Faso, Delgado in dead heat in NY-19 poll

Republican Rep. John Faso led Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado by 1 percentage point in a Spectrum News/Siena College poll released Monday, a statistical dead heat with a striking split among male and female voters in New York’s 19th Congressional District.

Faso, a freshman from Kinderhook, led Delgado, an attorney from Rhinebeck, by 44 percent to 43 percent in a phone survey of 500 likely voters from Oct. 12-16. Diane Neal, the actress and Ulster County resident running as an independent for the congressional seat, had 5 percent, Green Party candidate Steve Greenfield had 1 percent, and 7 percent of voters had no preference. Faso’s lead was well within the 4.6 percent margin of error.

“This race all comes down to turnout,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in a press release. “In a district that has virtually the same number of Republicans and Democrats and a race that has voters nearly evenly divided, the key will be which campaign does a better job of getting its voters to the polls,”

Faso and Delgado had roughly equal support from independent and third-party voters. But there were huge gaps based on gender and education level. Faso led by 18 percentage points among male voters and by 19 percent among voters with no bachelor’s degree. Delgado led by 18 points among women and by 20 percent among voters with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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Faso holds narrow lead over Delgado in Siena poll

Republican Rep. John Faso led Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado by one point in a Siena College phone poll in New York’s 19th Congressional District.

Support for Faso came in at 44 percent to Delgado’s 43 percent, well within the poll’s 4.6 percent margin of error, according to poll results released on Monday.

Independent Diane Neal received 5 percent and Green Party candidate Steve Greenfield got 1 percent. Seven percent are undecided, according to the poll.

Siena polled 500 likely voters between Oct. 12 and 16.

Most voters had an unfavorable view of Faso at 46 percent compared to 40 percent favorable, with 14 percent having no opinion.  Delgado’s favorability rating was split at 42 percent favorable to 41 percent unfavorable, with 18 percent having no opinion.

“This race all comes down to turnout,” said Siena College Pollster Steven Greenberg. ”In a district that has virtually the same number of Republicans and Democrats and a race that has voters nearly evenly divided, the key will be which campaign does a better job of getting its voters to the polls. Answer that question and predicting the winner of this race is easy.”

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Police, business groups endorse Basile for Senate

Tom Basile, the Republican candidate for the 39th Senate District, announced endorsements this week from various law enforcement groups and business organizations.

The supportive police groups included unions representing New York City police officers, captains, lieutenants and detectives, as well as the Orange County Shields, the Orange County deputies’ union, and the union for state park rangers and campus police officers. Sheriff Carl DuBois, a fellow Republican, also endorsed Basile.

“As the longest serving Sheriff in Orange County history, I’ve seen elected officials that serve the people, and those that serve their party,” DuBois said in a campaign press release. “Tom Basile has the guts and fortitude to serve the people, and to make the hard decisions.”

The business groups that endorsed Basile this week are the Business Council of New York State, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Associated General Contractors of New York State and Unshackle Upstate.

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Delgado skips NY19 debate in Delaware County

Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado was the only 19th Congressional District candidate to skip a debate in Delaware County Tuesday night.

“Antonio Delgado just moved to the district in 2017, registered to vote soon after, and then filed to run for Congress the very next day after that,” Joe Gierut, communications director for Rep. John Faso’s campaign said in a statement. ”His absence last night was glaring. It’s clear his priority is not representing everyone in Upstate New York. His priority is representing the out of district Democratic Socialists from New York City and Massachusetts who perform his voter contact efforts, and the national liberals who fund his campaign.”

Allyson Marcus, Delgado’s campaign manager, said in a statement that Delgado informed debate organizers he couldn’t attend due to scheduling conflicts back when they invited him.

“We have agreed to four debates with John Faso to reach people across the district,” Marcus said. “We’ve recently held public events in Delhi, Margaretville and Bovina. We even held a public town hall a few days ago at the same location in Walton. Faso has never held an open, public town hall to answer questions from his constituents. Antonio has held seven town halls and we look forward to holding four more before election day.”

The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, the Delaware County Farm Bureau and the League of Women Voters of Oneonta and Cooperstown hosted the debate at the Walton Theatre.

The 19th District includes all or part of 11 counties, including all of Ulster and Sullivan.

A video of Tuesday’s debate can be found on the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.

The four debates Faso and Delgado are scheduled to appear at are:

  • Friday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m., hosted by WMHT
  • Monday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m., hosted by WAMC
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Playhouse, hosted by Spectrum News
  • Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at SUNY Sullivan, hosted by the Times Herald-Record


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Orange County BOE extends hours to give out absentee ballots

The Orange County Board of Elections will extend its hours on two dates and open on two Saturdays to distribute absentee ballots to voters who will be out of the county for the Nov. 6 general election.

Voters can pick up absentee ballots at the board office at 75 Webster Ave. in Goshen during regular business hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, through Nov. 5. In addition, the board will stay open until 8 p.m. on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, and will open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on two Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.

Orange County voters also can call or email the Board of Elections to request an absentee ballot application or print one from its website, www.orangecountygov.com/elections. The board’s phone number is 845-360-6500 and its email address is elections@orangecountygov.com. Ballot applications must be postmarked by Oct. 30.

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Maloney leads O’Donnell in campaign cash after AG run

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney had almost three times as much campaign money as his Republican challenger for the final month of their race for New York’s 18th Congressional District, despite Maloney diverting almost $2.4 million to his unsuccessful run for attorney general this summer and doing relatively little fundraising for Congress.

Campaign finance reports filed on Monday show the Cold Spring Democrat, who’s seeking a fourth House term, had about $583,000 on hand as of Sept. 30, compared to $192,000 for GOP Orange County Legislator Jim O’Donnell of Goshen. Maloney, who was campaigning for New York attorney general until the Sept. 13 Democratic primary, raised $121,000 for his congressional campaign account in the third quarter of 2018, much of it from political action committees on Sept. 30, the last day of the reporting period.

O’Donnell raised around $59,000 for his congressional campaign over the three months from July 1 to Sept. 30.


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Women’s groups endorse Skoufis for Senate

Democratic assemblyman and Senate candidate James Skoufis announced endorsements on Tuesday from Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC, the National Organization for Women, and the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund.

“Women can count on James Skoufis,” Sonia Ossorio, president of the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women, said in a campaign press release. “He has a 100% pro-choice record in the Assembly and has been proactive on the issues that matter to us: stopping sexual harassment, removing firearms from domestic abusers, and fighting for a Reproductive Health Act in our state.”

The Reproductive Health Act would codify the abortion rights of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and replace the state’s 1970 abortion law, allowing an abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy or if “there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.” The Democratic-controlled Assembly passed the bill each of the last two years, and the Republican-controlled Senate has blocked it in committee, making it a campaign issue in this year’s battle for a Senate majority.

Republicans have attacked Skoufis with a campaign mailer calling the bill “a radical expansion of abortion.” Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC swung back last week at Tom Basile, Skoufis’ Republican opponent, calling him an extremist and accusing him of “spreading falsehoods” about the Reproductive Health Act. Skoufis’ campaign said Tuesday that the GOP mailer “smeared and distorted attempts to protect Roe v. Wade in New York State.”

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Delgado outraises Faso by $2.8M in third quarter (updated)

Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado raked in $3.8 million in campaign funds in the third quarter of the year, almost quadruple the $1 million that Republican Rep. John Faso raised over those same three months, according to campaign finance reports the two candidates filed on Monday.

As of Sept. 30, just over a month before the Nov. 6 election for New York’s 19th Congressional District, Delgado had $1.7 million in his coffers and Faso had $1.4 million. Delgado, an attorney who lives in Rhinebeck, had far outspent the freshman congressman he hopes to unseat from July through September: $2.7 million to $841,000.

Delgado, who entered the race shortly after Faso took office last year and went on to win a seven-way Democratic primary in June, has far outraised the Republican incumbent since last year. Delgado has collected a total of $6.6 million, and Faso has taken in $3.3 million.

Faso has gotten a boost from the Congressional Leadership Fund, which has spent $894,000 so far on ads attacking Delgado.

(Update: House Speaker Paul Ryan attended a fundraiser for Faso in Albany and then sat with him for a TV interview on Tuesday, during a swing through New York to support Republican incumbents.)

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NRA endorses Basile for Senate

Republican state Senate candidate Tom Basile announced on Monday the endorsements of the National Rifle Association and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, saying he had earned “A” grades on their questionnaires.

“Tom Basile is the right man to represent Hudson Valley sportsmen and women,” George Kydon, an NRA-ILA FLA coordinator, said in a campaign press release. “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.”

Basile criticized Assemblyman James Skoufis, his Democratic opponent for the 39th Senate District seat, for supporting a bill that would allow judges to issue “extreme risk protection” orders to prevent people who have been deemed dangerous to themselves or others from buying or possessing a gun. Basile argued the proposed “red flag” legislation would disregard due process and erode New Yorkers’ gun rights.

The Democratic-controlled Assembly passed the “red flag” bill in a 108-30 vote in June. The Republican-controlled Senate didn’t take it up.

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Reproductive rights group endorses Metzger for Senate

Democratic state Senate candidate Jen Metzger announced Monday the endorsement of the political arm of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, a Manhattan-based group that advocates for abortion and contraception rights in Washington and state capitals.

“Jen Metzger understands the importance of access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion services, and is ready to fight for the values of the Hudson Valley in Albany,” Andrea Miller, president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund PAC, said in campaign press release. “Her opponent, on the other hand, repeatedly voted against legislation to protect New Yorkers’ reproductive rights when in the Assembly.”

Metzger, a Rosendale councilwoman, and Republican Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt, a former assemblywoman, are competing for the 42nd Senate District seat that retiring Sen. John Bonacic is vacating.

Metzger also announced recently the endorsements of Eleanor’s Legacy, an organization that supports Democratic women who are running for office in New York and are pro-choice. She and state Sen. Liz Krueger took part in a rally for women’s rights in Warwick this month, at which Metzger was endorsed by Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC.



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