Preview of the State’s Congressional Primaries

New York State’s Congressional primaries are on June 28. Below is an overview of some of the highest profile Upstate races that are on the primary ballot.

Republican Chris Gibson is not running for re-election in this district, which both parties see as an opportunity to win in November.

Democratic candidate Zephyr Teachout, a law professor who lost a primary race for Governor in 2014, is facing Livingston Deputy Town Supervisor Will Yandik.

On the Republican side, first-time candidate Andrew Heaney faces off against former Assemblyman and 2006 candidate for Governor John Faso.

Republican Richard Hanna is not running for re-election. The candidates running in the Republican primary are businessman Steve Wells, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney and history teacher George Phillips.

The primary winner will face Broome County Legislator Kim Myers in November.

Three Democrats are competing for the party’s line to challenge first-term Republican John Katko in this Syracuse-area swing district.

The race includes Colleen Deacon, a former aide to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Eric Kingson, a professor of social work at Syracuse University and attorney and Navy veteran Steve Williams.

Powerful New York City Labor Union Endorses Democratic Candidates in Key State Senate Races

On Tuesday, 32BJ SEIU, the largest property services workers union in the country endorsed a slate of Democratic candidates for State Senate in an effort to help Democrats gain control of the upper house of the state legislature. The candidates endorsed – three on Long Island and two in the Hudson Valley — provide a road map as to which races Democrats believe are the key races for them this fall.

The group announced its support for:

  • Adam Haber, who is running to replace Republican Senator Jack Martins, who is running for Congress;
  • Senator Todd Kaminsky, who won a special election for the seat in April;
  • Ryan Cronin, who is challenging incumbent Republican Kemp Hannon;
  • Terry Gipson, who lost to incumbent republican Sue Serino in 2014; and
  • Sara Niccoli, who is challenging first term Republican Senator George Amedore.

This should serve as yet another reminder that far left, New York City-based unions – flush with cash – are looking to elect candidates who their reflect their values. It’s hard enough to run a business in New York State.  If 32BJ and similar organizations are able to elect candidates who support their agenda of higher taxes, more spending, and new mandates on businesses, New York’s economic climate is only going to get worse.

O’Mara Announces Re-Election Bid

State Senator Tom O’Mara announced last week that he is running for re-election this fall.  He is currently serving his third term, and chairs the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee. O’Mara will face Democrat Leslie Danks Burke in November.

With the legislative session over, we will be developing our political scorecard for the 2016 legislative session, which will inform our political endorsement process.