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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The Democratic Rural Conference of NY January 2018 Bulletin

Message From Chair, Irene Stein

As 2017 has drawn to a close, we see the opportunity for a Democratic sweep from Congress to the Senate to our NYS leadership statewide and in both Legislative Houses. The very large number of candidates for our endorsements for Congress testify to the perceived shakiness of the Trump regime and the Republicans. His cynical trumpeting (no pun intended) of his concern for the middle class is belied by his actions benefiting the few AT the expense of the many. We need to build up our forces from the local level to beat back this wave of demagoguery and we are doing just that. 

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Middletown Councilman Jake Rosa Dies in Margaretville Accident

From The Reporter 

Jake Rosa (third from left), died early this morning in a tragic accident in the town of Margaretville. Pictured is Rosa and additional potential Middletown candidates during a Republican Forum which took place at the end of October. Rosa was voted into his third term as a board member for the town of Middletown in November.

MIDDLETOWN - This morning, shortly before 8 a.m., 42 year old Jacob “Jake” Rosa died in a tragic accident.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the fatal accident which took place on Bill Stahl Road in the town of Margaretville.

Investigation into the accident revealed that the Arkville resident was on a disabled tractor that was being towed by a landowner along a narrow, snow covered driveway, when a wheel of the tractor dropped off the driveway adjacent to a steep embankment and overturned, fatally injuring Rosa.

The tractor, which was not running at the time of the accident, was not equipped with tire chains or a rollover protection structure, according to a release from the sheriff’s department.

In November, Rosa was voted in for his third term as a board member for the town of Middletown.

Rosa, 42, was self employed as a logger and also operated a small farm.  He is married with a grown step daughter.

“One of the best things about this county and town is the open space and I love that the current board works so well together.  When we walk in the door - we leave politics at the door, whether you are a Republican or a Democrat,” Rosa said in a November interview with The Reporter.  “I enjoy working for the people - my experience on the board has been pretty great.”

Members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department were assisted at the scene by members of the Margaretville Volunteer Fire Department, the Margaretville Memorial Hospital Ambulance and Sanford Towing.

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