Congressional Races

Hochul Endorses Cobb; Troopers PBA Backs Stefanik

BY Nick Reisman Northern NY

Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb later on Tuesday will be endorsed by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in her campaign against Rep. Elise Steanik.

“At a time when access to quality, affordable health care has never been more important, we need an advocate like Tedra Cobb in Congress,” Hochul said. “Tedra has demonstrated a 30-year commitment to providing access to health care in the North Country. She will fight for New Yorkers by protecting Medicare and Social Security. She will be a strong partner in Congress, and I am proud to endorse her for New York’s 21st Congressional District.”

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Hochul Endorses Mitrano in NY-23

BY Nick Reisman Southern Tier

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul Friday will endorse Democrat Tracy Mitrano's bid for the 23rd Congressional District race.

Mitrano is running to unseat Republican Rep. Tom Reed in the state's Southern Tier region.

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Hochul Endorses Balter for Congress

BY Nick Reisman Central NY

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday is set to endorse Democrat Dana Balter in New York's 24th Congressional District race.

Balter is running for a second time in the Cental New York House district to unseat Republican incumbent John Katko.

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Donald Trump Jr. Sends Robocall For Jacobs

BY Ryan Whalen City of Albany

With just a few days left before election day, New York 27th congressional district candidate Chris Jacobs is getting another hand from Donald Trump Jr.

Earlier this week, Jacobs posted a video in which the president's son gave him his endorsement. But if voters didn't see it on Twitter, Don Jr. went directly to their phones.

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Stefanik Wants Funding For School-Based Health Centers

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

School-based health centers need $100 million in funding, Rep. Elise Stefanik urged in a letter to top House leaders released on Thursday.

The money should be included in the next federal coronavirus relief package, Stefanik wrote in the letter.

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Even Off the Ballot, Republicans Say Trump Will Still Play A Role In NY-27

BY Nick Reisman New York State

President Donald Trump won't have a primary next month, but Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy in an interview on Thursday was confident GOP voters would still turnout for key special elections being held the same day.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld failed to qualify for the ballot in New York, effectively cancelling a Republican primary for the president.

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NY-17: Working Families Party Endorses Jones for Congress

BY Nick Reisman New York State

The Working Families Party on Thursday is set to endorse Democratic congressional candidate Mondaire Jones for a suburban New York City House seat.

“As a candidate who grew up on food stamps and with a Section 8 voucher, Mondaireknows firsthand that this country does not work for working people. That’s why he’s championing ideas that will transform the lives of millions of working Americans: student debt cancellation, Medicare for All, and deeply affordable housing for all” said New York Working Families Party State Director Sochie Nnaemeka in a statement.

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NY-2: UAW Endorses Gordon For Congress

BY Nick Reisman New York State

The United Auto Workers has endorsed Democratic congressional candidate Jackie Gordon, giving her a key labor nod as she seeks to flip a Republican House seat.

Gordon was endorsed by the union's 9A New York Area Cap Council, which represents about 37,000 active and retired UAW members and families in the state, including 1,500 people in the 2nd congressional district on Long Island.

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Trump Endorses Tenney, Malliotakis For Congress

BY Nick Reisman New York State

President Donald Trump doled out endorsements in a pair of New York swing House districts on Wednesday, backing Republicans Claudia Tenney and Nicole Malliotakis.

Both endorsements came via the president's Twitter feed.

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Jacobs Gets Key Endorsement From Stefanik In NY-27 Race

BY Ryan Whalen Buffalo

Days after getting the GOP nomination for New York's 27th Congressional District special election, the campaign for Chris Jacobs announced a key endorsement.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY-21, is supporting Chris Jacobs' bid to fill the seat vacated in the fall by convicted former Congressman Chris Collins. Stefanik is an honorary co-chair for the Donald Trump 2020 campaign in New York as well as a member of the White House impeachment defense team.

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Another Candidate Joins NY-27 Race

BY Ryan Whalen Buffalo

The Republican field for New York’s 27th Congressional District has one more, and likely it’s final, candidate for the upcoming special election.

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, who has been mulling a run for months, made it official Tuesday night, launching a website and campaign video. Mychajliw muddles a field even more, that already includes GOP state senators Chris Jacobs and Rob Ortt, Fox News contributor Beth Parlato and health care administrator Frank Smierciak.

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Farley Gets GOP Backing For NY-18

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Republican Chele Chiavacci Farley has been formally designated the Republican candidate for the 18th congressional district in the Hudson Valley.

Farley is running for the seat held by Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney since 2012.

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NY-19: Molinaro Says He Isn’t Running For Congress

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro on Friday said he plans to serve out his third term in office and forgo a run for the 19th congressional district in the Hudson Valley.

“I am focused on the work before us here in Dutchess County,” he told Spectrum News after he was sworn in earlier in the morning. “I am focused on serving out my third term as county executive and I’m focused and very dedicated to a family that deserves to have their husband and dad around.”

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NY-2: LiPetri Announces Bid For Congress

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Republican Assemblyman Michael LiPetri on Wednesday announced his campaign for the Long Island House district being vacated by GOP Rep. Peter King at the end of 2020.

“I am proud to officially announce my candidacy for U.S. Congress!” LiPetri posted to Twitter. “In Washington, D.C., I will continue to serve as your fearless voice for independence and common-sense!”

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Battleground Dems Highlight Pocketbook Issues Amid Impeachment Swirl

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Democrats who represent battleground congressional districts want to show voters this month they can walk and chew gum at the same time — or at least demonstrate their jobs aren’t being consumed by the impeachment of President Trump.

Take Rep. Antonio Delgado, a Democrat who represents a swing Hudson Valley district that up until his election last year has been represented by a Republican since 2012.

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NY-17: Carlucci Receives Construction Trades Council Nod

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Sen. David Carlucci on Monday received the endorsement of the Rockland County Building and Construction Trade Council in his bid for the Democratic nomination in the 17th congressional district.

“I am proud to have the support of the hardworking men and women of the Rockland County Building and Construction Trades Council,” Carlucci said.

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NY-22: McCarthy Endorses Tenney

BY Nick Reisman Utica

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is backing the comeback bid of former Rep. Claudia Tenney.

McCarthy on Tuesday endorsed Tenney’s push for the Republican nomination in the 22nd congressional district, a seat she lost a year ago to Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi.

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