Sunday, August 24, 2008

NY~ In The Races

In The Races

Rochester-area billionaire Tom Golisano will support Western New York Democratic Senate candidate Richard Dollinger. Dollinger is challenging Sen. Joseph Robach (R-Greece) for the 56th Senate District which covers the towns of Brighton, Greece and Parma and much of the City of Rochester. Golisano is expected to make financial contributions to Dollinger’s campaign from his newly formed “Responsible New York” committee.

Robert F. Kennedy has endorsed Democratic and Working Families candidate Jonathan Smith for the 102nd Assembly District, currently represented by Republican Joel Miller. Smith faces a primary challenge for the Democratic line from attorney Gary Levine. The 102nd Assembly District includes the towns of Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, Wappinger, Clinton, Fishkill and LaGrange.

New York Times endorsements
In a surprise twist, the New York Times has endorsed community activist Paul Newell in lower Manhattan’s 64th Assembly District. The Times selected Newell over Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who for the first time in decades is facing a three-way challenge for the Democratic line. The Times’ endorsement of Newell over Speaker Silver is makes a strong statement about how badly change is needed in Albany.

The New York Times also endorsed Daniel Squadron in his bid to win the Democratic line from long term incumbent Senator Martin Connor in New York’s 25th Senate District. The Times cites Senator Connors as accomplishing far too little over his three decade tenure in Albany as a reason to consider taking another direction.

Democratic NYC Councilman/Congressional candidate Michael McMahon received the endorsement of the New York Times. McMahan is running to replace Rep. Vito Fossella who announced a few months ago that we would not seek re-election to the 13th Congressional District which covers Staten Island and a small part of Brooklyn.

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