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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
Aaron Woolf has been chosen by Democratic Party leaders in the North Country to seek the NY-21 House seat. Photo provided by NYS Democratic Party
Aaron Woolf has been chosen by Democratic Party leaders in the North Country to seek the NY-21 House seat. Photo provided by NYS Democratic Party

Dems pick doc filmmaker Aaron Woolf to seek NY-21 seat

Democratic leaders in the North Country have chosen a political newcomer to seek the House seat in the 21st congressional district.

County chairs from across the region met yesterday in Long Lake and chose Aaron Woolf, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who lives part of the year in Elizabethtown and also operates a grocery in Brooklyn.  Go to full article
"Voice of the people," part of motto over entrance to Milwaukee County Courthouse. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/reallyboring/2674764130/">Eric Allix Rogers</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
"Voice of the people," part of motto over entrance to Milwaukee County Courthouse. Photo: Eric Allix Rogers, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Listen: Ogdensburg reflects on the shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) People classified as essential government employees will continue to work but much of the federal government is shut down this morning in a budget impasse over the health care overhaul. In New York, the shutdown will idle thousands of workers -- including many at IRS and Army Corps of Engineers offices.

NCPR sent Zach Hirsch to the streets of Ogdensburg yesterday to gauge public opinion there on the impasse and the shutdown.  Go to full article
Is this a logical House district?  The two major parties are likely to feud over that question.
Is this a logical House district? The two major parties are likely to feud over that question.

Will the 20th House seat be a target for redistricting?

As we've been hearing, politicians in Albany will soon be redrawing many of the state's political boundaries. The North Country could see newly shaped state Senate and Congressional districts.

One House seat that is expected to receive close scrutiny is the 20th district, which stretches for nearly 230 miles from the lower Hudson Valley into the heart of the Adirondacks. Earlier this month, Republican Chris Gibson captured the seat from Democrat Scott Murphy in a decisive win.

But Democratic leaders, including Saratoga County chairman Larry Bulman, have long complained that the 20th district was specifically gerrymandered to favor Republicans. "We're 70,000 more Republicans in this sprawling district," Bulman told NCPR.

"[Former Republican Rep.] John Sweeney told me in 2001, 'We have this district so gerrymandered that you guys will never control, never win a House seat in this district.'"

So just how big and far-flung is the 20th congressional district? Brian Mann set off in his truck to find out and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Former Army Col. Chris Gibson hopes to unseat Democratic Rep. Scott Murphy
Former Army Col. Chris Gibson hopes to unseat Democratic Rep. Scott Murphy

NY-20: Gibson undecided on Paladino

Carl Paladino may be surging in the polls, but other Republicans in the state still haven't decided whether to embrace him.

Chris Gibson is the Republican candidate in the 20th district House race, hoping to unseat Democrat Scott Murphy from Glens Falls. Gibson spoke this week on the public radio program Capital Pressroom, with WCNY's Susan Arbetter.  Go to full article
Siena Research Institute's polls offer a much clearer snapshot of the NY-20 and NY-24 races.
Siena Research Institute's polls offer a much clearer snapshot of the NY-20 and NY-24 races.

Siena: Gibson, Hanna struggling in House races

Exactly six weeks remain until election day. Here in northern New York, Republicans are pushing hard to unseat three sitting Democrats, congressmen Mike Arcuri, Scott Murphy, and Bill Owens. These races could help decide which party holds a majority in the House of Representatives.

But new polls published over the last few days by the Siena Research Institute show that in two of these races the Republican candidates are struggling to catch up.

Brian Mann spoke in-depth with Siena pollster Steven Greenberg, who says Republicans Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna need to lock down the loyalty of GOP voters. "It is key for both of the Republican candidates...to bring the base back home," Greenberg says.

He calls the 24th district House race "incredibly competitive," but says the 20th district race will be more of a struggle for Gibson. "I think the 20th definitely has the potential to be a competitive race," he adds.  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

Candidates in 23rd district race meet in Plattsburgh

This evening, two of the three candidates for the 23rd congressional district house seat will take part in a debate in the E. Glenn Giltz auditorium. That's in Hawkins Hall at SUNY Plattsburgh. The forum begins at 5 pm and North Country Public Radio will broadcast the program beginning at 7 o'clock, following All Things Considered. Martha Foley talks with NCPR Adirondack bureau chief, Brian Mann, who is one of the debate co-moderators.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava is struggling to compete in the TV ad war for the 23rd House seat.
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava is struggling to compete in the TV ad war for the 23rd House seat.

Republican Scozzafava loses lead; acknowledges being outspent by Dem Owens

A new poll out this morning by the independent Siena Research Institute finds that Democrat Bill Owens, the newcomer from Plattsburgh, has taken the lead over Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava. Owens now leads 33%-29%, with Conservative Doug Hoffman trailing with 23%.

Meanwhile, two of the most influential political journals in Washington are reporting that Republican Dede Scozzafava is struggling in the final weeks of the special election. Roll Call and Politico say Scozzafava has been seriously damaged by political attacks from Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman. They also report that she is being outspent significantly by Democrat Bill Owens. That's a surprising turn of events in a congressional district long dominated by the GOP. According to Politico, Scozzafava has spent less than $30,000 on TV spots in the campaign so far. Owens, meanwhile, has spent more than $300,000, launching a media blitz across the sprawling 23rd district.

Brian Mann checked in with Matt Burns, spokesman for the Scozzafava campaign. Burns acknowledged that Scozzafava is being outspent. But says the veteran Assemblywoman will have enough money to compete in the final weeks of the race.  Go to full article

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