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Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) announced on Monday that he will co-chair the county executive campaign of New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, his former rival for the Democratic nomination for the post.
“During the past four months, Noam Bramson and I waged a hard-fought campaign for county executive,” Jenkins wrote in an e-mail to supporters on Monday...Read more »
The New York Post kicked a hornet’s nest in the Hudson Valley’s political establishment on Monday when the tabloid published a story that included Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Rep. Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) among a list of possible Republican challengers to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in November 2014.
Both Astorino and Gibson have been floated before as potential gubernatorial...Read more »
Who's the most liberal Republican in congress?
It's Rep. Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook), according to the National Journal, which ranked lawmakers based on the votes they cast last year.
That might be a surprise to heartland conservatives, but it shouldn't raise an eyebrow among Gibson's constituents, which include people from liberal bastions like Woodstock, Saugerties and New Paltz. But...Read more »
Politics has always been a study in contrasts. In Westchester County, where the biggest race of the year will pit Republican County Executive Rob Astorino against one of three Democrats vying for the party's nomination, the contrasts have been peculiar. Two recent political events highlight the differences between our local version of the red-blue divide: Astorino's Winter Celebration...Read more »
Supporters of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino flocked to the DoubleTree hotel in Tarrytown on Thursday night for a fundraising event in which top donors gave $5,000 to join the Republican in a special VIP room. The event will help Astorino add to the more than $2.2 million in campaign funds he already has accumulated for his reelection campaign. Astorino will face a yet-to-be-determined...Read more »
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in New York state says it has a "crucial" role to play in the upcoming presidential election: just not in New York.
In a Nov. 2 memo to supporters, Robert Diamond, NY state director of Obama for America, listed the group's core missions as "exporting volunteers" -- including some from the Hudson Valley -- to Pennsylvania and...Read more »