Monday, October 29, 2012

Times Union Endorses Robin Andrews for State Senate

From the Endorsement:

She would be a new and refreshing presence in the state Senate as well. Proof of that is her strong advocacy for overhauling the state's campaign finance laws and providing public financing for political campaigns, as well as demanding an increase in the state's minimum wage.

Her experience in local government, meanwhile, would be invaluable in a body where so many of the decisions and so much of the legislation have such a strong and direct impact on municipalities. (...)

Voters would be well-served if she gets a chance to address them all, as a gay woman in a male-dominated Senate.

Read more in the Times Union

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Times Union Endorses Cheryl Roberts for Assembly

From the Endorsement:

Ms. Roberts, an environmental and municipal attorney who has worked in the House of Representatives and as a town justice, favors increasing the minimum wage (...) Her understanding of the hydrofracking issue particularly impressed us; she says it should not be considered until the law allows drillers to be held liable for long-term environmental damage.

Read more at Times Union

Saturday, October 27, 2012

President Obama Endorses Julian Schreibman for Congress

President Obama has endorsed Julian Schreibman's campaign for Congress.

Here’s what the President had to say:

"America's middle class needs Julian Schreibman in Congress to stand up and fight for them. Julian will create jobs here at home by building from the middle out, not the top down. He will protect Medicare for our seniors and education for our next generation. Middle class families can count on Julian and he needs your support on election day."

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Columbia Paper Endorses Cheryl Roberts

The Columbia Paper has endorsed Cheryl Roberts for NYS Assembly in the 107th District.

The final paragraph says it all:
Voters in the 107th District have good choices for Assembly, but one stands out as a with a distinguished record, aware of what our communities need from Albany and possessing the energy, authority and experience to represent this region as it has seldom been represented before. For those reasons, vote for Cheryl Roberts for Assembly November 6.
But read the whole endorsement here.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Great Daily Kos Profile of Robin Andrews

Upstate Blue has posted a fantastic piece on Robin Andrews on Daily Kos which can be found here:
Centrist Democrat Challenges Right-Wing Zealot in Competitive Race for NYS Senate

Poughkeepsie Journal Endorses Didi Barrett

The Poughkeepsie Journal has endorsed Assemblymember Didi Barrett for reelection.
In its endorsement titled Barrett has earned chance for full term in Assembly the editorial board said 
... in the little time she has been in office, Barrett has displayed a “lead-by-example” attitude. This is indicative of her decision not to accept state reimbursement for travel expenses.
...she brings considerable strengths in her own right, including her profound understanding of the importance of agriculture to the region, in addition to an earnest collaborative approach to deal with complicated issues. 
Barrett....has methodically worked her way to a seat at the political table. It’s an intriguing and appealing notion to see what she can and will accomplish on behalf of the valley as an Assembly majority member endorsed by the governor. The district should give her that very chance.

Absentee Voting - Special Board of Elections Hours

Do you need to vote by absentee ballot? 

Detailed instructions can be found here

The Columbia County Board of Elections has additional hours for over the counter absentee voting:

Thursday, October 25, 4pm-6pm
Saturday, October 27, 9am-noon
Thursday, November 1, 4pm-6pm
Saturday, November 3, 9am-noon

Columbia County Board of Elections is located at 401 State Street in Hudson.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Robin Andrews Receives Endorsements From Largest Gay Rights Groups - NYS Pride Agenda and the National Human Rights Campaign

Robin Andrews marching and greeting residents in the Hudson Pride Parade
The largest national and the largest NY state-wide  groups supporting LGBT rights and equality have endorsed Claverack Supervisor Robin Andrews, the Democrat running for NY State Senate in the 43rd Senatorial District.

Robin, who is openly gay and married to her long-time partner, faces Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione, a Republican from Halfmoon. Marchione successfully ousted incumbent Sen. Roy McDonald in a GOP primary that centered largely on McDonald’s vote to support same-sex marriage last year.

Groups like the Empire State Pride Agenda and Human Rights Campaign (HRC) had previously lined up with Senator McDonald for his break with his party, supporting marriage equality. But since his defeat in the Republican Primary which was dominated by issues surrounding his vote to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, LGBT Groups and many others have now solidly aligned with Democrat Robin Andrews.

From HRC:
“On behalf of our members in New York’s 43rd Senate District, HRC is proud to endorse Supervisor Robin Andrews,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “Robin represents the fair-minded majority in her district. Always willing to fight for equality, she will ably serve all of her constituents in Albany.”
The Pride Agenda had this to say: 
“The Empire State Pride Agenda’s PAC is proud to endorse Robin Andrews for State Senate,” said Lynn A. Faria, Interim Executive Director of the Pride Agenda. “Ms. Andrews will be a strong voice for equality by demonstrating her commitment to fighting for policies, programs and resources that address the health and human service needs of New York’s LGBT communities. In addition, her 20 year career as a budget and planning consultant has given her the experience needed to address New York’s fiscal issues. The 43rd Senate District is lucky to have such a fine candidate.”
Note: LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Community.

Read more about Robin Andrews' endorsements in the Times-Union political blog Capitol Confidential

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Endorses Robin Andrews for NY State Senate

Democrat Robin Andrews has received the endorsement of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in her bid to represent the 43rd Senate District in the State Senate. The newly configured district includes Columbia County and parts of Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington Counties, including Senator Gillibrand’s hometown of Brunswick.

“Robin Andrews has the experience and skills necessary to lead the 43rd District to a brighter future,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Her long career as a budget and planning consultant and small business owner 
gives her unique insight into the issues facing her district and she knows what must be done to get New York back to work. As a resident of this district, I will be proud to call Robin my State Senator.”

Andrews, who is currently the Town Supervisor of Claverack, NY and sits on the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, has also earned the endorsements of the Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Washington Democratic Committees, as well as Planned Parenthood Advocates, SEIU Local 200, NARAL Pro-Choice NY, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Empire State Pride Agenda.

“I want to thank Senator Gillibrand for all of her support,” said Andrews. “Over the past several months, I have been to every part of the district meeting people and their message is clear—they want strong leadership with the experience necessary to help families and businesses succeed. Senator Gillibrand works hard for all of her constituents in Washington and that is what I intend to do in Albany.”

Read more about her positions on gun laws, minimum wage and more, in the Times-Union political blog Capitol Confidential

Monday, October 8, 2012

Robin Andrews' Ascent In State Senate Race Picks Up Steam

It is clear that Robin Andrews campaign for State Senate is kicking into high gear.

An article appeared in the Post-Star this week titled:

"With GOP primary over, Democratic candidate eyes shot at state Senate"

A few quotes from the article:
“I’m interested in looking forward, not at what’s already happened,” Andrews said Thursday while sitting on a couch at Saratoga Coffee Traders in Saratoga Springs, a reference to the 2011 vote to legalize gay marriage, the vote widely credited with ending McDonald’s re-election bid.

Andrews, a married lesbian, doesn’t think the race is about social issues, though her left-leaning stances on gay marriage and abortion are in stark contrast to those of the much more conservative Marchione. She admits it’s ironic she’s running for the seat of the only GOP senator ousted because of his vote on the issue.

“The real difference is, I bring the business experience,” said Andrews, who has operated a financial consulting firm for more than a decade that works with multiple national publications, when asked about what differentiates her from the longtime county clerk.

“The dynamics have changed without a doubt,” said Saratoga County Democratic Committee Chairman Todd Kerner, while labeling Marchione right-wing."

“I think we have a good chance at picking up this seat,” said Washington County Democratic Committee Chairman Sheila Comar.

Read the full story in the Post-Star

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Richard Mott Readies Campaign TV Ads

Columbia County Resident Richard Mott who is running for NYS Supreme Court Justice has readied a number of TV and Radio ads which will hit he airwaves shortly. Here is a sample of the ad focused on the lower counties of the district.

The 3rd Judicial District is comprised of the Counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Eleanor's Legacy Endorses Barrett, Roberts and Andrews

The Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy has endorsed three Columbia County candidates. 

The group which supports pro-choice women candidates seeking office in New York State, endorsed Assemblymember Didi Barrett in her race for reelection in the 106th District, Cheryl Roberts who is seeking the 107th Assembly District seat and Robin Andrews who is running for the NY State Senate in the 43rd Senate District.

The endorsements can be read here