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Boehner, GOP Leaders Urge Leniency For Collins

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A range of Republican luminaries on the national, state and local level wrote to a federal judge last year urging leniency for former Rep. Chris Collins.

Among those urging Judge Vernon Broderick to consider Collins's career in business and public service was former House Speaker John Boehner, who is neighbors with Collins in Florida.

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Outside Groups Seek To Sway Impeachment Argument

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

On Sunday, Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado made some news: He’s voting “yes” on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

A day later, the Democratic-allied House Majority PAC wasn’t touting the vote of a swing-district freshman, but instead crediting him for helping reduce the cost of prescription drugs in a new ad.

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Rep. Delgado To Back Both Impeachment Articles

BY Nick Reisman Hudson Valley

Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado will vote yes on both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, his office said Sunday in a statement.

The two articles of impeachment accuse Trump of obstructing Congress and abuse of power in a case stemming from allegations he sought to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rivals and advance a theory the country sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, which has been discredited by intelligence officials.

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Democrats Face Impeachment Quandary

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The looming vote for two articles of the impeachment of President Trump will put battleground Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives in a quandary: Take an official vote to advance the removal of the president to the U.S. Senate or reject it.

For Democrats like Reps. Anthony Brindisi, the vote, which could come by the end of this month, is fraught with risks and the potential to alienate progressives who cheered his election over Republican Claudia Tenney last year or inflame the voters in the central New York House district who voted for the president.

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State GOP Suing Cuomo To Force NY-27 Special Election

BY Ryan Whalen City of Albany

The New York State Republican Party filed a lawsuit Wednesday in State Supreme Court in Monroe County asking a judge to compel the governor to call a special election as soon as possible for NY’s vacant 27th Congressional seat.

“We feel no choice here but to sue Governor Cuomo to do his job, just like other political leaders have had to do in the past, to call a special election within this district,” state GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy said.

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