Tuesday, October 21, 2008

SCOPEny.org ~ In the races

In The Races
Senator Chuck Schumer will endorse Democratic NYC council member Joseph Addabbo in his bid to oust Republican state Senator Serphin Maltese in the 15th Senate District. Schumer said: “Joe Addabbo has been a first-rate city councilman who has delivered for the people of western Queens and he will make and even better state senator.”

The US Chamber of Commerce has backed Republican Dale Sweetland in the race for the Syracuse area’s 25th Congressional District. Sweetland faces Dan Maffei to replace retiring Rep. Walsh.

Three gun ban organizations announced several endorsements this past week. New Yorkers against Gun Violence, GunFreeKids.org and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence all endorsed senators Malcolm Smith, Eric Schneidemann and Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Meanwhile, three various challengers, including Brian Foley, Joseph Addabbo and Rick Dollinger, benefited from the anti-gun rights coalition support.

The powerful New York State United Teachers is taking a vote today about endorsing all state Senate Republicans after Majority Leader Dean Skelos pledged to block any attempt to reduce education spending during the November 18th special session. This may be a contentious vote by NYSUT, which opposes the Governor’s Property Tax Cap plan which has been passed by the Senate.

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