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How Cuomo’s campaign war chest became one of the nation’s largest

How Cuomo’s campaign war chest became one of the nation’s largest
Halmar International did not have a state construction contract since 1988. But that soon changed. The Nanuet, Rockland County-based construction firm started to donate to Andrew Cuomo’s election campaigns. It gave $10,000 just prior to Cuomo’s first win in 2010, and $135,000 overall in his eight years in office. The company has since landed $236 million in state construction projects, plus a multitude of... more

House Republicans launch $645K ad campaign against Dana Balter

House Republicans launch $645K ad campaign against Dana Balter
The national campaign committee for House Republicans has decided to spend $645,000 to help Rep. John Katko in an increasingly expensive election against Democrat Dana Balter. Until Tuesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee had stayed out of the 24th Congressional District election and allocated resources to help vulnerable Republicans in competitive races across the country. But the NRCC decided to begin an aggressive... more

Helming, O’Mara hold big fundraising leads

Helming, O’Mara hold big fundraising leads
The campaigns for the region’s two Republican incumbent state senators are well ahead of their Democratic challengers just weeks away from election day, according to state Board of Election filings. Republican State Sen. Pam Helming, who is seeking her second two-year term after succeeding longtime state Sen. Mike Nozzolio in the 54th District, had $146,515, according to filings due Oct.... more

State funding will help complete Wharton Studio Museum in Ithaca

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State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) will join representatives of the Wharton Studio Museum and Friends of Stewart Park, and City of Ithaca officials, to announce new state funding to assist the development and completion of the Wharton Studio Museum and Park Visitor Center in Ithaca’s Stewart Park. O’Mara secured the funding as part of the 2018-2019 New York State... more

Helming, Baldridge debate showcasing differing governing styles

Helming, Baldridge debate showcasing differing governing styles
While the 54th New York Senate District candidates generally agreed on many issues, a battle of governing style arose during the candidate debate held at Cayuga Community College on Tuesday. Two years ago, incumbent Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, vied for the Senate seat against Kenan Baldridge and Floyd Rayburn. Baldridge, the Democratic candidate from the town of Rose, has come back... more

Rally set for Republicans in Ontario County this weekend

Rally set for Republicans in Ontario County this weekend
The Ontario County Republican Committee has scheduled a Rally for Candidates starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Committee Headquarters, 15 Bristol Street in Canandaigua. Attending the rally will be Congressman Tom Reed, Senator Pam Helming, Senator Rich Funke, Assemblyman Brian Kolb, Kitty Karle for Ontario County Judge, Silvio Palermo for Ontario County Sheriff and Cathy Menikotz for... more

Auburn native John Walsh, ‘America’s Most Wanted’ creator, stars in TV ad for Katko

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With Election Day three weeks away, a prominent Auburn native is playing a starring role in a new television commercial supporting U.S. Rep. John Katko’s re-election campaign. John Walsh, who created the hit TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” appears in Katko’s latest 30-second TV ad, which began airing Tuesday in the Syracuse media market. Walsh highlights his experience as an... more

Balter outraises Katko by $1 million in CNY House race

Balter outraises Katko by $1 million in CNY House race
Dana Balter not only had the best fundraising quarter for a Syracuse-area congressional candidate, she raked in $1 million more than Republican U.S. Rep. John Katko in the 24th district race. Federal Election Commission filings show Balter, D-Syracuse, raised $1,545,314.10 in the third quarter of 2018. Individual contributions accounted for nearly 87 percent of her total receipts. She collected an additional... more

Batman vows to bring sign-stealing bandits to justice

Batman vows to bring sign-stealing bandits to justice
New York State Assembly candidate Keith Batman jokingly condemned the brazen band of sign stealers who’ve reportedly nabbed several of his lawn signs in the town of Moravia. “Hey, I get it: Who doesn’t want Batman merchandise?” said Batman. “In all seriousness, please respect your neighbors and leave their signs alone. If you’d like one for yourself, contact my office... more

Rep. Chris Collins’ trial date set for 2020

Rep. Chris Collins’ trial date set for 2020
A February 2020 trial date was set Thursday for a U.S. congressman indicted on federal insider trading charges. U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick scheduled jury selection to begin Feb. 3, 2020, for U.S. Rep. Chris Collins after prosecutors relaxed their insistence that the trial must occur next year. The 68-year-old Collins, a Republican, was not in court. He remains... more

Mitrano forum in Seneca Falls to be moderated by FL1’s Josh Durso

Mitrano forum in Seneca Falls to be moderated by FL1’s Josh Durso
There are no congressional debates scheduled to take place here, but area residents will have a chance to ask candidate Tracy Mitrano about the issues that matter most to them at a town hall meeting, which will take place on  Sunday, October 21 from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Seneca Falls Community Center, 35 Water Street. Organized by Indivisible Seneca Falls... more

Finch regains financial edge over Batman in NY Assembly race

Finch regains financial edge over Batman in NY Assembly race
With four weeks to go until Election Day, Assemblyman Gary Finch holds a slight financial advantage over Democratic challenger Keith Batman in the 126th Assembly District race. Finch, R-Springport, reported receipts totaling $36,747 and $20,970.17 in expenses, according to his 32-day pre-general campaign finance filing. He has a closing balance of $23,626.30. Batman, D-Scipio, raised $27,559 and spent $27,543.09. He... more

Kirschgessner faces domestic violence claims from ex-wife amid campaign to challenge Sen. O’Mara

Amanda Kirchgessner, challenging Sen. O’Mara accused of domestic violence
The Ithaca Times reports that Amanda Kirchgessner, a progressive Democratic candidate contending for a seat in the New York State Senate representing the 58th District, has been accused of several instances of domestic violence and abuse during her last marriage. According to the Times, Kirchgessner’s ex-wife, Brandi Morgan said an abusive pattern in the latter years of their marriage. That... more

Batman receives endorsement from DiNapoli in race for 126th

Batman receives endorsement from DiNapoli in race for 126th
Keith Batman, candidate for the New York State Assembly’s 126th District, representing parts of Cayuga, Cortland, Chenango and Onondaga counties, announced today that he has received an endorsement from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. “Keith Batman has proven himself to be a hardworking, honest and accountable public servant,” said DiNapoli. “He is committed to fiscal responsibility and government transparency... more

Dana Balter shatters fundraising record, raises $1.5M in race against Rep. John Katko

Dana Balter shatters fundraising record, raises $1.5M in race against Rep. John Katko
Dana Balter, the Democratic nominee in New York’s 24th Congressional District race, will report a record-setting fundraising quarter later this month, her campaign announced Monday. Balter, D-Syracuse, raised more than $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2018. That’s more than any Syracuse-area congressional candidate has raised in one quarter in modern political history. Before Balter’s haul, Federal Election Commission... more

Siena poll shows big lead for Cuomo over Molinaro

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) leads his closest rival by 22 percentage points in a six-person field for governor, a Siena College poll released Monday found. The poll found Cuomo leading Republican Marc Molinaro 50 percent to 28 percent. Cynthia Nixon received 10 percent as the candidate of the Working Families Party. Libertarian candidate Larry Sharpe, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins... more

GOP governor candidate visits Yates County

GOP governor candidate visits Yates County
Marc Molinaro, Republican candidate for New York Governor, visited Yates County Sept. 19 with Sen. Tom O’Mara (R,C-I-Big Flats), and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) during a regional small business tour. One of their stops was at Miles Wine Cellars on Seneca Lake near Himrod, where Molinaro met with Miles co-owner Suzy Hayes, Hector grape grape grower Tina Hazlitt, and members... more

Mitrano launches ‘One District’ campaign, holds forum in Geneva (video)

Mitrano launches ‘One District’ campaign, holds forum in Geneva (video)
Democratic Congressional Nominee Tracy Mitrano (NY-23) announced the kick off of her “One District” Campaign and hosted a town hall in Geneva on Wednesday. In the spirit of reaching as many people as possible throughout the district, Mitrano said that she will be hosting a series of town halls in the remaining ten counties of New York’s 23rd Congressional District... more
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