Wednesday, July 23, 2008

In The Races

In the Races

Attorney Fred Goodman has entered the race to challenge Schenectady-area State Senator Hugh Farley in the 44th Senate District. Goodman will face B.K. Keramati in a Democratic Primary. Keramati has already secured the Working Families Party support. The 44th district includes Schenectady, Fulton, Montgomery and a portion of Saratoga counties.

Two candidates have announced plans to run for the 112th Assembly Seat being vacated by Assemblyman Roy McDonald, who is running for the seat vacated by Sen. Joseph L. Bruno. Republicans Tony Jordan and Christopher Laing will run in the primary for the GOP line. The primary winner will face Wilton Town Democratic Councilman Ian McGaughey. The district includes all of Washington County and parts of Saratoga and Rensselaer counties.

Democratic Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. announced that he’s running on both the Republican and Democratic lines in the 32nd Senate District in the Bronx. A Pentecostal minister, Diaz said he isn't loyal to either party, but is seeking to advance his conservative policy positions by taking advantage of the Republicans' slim margin of control in the chamber and running as both a Democrat and a Republican.

Three Democrats and two Republicans and have filed petitions to run for the 43rd State Senate seat to replace Sen. Joseph L. Bruno. The Democratic candidates include Brian Premo, Joanne Yepsen and Michael Russo. The GOP contenders are Assemblyman Roy McDonald and Town of Nassau Councilman Raymond Seney. Roy McDonald also received the backing of the Independence and Conservative parties as well as the endorsement of Senator Bruno.

Rochester billionaire Tom Golisano has donated $3,800 to Barbra Kavanaugh, a former Buffalo Common Council member running a Democratic Primary against Assemblyman Sam Hoyt. In recent weeks, Golisano has spoke about supporting challengers to incumbents that he says will back his ideas to change the ways of Albany.

Former Staten Island Assemblyman Robert Straniere has been tapped by the GOP to run for the 13th Congressional District being vacated by Rep. Vito Fossella. The Democratic pick, New York City Councilman Michael McMahon will face a primary challenge from Brooklyn attorney Stephen Harrison. The 13th Congressional District is the only city seat currently held by a Republican.

Senator Bruno ends career in state governmentEnding a 32-year tenure in the state Legislature, State Senator Joseph L. Bruno resigned from office today. Bruno told reporters that he has been entertaining the thought of stepping down from office for four years and felt this was finally the right time. The 79-year old said he plans to re-enter the business world, and if he gets the right job, he will travel “the country and the world while being gainfully employed.” He also intends to spend time taking care of his new great-grandchild and concentrating on his family. Bruno says he has absolutely no regrets and “If I had to do it all over again starting 32 years ago, I would not do anything different.”

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