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
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
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, 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
ALBANY—Ed Cox is all about Westchester County, and Rob Astorino’s upset ouster of County Executive Andy Spano.
“If we can win Westchester, that is almost as big a win as the wins which I expected to happen, and which did happen, in New Jersey and Virginia,” Cox told me during a phone interview 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—David Paterson said this is the lesson from Bill Owens’ win last night: Democrats can win anything.
“I thought it demonstrates a new way that the entire state is looking at candidates, and that the Democratic Party is demonstrating the type of responsibility I think both parties aspire to, but right now I 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
SARANAC LAKE—Doug Hoffman and his supporters gathered here to proclaim a great victory, the first peak in a populist right-wing movement that would sweep the ruling class out of office starting with a win in this Congressional district. Instead, they came up short, settling with a campaign that asserted conservative dominance over the Read More
SARANAC LAKE—It looks like Doug Hoffman came up short in his bid for Congress.
With a majority of precincts reporting, the Democratic Party’s Bill Owens maintained a lead of over 3,000 votes.
“It looks like it’s over. Democrats were able to deliver St. Lawrence big. Jefferson County was considered the bellwether and Read More