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Matt Funiciello is a long-time business owner and founder of the Rock Hill Bakehouse in Glens Falls.  Photo:  Funiciello Campaign
Matt Funiciello is a long-time business owner and founder of the Rock Hill Bakehouse in Glens Falls. Photo: Funiciello Campaign

NY21: Baker turned Green Party candidate "angry in a nice way"

It's just over four months before the November election and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello is making his first campaign stops around the 21st district.

Funiciello says he's running to win the North Country's House seat, hoping to follow in the footsteps of other maverick members of congress like Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul.

A long-time business-owner and founder of the Rock Hill Bakehouse in Glens Falls, Funiciello says he hopes to peel away disgruntled voters who in the past might have backed Republican or Democratic candidates.  Go to full article
Rep. Richard Hanna (R. Utica, NY-22). Photo: US Congress
Rep. Richard Hanna (R. Utica, NY-22). Photo: US Congress

In NY22, Republican Hanna withstands tea party challenge

On Tuesday voters across the North Country went to the polls and decided the outcome of the 21st district Republican primary. Elise Stefanik won that race by a handy margin, beating Watertown businessman Matt Doheny.

But there was another House race Tuesday that we haven't talked about yet.
The 22nd district includes a chunk of our listeners in the southwestern corner of the Adirondacks and a piece of Herkimer County.

In that race, incumbent GOP Representative Richard Hanna from Utica beat a tea party backed primary challenger, Republican Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney.  Go to full article
Elise Stefanik declares victory in Glens Falls Tuesday night, with her family and GOP county leaders behind her. Photo: Brian Mann
Elise Stefanik declares victory in Glens Falls Tuesday night, with her family and GOP county leaders behind her. Photo: Brian Mann

Stefanik overwhelms Doheny in NY-21 GOP primary

November's ballot is set after yesterday's primary elections. Among the races decided yesterday, Elise Stefanik beat Matt Doheny in the GOP primary for the 21st District Congressional seat opened up by Democratic Congressman Bill Owens' decision not to run this year.

Stefanik's win sent shock waves through the North Country last night. She was unknown before moving to Willsboro in Essex County last year. Yesterday, she won 60 percent of the votes in the Republican primary for the region's House seat. She toppled Watertown businessman and investment banker Matt Doheny, who was running for the third time.

After a sometimes bruising and bitter campaign, Stefanik, who is 29 years-old, won every county in the sprawling district.

We have two reports this morning, the first from Brian Mann -- who was at Stefanik's victory rally last night in Glens Falls, then from David Sommerstein, who was with Doheny supporters in Watertown.  Go to full article
Republican Matt Doheny poses with Carol Enslow, left, and Chris Whitmarsh, two women who run the Am Vet post 11 Ladies Auxiliary Wednesday lunch. Photo: David Sommerstein
Republican Matt Doheny poses with Carol Enslow, left, and Chris Whitmarsh, two women who run the Am Vet post 11 Ladies Auxiliary Wednesday lunch. Photo: David Sommerstein

NY-21: Does Doheny have a likeability problem?

Three of the four candidates for the North Country's seat in Congress will take questions at a public forum tonight in the Warren County town of Hague. Republicans Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny and Green party candidate Matt Funiciello plan to attend. Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf is not scheduled to be there.

The Republicans will face off again tomorrow night in Watertown in a debate that will be broadcast here on North Country Public Radio. Stefanik and Doheny face a GOP primary election on June 24. In advance of the debate, David Sommerstein joins Martha Foley to offer a profile of Matt Doheny (you can find our profile of Elise Stefanik here.)  Go to full article
Darrel Aubertine as NYS Commissioner of Agriculture in 2012. Photo: NYS
Darrel Aubertine as NYS Commissioner of Agriculture in 2012. Photo: NYS

Aubertine not running for Congress

One of the most prominent Democrats in the North Country confirmed yesterday he's not running for Bill Owens' seat in Congress. Longtime Assemblyman and State Senator Darrel Aubertine of Cape Vincent said in a press release he would remain in his current position as a special assistant in the state comptroller's office.  Go to full article
Watertown businessman Matt Doheny as he gave his concession speech in 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein
Watertown businessman Matt Doheny as he gave his concession speech in 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein

Doheny hopes fourth time's a charm in NY-21 run

CORRECTION ADDED 6/7/14: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Matt Doheny lost a "primary bid" leading up the special election in the then-23rd Congressional district, following the selection of Congressman John McHugh as Secretary of the Army.

In fact, there was no primary in that race. However, Matt Doheny did seek selection from North Country GOP leaders to be chosen as their candidate for that special election. Instead, the leaders chose Dede Scozzafava.

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The plot twists keep coming in the effort to win the 21st District Congressional seat that Bill Owens currently occupies. Yesterday morning, Republican Matt Doheny upended the race by announcing his fourth run in the district. Doheny narrowly lost to Owens in 2010 and 2012, and lost an internal party bid in 2009.

He joins a crowded GOP field that includes the party's endorsed candidate, Elise Stefanik, and several lesser known candidates. The Alexandria Bay native's decision riled some North Country Republican leaders.  Go to full article

Green party voters may get primary race in NY-21

It's been just about a week since the Democratic Party announced documentary filmmaker Aaron Woolf as its candidate for the 21st District congressional seat Bill Owens currently holds, but Woolf has yet to make a public appearance or return emails since then. A brief statement last week said an official campaign announcement would be made "in the coming days."

But there has been news among Greens in the 21st District. The Green Party is heading towards a rare primary as St. Lawrence County anti-cancer activist Donald Hassig and Glens Falls baker and businessman Matt Funiciello have both said they're running as Green Party candidates.  Go to full article

Books: William Wheeler--Political Star of the North Country

He's not a household name, but back in the 19th century, Malone's William Wheeler was well known as a prominant politician and business leader. He was the only person from the North Country to serve as U.S. vice president. Historian Herb Hallas told Todd Moe about his new biography William Wheeler - Political Star of the North Country , the story of the Franklin county native who served as vice president under Rutherford B. Hayes.  Go to full article
Cows grazing at Bob Zufall's farm in Lisbon, NY. Photo: David Pynchon
Cows grazing at Bob Zufall's farm in Lisbon, NY. Photo: David Pynchon

Small dairy farmers seek more from Farm Bill

Today federal lawmakers convene to begin seeking compromise for a new five year Farm Bill. The $500 billion package sets the nation's agricultural policy.

Its biggest ticket item, though, is food stamps, known as SNAP. The House and Senate versions of the bill remain very far apart on how much to fund the food stamp program.

The bill would replace billions of dollars in subsidies to farmers with a crop insurance program, which could also pay out billions.

Dairy farmers would be eligible for that crop insurance. The bill also would create a supply management program to control the number of cows in the country and prevent an oversupply of milk.
But a group of dairy farmers says those provisions do little to keep small farms from going out of business.  Go to full article
Rep. Bill Owens was a key vote for Obamacare and calls efforts to dismantle the law "irresponsible." NCPR file photo
Rep. Bill Owens was a key vote for Obamacare and calls efforts to dismantle the law "irresponsible." NCPR file photo

Owens a key vote for Obamacare, still supports it

Congressman Bill Owens, the Democrat from Plattsburgh, was elected in a special election in 2009, riding the wave of Democratic momentum sparked by Barack Obama's election a year earlier.

Owens was one of the key votes helping to push the Affordable Care Act through Congress.

And while he's pushed for major changes to the law, Owens says he still thinks "Obamacare" is a good starting place for needed reforms to America's healthcare system.  Go to full article

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