Mar 23, 2006 — The Plattsburgh Press-Republican reports that a Malone attorney plans to challenge Chris Ortloff in November's election. Kevin Nichols, a prominent local attorney with the firm Poissant, Nichols and Grue, says he'll run as a Democrat. Douglas Hopper has details. 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
Nov 03, 2004 — A bitter race for the 114th assembly district ended with harsh words last night from both candidates. Incumbent Republican Chris Ortloff declared victory and slammed the state Democratic Party for working to unseat him. But Challenger Bernie Bassett refused to concede defeat until absentee ballots are tallied. Brian Mann reports.
113th District Update: As expected the assembly race in the 113th assembly district was a blow-out. Incumbent Republican Teresa Sayward defeated Democrat Dennis Tarantino by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. 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
Oct 26, 2004 — Democrats in Albany are pouring big campaign money into a north country assembly race. According to the Plattsburgh Press Republican newspaper, Challenger Bernie Bassett has received more than 190 thousand dollars in support from the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
Oct 19, 2004 — New York State Attorney General Elliott Spitzer was in Saranac Lake Monday to endorse Democrat Bernie Bassett in his campaign against Republican Assemblyman Chris Ortloff of Plattsburgh. The endorsement was the latest by top Democrats in the state for Bassett, a retired principal from Morrisonville with no previous political experience. Chris Knight reports. Go to full article