The latest campaign disclosure forms filed with the state Board of Elections show incumbent Assemblyman Kevin Cahill with a growing war chest versus his primary rival, Susan Zimet.
In reports filed for July, Cahill, D-Kingston, raised $63,630 for the first half of the year, bringing his campaign war chest to $112,597.28 after spending $33,675.29.
Zimet, the New Paltz town supervisor, only announced that she would primary Cahill back in May, giving her little time to catch up to Cahill, a longtime incumbent who’s held the seat since 1992. Her July report says she had a closing balance of $1,612.77, after getting $6,949 in contributions and spending $5,336.23.
Zimet and Cahill are challenging each other in a Democratic primary for the 103rd Assembly seat. Kevin Roberts, an Ulster County legislator from Plattekill, is challenging on the Republican side.
Zimet’s lone corporate contribution came from The Kemper Corporation of White Plains, an insurance provider, who gave $1,000. Most of her contributions came from four individuals.
The bulk of contributions to Cahill comes from corporate and other monetary sources. On the corporate side, Cahill raised $14,700, mostly from businesses representing insurance and healthcare.
Cahill is chair to the Committee on Insurance in the state Assembly.
Under the “other monetary” category, Cahill received contributions from a myriad of different law firms, political action committees, or PACs, and groups that represent physicians and insurers and pharmaceutical companies.
You can view the full list here, but some of the biggest contributors on that side include Enterprise Holdings Inc. NY PAC (Enterprise rent-a-car’s political arm) contributing $2,500 and Fidelity National Financial Inc. (a provider insurance and mortgage services) contributing $4,100.
All in all, Cahill received $44,700 in “other monetary” contributions.
Roberts has lent himself $3,000 of his own money and had a total balance of $2,906.44 in his July filing.
In Ulster County, the 103rd Assembly District includes the towns of Esopus, Gardiner, Hurley, Marbletown, New Paltz, Olive, Plattekill, Rochester, Rosendale, Shandaken, Ulster, Woodstock and the City of Kingston.