Buffalo Mayor to Chair State Democratic Party

Last week, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was elected Chairman of the state Democratic Committee, while former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was elected to serve as vice-chair.

Gov. Cuomo, who nominated the two for these positions, said:

“Mayor Brown and Christine Quinn are exemplary leaders who have dedicated their lives to making this state a fairer, more just place for all New Yorkers. I am confident their leadership and expertise will build on the good progress we have made, and continue advancing the core values of the Democratic Party.”

We hope that Mayor Brown will stand up for the interests of Upstate New Yorkers, and remind his fellow Democrats that policies that work in the growing economy of New York City may not be right for the struggling Upstate economy.

Republicans Endorse Helming in SD 54

Last week, Republicans in the 54th Senate District designated Canandaigua Supervisor Pam Helming to replace State Senator Michael Nozzolio (R- Fayette), who is not seeking re-election this fall. While she has the support of the party, she may still face a primary in September.

The winner of the GOP nomination is expected to face Kenan Baldridge, Supervisor of the Town of Rose in Wayne County.

Democratic Challenger for Seward in SD 51

Democrat Jermaine Bagnall-Graham announced this week that he plans to challenge incumbent James Seward (R – Milford) to represent the sprawling 51st Senate District. The district is a largely rural one, consisting of Greene, Schoharie, Otsego, Herkimer, Cortland counties, and parts of Tompkins, Chenango and Ulster counties.

Bagnall-Grahanm is an Army veteran who currently works in Cooperstown, New York as an IT Clinical Systems Analyst. Seward has served in the Senate since 1987.