Skoufis reports huge campaign warchest after one year in Senate

State Sen. James Skoufis has amassed one of the largest campaign accounts in the Hudson Valley in his first year as a senator and has no declared Republican challenger yet as he prepares for his first re-election run.

The Cornwall Democrat, a former assemblyman who succeeded the late Republican Sen. Bill Larkin last year, reported this week that he had collected $256,000 in contributions over the last six months and had $321,000 on hand after expenses. The put him well ahead of most senators from the Hudson Valley and second only to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who is from Yonkers.

More than half of his income came from individual donations, and the rest came from unions, businesses and industry groups. Some of Skoufis’ biggest contributors were Ira and Diana Riklis, a Manhattan couple that donated $16,800; Monsey resident Gary Barnett, who contributed $11,800; and Newburgh philanthropist Bill Kaplan, who gave $10,000.

Candidates start collecting petition signatures on Feb. 25. Aside from a daunting warchest, another advantage Skoufis holds over the Republican opponent who emerges by then is a growing Democratic enrollment edge in the 39th Senate District. As of November, active Democratic voters outnumbered Republicans in the district by almost 18,000, a margin that had grown by 2,000 since the election one year earlier.

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