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GOP plays offense in Westchester, Queens

If you’re looking for signs of where the Senate Republicans plan on playing “offense” this fall, look at races in Queens and Westchester counties where they are trying to grab seats long held by Democrats. That's where the GOP is investing money, so far.

They are also looking at a newly created seat in the Capital Region/Mid-Hudson.

The Senate Republican Campaign Committee have given $250,000 to Eric Ulrich, a New York City councilman – a clear sign the GOP thinks he can beat Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Ozone Park). The party contribution accounts for more than half of the $430,000 Ulrich has raised since declaring his candidacy. Addabbo has raised $147,000 this year.

The committee also gave $94,000 to Bob Cohen, a Westchester County businessman who is taking on Assemb. George Latimer (D-Rye) to succeed retiring Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer. The two hopefuls are on somewhat even ground financially: Cohen reported raising $420,000 as of July 16; Latimer $296,000.

The third race Republicans are eyeing is the newly created district that runs from the Capital Region suburbs to the Catskills. The GOP committee has spent just $7,800 on its candidate, Assemb. George Amedore (R-Rotterdam) – though he has raised roughly $300,000 through his own campaign committee. Cecilia Tkaczyk, Monica Arias Miranda and Tom Dolan are vying for the Democratic nomination in the race.

 The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee has yet to spend any significant money, though officials say it will focus on six to nine Republican seats.

 Republicans hold a 33-29 advantage in the Senate, the lone area of state government they control.

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