NY-18: Oliva Given Nod From GOP Chairs

The four Republican chairmen in the 18th congressional district have backed Phil Oliva to take on Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney this November, his campaign said in a statement.

Oliva is a top aide to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the party’s 2014 nominee for governor.

“I am truly humbled by the incredible level of support that I received last night in a race with five other strong candidates. “Obviously, my message resonated and my experience factored in, and the people who got to know me could see that my heart is in the right place,” Oliva said in a statement.

“I’m running because America is heading in the wrong direction and our district is not getting the representation we deserve. Last night was the first step towards fixing those two problems. And if I continue to win levels of support like I did last night, we will win in November.”

The Hudson Valley district has been considered a competitive battleground over the last several cycles, with Maloney unseating Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth in 2012, who then unsuccessfully challenged him for re-election in 2014.

The district includes the counties of Westchester, Putnam, Orange, and Dutchess.

In addition to the county GOP chairs, Oliva has received the backing of three out of the four Conservative Party county committees, his campaign said.

NY-18: Astorino And Odell Back Oliva For Congress

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on Monday endorsed Republican congressional candidate Phil Oliva in the 18th House district.

Oliva is a top aide to Astorino, the Republican nominee for governor in 2014. Oliva also helped write Astorino’s economic platform during the campaign.

“I’m proud to enthusiastically support Phil’s campaign because he is grounded and principled,” Astorino said. “Washington won’t change Phil. We can count on Phil to change Washington.”

The Republican primary field in the Hudson Valley district is a crowded one: In addition to Oliva, five GOP candidates have filed for the June primary.

“Phil is good on the issues, he has the right experience and he is very personable,” Odell said in the statement. “He has a great chance to win the seat this November and I look forward to helping him do so.”

Democratic incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney is running for a third term in the district.

NY-18: Maloney Raises $410K In Fundraising Quarter

Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has raised $410,000 in the most recent fundraising quarter, his campaign on Wednesday announced.

Maloney, who has represented the Hudson Valley congressional district since 2012, has $1.5 million in cash on hand to defend what has been a battleground district since he unseated Republican Nan Hayworth.

Maloney successfully defended the seat in 2014 in a rematch against Hayworth.

“Since day one I have worked to get results for my neighbors in the Hudson Valley, despite Washington gridlock,” Maloney said in a statement “I am honored to have the support of so many folks who believe in our fight to invest in education and infrastructure, support our veterans, and keep our country safe, and I’m excited to continue that work.”

This year, six Republicans have filed to run on the GOP line against Maloney this year, including Phil Oliva, a former aide to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

Maloney overall in 2015 raised $2 million for his re-election bid and was endorsed last week by the Independence Party.