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Ritchie rides momentum in tight race with Aubertine

The 48th Senate district race between incumbent Democrat Darrel Aubertine and Republican Patty Ritchie is one of a handful in New York that will determine who controls the State Senate. A new poll shows the race remains locked in a near dead-heat. Ritchie goes into the final day of campaigning riding the momentum of two key endorsements. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Darrel Aubertine makes his case at a senior health fair he sponsored in Fulton.
Darrel Aubertine makes his case at a senior health fair he sponsored in Fulton.

Aubertine leans on experience, rural roots

The 48th State Senate district is shaping up to be one of the most closely watched races in New York State on Election Day. Republican Patty Ritchie's effort to unseat Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine could tip the balance of power in the Senate back to the GOP.

State campaign committees of both parties have spent more than a million dollars in the 48th just since October 1st. Most of that money went to TV ads.
Darrel Aubertine is seeking his second full term in the Senate after several years in the Assembly. He's the legislature's only farmer. And he's running as a bipartisan lawmaker who lives rural issues and knows how to get things done. David Sommerstein has this profile.  Go to full article

Aubertine, Ritchie on party leadership

Syracuse University political science professor Grant Reeher led a thorough exchange between the incumbent Democrat, Darrel Aubertine, and the Republican challenger, St. Lawrence County Clerk Patty Ritchie at WRVO studios last week. It included this exchange about how the candidates would work with, or against, their party leadership.  Go to full article
Aubertine and Ritchie joke before the debate, but there wasn't much laughter during it.
Aubertine and Ritchie joke before the debate, but there wasn't much laughter during it.

Aubertine, Ritchie trade jabs in debate

In what could be their only debate, Democrat Darrel Aubertine and Republican Patty Ritchie both went on the offensive today. In a taping at public television station WPBS in Watertown, Ritchie tried to tie the incumbent Aubertine to Albany dysfunction. Aubertine called Ritchie's campaign "a facade." David Sommerstein reports.

You can watch the entire debate this Friday, October 22 at 9 pm on WPBS public TV in Watertown.  Go to full article
Republican St. Lawrence county clerk Patty Ritchie
Republican St. Lawrence county clerk Patty Ritchie

Ritchie leans on DMV success to topple Aubertine

Republicans are banking on big wins on Election Day. In New York, the GOP is trying to retake the State Senate after 2 years of Democratic control.

One of the races that could make the difference is Democrat Darrel Aubertine's 48th Senate district in Oswego, Jefferson, and the western half of St. Lawrence counties.

Republicans are united behind St. Lawrence county clerk Patty Ritchie. Ritchie is calling for change in Albany. And she's leaning heavily on her successes in the county's department of motor vehicles office. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
State Senator Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)
State Senator Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)

Supporters push, but Aubertine stands firm against same-sex marriage

Groups on both sides of the same sex marriage debate are lobbying hard in Albany. All eyes are on a handful of state senators whose vote could make the difference on the Marriage Equality Act already passed by the Assembly. State Democratic Party chairwoman June O'Neill says the bill "is very much in play" and could be brought to a vote before Albany recesses for summer. The New York Daily News Daily Politics blog reported yesterday that Senate Majority leader Malcolm Smith is counting heads and may be close to having enough votes to pass the bill. One head he's not counting on is that of North Country Senator Darrel Aubertine. The Democrat from Cape Vincent is against same-sex marriage, but has been quiet on the issue lately. Yesterday, he spoke with David Sommerstein, who reports some of Aubertine's biggest supporters in St. Lawrence County are trying to change his mind.  Go to full article

Aubertine to chair Ag committee

North Country Senator Darrel Aubertine has been tapped to chair the Senate Agriculture Committee. His position was the first to be announced at today's press conference with incoming Senate majority leader Malcolm Smith. Agriculture is one of the biggest sectors of New York's economy. Aubertine is the only active farmer in the state legislature. He owns a dairy farm in Cape Vincent in Jefferson County. Aubertine told David Sommerstein the post was his first choice for a leadership position. He said it allows him to help set the agenda for one of the biggest sectors of the state economy.  Go to full article
Democrats Addie Russell and Darrel Aubertine celebrate in Watertown last night
Democrats Addie Russell and Darrel Aubertine celebrate in Watertown last night

Aubertine wins senate seat - again

One of the most closely watched races statewide was the 48th Senate district in Oswego, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence counties. Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine defeated his Republican challenger, David Renzi - 53 to 47%. Aubertine joins the new majority in the Senate. It's the second time in less than a year that he pulled off a victory in a Republican stronghold. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine
Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine

48th Senate race: Aubertine wants tax & mandate relief

Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine and Republican David Renzi clashed in their final debate last night in Watertown. Aubertine is trying to protect his Senate seat just eight months after he won it in last winter's special election. Aubertine cites funding for capital projects at SUNY Canton and SUNY Oswego, and delaying the closure of Lee Memorial hospital in Fulton, as his biggest accomplishments during his brief Senate tenure. Aubertine's a former dairy farmer from Cape Vincent. He served three terms as the Assemblyman along the St. Lawrence River in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. He told David Sommerstein his biggest priority is to cut down the state's record budget deficit while reducing property taxes.  Go to full article
Republican David Renzi
Republican David Renzi

Renzi advocates tax cuts, defends attacks

Senator Darrel Aubertine raised almost a quarter of a million dollars in the last three weeks. And he spent nearly that amount. That's according to the latest campaign finance data filed on Friday. Aubertine, a Democrat, is locked in a fierce race with Republican David Renzi for the 48th Senate seat. Renzi raised more than $155,000 over the same time period. He spent $137,000. Both men received most of the money from their respective state party committees. The only poll in the race showed Aubertine with a 20% lead in late September. The big infusion of cash to Aubertine's campaign suggests that lead may have tightened. The Aubertine-Renzi race will be watched closely across New York. It could determine which party controls the State Senate next year. Republicans are clinging to a one-seat edge. Negative attack ads and accusations have dominated the race. Today we begin the first of two interviews with the candidates. David Renzi, the Republican challenger, is a prosecutor and former public defender in Watertown. He's never held public office. Renzi's waged an aggressive campaign as an outsider who wants to bring reform to Albany. He won the endorsement of the Syracuse Post-Standard newspaper. Renzi told David Sommerstein his first priority is to lower taxes.  Go to full article

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