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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

Sweeney Pushes Homeland Security Fund Shift

New York Congressman John Sweeney says the federal government is spending homeland security dollars in the wrong places. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Congress Considers Cuts to Public Broadcasting

A key House subcommittee is recommending deep cutbacks in federal funding for public television and radio.  Go to full article

23rd Congressional District Debate: John McHugh vs. Robert Johnson

Candidates for Congress in the 23rd district met this week in Plattsburgh at a debate sponsored by Mountain Lake Public Television Station, and the League of Women Voters of the Plattsburgh area. The candidates faced citizen questions, and a panel including Stasia Arcarese of the League of Women Voters, Bob Grady, of the Plattsburgh Press Republican, and North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann. Both the incumbent and the challenger hail from the western portion of the huge district, which stretches from Plattsburgh past Oswego. Republican John McHugh of Watertown is seeking his seventh term in the House of Representatives. Democrat Dr. Robert Johnson is a thoracic surgeon who settled a year and a half ago in Sackets Harbor, on Lake Ontario. After brief introductory statements, the debate opened with questions recorded earlier in Plattsburgh. The moderator is Mountain Lake volunteer Bill Owens. Thanks to Mountain Lake PBS for audio of this debate.  Go to full article

Democrat for Congress Kicks Off Campaign

The long-shot Democratic candidate for John McHugh's seat in Congress officially kicked off his campaign from the steps of the courthouse in Lowville yesterday. As David Sommerstein reports, Watertown-based surgeon Robert Johnson is running primarily as a health care reformer.  Go to full article

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