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February 7, 2014

Republican Eyes Hamptons House Seat (Video)

Republican Eyes Hamptons House Seat (Video)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The candidate: Republican state Sen. Lee Zeldin
The member: Six-term Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y.
The district: New York’s 1st District. It covers the eastern half of Long Island, encompassing both working-class regions and the tony Hamptons. Bishop won re-election in 2012 by 5 points, as President Barack Obama carried the district by 1 point.
The candidate’s team: Brabender Cox (media); John McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates (polling); Majority Strategies (direct mail); Chapin Fay (campaign manager). Full story

January 31, 2014

Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth Raised $37K in Fourth Quarter

Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth Raised $37K in Fourth Quarter

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., raised $37,000 in the fourth quarter for her comeback bid, according to her Federal Election Commission filing.

Hayworth is in a rematch against Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney for New York’s 18th District. Full story

October 30, 2013

McCain Takes Sides in House GOP Primary in New York

McCain Takes Sides in House GOP Primary in New York

McCain has endorsed a candidate in a House race in New York. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., endorsed state Sen. Lee Zeldin’s  bid to challenge Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y., picking sides in a competitive GOP primary in the 1st District.

“Lee has the integrity, work ethic and sense of duty that can help make a positive difference in Washington today,” McCain said in a Wednesday news release. “Lee’s service in the military, as a federal prosecutor and in state government demonstrate his deep commitment to advancing causes greater than his own self-interest. Full story

October 15, 2013

Vulnerable New York Republican Raises $550K

Republican Rep. Tom Reed raised more than half a million dollars in his bid for a second term representing New York’s 23rd District.

He raised $550,000 and had $910,000 at the end of the quarter, according to a national GOP source.

Reed is a top Democratic target in 2014. Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson is all but certain to be his Democratic challenger, and she’s a highly regarded recruit at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The race is rated Leans Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

October 9, 2013

New York Republican Won’t Challenge Dan Maffei | #NY24

New York Republican Wont Challenge Dan Maffei | #NY24

Maffei is a Democrat from New York. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci will not challenge Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., in the 24th District in 2014.

“After careful consultation with members of my family, friends and political supporters, I have decided to forgo a race for Congress next year,” Antonacci said in a statement Wednesday.

Full story

September 23, 2013

Sean Eldridge Launches House Bid in New York | #NY19

Venture capitalist Sean Eldridge officially rolled out his bid to unseat Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., in the 19th District on Monday.

The launch included a web video that sought to underscore three points about Eldridge: an association with the district, a humble background and the economic contributions of his company, Hudson River Ventures, to the region.

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May 24, 2013

Democrat Noncommittal on Pelosi #NY11 | The Candidate

Democrat Noncommittal on Pelosi #NY11 | The Candidate

Recchia, above, is challenging Grimm. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Editor’s Note: Every year, scores of congressional candidates visit the CQ Roll Call offices to meet with reporters and Contributing Editor Stuart Rothenberg. This new feature, “The Candidate,” will ask these congressional hopefuls five questions about their campaigns. Responses and questions have been edited and condensed.

Have a question for a candidate? We’ll announce their visits via Twitter, and you can tweet your inquiry to @RollCall or email politics@cqrollcall.com.

The candidate: New York City Council Member Domenic M. Recchia Jr.
The member: Two-term Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y.
The district: Nearly three-quarters of this district is in Staten Island, but it also crosses New York Harbor into Brooklyn. President Barack Obama won the 11th District’s vote 52 percent to 47 percent, but Grimm won the seat by 7 points.
The candidate’s team: Jefrey Pollock of Global Strategy Group (polling); the rest of the team has yet to be announced.

1. You raised $412,000 last quarter. How much will you need to compete in the New York City media market?

Four million dollars.

2. You live in Brooklyn, but a majority of voters in this district live on Staten Island. How do you bridge that divide? 

It’s not a question of Brooklyn versus Staten Island. It’s a question of the whole district is going to be represented by someone who is out there that understands the issues, who’s going to stand up for the middle class … who has a record of delivering four [city] budgets on time without raising taxes, prevented firehouses from being closed on Staten Island, working with the people, and is able to bring the resources that are needed to Staten Island.

My family lives on Staten Island. My mother lives there. My three sisters live there. My nieces and nephews. I talk to people every day. My father built on Staten Island before the bridge was up. I have a lot of contacts with Staten Island.

[After the jump: Recchia on former Rep. Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and his favorite Coney Island ride.]

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March 25, 2013

DCCC Courts Donors at Annual Issues Conference

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hosted its third annual New York Issues Conference on Saturday, featuring access to top lawmaker panels for its supporters.

The event, a brainchild of DCCC Chairman Steve Israel of New York, is intended to fete committee donors from Capitol Hill to the Empire State. House candidates attended as well, one Democrat in attendance said.

New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy spoke on gun violence, and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, both of California, talked about immigration, according to a copy of the agenda obtained by CQ Roll Call. Full story

March 15, 2013

New York: Recchia Meets With DCCC Officials to Plot Grimm Challenge

New York: Recchia Meets With DCCC Officials to Plot Grimm Challenge

Israel met with a recruit this week to discuss his challenge to a New York Republican representative. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:26 p.m. | A trio of top-ranking Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee officials huddled with New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia on Thursday to plan a challenge to Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y.

According to a senior national Democratic strategist, Recchia met in Washington with two fellow New Yorkers, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, as well as DCCC Recruitment Chairwoman Donna Edwards.

They discussed strategy and Recchia’s “path to victory” in New York’s 11th District, the source said. Recchia declared his candidacy in mid-February. Full story

November 7, 2012

Mixed Verdict in New York House Races

Mixed Verdict in New York House Races

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle lost her re-election race Tuesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Both Democratic and Republican Members of Congress were unseated Tuesday night in the House battleground state of New York.

Former Rep. Dan Maffei (D) unseated freshman Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R), just two years after Buerkle beat Maffei. With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Maffei had 50 percent to Buerkle’s 42 percent in the 24th district, according to the Associated Press.

Businessman and former Erie County Executive Chris Collins (R) beat Rep. Kathy Hochul (D) in the state’s most Republican district, the 27th. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Collins had 51 percent to Hochul’s 49 percent, the AP said.

And freshman Rep. Nan Hayworth (R) was unseated by attorney Sean Patrick Maloney (D) in the 18th district. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Hayworth had 48 percent to Maloney’s 51 percent, the AP said.

Other incumbents in tough races survived. Freshman Rep. Chris Gibson (R) will be coming back to Congress, despite a more Democratic district. Rep. Bill Owens (D) won a tight rematch against Republican investment banker Matt Doheney. Rep. Tim Bishop (D) won a rematch against Republican businessman Randy Altschuler. And freshman Rep. Michael Grimm (R) won an easy re-election in his Staten Island-anchored district.

November 6, 2012

New York Voters Compare New System to ‘Third-World Country’

Even as some New York City residents waited in lines to take buses to the polls, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today there’s a bigger problem: the state’s new voting machines.

“The system that we now have in place, instead of you going to one place to get your card and then into a booth, you go to one place, you get a folder, a card, a ballot, then you have to go to another place to fill it out while people look over your shoulder, then you’ve got to go to another place to stick that piece of paper into a scanning machine,” Bloomberg said at a news conference.

Bloomberg said he encountered delays and confusion at his own polling place today, with many voters unsure of the traffic flow to voting machines and the extra steps required to cast a ballot.

“They were just stunned, and I kept hearing, ‘What’s this, a third-world country?’” Bloomber said. “We did have machines incidentally that worked; they worked fine. You could go in, you closed the curtain behind you, you pulled the levers.”

Full story

November 5, 2012

Andrew Cuomo Clears Way for Statewide Voting for Displaced New Yorkers

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed an executive order Monday allowing voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy to vote at any polling place in the state, with some limitations.

At a press conference late Monday, Cuomo announced that he would allow voters in affected areas to cast ballots by affidavit for president and statewide races at any polling place in the state. Voters using this option will not be able to vote in local races, including for Members of the House.

Unlike in New Jersey, New York voters will not be allowed to cast absentee ballots by email or fax.

Full story

June 9, 2012

New York: Ed Koch Tells Obama to Go ‘Bold,’ Backs Charlie Rangel

New York: Ed Koch Tells Obama to Go ‘Bold,’ Backs Charlie Rangel

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

NEW YORK — Former New York Mayor Ed Koch (D) strongly backed the re-election of Barack Obama in an interview Friday, but worried about the Democrat’s prospects if the president didn’t propose something big.

“Bold,” Koch explained. “That’s what’s required on the part of the president. Because there’s no question, at this moment, if Romney and he are neck and neck, which is what the polls show, the president is in trouble.” Full story

April 15, 2012

New York: Edolphus Towns Retiring After 15 Terms

New York: Edolphus Towns Retiring After 15 Terms

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:35 p.m. | A knowledgeable source confirmed to Roll Call that 15-term Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), first elected in 1992, will retire at the end of the 112th Congress. The news was first reported by the New York Daily News tonight on Twitter.

Towns, 77, had faced a very serious primary challenge from state Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who is now the frontrunner for the safe Democratic seat, New York Democrats said. Also in the Democratic primary is New York City Councilman Charles Barron. One other name floated by a Big Apple Democrat as a potential candidate: state Sen. Kevin Parker.

Towns, a former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, showed little appetite for campaigning this cycle, leading to growing local speculation that he might drop out of the race.

March 26, 2012

New York: Gillibrand Pitches for Hochul, Slaughter

New York: Gillibrand Pitches for Hochul, Slaughter

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Popular Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand made an email fundraising pitch to her supporters Sunday for Democratic Reps. Kathy Hochul and Louise Slaughter. Full story

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