Cuomo Campaign To Create A Female-Centric Ballot Line

In an effort to attract female voters and bring attention to certain elements of his agenda, Governor Cuomo and his allies will reportedly circulate independent nominating petitions to create a new ballot line — The Women’s Equality Party — that he will run on this fall in addition to the Democratic, Independence and Working Families Party lines.

15, 000 signatures are needed across the state to create a new ballot line. They must be submitted to the state Board of Elections by Aug. 19.

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino is also attempting to create an additional ballot line. The Stop Common Core line will cater to those frustrated with the way New York State has implemented the new Common Core education standards.

Ortt announces for State Senate

North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt has formally launched his campaign for the Republican nomination to succeed retiring State Senator George Maziarz in the 62nd District.

Ortt, a National Guardsman who deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, has served as mayor since 2009.

He will face a primary challenge for the Republican nomination from newcomer Gia M. Arnold who has made a name for herself as a staunch opponent to the NY SAFE Act.

Niagara Falls Attorney Johnny Destino is the likely Democratic nominee.

The 62nd District includes all of Niagara and Orleans Counties, and the Towns of Sweden and Ogden in Monroe County.

Republican Joseph Dillon to Challenge Senator Latimer in Westchester

The State of Politics Blog reports that Westchester County public relations consultant Joseph Dillon will challenge first-term incumbent State Senator George Latimer in the 37th District.

Latimer survived a heated race last cycle against businessman Bob Cohen