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Watertown businessman Matt Doheny ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2010 and 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein
Watertown businessman Matt Doheny ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2010 and 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein

Doheny polling well as potential NY-21 candidate

A new poll released this morning appears to show strong support among Republicans for Matt Doheny, the Watertown businessman who ran unsuccessfully for the North Country's seat in the House of Representatives in 2010 and again in 2012.

The poll -- conducted by a company that has worked for Doheny in the past -- showed him well ahead of Elise Stefanik, the Willsboro resident who has been viewed as the GOP frontrunner.  Go to full article

Democrats seek candidate for NY-21

Democratic party leaders in the North Country say they'll wrap up interviews with potential candidates for the region's House seat the first week in February.

In a press release issued this morning, Washington County Chairman Sheila Comar said the group is expected to complete its selection process by mid-February.  Go to full article
Former Gouverneur mayor and Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava works now as Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government (Source:  NYSDOS)
Former Gouverneur mayor and Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava works now as Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government (Source: NYSDOS)

Scozzafava doesn't rule out NY21 House bid

Former North Country Assemblywoman and House candidate Dede Scozzafava says she's not ruling out another run for Congress, now that Democrat Bill Owens is stepping aside.

Scozzafava, who works now for the Cuomo administration's Department of State, spoke yesterday in Plattsburgh during an interview with Mountain Lake PBS.  Go to full article
Elise Stefanik has established herself as the early GOP frontrunner in the NY21 House race.
Elise Stefanik has established herself as the early GOP frontrunner in the NY21 House race.

NY21: More good news for Stefanik

There was more good news over the weekend for Elise Stefanik, the Republican who hopes to win North Country's 21st congressional district seat.

Stefanik won endorsements from former tea party candidate Doug Hoffman and from former state Senator Ray Meier.  Go to full article
Rep. Bill Owens was an odds-on favorite to win in November.  His decision to step aside clears the way for another political brawl. NCPR file photo: Mark Kurtz
Rep. Bill Owens was an odds-on favorite to win in November. His decision to step aside clears the way for another political brawl. NCPR file photo: Mark Kurtz

Owens steps aside, opening fierce NY 21 battle

In a shocking political development, North Country congressman Bill Owens announced yesterday that he will not seek reelection in November. This announcement throws a seat which had been a safe hold for Democrats into what will likely be fierce contention.

In a press conference yesterday afternoon, Owens said he was stepping down following about six weeks of introspection about his role in Washington. He said gridlock and partisan venom contributed to his decision, but that "wasn't the driving force."

Owens predicted that Democrats would have a serious shot holding the 21st district. He noted that Barack Obama won the North Country region in 2012.  Go to full article
Election day at Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Election day at Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz

NY legislators back June primary election

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Two top Democratic leaders in the state Assembly and Senate are backing legislation to hold New York's primary elections for state offices in June instead of September.

They say the switch will save local governments about $50 million with voting the same day as federal primaries.  Go to full article
 Bill Owens' political fortunes have been married to the Affordable Care Act since November 2009.  NCPR file photo
Bill Owens' political fortunes have been married to the Affordable Care Act since November 2009. NCPR file photo

NY21: Democrat Owens will campaign on health reform

The Affordable Healthcare Act is expected to be front and center in next year's congressional campaign. Republicans are hoping to turn dissatisfaction with the law into a wave of victories in 2014.

Democrats, meanwhile, have been pressuring President Barack Obama to improve the program sometimes known as "Obamacare," which was designed to make insurance more affordable to millions more Americans.

Some Democratic lawmakers have even been distancing themselves from the policy.

But North Country's congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, appears comfortable campaigning on his support for the Healthcare Act and says the program is working for people in his district.  Go to full article
Gov. David Paterson. Photo: David Shankbone, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Gov. David Paterson. Photo: David Shankbone, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ex-Gov Paterson says he won't seek Congress

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Former Gov. David Paterson says he's ending his public consideration of running for Congress to succeed Rep. Charles Rangel.

In a statement issued earlier this week Paterson also urged fellow Democrat Rangel to seek another term in 2014. The senior congressman represents Harlem.  Go to full article
Lt. Governor Bob Duffy in Watertown in 2011. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/5665906830/">Office of the Governor</a>
Lt. Governor Bob Duffy in Watertown in 2011. Photo: Office of the Governor

Will L.G. Bob Duffy be on the 2014 ticket?

It's not clear whether Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy will run again with Governor Cuomo. Neither man has said definitively whether they'll be together on the ticket next year.

Rumors about Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy's political future began when the former Rochester Mayor bought a home in the Finger Lakes from the head of the Rochester Business Alliance, Sandra Parker, who is stepping down from her job soon. Governor Cuomo says Duffy has not talked to him about leaving for the business job, but he says he doesn't want to talk about campaigns yet.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo paddles a stretch of the Indian River, just upstream from the confluence with the Hudson River. Photo: NYS Governor's office via Flickr
Governor Andrew Cuomo paddles a stretch of the Indian River, just upstream from the confluence with the Hudson River. Photo: NYS Governor's office via Flickr

Cuomo looks to shore up support upstate

Governor Cuomo's name is frequently mentioned as a possible Presidential contender in 2016, that's if former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doesn't run. But the governor first has to think about an earlier date, 2014, his reelection race, and how to shore up his support upstate, where he's been flagging in the polls.

During the past several weeks, Governor Cuomo has spent much of his time in upstate and northern New York.  Go to full article

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