ALBANY—The first of what was predicted as “challenges” after the Democratic Congressional victory in the North Country has materialized: a former Republican official announced he will run in a primary against Assemblywoman Janet Duprey.
Dave Kimmel, who was the party chair in the Town of Plattsburgh, will publicly announce his bid against Duprey Read More
They may be on the wrong side of history, but—at least for the near future—most of the New York state senators who voted down gay marriage on Wednesday will not pay a political price.
The measure lost by a surprisingly lopsided 38-24 count, with eight Democrats joining all 30 of the chamber’s Republicans in opposition. Read More
ALBANY—Rick Lazio said he doesn’t see himself as a third-party candidate for governor.
“I haven’t really considered that point, because I don’t think I’ll ever get there. I’m really confident we’ll have the Republican nomination and the Conservative nomination,” Lazio told me by phone this afternoon. He’s taking all the attention he can Read More
The set-up for Sunday’s “Face the Nation” was pretty irresistible – Dede Scozzafava appearing live with Dick Armey, the prickly Texan who helped sabotage her upstate congressional campaign this fall.
Alas, the follow-through was lacking.
Scozzafava and Armey were invited for a segment pegged to last week’s news that the national G.O.P. may Read More
ALBANY—He ran for Congress as an outsider, the non-politician who was fed up with the course of government. It shouldn’t be too surprising that he’s never been to the State Capitol.
I found Doug Hoffman gawking at the chamber’s ornate ceiling, indulging what he monotonically insisted is a deep passion for architecture, chatting Read More
Guess who engineered Republican Dede Scozzafava’s endorsement of her erstwhile Democratic opponent, Bill Owens, in New York’s newly, temporarily famous 23rd District?
Naturally, it was the president’s Brooklyn-based, “no fingerprints” political fixer Patrick Gaspard–who was last seen urging Governor David Paterson to go along quietly into New York’s political night–reports Jason Read More
ALBANY—Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava has resigned her leadership post in the chamber, after she endorsed a Democrat when her Congressional bid collapsed.
“Today, I had a thorough and frank discussion with Assemblywoman Scozzafava,” Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb said in a statement. “As a result, Dede has tendered, and I accepted, her resignation as Read More
ALBANY—Bill Owens, who is being sworn in as a member of Congress today, has announced his intention to vote for the health care restructuring bill backed by Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. He resisted taking a specific position on the issue throughout his campaign.
Owens announced the vote in a press release and Read More
SARANAC LAKE—It did come down to a battle of the boots here in the 23rd Congressional district, and the unions which aligned by Bill Owens at the last minute are touting their victory.
“The late labor candidate won,” said Ron McDougall, the president of the Jefferson-Lewis-St. Lawrence Central Labor Council (and the husband Read More
SARANAC LAKE—It wasn’t the political right, but rather the Democrats who sent a message in Bill Owens’ successful bid to replace John McHugh in Congress.
“Tonight with the entire country watching, Upstate New Yorkers sent a message,” Owens said at his victory party in Plattsburgh. “We came together tonight as Democrats, Republicans, and Read More