6th S.D.: Cronin backer predicts victory; updated with GOP retort

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Manhattan Sen. Liz Krueger, leader of Manhattan Sen. Liz Krueger, leader of "No Bad Apples" effort, promotes the Ryan Cronin campaign for Senate in Nassau. Photo Credit: NYS Senate/ handout

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Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) has her “No Bad Apples” campaign aiming to help those she calls strong progressive candidates around the state become future colleagues in Albany. Krueger’s latest endorsement is of Ryan Cronin, the Democrat opposing longtime incumbent Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City).

Beyond criticizing Hannon’s record as chairman of the Senate health committee, and positions deemed as opposed to abortion rights and stronger insurance measures in the state, Krueger just argued in a conference call with the candidate that she believes Cronin is “absolutely going to win,” based on the district and “how it is trending” and the work he’s put into reaching out to various communities in its borders. She compares presidential years — how neophyte candidate Kristen McElroy lost by a relatively slim margin in 2008 while “Ryan is running five times as aggressive a campaign as she had.” She said she believes that the Nassau Democrats, who have “dropped the ball on a few things” in recent years, are “passionately committed to winning this race.”

UPDATE: From GOP spokesman Scott Reif comes this response:


"Congratulations to Ryan Cronin for landing the endorsement of Liz Krueger and the New York City Democrats, who shifted education aid to New York City at Long Island's expense, enacted the job-killing MTA payroll tax and took away the STAR rebate check during their two disastrous years in the majority. Senator Hannon is one of the most effective voices in the entire State Legislature , and he is committed to cutting taxes, creating jobs and improving the quality-of-life for middle-class families on Long Island. Anyone who thinks that a State Senate controlled by New York City Democrats would be good for Long Island hasn't been paying attention."
Cronin during the earlier conversation emphasized reform issues — how Hannon (like other Senate Republicans) abandoned a pledge to back a bill instituting a nonpartisan, independent redistricting panel to draw this year’s lines and instead ended up voting for a map that stood to improve his own re-election chances. Cronin also cited campaign-finance reform as a difference between them.  

This “No Bad Apples” effort is also behind Democrats Bridget Fleming, running in Suffolk, Cecilia Tkaczyk in the northern Hudson Valley, Justin Wagner in Putnam County, and George Latimer in Westchester.

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