40 groups, including Consumer Reports, the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State United Teachers union, the Business Council and the Civil Service Employees Association.

The ads will air in Albany, Westchester and Long Island on cable and broadcast TV.

NYSUT Pushes For School Safety, Due Process Bills

The New York State United Teachers union on Thursday announced the launch of a campaign aimed at promoting a package of bills meant to strengthen safety for school workers as well as bolster due process for employees.

The bills include measures that would install cameras on school buses, require an attendant be posted on all school buses transporting kids in grades kindergarten through 6th, require school districts identify and curtail potential workplace violence and have all permanent school employees receive the right of a due-process hearing

The cameras-on-buses bill was granted final approval by the state Senate on Wednesday and now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk.

“From our bus drivers to our food service employees to our teaching assistants, School-Related Professionals are the backbone of New York’s public schools,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “Addressing the safety, health and labor issues our SRPs face is an essential part of improving New York’s public education system — because a positive working environment is a positive learning environment for our children.”

The union is launching a website to promote the measures as well as a digital ad campaign in the coming weeks.

Lasak Releases TV Ad In Queens DA Race

Democratic candidate for Queens district attorney Greg Lasak on Thursday released his first TV that highlights his efforts to help exonerate the innocent.

The ad highlights the story of Lamar Palmer, who credits the creation of the “Wrong Man Unit” by Lasak for helping clear his name.

“He was in charge of what was known as the ‘Wrong Man Unit.’ And it’s because of the good fight that I was able to walk out a free man,” he says in the ad. “All the doors were closing and one door opened up. And that was Gregory Lasak. I had a chance at life, to be honest with you. I’m eternally grateful.”

Lasak is competing in a crowded Democratic primary in June for the Democratic nomination. Longtime District Attorney Richard Brown died earlier this month and had planned to retire later this year.

NY State Laborer’s Ad Seeks To Boost NESE

A TV ad backed the New York State Laborers to begin airing this month seeks to to boost the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project ahead of a coming moratorium on new natural gas hookups by utilities in the New York City area.

The ad will air in New York City and across Long Island on both TV and digital platforms.

The spot, part of the Always On NY campaign, comes as National Grid and Con Edison have announced a moratorium on new natural gas hookups. The proposed Northeast Supply and Enhancement Project would expand and upgrade national gas transmission infrastructure.

The threat of a moratorium is real and concerning as it will prevent residents from accessing affordable, reliable energy and prevent development and economic growth across the region,” said Vincent Albanese, the director of policy and public affairs at the Laborer’s organizing fund.

“Through this campaign, we hope to educate New Yorkers about the dire impact of the moratorium and why the NESE project is absolutely critical to New York. NESE will reduce our dependence on dirty oil, providing homes and business access to natural gas, and act as a bridge to New York’s renewable energy future”

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.