NY-19: Yandik Raises $256,000 in First Quarter

Democrat Will Yandik raised $256,000 in the first quarter of this year, his campaign announced Tuesday. Yandik is one of three Democrats running to replace outgoing Congressman (and potential Candidate for Governor) Chris Gibson this November.

Yandik, who also serves as Deputy Town Supervisor in Livingston, says almost two-thirds of the donations came from inside the Congressional District, which encompasses part of the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. Almost all of the donations – 90 percent – came from donors living in New York.

“I am thrilled by the overwhelming support that we have received from individuals across upstate New York,” Yandik said in a statement. “Our strong fundraising quarter is proof that our message is resonating and our campaign will be able to take that message to every corner of the district.”

Yandik is running against Fordham Law Professor and former Gubernatorial Candidate Zephyr Teachout for the Democrat line. Her campaign announced last week that they raised $530,000 in the first quarter of this year – more than double Yandik’s results.

Yandik’s campaign, however, says they are gaining momentum. In today’s release, they say half of their donations came during the month of March. The fundraising deadline was March 31.

The third Democrat in the race, John Kehoe, has not released fundraising results for the first quarter. Full filings are expected to be available on the FEC website later this week.

NY-19: Teachout Says She’s Raised $530K

Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout announced on Friday she had raised $530,732 in her bid for the 19th House district in the Hudson Valley.

Teachout’s haul for the single filing period approaches matching what she raised in her run for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014 against incumbent Andrew Cuomo.

The funds included 13,248 contributions from 10,657 donors. The average check written to the Teachout campaign was $40.06.

In an email to supporters, Teachout touted the strong fundraising period, which she said had a goal of reaching $40,000.

“Together, all your contributions led to a wildly successful first filing quarter,” Teachout said. “You are raising up the voices of people who have been shut out.”

Teachout is competing in a June primary against Democrats Will Yandik and John Patrick Kehoe. The 19th congressional district is being vacated this year by Rep. Chris Gibson, who is gearing up for a run for governor in 2018.

NY-19: Teachout Opposes Cable Merger

Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout on Tuesday outlined her concerns and opposition to a proposed merger by Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, which is currently pending federal review.

“Quality, affordable access is an issue of economic viability and democratic fairness,” Teachout said. “Competition is good for consumers, and removing it will stifle our ability to prevent future rate increases on existing sub-par service, and provide universal broadband coverage. When we allow power to consolidate, people lose.”

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Teachout in a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state regulators at the Public Service Commission called for strengthened authority to oversee large broadband Internet providers and better police anti-competitive behavior in the marketplace.

The Public Service Commission has signed off on the merger, though it is awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

The merger for the companies comes after Comcast Corp. dropped its bid for TWC last year. The acquisition would have created the nation’s largest cable and Internet provider.

Teachout’s 2014 campaign opposed the Comcast-TWC merger, with her running mate Tim Wu being an early pioneer of net neutrality arguments.

New Charter Letter- FINAL by Nick Reisman

NY-19: Gillibrand Fundraises For Teachout

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday sent a fundraising email for Zephyr Teachout, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 19th congressional and the 2014 primary challenger to Gov. Andrew CUmoo.

Gillibrand, the Democratic junior senator in New York, is the first statewide elected official to endorse Teachout’s campaign for the Hudson Valley congressional district.

The fundraising email presents an interesting move for Gillibrand, who has never had much of an alliance with Cuomo.

Gillibrand has sought to elect more women to federal office, including this cycle Democrat Colleen Deacon in a central New York congressional district.

“I can tell you one of my favorite things about Zephyr: She’s worked for years to raise the voices of women in politics,” Gillibrand said in the email. “She’s co-organized events to encourage New York women and teachers to run for office. She’s volunteered for Girls on the Run. She’s been a mentor for young women almost her entire life — pushing for more women in business and politics.”

Teachout faces Will Yandik in a Democratic primary in June, as well as John Patrick Kehoe.

The 19th congressional district is being vacated by Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican considering a run for governor in 2018.

NY-19: McLaughlin Endorses Faso

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin on Tuesday endorsed Republican congressional candidate John Faso in the 19th district.

McLaughlin, once considered a potential candidate for the district that’s being vacated by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson later this year, called Faso the “obvious conservative choice to send to Washington.”

“I echo the New York Post in saying that New York should have listened to John Faso’s principled conservative warnings years ago,” McLaughlin said in a statement. “John has been consistently right about the dangerous overreach of government at every level, which has culminated in an Obama Administration that operates virtually without restraint.”

“He warned that high taxes and regulations would hurt New York workers and their families, that a weakening of our military would put American lives in danger, and that unbridled liberalism would take away personal liberties, including our Second Amendment rights. If anyone can break the gridlock in Obama’s Washington it’s John Faso, and he has my strongest endorsement in this race.”

The endorsement comes as Faso faces a Republican primary in June for the nomination in the Hudson Valley district from Bob Bishop and Andrew Heaney.

Faso is a former Assembly minority leader and 2006 Republican nominee for governor.

“I have been consistently impressed by Steve McLaughlin in Albany for his guts and his clear conservative convictions,” Faso said. “Having his endorsement for Congress means a great deal to me, especially since he considered running for this seat himself. If we are going to fight to take this state and country back — if we are going to successfully battle the runaway progressivism and political correctness that is weakening our nation at its core — we need to all join forces in the fight to bring common sense back to this country.”

NY-19: Greene County Dems Endorse Yandik

The Greene County Democratic Committee announced Thursday it had endorsed congressional hopeful Will Yandik in the 19th district.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Greene County Democratic Committee,” said Yandik.

“I’m running for this seat because this is my home, and we need a member of Congress who understands the issues that affect upstate New York. I’ll fight to build a homegrown economy powered by universal broadband and local jobs that cannot be outsourced so that young people can stay here. I’ll support policies that conserve our natural resources and protect our environment. And, I’ll oppose efforts to cut or privatize Social Security or Medicare.”

Yandik, the deputy town supervisor in Livingston, is competing with Fordham Law School professor Zephyr Teachout for the Democratic nod in the Hudson Valley district. Teachout, meanwhile, has been endorsed by Ulster, Rennselaer, Dutchess, Otsego and Schoharie counties.

He was previously endorsed by his home county committee, the Columbia County Democratic Committee.

“Committee members cited Yandik’s work in agriculture, his focus on our aging communities and his commitment to make progress in key areas such as broadband as their reasons for endorsing Will,” said Greene County Chair Doreen Davis.

The 19th congressional district this year is being vacated by Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican who is considering a run for governor in 2018.

Teachout Endorsed By Congressional Progressive Caucus

Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout was endorsed by the 72-member Congressional Progressive Caucus, her campaign on Wednesday announced.

The endorsement for Teachout comes as she seeks the Democratic nomination in the Hudson Valley’s 19th congressional district, which is being vacated by Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican considering a run for Congress.

Teachout faces Will Yandik and John Patrick Kehoe in an upcoming June primary.

“Already a national leader against corruption in government, Zephyr Teachout will be an outstanding member of Congress,” said Rep. Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Democrat who chairs the caucus. “Whether it’s fighting for small businesses, increasing access to broadband, or working to improve public education, Zephyr is always on the side of working families. We need leaders like Zephyr who we can trust to put the people first.”

Teachout is a Fordham Law School professor who ran for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014 against incumbent Andrew Cuomo.

“I’m running for Congress to raise up the voice of people who have been shut out of our corrupt political system, and put the people’s business before the powerful interests,” Teachout said. “Together we can ensure a fair and equal democracy where the needs of small businesses, parents, teachers, and farmers come first. That’s why I’m thrilled to have the support of the CPC, and look forward to working together toward our shared goals.”

Teachout Calls For Economic Impact Study Of Pipeline

Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout on Friday released a letter to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli calling for a review of the economic impact of the proposed Constitution pipeline.

“Given the high stakes for the State and its residents, the Office of the State Comptroller should review the project with an eye toward assessing the net economic impact of the project,” she wrote in the letter.

The pipeline, 100 miles of which will cut through New York and the Hudson Valley, has raised concerns from residents and environmental groups.

Teachout, who is running for the 19th congressional district, requested DiNapoli review the impact of the pipeline on property values and tax revenue, as well as its impact on the area’s tourism agriculture industry. She also wants to know what the pipeline’s impact would be on local health as well as the risk for environmental damage.

At the same time, she raises concerns with how eminent domain could be used in the project.

“Where eminent domain is deemed permissible, we must ensure that property owners are in a position to receive appropriate compensation for their sacrifice,” she wrote in the letter. “Current rules for compensation of landowners are inadequate and in need of revision, because they do not compensate the landowner for the full loss in property value that the entire parcel suffers.”

DiNapoli Letter by Nick Reisman

Heaney Challenges Teachout On Pledge of Allegiance

Republican congressional hopeful Andrew Heaney on Friday blasted the New Paltz Planning Board for voting down a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and challenged Democratic hopeful Zephyr Teachout do the same.

“The action by the New Paltz Planning Board is an affront to all taxpayers but especially our veterans. I’m calling on Zephyr Teachout to stand up and condemn their action,” Heaney said in a statement.

The moment is another example in which Heaney, who faces a multi-candidate GOP primary in June, has zeroed in on Teachout as a likely Democratic opponent in the fall. Teachout as her own Democratic primary challenger in Will Yandik, as well as John Patrick Kehoe.

Heaney has criticized Republican opponent John Faso in the past by pointing to Teachout’s outsider credentials in the race (Heaney, like Teachout, has never held elected office).

A spokeswoman for Teachout declined to comment.

“Sending a message to our veterans, our military, our first responders and our children that our Pledge of Allegiance is ‘waste of time’ is just wrong and I hope Zephyr will stand up,” said Heaney.

NY-19: Sullivan County Conservatives Endorse Faso

The Sullivan County Conservative Party has endorsed the candidacy of Republican John Faso in the 19th congressional district, his campaign on Thursday announced.

The Sullivan County committee pointed to Faso’s support for gun rights as well as his “proven fiscal record.”

“We know where John Faso stands on issues that are important to Conservatives. Whether it’s his staunch support of the Second Amendment, his understanding that government spending must be reined in or his plans to repair the damage done during President Obama’s tenure, John Faso will fight for conservative values and change the status quo in Washington,” said Ed Magilton, Chair of the Sullivan County Conservative Party. “He has a successful record and a strong plan for real reform. That’s why we believe he is the right candidate for Congress.”

Faso, a former Assembly minority leader, is among a half-dozen GOP candidates running for the Republican nomination in the Hudson Valley congressional district that is being vacated by incumbent Rep. Chris Gibson.

Gibson, a Republican first elected in 2010, is considering a run for governor in 2018.

“We need to send a strong and tested reformer to Washington and I am ready to fight for the people of this district,” Faso said. “I’m incredibly grateful to receive support from Sullivan County Conservatives and I am equally as excited about the grassroots momentum we are gaining throughout the district.”