Anagnostakis challenges Basile’s Stony Point voting record

Mike Anagnostakis

Orange County Legislator Mike Anagnostakis fired an opening salvo at his Republican rival in the 39th Senate District race on Tuesday, arguing that Stony Point Councilman Tom Basile’s voting record shows unwavering loyalty to party leaders.

The Town of Newburgh Republican said that Basile voted “no” only twice on his Republican-controlled Town Board out of 1,473 votes taken during his more than four years as a councilman, and that both negative votes were cast to stop changes that other board members proposed. He contrasted that with his casting 107 “no” votes out of about 3,000 in more than eight years on the Legislature. He said his dissent including his bucking Republican leaders on seven major issues and voting “no” 43 times on a total of $137 million in new spending.

“To get meaningful change in Albany, you need a fighter who asks tough questions and demands straight answers – even bucking their own party bosses when they act against the public interest,” Anagnostakis said in a press release. “Unfortunately, a yes-man will only ask one question: How High?”

Anagnostakis also challenged Basile to speak for himself during the campaign, and to renounce any past associations with the Mercer family, the Breitbart news site and Steve Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist.

Tom Basile

Basile’s campaign issued a response brushing aside Anagnostakis’ “wild rantings,” and suggesting Anagnostakis was “inexplicably helping a proven tax-and-spend Democrat” – meaning Assemblyman James Skoufis, the Democratic candidate for the 39th Senate District.

“Councilman Basile won’t allow the wild rantings of Mr. Anagnostakis to divert this campaign from his message about making our area more affordable for everyone and fighting for the people who pay the bills,” the statement read. “Ever the grandstander, Mr. Anagnostakis may feel emboldened by the editors at the Times Herald Record and even the endorsement of the Democrat in this race of all people, but Republican primary voters will not be persuaded by supporters like those.”

Basile and Anagnostakis are competing to run for the Senate seat that Republican Bill Larkin is vacating after 28 years in the Senate, and will face off in a Sept. 13 primary if they both stay in the race. Skoufis kicked off his campaign to succeed Larkin on Monday.

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