Four candidates may seek Monroe board seat

As many as four candidates may compete for the Monroe Town Board seat that has been left vacant since former Councilman Harley Doles took office as town supervisor in January.

In addition to the Democratic petition filed last week by Susan Roth, the Orange County Board of Elections now reports having received Democratic, Working Families and Independence Party petitions from Blanca Johnson on Monday.

Two other candidates are expected to file independent petitions before an Aug. 19 deadline: Dennis McWatters, who ran unsuccessfully for the board last year, plans to run again on the United Monroe ballot line; and Kiryas Joel dissident Ben Friedman has announced his intent to run for office on a “Truth & Justice” line.

The winner of the Nov. 4 general election would serve the remaining year of Doles’ unexpired four-year councilman term.

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Maloney leads Hayworth by $700K in campaign cash

Finance reports filed Tuesday by the campaigns of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and Republican challenger Nan Hayworth show Maloney had $700,000 more in his coffers than Hayworth had in hers as of June 30, with a little more than four months to go before their rematch election.

The Cold Spring Democrat reported raising around $337,000 and spending about $52,000 between June 5 and June 30, leaving him with almost $1.8 million on hand. The reporting period was shorter than the usual quarterly statements because of an interim filing before the candidates’ June 24 primary for the Independence Party line, which Hayworth won.

Hayworth’s camp declared $158,000 in donations, $85,000 in expenses and a $500,000 personal loan Hayworth made to her campaign during that same 25-day period. Her campaign had already announced the infusion of her own money, as well as a surge in donations after her victory in the Independence primary.

Hayworth had about $1.1 million in her account as of June 30.

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Gibson outraises Eldridge in 2nd quarter

Sean Eldridge’s campaign for Congress raised more than $770,000 from more than 1,600 donors in the 2nd quarter of 2014, according to a statement from his campaign.

But Rep. Chris Gibson’s campaign announced Tuesday that his campaign raised $819,000 in the second quarter, more than $330,000 more than he raised in any quarter since first running for Congress, according to a release from his campaign.

But Eldridge ends the quarter with more than $2.1 million cash on hand, while Gibson’s campaign has $1.91 million on hand for the 2014 election.

Sean Eldridge matched contributions to his campaign to the tune of $375,000 and touted that he did not accept donations from corporate PACs.

“More than 77 percent of Sean Eldridge’s 2nd quarter contributions were $50 or less,” Eldridge’s campaign said, “I’m incredibly grateful to the more than 1,600 individuals who invested in our race this quarter – most of whom contributed $50 or less – and are helping us build a grassroots campaign throughout NY-19,” Eldridge said.

Gibson’s campaign manager Stephanie Valle hammered Eldridge with criticism over his experience and recent move to the district.

“Although our opponent continues to use his billion dollar fortune to try and artificially prop up his campaign, his money can’t paper over the fact he has no ties to the district, almost no experience, and is plagued with hypocrisy,” Valle said.

Eldridge’s campaign attacked Gibson for accepting money from corporate PACs.

“Unlike Chris Gibson, we publicly disclose every contribution we receive, and we refuse to accept money from corporate PACs that have too much power in Washington already,” his campaign said.

For the second quarter, 86 percent of Gibson’s contributions were from individuals, with almost 60 percent of individual contributors residing in the 19th Congressional District and 77 percent of individual contributors being from upstate New York.
Eldridge, a Democrat who lives in Shokan, is looking to unseat Republican Gibson, from Kinderhook, in the 19th Congressional District this November. The district includes all of Ulster and Sullivan counties.


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Hayworth pumps $500,000 into her campaign

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney outraised Republican challenger Nan Hayworth in the second quarter, but Hayworth surpassed his income by pumping $500,000 of her own money into her campaign coffers as a loan, according to fundraising previews the two camps gave before filing official reports next week.

The cash intake is accelerating for both campaigns. Maloney, D-Cold Spring, reported raising $550,000 between April 1 and June 30, and more than half of that money came in the 26 days since the June 4 cutoff for a previous financial filing. His announcement didn’t say how much the campaign has on hand. The previous tally, as of June 4, was $1.5 million.

Hayworth’s campaign reports having $1 million on hand after raising more than $250,000 in the second quarter and kicking in her $500,000 of her own. In the six days after beating Maloney in an Independence Party primary on June 24, Hayworth collected $95,164 in donations.

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Nevele gives big to lobbying groups, PACs, report says

The Nevele Casino, Resort and Spa has spent almost $75,000 on lobbying in 2012 and 2013, according to a good government group.

An analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group found that Ulster County’s lone casino competitor trying to secure a coveted gaming license from the state spent $74,574 over a two year period in lobbying.

Altogether, companies involved in bidding for casino licenses throughout the state spent a total of $6,745,177 lobbying in 2012 and 2013.

The Nevele also made $427,404 in campaign donations, according to the NYPIRG study. State Board of Elections records show that $327,404 went to the Nevele Proposition 1 Committee, a PAC set up by Nevele Investors CEO Michael Treanor to support the ballot initiative to legalize casino gambling in New York last November.

The rest, $100,000, went to the New York Jobs Now Committee, a casino-backed PAC that also lobbied to get the ballot proposition passed.

The report also shows that the Nevele laid out $26,000 in January and February this year to Polsinelli Public Affairs, LLC, a Manhattan-based lobbying firm. A bi-monthly report from the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics shows in that period they lobbied the executive branch and the state Liquor Authority.

Polsinelli also lobbied in March through April this year to the same public bodies for another $26,000, records show.


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It’s Hein’s birthday and he’ll fundraise if he wants to

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is once again holding a birthday party/fundraiser at the Wiltwyck Golf Club this month, with top birthday wish donations clocking in at $5,000 this year.

The handsome cardboard invitations in a light blue color have been circulating for the last few weeks and attendance comes in at $95 per person.

There’s also a cost to signing his birthday card. A top “platinum” wish this year (signing  a 10×8-sized centerfold with 10 guests) will run you $5,000. A better deal if you can stand being regulated to the back side of the card would be signing the 5×8  back cover with 10 guests for the same price, $5,000.

While last year I wrote a piece that showed a top birthday wish cost $2,500, this year the amount of a birthday wish has doubled.

The party’s on July 17 between 5-7 p.m. and wishes/contributions will be going into Hein’s campaign war chest, which stood at  $117,329.16 in January.

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Tenney says NYPIRG legislative analysis is “hit job.”

Update: Tenney and Mahoney had a Twitter-based back-and-forth just after I posted it. I re-Tweeted most of it and you can catch it at @JamesNani845.

Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney says a recent study by the good government group pointing out that she missed the third most votes out of all assembly members this year is an ” attempt at a hit job.”

In the New York Public Interest Research Group’s “2014 Session Analysis” report released last week, the report points out that Tenney missed 480 votes, the third most in the state Assembly this past session.

Out of the 18 legislators NYPIRG says missed more than 150 votes this past session, 15 were Democrats and three were Republicans.

In an email response to the the report, Tenney said NYPIRG “is a liberal organization looking to attack Republicans.”

“I missed about 5 days of session all year,” Tenney said “What people don’t know is that we typically do half the bills we pass in an entire year in the last week. Most of them are one house bills and repeats.”

Tenney said the Assembly votes on the same bills every year, some around for 15 years that have never had a Senate sponsor.

“They are passed to help a democratic member look good in their district,” Tenney said. “Until this year, the only time I ever missed a vote was when my son graduated from the Naval Academy in May 2013.”

Tenney also pointed out that she was running in the 22nd Congressional primary this year and that the Dream Act came before the house twice this year even though there were no changes to the bill.

Bill Mah0ney, research coordinator for NYPIRG, disputed that NYPIRG was a liberal organization or the analysis was a hit piece. He said they tally the data and look at all parties equally and that he wasn’t sure if Tenney has read the report.

“I’ve been up here since 2005 and that’s the silliest comment I’ve ever heard from a local official,” Mahoney said.

Tenney, R-New Hartford, lost her challenge to Rep. Richard Hanna in a Republican primary last Tuesday for the 22nd Congressional District. After the loss, Tenney said she’ll run for again 101st Assembly seat again this November. The district nicks the borders of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties and meanders northward through Delaware, Otsego, Herkimer and Oneida counties.


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Zephyr Teachout to speak in Rosendale

Fordham University law professor and potential gubernatorial challenger Zephyr Teachout will be a guest speaker at a Rosendale Democratic Committee meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosendale Recreation Center on Route 32.

Teachout was edged out by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for an endorsement by the Working Families Party, 41.3 percent to 58.7 percent, but is looking to challenge him this September in a Democratic primary.

Teachout says her showing during the Working Families Party convention showed “the deep dissatisfaction with the Cuomo administration, and the raw hunger for deep change.”


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Tenney loses in primary for NY’s 22nd Congressional

Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, lost her challenge to Rep. Richard Hanna in Republican primary Tuesday.

Tenny, who represents 101st Assembly district, has been attempting to run to the right of Hanna, R-Barnesveld, and received 46.9 percent of the vote to Hanna’s 52.6 percent, according to the state Board of Elections.

Vote-wise,  Hanna captured 15,056 votes while Tenney received 13,442 votes, unofficially.

The win by Hanna pretty much nails the district for Hanna, who wasn’t facing a Democratic challenger.

While the 22nd Congressional District doesn’t represent Ulster, Orange and Sullivan counties, Tenney’s 101st Assembly district nicks the borders of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties and meanders northward through Delaware, Otsego, Herkimer and Oneida counties.

She’s serving her second term in Albany and the seat is up for reelection this year.

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Hayworth beats Maloney for Independence line

A trickle of Independence Party voters awarded former congresswoman Nan Hayworth their party’s coveted ballot line Tuesday in an opening skirmish in her rematch battle this year against Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the Democrat who unseated her in 2012.

Only 6 percent of the 22,506 active Independence Party voters in New York’s 18th Congressional District went to the polls for the primary, giving the Republican challenger a 732-650 victory over Maloney in unofficial results, which don’t include absentee ballots. The primary took place because party leaders allowed both candidates to compete for the Independence line.

“I am grateful for the support I received throughout the entire district,” Hayworth said in a victory message.  ”The people who supported me have sent a message they want Washington to get out of the way and let us grow jobs and opportunity in the Hudson Valley economy.”

“I thank the voters and realize they want a Representative who will reach across the aisle to provide a genuine voice for the Hudson Valley.  I will continue to be that voice.”

The press release touted Hayworth’s “impressive victory” in the heavily Democratic City of Poughkeepsie, where she collected a grand total of 33 votes to Maloney’s 20.

Maloney congratulated Hayworth on the win.  ”I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning and keep putting points on the board for my hardworking Hudson Valley neighbors,” he said. “The best politics is doing my job and getting results by creating good paying jobs here at home, reducing taxes for middle class families and small businesses, cutting wasteful spending and protecting Medicare and Social Security.”

Maloney won by 381-347 in Orange County, which holds about half of the 18th District’s voters. The nearly 1,000 enrolled Independence voters in bloc-voting Kiryas Joel, who could easily have swayed the election results, appear not to have exerted themselves on behalf of either candidate. Hayworth won the three other counties the district crosses, including Maloney’s adopted home county of Putnam.

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