Category Archives: Up in Albany

Sunday telephone poll dives deep on race for State Sen. Bill Larkin’s senate seat

Voters in the region were hit with a new poll on Sunday that asked a series of probing questions about GOP Sen. Bill Larkin, his Democratic opponent Chris Eachus and several issues in the race for the 39th Senate District. But Larkin supporters say the poll is no indication that Larkin will be switched out […]

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Anti-gun group gives mid-Hudson Valley state lawmakers poor marks on gun safety votes

Mid-Hudson Valley state lawmakers have earned poor grades for their past votes on gun-related issues, according to new rankings released byNew Yorkers Against Gun Violence, an anti-gun group. The advocacy group, that says its aim is to reduce gun violence, released the rankings Tuesday. The rankings are based on legislators’ votes on gun bills since […]

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Tkaczyk gives “no comment” over alleged investigation into de Blasio fundraising operation

Former Democratic State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk had no comment Wednesday when asked if she has been subpoenaed by federal authorities as part of an expanding probe into New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fundraising efforts back in 2014. On Wednesday The New York Times reported that a federal probe of de Blasio’s campaign fundraising […]

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Gibson’s choice in GOP prez primary: None of the above

Rep. Chris Gibson said Thursday he won’t be supporting any of the GOP presidential nominees in the April 19 primary election next week and may instead write in the governor of Maryland or Oklahoma. Gibson, R-Kinderhook, made the comments while speaking with Alan Chartock on WAMC’s Congressional Corner Thursday. Gibson is not running again in […]

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Oneida County Republican enters race for 101st Assembly seat

Onedia County Republican Brian Miller launched his campaign Monday for the state’s serpentine 101st Assembly District. Miller is a 57-year-old New Hartford salesman for SMC Corp. of America, a pneumatic device manufacturer. He’s also an Oneida County legislator. “As (a) County Legislator and as a parent, I have witnessed first¬≠hand the struggles our communities face […]

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Sara Niccoli gets Working Famlies Party endorsement

Democrat Sara Niccoli, the Town of Palatine supervisor who’s looking to unseat state Sen. George Amedore, has won the endorsement of the Working Families Party. In a statement Karen Scharff, co-chair of the state Working Families Party, accused Amedore, R-Rotterdam, of being beholden to real estate developers, New York City lobbyists and being too focused […]

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Tkaczyk endorses fellow sheep farmer, Sara Niccoli, to run for Amedore’s seat

Former state senator Cecilia Tkaczyk is backing fellow Democrat and Town of Palatine supervisor Sara Niccoli to take on Sen. George Amedore for the 46th Senate District. Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, lost against Sen. George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, in 2014 in the ¬†race for the 46th Senate District. The district includes parts of Ulster County, including Kingston, Woodstock […]

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Head of New York Faith and Freedom Coalition registers to run for 104th Assembly District

Bill Banuchi, a Town of Newburgh reverend and executive director of the New York branch of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, has registered to run in the state’s 104th Assembly District. Banuchi, 67, says he’s organizing his team now and getting ready to officially announce his candidacy. He says he’ll seek the Conservative, Republican and […]

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Sean Eldridge pens piece on “broken campaign finance system”

Sean Eldridge, former Democratic candidate for the 19th Congressional District, has written a piece for Medium where he lambastes what he calls the “broken campaign finance system.” In the piece, that can be found here, Eldridge speaks about the “corrosive” roll of big donors in politics and the access and favors he said that garners […]

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Gibson v. Maloney clash postscript: Medicaid

At last week’s Pattern for Progress “Across the Aisle” breakfast, representatives Chris Gibson and Sean Patrick Maloney went head to head about Gibson’s potential run for governor in 2018, including arguing over federal proposals to cut Medicaid. While Gibson, R-Kinderhook, and Maloney, D-Cold Spring, have used the annual forum to highlight their ability to reach […]

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