Saranac Lake, NY, Oct 15, 2010 — This is expected to be a big year for Republicans. But Democrats appear to have a very real shot at capturing the 114th Assembly seat that represents Clinton and Franklin counties.
The district has been a GOP stronghold for generations. But this year, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, a Republican, is locked in a bitter contest with Conservative candidate David Kimmel.
Their divisive battle could leave an opening for Democrat Rudy Johnston.
All three candidates held a debate last night in Saranac Lake. Brian Mann was there and has our story. Go to full article
Nov 18, 2005 — The North Country has long been seen a stronghold for New York's Republican Party. Deep support in this region helped elect Governor George Pataki. In some towns, voter registration still runs 3-to-1 in favor of the GOP. But for the first time in decades, the North Country has a Democratic assemblyman, Darryl Aubertine, who won re-election in 2004 by a 2-to-1 margin. In last week's election, Democrat LeRoy Akins edged incumbent Republican Harold Taylor and will take over as mayor of Glens Falls. Plattsburgh assemblyman Chris Ortloff, a Republican, represents the 114th District. Ortloff says his party can't take this region's support for granted, especially in 2006. Go to full article
Nov 09, 2004 — Election officials in Clinton and Franklin counties are still counting absentee ballots in the 114th district Assembly race. The margin between incumbent Republican Chris Ortloff and Democratic challenger Bernie Bassett has tightened to fewer than 1700 votes. Roughly roughly four thousand ballots remain to be counted. Bassett says he hopes he'll pull ahead and will wait until the vote is certified next week. Ortloff is already back in Albany and says he's confident that he'll be re-elected. This race is tighter than most observers expected. Democrats also held the River District in St. Lawrence County and taking control of the Franklin County legislature. Speaking yesterday with Brian Mann, Ortloff said this election was a wake-up call for North Country for Republicans. Go to full article
Oct 28, 2004 — The race for the 114th Assembly district has turned harsh in recent weeks, fueled by dissatisfaction with Albany and by a huge infusion of cash from the Democratic Party. Incumbent Republican Chris Ortloff and challenger Bernie Bassett have traded accusations about jobs and the dysfunctional legislature. Brian Mann reports from Plattsburgh. Go to full article
Sep 09, 2002 — This summer, Republicans in the 114th Assembly district have squared off in a nasty primary battle. Chris Ortloff faces a strong challenge from Plattsburgh town supervisor Andy Abdallah. But as Brian Mann reports, tomorrow's vote is less about issues and more about rival factions inside the GOP. Go to full article