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GOP's Sweeney leads House race

A new poll taken by Siena College shows Republican John Sweeney leading the 20th congressional district race by wide margins. With two months before the November election, Sweeney holds a 19-point advantage over Democratic challenger Kirsten Gillibrand. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Spitzer makes North Country connections

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer spent the day campaigning in the North Country yesterday. The frontrunner in the Governor's race met with law enforcement officials, toured economic development projects, and rallied local Democrats. Spitzer and running mate David Patterson are both from New York City. But as Brian Mann reports, Spitzer offered assurances that the North Country won't be forgotten if he's elected.  Go to full article

ORDA hearings resume in Albany

Yesterday's announcement in Lake Placid came at a time when Assembly Democrats are scrutinizing the management of the Olympic Regional Development Authority. A hearing is scheduled to resume this afternoon into the appropriateness of a gathering, Congressional Challenge, held last winter, and co-hosted by Republican Congressman John Sweeney, ORDA, and the New York Power Authority. As Brian Mann reports, top Republicans, including Governor Pataki, say the gathering was ethical.  Go to full article
Congressman John Sweeney (Source:  Sweeney)
Congressman John Sweeney (Source: Sweeney)

GOP Rep. Sweeney Faces Ethics Questions After Lake Placid Gathering

Republican Congressman John Sweeney is facing tough questions over his involvement in a weekend retreat last January in Lake Placid that included more than twenty of his staff, family-members, and supporters. The New York Power Authority paid for the event, which had a price tag of $25,000. It was hosted by the Olympic Regional Development Authority. The roster of guests included powerful Republicans, including the brother and sister of former White House chief of staff Andrew Card and a top GOP lawyer who has represented Tom DeLay. At least four Democrats also attended, including aides to Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid from Nevada. Organizers say the trip was a legitimate effort to build federal support for Olympic venues in Lake Placid. But as Brian Mann reports, critics say the gathering was a taxpayer-sponsored vacation for politicians and lobbyists.  Go to full article

Meier Seeks National Role

State Senator Raymond Meier hopes to be in Washington, DC this time next year. Meier announced his candidacy for Congress Monday. He wants the Republican nomination for the central and southern tier seat long held by Sherwood Boehlert. Boehlert announced last Friday that he wouldn't seek re-election this year. That opens the field to Meier, to another Republican, Seneca Falls Mayor Brad Jones, and to four Democrats who've expressed interest in the seat. It's not the first indication Meier has been thinking about moving beyond his state Senate job. Last summer, his name was mentioned as a possible successor to fellow Republican Governor George Pataki. Meier said the disadvantages an upstate candidate for governor would face in money and name recognition are discouraging. But he told Martha Foley his decision to run for Congress goes beyond practical politics.  Go to full article

Moderate Boehlert Not Seeking Another Term

North Country Congressman Sherwood Boehlert announced Friday that he won't run again. The Republican from Oneida County served in Washington for more than 24 years. He proudly describes himself as "a moderate". This change could bring a major shake-up in the region's Republican Party. State Senator Ray Meier has been mentioned as a possible replacement. This move also offers Democrats a chance to pick off a traditionally Republican district. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about Boehlert's resignation.  Go to full article

Congressman Sherwood Boehlert To Retire

Congressman Sherwood Boehlert announced today that he will not run for re-election. The Republican from Oneida County served in Washington for more than 24 years. Sherwood Boehlert was a moderate Republican who frequently clashed with the Bush administration. Brian Mann joined Gregory Warner live on All Before Five to talk about what this might mean for the region and both parties.  Go to full article

Sweeney Ailment Diagnosed, Files Probed

Doctors say inflamed blood vessels in the brain have caused north country Congressman John Sweeney to experience spikes in dangerous blood pressure and intense headaches. Sweeney has been hospitalized several times in the last few weeks. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Sweeney Faces Challenge

Republican Congressman John Sweeney faces a re-election challenge this year. Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, an attorney from Hudson and New York City announced her candidacy last month. Sweeney has also has been in the news lately because of medical concerns that forced him to check into an Albany hospital. Doctors reported he was suffering from potentially life-threatening high blood pressure. Brian Mann discussed the race with Mark Mahoney. He's editorial page editor with the Glens Falls Post Star.  Go to full article

McHugh/Sweeney Vote Against House Republican Budget Plan

Last week, House Republicans salvaged a 50 billion-dollar spending-cut plan by a vote of 217 to 215, with Democrats solidly opposed. The measure would make modest but politically painful cuts across a wide spectrum of programs for students, farmers and poor people. Opponents claim it's unseemly at a time when Congress is also moving to O-K tax cuts that would mainly benefit the wealthy. The bill does contain about 1 billion dollars more to help low income families and seniors pay their heating bills this winter. New York State is the single largest recipient of funding from the low income heating program. But those measures were not enough for two New York House republicans - John Sweeny of Clifton Park and John McHugh of Pierrepont Manor. Gregory Warner spoke to Congressman McHugh about his vote against the budget.  Go to full article

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