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The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate running against Chuck Schumer, Wendy Long, faces great odds in her campaign against the powerful and popular third term Senator. Long addressed the New York delegation Tuesday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo does not expect the have a prominent speaking role at next week's Democratic National Convention.

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Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt is reporting from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio this week. DeWitt, along with regular contributors to New York Now, will be bringing us podcasts from the road featuring members of each party. 

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New York’s delegation at the Republican National Convention heard from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at their breakfast meeting Monday. Gingrich offered them a game plan for winning in New York in November. 

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The Republican national convention begins in Cleveland Monday. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has offered only lukewarm support in the past for his fellow Democrats in their quest to take over the State Senate, said this week he would back Democratic candidates in Senate races. 

Supporters of the two "outsider" candidates in the presidential race are finding obstacles to attending the national conventions in Philadelphia and Cleveland.

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Now that the primary is over, New York candidates for Congress can get started on the general election - when more voters are paying attention. Upstate in particular should see a lot of competitive races.

Teachout, Faso Set For Competitive Race

Jun 29, 2016
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The frontrunners in the 19th Congressional District coasted to easy victories in yesterday's primaries. Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso now square off to replace Chris Gibson, who’s stepping down from the seat.

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Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney of Oneida County secured the Republican nomination to succeed Richard Hanna in New York's 22nd Congressional District, which includes Binghamton and Utica.

Voters go to the polls in five states on Tuesday, where congressional primaries in New York and Colorado in particular could have an important impact on key competitive House and Senate races.

Democrats hope to contest as many as four congressional seats in the Empire State, a place that could prove critical in whether they're able to flip the 30 they need to win back the House.

Teachout, Faso Way Ahead In Latest Poll

Jun 27, 2016
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The latest Siena College poll for the 19th Congressional District gives Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso commanding leads over their rivals. 

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After staying neutral throughout a divisive Republican primary for New York's 22nd Congressional District, retiring Rep. Richard Hanna is endorsing Cazenovia businessman Steve Wells to replace him. But, will his support may be more of a burden than a benefit?

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  The current political climate has Libertarians hoping for a big year. The party has nominated former Republican Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson for President.

Michael Lopreste imagines it would be easier if he had the sort of job that allowed him to simply walk away from a co-worker's political diatribe. But as sales manager of a high-end furniture chain, he often can't afford to.

"Being in sales, we're kind of this captive audience," Lopreste says. "You know, you want to make the client feel at ease, you want to make them feel important, you want to be able to have a good rapport with them. And a lot of times that manifests itself by being able to mirror back what they're saying, or perfecting the nod and smile."

Responding to the Orlando shootings in a New Hampshire speech Monday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used the appearance to expand on his previous call to temporarily ban all Muslims from immigrating to the United States.

"The only reason the killer was in America in the first place is because we allowed his family to come here," Trump said. "That is a fact, and a fact we need to talk about."

The day after the deadliest mass shooting in American history, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton warned against the possibility of future attacks and went after Donald Trump for "inflammatory" rhetoric.

"The threat is metastasizing," Clinton said in a speech in Cleveland. "We saw this in Paris, and we saw it in Brussels. We face a twisted ideology and poisoned psychology that inspires the so-called lone wolves: radicalized individuals who may or may not have contact and direction from any formal organization."

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Republicans and Democrats running to replace Chris Gibson in New York’s 19th Congressional district met to debate their primary opponents in Oneonta Wednesday night. 

(WRVO) The three Democrats seeking to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in New York's 24th Congressional District have competed for endorsements, and argued about their worth. But will they even matter in a year when anti-establishment sentiment has reached a fever pitch?


(WRVO) Republican Wendy Long is taking another shot at running for U.S. Senate in New York State. The conservative lawyer from New York City lost a race against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand four years ago in a landslide. This year, she’s taking on the man who could become the next Democratic Party leader in the Senate, Charles Schumer.

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WSKG Public Media and the League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties hosted a debate featuring candidates in the 22nd District's GOP primary on Thursday, June 16.

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(WRVO) Some central New York Republican officials say there’s a little more excitement at their annual clambake this year, because of presumptive GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

As the race for the Democratic nomination for president comes to a close in the coming weeks, Syracuse supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders are still promoting their candidates.

Buffalo Mayor Likely New Chair Of NY Democrats

May 23, 2016

(WBFO) Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown today will receive a big promotion to a part-time position. With the backing of Governor Cuomo, he's slated to be elected chair of the State Democratic Committee during a party meeting in Saratoga.

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(WRVO) At a forum hosted by the Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO in Syracuse Wednesday, the three candidates running in the Democratic primary for New York's 24th Congressional District said the strength of labor unions have been decimated in recent decades and argued for tougher federal legislation to protect them and other domestic jobs.

(WRVO) The race in New York's 22nd Congressional District is considered by the Cook Political Report to be one of the most competitive in the nation. At least five candidates are seeking the seat that three-term Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) is vacating at the end of the year. The district stretches from the eastern part of Oswego County to the Mohawk valley to the Southern Tier and includes all or part of eight counties.

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The candidates to replace the retiring Richard Hanna in Congress are set--and there was an unexpected change.

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Governor Cuomo spoke for the first time since news broke that his former close associate is under federal investigation for possibly taking illegal payments from developers who were working on state economic development projects.

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The New York State legislature has been on a three week break. In their absences, federal investigations into aides close to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have intensified, spurring even more calls for reform. 

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It's not just a presidential year. Area Congressional districts are also being contested this fall. New York's 19th Congressional District has primaries for both parties coming up on June 28th.