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NYS Ag chief Darrel Aubertine and former GOP Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava top the list of potential Democratic candidates for the NY-21 Congressional race.
NYS Ag chief Darrel Aubertine and former GOP Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava top the list of potential Democratic candidates for the NY-21 Congressional race.

We could have a Democratic NY-21 candidate by end of day today

Democratic leaders in the North Country say they'll hold a daylong meeting today in Long Lake to review possible candidates for the 21st District House seat.

In December, Plattsburgh Democrat Bill Owens announced that he wouldn't seek another term. That sparked a political scramble in the region.  Go to full article
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
 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
US Treasury building. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/geetarchurchy/5069177460/">Matt Churchill</a>, Creative Commons, Some Rights Reserved
US Treasury building. Photo: Matt Churchill, Creative Commons, Some Rights Reserved

Why US Rep. Bill Owens is returning $75,000 to US Treasury

North Country congressman Bill Owens says he's returning roughly $75,000 of his congressional office budget to the US treasury.

Owens has made the gesture toward austerity four years in a row -- with the amount left unspent by his office now totaling around $400,000.  Go to full article
Bill Owens faces an extended ethics review following his controversial 2011 trip to Taiwan. NCPR file photo
Bill Owens faces an extended ethics review following his controversial 2011 trip to Taiwan. NCPR file photo

Owens faces further ethics probe for Taiwan junket

The House Ethics Committee announced yesterday that it is extending its review of Congressman Bill Owens' controversial trip to Taiwan in 2011. The panel also released a preliminary report from investigators.

That probe found that the Democrat from Plattsburgh may have violated congressional guidelines by making a trip paid for by a foreign government.

Investigators are also calling for subpoenas to be issued in the next phase of the probe.  Go to full article
US Rep. Bill Owens.
US Rep. Bill Owens.

North Country House delegation votes yes on"fiscal cliff" deal

North Country congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, voted in favor of a zero-hour spending bill late last night that averted the so-called "fiscal cliff".

Owens was joined by Republicans Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna, who also currently represent parts of the North Country.

They helped lift the measure past opposition from conservative Republicans. The bill passed on a vote of 257 to 167.

The controversial bipartisan deal came just in time to spare the country broad tax hikes and deep cuts to Federal spending, which Owens called "dangerous."  Go to full article

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