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Joyce St. George Interviews Aidan O'Connor

 Aidan is running in a Special Election to be
 held on April 24 to fill Pete Lopez's seat.
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DURHAM, NY, FEBRUARY 5, 2018—Aidan O’Connor Jr., a fourth generation resident of Greene County and minority leader of the Greene County Legislature, announced his candidacy for the NYS 102nd Assembly District. O’Connor, a Democrat, intends to run in the anticipated special election for the seat.

“I’m running for Assembly because I love upstate New York and I have the energy, enthusiasm and experience needed to help make our communities the best they can be! Over the next few months I look forward to meeting everyone in this great district, I hope you’ll get to know me and I’ll hope you’ll give me the honor of serving you”


O’Connor grew up in Greene County and has worked throughout upstate New York for his entire career as a paramedic both for Greene County EMS and LifeNet of New York, an emergency medical service providing critical care by helicopter to 27 counties including all counties within the 102nd assembly district. He received his paramedic certification at SUNY Cobleskill where he teaches classes training the next generation of first responders.

He was elected to the Greene County legislature in 2015 representing Durham and now serves as chairman of the Health Services Committee and member of the Country Resources and Economic Development & Tourism Committees. O’Connor now works for LifeNet of New York as a Regional Business Development Manager, bringing his leadership and business skills to the company where he once provided critical-care medicine by helicopter.

During his tenure in the legislature, O’Connor has developed a reputation as a ‘work across the aisle’ legislator best known for his solution oriented approach to critical issues affecting his constituents.

A campaign headquarters is slated to open on February 12 in Catskill. For additional details go to

MEDIA CONTACT: Dustin Reidy | | (518) 387-9037


National campaign committees eye early push for 19th Congressional District



Richard Moody Columbia-Greene Media

February 1, 2018 11:30 pm

The national Democratic Party and campaign committees have their eyes on the Empire State as several Democrats seek the nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, who is up for re-election this year.

New York Congressional District 19 has been represented by Republicans for the last eight years, but several Democrats are striving to take the seat back.

The last Democrat to hold the seat was John Hall from 2007 to 2011. Before his election, Hall, who is from Ulster County, was best known as the lead singer of the pop group Orleans.

Six Democrats are vying for the chance to challenge Faso in November.

The national parties and campaign committees recognize the district is a toss up — for Republicans it could be a threat to their 238-193 majority in the House of Representatives, and for Democrats it’s an opportunity to balance power in a federal government dominated by a single party.

“We know NY-19 is a toss-up district. The district has voted for Democrats in the past,” said Evan Lukaske, spokesman for the Democratic National Campaign Committee. “We have so many challengers looking to run against Faso, which is not normal compared to the rest of the country. I think people are ready for a change.”

The six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination include Brian Flynn, of Hunter; Gareth Rhodes, of Kerhonkson; Patrick Ryan, of Gardiner; Jeff Beals, of Woodstock; David Clegg, of Woodstock; and Antonio Delgado, of Rhinebeck.

“Large primaries are good things because, traditionally, any resources candidates gather go to whoever wins the primary so they will be ready to take the fight to Faso,” Lukaske said.

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Murphy joins governors calling for fracking ban in Delaware watershed



Gov. Phil Murphy spoke of the importance of making New Jersey a leader in alternative energy before signing an executive order to return the state to national leadership in offshore wind energy. Wednesday, January 31

ERIN GRUGAN / Staff Photographer

PHILLIPSBURG — Gov. Phil Murphy has announced he will join the governors of Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware to support a ban on fracking in the 3,000-square-mile Delaware River watershed.

Murphy called fracking "one of modern times' most damaging threats." Its use of chemicals, and their ability to pollute water systems, puts at risk the health and safety of people and the economic life of Delaware River towns, he said.

It was the latest of several environmental actions Murphy took last week.


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NY Counties Mull Shared Services Plans


By DAVE LUCAS  AUG 4, 2017


After Governor Andrew Cuomo called on counties to develop shared services plans earlier this year, 50 New York counties submitted draft plans to their policymaking bodies by Tuesday's deadline. The debate continues.

Each county outside of New York City was instructed to empower a panel to prepare a plan for sharing responsibilities among local governments contained within that county. Officials were told their plans must demonstrate new recurring property tax savings by eliminating or consolidating duplicative local government services, and they were instructed to hold a minimum of three public hearings.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has held one public hearing before the August 1st deadline, with two scheduled to be held later this month.   "We want people's input. We've met with BOCES, we met with all the elected officials in a variety of unions to discuss how we can do something working together. We were mandated by the state of New York, I do say it is an unfunded mandate. We are mandated by the state to produce this record by September 15th and have it certified."

Shared services savings for Albany County have been pegged at $6.8 million. The draft plan includes merging the city of Albany’s records clerk positions with the county and consolidating 9-1-1 services.   "We had a short window to keep it movin.' And then when the other argument is 'who certifies it?' Who certifies what the tax break is to every homeowner and business owner in that county? The logistics were just a lot but it has brought up great dialogue. We've talked about stuff that we've consolidated over the few years, the last couple years. And what we continue to work on going forward."

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A 96-Word Law Would Be a ‘License to Bribery’ for Insurers


By JIM DWYER JAN. 30, 2018

Pretty much everyone who buys a home in New York is braced for sticker shock, but hardly anyone is ready for the pain of little cuts called “closing costs.”

One of the deepest of these is title insurance, which guarantees that a property can change hands without anyone else having a valid claim against it.

Shopping for this kind of insurance is almost futile. A cartel sets the price. Nearly all of the 30 title insurance companies that do business in New York charge the exact same rate. It is the highest in the country, 40 percent more than neighboring Connecticut, and 25 percent more than New Jersey.

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Stephanie Miner Rules Out Bid for Congress, but May Yet Challenge Cuomo


By LISA W. FODERARO           JAN. 25, 2018

During her tenure as mayor of Syracuse, Stephanie Miner garnered attention for her willingness to criticize Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat.  Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times

Stephanie Miner, the former Democratic mayor of Syracuse, announced Thursday that she would not challenge a Republican congressman in her Central New York district, but instead was seriously considering a run for governor.

To date, no major candidate has stepped forward from either party to oppose Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this fall, and Ms. Miner’s public ruminations about such a challenge are sure to rankle state Democratic Party officials.

“I’m still seriously considering it,” Ms. Miner said about a campaign for governor.

In 2014, a relatively unknown candidate, Zephyr Teachout, a law professor, took on Mr. Cuomo and garnered a surprising 34 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary.

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Defying the FCC, New York’s governor has signed an executive order on net neutrality

From The Washington Post

By Brian Fung January 24 

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo delivers his 2018 executive state budget proposal on Jan. 16, 2018. (Hans Pennink/AP)

The state of New York became the second state to put itself on a collision course with federal officials as its governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, signed an executive order Wednesday designed to flout the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to repeal its net neutrality rules.

The order escalates a deeply polarized battle over the future of the Web and highlights the role states play as they seek to respond to major deregulatory decisions coming out of Washington.

Cuomo's order comes two days after Montana's governor, Steve Bullock, signed his own executive order in a bid to circumvent the FCC.

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Women’s March in Woodstock draws hundreds of participants

From Daily Freeman

Women’s March in Woodstock draws hundreds of participants

By Ariél Zangla, on Twitter

POSTED: 01/20/18, 2:45 PM EST

ARIEL ZANGLA -- DAILY FREEMAN Dafney DeJesus of West Shokan displays her sign during the Women’s March on Saturday in Woodstock, N.Y. 

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. >> The second annual Women’s March brought out hundreds of people Saturday afternoon, not just to protest on behalf of women’s rights, but also to shed light on other social justice issues.


“Everything brings me out today,” Alan Finger of Ghent said as he waited for the march to begin. Holding a sign depicting President Donald Trump sitting on a wall with the caption of “Trumpty Dumpty,” he said he saw the Woodstock event as a “resistance march” and not just about women’s rights.

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