Battle for the State Senate Begins in Earnest

In the wake of the recent announcement that the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) is prepared to enter into an alliance with the regular Senate Democratic Conference in 2015, the Senate Republicans are warning that the move could hurt suburban New Yorkers.

In a fund-raising solicitation sent out last week, one Republican State Senator described the Senate GOP as “New York’s last line of defense against a city-led agenda that will stop at nothing to take from suburban taxpayers.”

Former Vestal Supervisor to Challenge Libous

The former supervisor of the Town of Vestal, Andrea Starzak, has been endorsed by the Broome County Democratic Committee to challenge State Senator Tom Libous for the 52nd Senate District.  Libous was indicted by federal prosecutors this week for allegedly lying to the FBI. (See above for more details.)

But despite Senator Libous’s legal troubles, Democrats still face an uphill battle to win the district, which includes Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Delaware Counties. Senator Libous is extremely popular, and Republican voters outnumber Democrats in the district, 69,801 to 61,006.

Tenney to Run for Re-Election to Assembly

After losing a Republican primary for Congress a week ago, Assemblymember Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) plans to seek re-election to the Assembly.  She may face a primary challenge from Herkimer County Sheriff Chris Farber.

The 101st Assembly District is made up of 27 towns in 7 counties, including parts of Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego, Delaware, Ulster, Sullivan and Orange counties.