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Republican George Amedore wins Green Party line, is blasted by Green Party co-chair

Incumbent Republican state Sen. George Amedore has beat out his Democratic opponent, Palatine Supervisor Sara Niccoli, in a write-in campaign for the left-leaning Green Party line. Amedore, R-Rotterdam, secured the Green Party ballot line as a write-in candidate in the primary, according to state Board of Elections spokesman John Conklin. According to Conklin, Amedore won [...]

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Niccoli calls on Amedore to return “tainted” money

Democrat Sara Niccoli is calling on GOP Sen. George Amedore to return more than $30,000 in campaign contributions she says he’s received that are tied to Schenectady-based developer Joseph Nicolla, who was implicated in a corruption scandal last week by the state Attorney General’s Office. In a press release, Niccoli urges Amedore to return the [...]

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NRA PAC hands out grades to local politicians in state, federal races

The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund has handed out grades for local politicians running for office this year. The NRA-PVF ranks political candidates based on voting records, public statements and their responses to a questionnaire, according to its website. Here’s the grades for our local races: U.S. House of Representatives: New York’s 19th Congressional [...]

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New Siena/TWC poll shows Teachout and Faso neck and neck

A new poll shows that Republican John Faso is leading Democrat Zephyr Teachout by just a single percentage point in the race to replace Rep. Chris Gibson in the 19th Congressional District. Conducted by Time Warner Cable News and Siena College, the new poll shows that 15 percent of people are still undecided, that both [...]

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DCCC Poll: Teachout leading by five points in NY-19

A new poll conducted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this month shows Democrat Zephyr Teachout ahead by five points against Republican John Faso in the 19th Congressional District. With less than two months to go before the general election, the DCCC’s new poll says Teachout holds a 16-point advantage over Faso among registered Independents in [...]

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First debate between Teachout and Faso is next week

Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso will square off in their first of three debates next week in Albany as they vie to fill New York’s 19th Congressional District. The first debate is scheduled for Sept. 15 and will be held at The Linda, the performing arts center of WAMC, a regional public radio [...]

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Teachout challenges wealthy pro-Faso supporters to debate

Democrat Zephyr Teachout said Monday that she wants to debate two wealthy hedge fund managers who are helping to fund a super PAC supporting her GOP opponent, John Faso. Teachout, the anti-corruption crusader and Fordham University law professor, issued the debate challenge to Paul Singer and Robert Mercer at a press conference in Kingston Monday. [...]

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Colin Schmitt avoids primary on Reform Party line

The state Board of Elections has invalidated an effort to force a Reform Party primary in the race for the 99th Assembly District. An opportunity-to-ballot petition carried by a member of Assemblyman James Skoufis’ staff has been invalidated. The  decision will stop a Reform Party primary against Republican challenger Colin Schmitt, who’s facing off against [...]

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Teachout introduces seven-point small business plan

Congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout unveiled a seven-point small business plan Thursday in the City of Kingston, calling independent businesses the “beating heart of region.” Teachout, a Democrat and Fordham Univesity law professor who’s running for the open seat in the 19th Congressional District, unveiled the plan at Keegan Ales on James Street in Kingston. You [...]

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Ballot snafu in Columbia County leaves Republican Bob Bishop on the ticket

Congressional primary ballots throughout Columbia County were distributed, incorrectly, Tuesday with former Republican candidate Bob Bishop’s name on them, according to the county’s GOP Board of Election commissioner. Four candidates are competing Tuesday in the race for the 19th Congressional District: Democrats Zephyr Teachout, from Dutchess County, and Will Yandik, from Columbia County, and Republicans [...]

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    Chris McKenna covers Orange County government and politics for the Times Herald-Record. He has been a reporter at the newspaper since 1999. Read Full

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