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Buchwald Endorsed By Top County Lawmaker

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Democratic Assemblyman David Buchwald on Tuesday was endorsed by Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ben Boykin in his bid for the open 17th congressional district.

“I am proud to endorse David Buchwald for Congress,” Boykin said. “Throughout his career, David has been a fierce advocate for fairness and accountability. From addressing gun violence to pushing for fair taxes to holding Trump accountable, David is a tireless leader who will be a fighter for us in Congress.”

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Katko Endorsed By Conservative Party

BY Nick Reisman Central NY

Republican Rep. John Katko on Tuesday was endorsed by the state Conservative Party as he runs for re-election in what has been a key swing district in upstate New York.

"Congressman Katko is an unflinching defender of life and of our 2nd Amendment right to preserve it," said Wayne County Conservative Party Chairman Mike Garlock in a statement. "As a husband and father of three, John understands the needs of Central New York families, and he's fighting to make life just a little bit easier for all of us. His powerful advocacy for Parental Savings Accounts and for common-sense school safety measures are but two examples of the great work John Katko is doing on our behalf."

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Republicans Meet With DHS Amid Green Light Dispute

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Republican lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly on Monday met privately with officials from the Department of Homeland Security, who aired concerns over acccess to the state's motor vehicle database.

Access to that database by entities like ICE is blocked by the state's Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses over concerns they would be targeted by federal immigration enforcement.

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Conservative Party Endorses Zeldin

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin on Tuesday was endorsed by the state Conservative Party in his bid for re-election to his eastern Long Island House seat.

"The Suffolk County Conservative Party is pleased to once again endorse Congressman Lee Zeldin for re-election," said Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Frank Tinari. "The Conservative Party supports candidates who will secure our borders, oppose burdensome government outreach, and stand up for taxpayers. Lee Zeldin shares the values and purpose of our mission. This fall, Democrats are offering candidates that will destroy our pocketbooks and economy, erode our public safety and rule of law, take away our private health insurance, and far more. Lee Zeldin is endorsed because we know he will never waiver in defense of taxpayers and our community."

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Langworthy Endorses Farley For Congress

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Republican House candidate Chele Farley on Wednesday was endorsed by New York GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy.

Farley, a former U.S. Senate candidate, is running for the seat held by Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

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Stefanik Endorsed By Conservative Party

BY Nick Reisman Northern NY

Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik's bid for re-election on Tuesday was endorsed by the Conservative Party and local county chairs.

Stefanik, first elected in 2014, is seeking a fourth term to the sprawling North Country House seat.

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NY-12: Vladimer Ends Bid For Congress

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Democrat Erica Vladimer on Friday ended her bid for the party's nomination in the 12th congressional district.

Vladimer, an attorney, had challenged Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, launching her campaign last year.

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Lawmaker Wants To Take SAFE Act National

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Assemblyman David Buchwald on Thursday pledged that if he elected to Congress he would back a national version of the SAFE Act.

“I have long advocated for tougher gun safety laws in New York, and I’m ready to tackle this issue in Congress,” he said. “The first bill I ever voted for as an Assemblymember was the New York SAFE Act, banning assault weapons, expanding background checks, and providing New York the strongest gun laws in the nation. I’ve never been afraid of the NRA, and I wholly reject their warped view of the Second Amendment. I’ll go to Congress ready to stand up for common sense, with a real gun safety agenda for all Americans.”

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Trump Praises Stefanik For Support During Impeachment

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

For more than an hour, President Donald Trump on Thursday unloaded on his critics, Democrats, Mitt Romney and others a day after he was acquitted of impeachment charges.

But Trump also singled out individual members of Congress who had publicly supported him during the process -- including New York Rep. Elise Stefanik.

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NY-22: Tenney Raises $300K In Comeback Bid

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Republican former Rep. Claudia Tenney's campaign on Friday announced having raisied $300,000 in the final fundraising quarter of 2019, ending the reporting period with more than $286,000 in cash on hand.

“I am so grateful for the outpouring of support for our campaign to hold Anthony Brindisi accountable in November and bring a fighter for Upstate New York back to Congress,” Tenney said. “This report reflects the momentum we have felt on the ground since launching in October and we will continue to build on one of the strongest grassroots operations in the country heading into November.”

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NY-18: Farley Gets Conservative Party Nod

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The county-level Conservative Party committees in the 18th congressional district on Thursday announced they will back Republican Chele Farley for the House seat.

"Chele Farley will make an excellent standard bearer for the Conservative Party," said New York State Conservative Party Chair Gerard Kassar. "A common sense conservative with a wealth of private sector experience and a heart for public service, the residents of the congressional district will do well in electing her to Congress."

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NY-27: Jacobs Receives Independence Party Nod

BY Ryan Whalen Buffalo

The New York Independence Party has endorsed Republican Congressional candidate Chris Jacobs in the state’s 27th Congressional District.

Jacobs is running to replace convicted Congressman Chris Collins, who resigned from the position in the fall. The GOP nominated the current state senator over the weekend.

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NY-2: Gordon Reaches Red To Blue Program

BY Nick Reisman Long Island

Democratic House candidate Jackie Gordon on Tuesday was named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue program — a distinction meant that shows she's hit goals for support, organizing and fundraising.

Gordon is running for the district on Long Island being vacated by Republican Rep. Peter King, a seat Democrats have eyed in recent election cycles as a potential pickup.

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NY-17: Warren Endorses Mondaire Jones for Congress

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday waded into a crowded primary contest in suburban New York City to endorse House hopeful Mondaire Jones.

Warren backed Jones in the race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey, who has represented the northern suburbs in Congress since 1989.

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Katko Says He'll Vote for Trump

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 4:34 PM ET Jan. 23, 2020

Swing-district Republican Rep. John Katko has his reservations with President Donald Trump, but the pros Katko identified in continuing Trump's presidency for a second term are a strong economy, trade agreements, and national security. He says these outweigh the policy platforms of Democrats seeking to run against him.

"As much as I am sometimes frustrated by the president's approach, I believe our country is in a better place today than it was four years ago," Katko said. "We cannot afford the extreme policies being championed by the left — which would result in higher taxes for every American and a guaranteed debt crisis for our country. Given this choice, I will support President Trump this November."

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NY-17: Schleifer Releases Campaign Video

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Democratic House candidate Adam Schleifer on Monday released his first video of his campaign, a spot that highlights his biography.

Schleifer, a former U.S. attorney, pointed to his Holocaust survivor grandfather and special needs brother as heroes in his life.

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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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