Filmmaker joins field of NY18 congressional candidates

The impresario of the misleadingly named Hoboken International Film Festival, held for the last three years at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown, has announced his candidacy for New York’s 18th Congressional District seat, joining three previously declared Republican candidates who will compete in a June primary if they all stick around.

Ken Del Vecchio, a filmmaker and former attorney who lives in Warwick, filed his candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission and issued a press release about his campaign on Tuesday. He described himself as a “a freedom-seeking, small government, fiscally conservative, pro-life, pro-second Amendment, anti-illegal immigration, job-creating, economy-boosting capitalist.” There is also a website and 20-minute campaign video, which feels a little like a parody at the beginning.

In addition to Del Vecchio, the field of would-be GOP challengers for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, includes: Tuxedo resident Dan Castricone, a former Orange County legislator; Sakima Brown of Poughkeepsie and Frank Spampinato, a Newburgh native. Goshen resident Scott Smith is waging his second independent run for the 18th District seat.

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