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Hoffman confirms that he'll stay in NY-23 race even if he loses GOP primary

Conservative Republican Doug Hoffman says he will continue his fight to win the 23rd district House seat, even if he loses the GOP primary later this month.

Hoffman will appear on the Conservative Party ballot line and says he's promised to continue campaigning against Republican Matt Doheny and Democrat Bill Owens.

As Brian Mann reports, the decision has infuriated many Republican leaders.

And it raises questions about the Republican Party's ability to take back a seat that had been a GOP stronghold since before the Civil War.  Go to full article
Matt Doheny (left) hoped to convince Republicans that he's a movement conservative. Doug Hoffman hopes his fame from last year's special election will carry him to victory this year.
Matt Doheny (left) hoped to convince Republicans that he's a movement conservative. Doug Hoffman hopes his fame from last year's special election will carry him to victory this year.

NY-23: In fierce debate, Hoffman and Doheny land punches

Matt Doheny and Doug Hoffman slugged it out last night in Plattsburgh, when the two Republicans met for their first debate.

They're fighting for the chance to face Democratic Representative Bill Owens in the November election.

With the primary just two weeks away, both men agreed on most of the issues.

But they spent ninety minutes questioning each other's integrity and arguing over who has the best shot to reclaim a House seat that was once a Republican stronghold.

As Brian Mann reports, more than 200 people turned out to hear what the two men had to say.  Go to full article
Albany <em>Times-Union</em> political reporter Jimmy Vielkind says rural Democrats are "hopeful" about their chances in November
Albany Times-Union political reporter Jimmy Vielkind says rural Democrats are "hopeful" about their chances in November

NY Dems meet in Niagara Falls to hash out rural issues, strategies

Over the weekend, Democrats from around New York state gathered in Niagara Falls to talk about rural issues. They face some tough fights in November's elections, as they work to defend state Senate and US congressional seats.

Jimmy Vielkind is a political reporter for the Albany Times Union and he was at the conference. He spoke with Brian Mann.

Note: Winning the Democratic rural conference straw poll doesn't mean that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is an official candidate for governor. He has yet to declare that he's running for the office in November.  Go to full article
Mike Hennessey (D-Sherill)
Mike Hennessey (D-Sherill)

Oneida Democrat seeks to unseat Griffo

A three-term Oneida County legislator wants to unseat Republican State Senator Joe Griffo. Democrat Mike Hennessey lives in the city of Sherill, which has been embroiled in land claim and cigarette tax issues with the Oneida Indian Nation. So it's no surprise Hennessey wants New York to collect taxes on tobacco sold at native-owned stores as a way to close the state deficit. He also wants to eliminate unfunded state mandates, reform state ethics codes, and create jobs. Hennessey is a financial advisor and former small business owner. He told David Sommerstein a visit to a local soup kitchen for veterans compelled him to run for State Senate.  Go to full article

Democrat Levy enters Governor race as republican

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy made it official Friday - he's switching from the Democratic Party to become a Republican and run for governor, he says, as a change agent. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh forum: Bill Owens' opening statement

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Democratic candidate Bill Owens
Democratic candidate Bill Owens

Bill Owens: An independent cutting a low profile

It's two weeks until Election Day in the race to replace John McHugh in the 23rd Congressional district. So far, the campaign has been characterized by attack ads and big infusions of cash from national sources, and careful management by Washington-based insiders. There have been very few public appearances where voters can ask the three candidiates about the issues. Today, we have the first of three profiles to try to flesh out who these candidates are and what they stand for. Bill Owens is a lawyer in Plattsburgh. He represents CVPH Medical Center and Mountain Lake PBS, among other clients. He's married, has three children and four grandchildren. He's a lifelong independent who says President Barack Obama's message of change inspired him to run as a Democrat. David Sommerstein has this profile.  Go to full article
Gov. Paterson, former Democratic state chair June O'Neil, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, NY-23 candidate Bill Owens
Gov. Paterson, former Democratic state chair June O'Neil, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, NY-23 candidate Bill Owens

Paterson in Canton, stumps for Owens

Governor David Paterson made a "campaign-style" swing through the North Country yesterday. He repeated his pledge to run for a full term as governor next year. He told St. Lawrence County Democrats at their annual dinner in Canton that he can win, despite historically low poll numbers for a sitting Governor. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Bill Owens (Source:  SUNY Plattsburgh)
Bill Owens (Source: SUNY Plattsburgh)

Owens takes up Democratic banner, opposes same-sex marriage

Plattsburgh attorney and former Air Force captain Bill Owens has won the Democratic Party nod in the race to fill John McHugh's House seat. Owens was a law partner to former Republican state Senator Ron Stafford and has described himself as a lifelong independent. He told Brian Mann that he is comfortable taking up the Democratic banner, though he differs with state Democratic officials on some issues, including same-sex marriage.  Go to full article
Sandy Treadwell (Source:  Treadwell campaign)
Sandy Treadwell (Source: Treadwell campaign)

GOP?s Treadwell says he?s more in tune with 20th District conservatism

It's been a tough year for Republicans in New York state and around the country. The GOP could lose two more House seats in November, in western New York and on Long Island. The best chance for Republicans to win back a seat may be in the 20th district, which stretches from the Hudson Valley through the North Country to Lake Placid. The race between Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican challenger Sandy Treadwell is expected to be intense and expensive, with a price tag of at least six million dollars. Today and tomorrow we'll talk in-depth with the two candidates. We start with Sandy Treadwell, who lives in Essex County. Treadwell is a former Secretary of State and a former chairman of New York's Republican Party. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

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