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Westchester Political News
Friday, February 9, 2018
Vol. 18, No. 27
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County Exec
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Senate Seat: Replace George Latimer

  1. It's Killian Against Mayer In Special Election For Latimer's Senate Seat - Rye Daily Voice, (Shelley Mayer), February 8, 2018
  2. Republicans pick Julie Killian to run for Latimer's old Senate seat - The Journal News |, (Sarmad Khojasteh; Shelley Mayer), February 8, 2018
  3. Republicans Killian, Schorr receive nods to run for state Senate seat - News 12 Westchester, (Shelley Mayer), February 7, 2018
  4. Controversy Swirls Around NY Senate Candidate Who Hid Ties to Crooked Politicos - The Jewish Voice, (Shelley Mayer), February 7, 2018
  5. Schorr says he will stay in Senate race - Home Town Media Group, (Sarmad Khojasteh), February 7, 2018
  6. Julie Killian on Senate bid: 'I really felt I had to get in' - - The Journal News |, (Shelley Mayer), February 6, 2018
  7. Khojasteh steps apart, helps Killian in Senate particular election - Luxora Leader, (Sarmad Khojasteh), February 6, 2018
Westchester County Executive

  1. WCC academics, CSEA unions get new labor offers - Luxora Leader, (Rob Astorino (R); George Latimer (D)), February 8, 2018
  2. Latimer signs executive order on chaplains - Home Town Media Group, (Rob Astorino (R)), February 8, 2018
  3. New York Liberty to Move to Westchester County Center - Hudson Valley News Network, (George Latimer (D)), February 8, 2018
  4. CNN Guest Has The Nerve To Suggest Rep. Maxine Waters Get A Psychological Evaluation, Angela Rye Claps Back: 'I ... - Blavity, (Rob Astorino (R)), February 7, 2018
  5. New Appointees Named to Westchester County Human Rights Commission - The Examiner News, (George Latimer (D)), February 7, 2018
  6. Westchester joins lawsuit against opioid manufacturers - Mid-Hudson News, (George Latimer (D)), February 7, 2018
  7. Westchester County Sues Drug Makers Over Opioid Crisis - CBS New York, (George Latimer (D)), February 6, 2018
New York Governor

  1. Cuomo plans New York tax change to avoid $1.5B hit on taxpayers - Crain's New York Business, (Andrew Cuomo), February 9, 2018
  2. Cuomo says whom he wants as his running mate - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, (Andrew Cuomo), February 8, 2018
  3. Cuomo commits $50 million to revitalize Genesee River corridor - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, (Andrew Cuomo), February 8, 2018
  4. Will Andrew Cuomo become a progressive hero? | am New York - amNY, (Andrew Cuomo), February 7, 2018
  5. GOP super PAC sets its sights on Andrew Cuomo's potential 2020 presidential bid - Fox Business, (Andrew Cuomo), February 7, 2018
  6. Governor Cuomo Announces 172 Distressed Mortgages Purchased In High Foreclosure Communities -, (Andrew Cuomo), February 7, 2018
  7. Percoco trial: Jury learns how Todd Howe got Joseph Percoco consulting fees - The Journal News |, (Andrew Cuomo), February 7, 2018
  8. Governor Cuomo Urges New Yorkers to Prepare for Heavy Snow -, (Andrew Cuomo), February 7, 2018
New York Lt. Governor

  1. Andrew Cuomo wants Kathy Hochul to be running mate again - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, (Kathy Hochul), February 9, 2018
  2. Lovely Warren: Why being Lt. Gov. is not 'something I see myself doing' - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, (Kathy Hochul), February 6, 2018
New York Senate

  1. Chuck Schumer 2014: You know what we should have? A military parade - Hot Air, (Chuck Schumer), February 8, 2018
  2. Linda Sarsour to Chuck Schumer: 'I'm Tired of White Men Negotiating on the Backs of People of Color' - Fox News Insider, (Chuck Schumer), February 8, 2018
  3. Gillibrand breaks with Schumer over budget bill – The Buffalo News - Buffalo News, (Kirsten Gillibrand), February 8, 2018
  4. Gillibrand: GOP paid leave plan would weaken Social Security - Auburn Citizen (blog), (Kirsten Gillibrand), February 8, 2018
  5. Congressman Mark Meadows: It’s Time Mitch McConnell Goes To 51 Votes In The Senate, The Heck With Allowing Chuck Schumer To Set The Agenda - FOX News, (Chuck Schumer), February 7, 2018
  6. Senate leaders strike long-term budget deal as they look to end threat of shutdown - The Independent, (Chuck Schumer), February 7, 2018
  7. John Kelly allowed a senior staffer to stay without a clearance despite damning evidence of spousal abuse - Washington Post, (Kirsten Gillibrand), February 7, 2018
  8. Two women say Marines did nothing after they complained of sexually explicit overtures by officer - USA TODAY, (Kirsten Gillibrand), February 7, 2018
  9. Chele Chiavacci Farley eyes GOP nomination to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand - Auburn Citizen (blog), (Kirsten Gillibrand), February 7, 2018
  10. Chuck Schumer: Trump government shutdown threat 'speaks for itself' - Washington Examiner, (Chuck Schumer), February 6, 2018
  11. Give Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi their chance - Daily Gazette, (Chuck Schumer), February 6, 2018
  12. Schumer to ask IRS to honor prepayments of property taxes - Newsday, (Chuck Schumer), February 6, 2018
  13. Gillibrand eyes better insurance for NY dairy farmers as milk prices dip - Auburn Citizen (blog), (Kirsten Gillibrand), February 6, 2018
Incumbents in Congress

  1. Engel Statement on Venezuela Presidential Election, Congressman Eliot Engel - New York, 16th (D), February 8, 2018
  2. Engel Statement on Global Gag Rule Report, Congressman Eliot Engel - New York, 16th (D), February 8, 2018
  3. Lowey Leads House Members in Urging Administration to Fully Fund Amtrak National Network Request in FY19 Budget, Congresswoman Nita Lowey - New York, 17th (D), February 8, 2018
  4. Engel Statement on Tillerson's Russia Comments, Congressman Eliot Engel - New York, 16th (D), February 7, 2018
  5. Engel Speaks Out, Votes Against Anti-Consumer Menu Labeling Bill, Congressman Eliot Engel - New York, 16th (D), February 7, 2018
  6. Lowey Statement on Six-Month Review of Expanded Global Gag Rule, Congresswoman Nita Lowey - New York, 17th (D), February 7, 2018
  7. Engel Remarks on Russian Election Meddling & Cybersecurity, Congressman Eliot Engel - New York, 16th (D), February 6, 2018
  8. Lowey Disappointed by Passage of Polish Nazi Crime Law, Congresswoman Nita Lowey - New York, 17th (D), February 6, 2018
New York Attorney General

  1. State AG launches probe into death of Bronx man in NYPD custody - News 12 Bronx, (Eric Schneiderman), February 8, 2018
  2. Blue States vs. Washington: The Fight Across The US - WGRZ-TV, (Eric Schneiderman), February 8, 2018
  3. 11 state AGs, including NY, sue Trump administration over Clean Water Rule delay -, (Eric Schneiderman), February 7, 2018
  4. NY Attorney General Now Involved In Niskayuna Baseball Dispute - WTMM 104.5 The Team - ESPN Radio, (Eric Schneiderman), February 6, 2018
  5. Collins denounces state's effort to overturn Trump decision on waters rule - The Batavian, (Eric Schneiderman), February 6, 2018
  6. AG Schneiderman: lawsuit filed against photography studio - WRGB, (Eric Schneiderman), February 6, 2018
New York Comptroller DiNapoli

  1. NYSUT: DiNapoli's report shows need to fully fund public schools - Amsterdam News, (Tom DiNapoli), February 8, 2018
  2. Comptroller's Sales Tax Report – Positive for now and the future with some help - Albany Times Union (blog), (Tom DiNapoli), February 8, 2018
  3. NY State Comptroller Says Pebble Mine Not Worth Risk | NRDC - Natural Resources Defense Council, (Tom DiNapoli), February 8, 2018
  4. Letter from NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to First Quantum Minerals Regarding Potential Pebble Mine Agreement - Natural Resources Defense Council, (Tom DiNapoli), February 7, 2018
Incumbents NY State

  1. Hudson Valley Lawmakers Vote To Change State Primary Election Date - Putnam Daily Voice, (NY Assembly: Amy Paulin (D) - Westchester), February 8, 2018
  2. A.G. Schneiderman Announces Guilty Pleas And Convictions Of Three Queens Construction Companies For Failing To Pay 150 Workers Over $370,000 In Wages, Attorney General: New York, February 8, 2018
  3. A.G. Schneiderman Announces State Prison Sentence For Ringleader Of Multi-County Check Fraud Scheme, Attorney General: New York, February 7, 2018
  4. A.G. Schneiderman Leads Coalition Of 11 AGs In Suing Trump EPA For Illegal Rollback Of Clean Water Protections, Attorney General: New York, February 7, 2018
  5. Statement From A.G. Schneiderman On Approval Of Trump University Class Action Lawsuit By Federal Appeals Court, Attorney General: New York, February 7, 2018
  6. A.G. Schneiderman Announces Lawsuit Against Schenectady Photography Studio For Failing To Deliver Youth League Photos To Hundreds Of Consumers, Attorney General: New York, February 7, 2018
  7. A.G. Schneiderman And Acting Tax Commissioner Manion Announce Guilty Plea Of Steuben County Restauranteur For Failing To Pay Over $175K In Sales Tax, Attorney General: New York, February 7, 2018
New York State Senate

  1. New Appointees Named to Westchester County Human Rights Commission - The Examiner News, (Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) - Yonkers), February 7, 2018
  2. New York Democrats renew call for gun control laws - Spectrum News, (Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) - Yonkers), February 7, 2018
  3. State Senate's New Sexual Harassment Policy Draws Criticism - Gotham Gazette, (Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) - Yonkers), February 6, 2018
Assembly Speaker

  1. Discussions underway to change state tax code - Spectrum News, (Carl Heastie), February 8, 2018
  2. DREAM Act Passes New York Assembly, But Future Is Uncertain - WSHU, (Carl Heastie), February 8, 2018
  3. NY Assembly votes to change primary - The River Reporter (press release) (blog), (Carl Heastie), February 7, 2018
  4. Assembly approves tuition aid for undocumented immigrants - Utica Observer Dispatch, (Carl Heastie), February 7, 2018
New York City Mayor

  1. Judge Deals Blow to Council in Fight With Mayor Over Powers - New York Times, (Bill de Blasio), February 8, 2018
  2. Mayor de Blasio Appoints Eight Judges to Family and Civil Court, New York City Mayor: Press Releases, February 8, 2018
  3. Mayor Bill de Blasio, DA Cy Vance at odds over subway farebeating prosecution - WABC-TV, (Bill de Blasio), February 8, 2018
  4. 'It's inappropriate workplace etiquette': New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized for kissing his way across a ... - Daily Mail, (Bill de Blasio), February 8, 2018
  5. Turnstile Jumping Pits de Blasio Against Police Reformers - New York Times, (Bill de Blasio), February 7, 2018
  6. De Blasio implores feds not to deport 'beloved New York City community leader' Ravi Ragbir - New York Daily News, (Bill de Blasio), February 7, 2018
  7. Mayor de Blasio Announces Record High Graduation Rate, New York City Mayor: Press Releases, February 7, 2018
  8. De Blasio won't blame NYCHA boss for housing horrors — so she blames him - New York Post, (Bill de Blasio), February 7, 2018
  9. Rising from the Ashes, Willets Point Redevelopment Will Go Forward, City Says - New York Times, (Bill de Blasio), February 7, 2018
  10. De Blasio can't escape housing authority questions outside NYC - New York Post, (Bill de Blasio), February 6, 2018
  11. Redevelopment project next to NY Mets' stadium is revived - Newsday, (Bill de Blasio), February 6, 2018
Independent Democratic Conference

  1. Savino Asks De Blasio for Help Passing 'Subway Grinder' Bill He Once Supported - Gotham Gazette, (Diane Savino (D) - Staten Island), February 8, 2018
  2. Avella may have GOP challenge - Queens Chronicle, (Tony Avella), February 8, 2018
11th Congressional District

  1. Man who filmed Eric Garner death sues SI prosecutor, alleging smear campaign - New York Daily News, (Dan Donovan), February 9, 2018
  2. Statement from Congressman Dan Donovan on False Emergency Alert Warnings, Congressman Dan Donovan - New York, 11th (R), February 7, 2018
  3. Staten Island Dem party backs Max Rose for Congress -, (Michael Grimm), February 7, 2018
  4. Staten Island Democratic Committee endorses candidate in Grimm-Donovan Congressional race - NY1, (Michael Grimm), February 7, 2018
  5. Sharp rise in Lyme disease spurs new action by Donovan -, (Dan Donovan), February 6, 2018
  6. Unions shore up New York City's lone GOP congressman - Crain's New York Business, (Dan Donovan), February 6, 2018
17th Congressional District

  1. House Dems urge Trump to fully fund Amtrak partners - The Hill, (Nita Lowey), February 8, 2018
  2. Cadet Nurse Corps bill deserves support - The Salem News, (Nita Lowey), February 7, 2018
18th Congressional District

  1. Medicare recipients to get better identity protection - Mid-Hudson News, (Sean P. Maloney), February 9, 2018
  2. Maloney to Hold First Town Halls of 2018 This Weekend, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney - New York, 18th (D), February 8, 2018
  3. Maloney, Staff Secretary Under Clinton, Asks Oversight Committee to Investigate Rob Porter Scandal, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney - New York, 18th (D), February 8, 2018
  4. Really? MSNBC Turns to Fmr. Bill Clinton Staffer to Lecture Trump White House on Scandal - NewsBusters (press release) (blog), (Sean P. Maloney), February 8, 2018
  5. Schumer, Maloney differ on federal budget deal - Mid-Hudson News, (Sean P. Maloney), February 8, 2018
  6. Small earthquake rattles parts of Putnam and Westchester - Mid-Hudson News, (Sean P. Maloney), February 8, 2018
  7. Maloney slams 'incredibly irresponsible' decision to keep Porter on staff - CNN, (Sean P. Maloney), February 8, 2018
  8. Maloney to Oppose “Drunken-Sailor” Spending Deal, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney - New York, 18th (D), February 7, 2018
  9. Rob Porter, White House Aide, Resigns After Accusations of Abuse - New York Times, (Sean P. Maloney), February 7, 2018
  10. BRABENEC ANNOUNCES RUN FOR THIRD TERM TO ASSEMBLY - Rockland County Times, (Sean P. Maloney), February 7, 2018
  11. How Positive Train Control Can Prevent Accidents - Newburgh Gazette, (Sean P. Maloney), February 7, 2018
  12. WEDNESDAY: Maloney to Hold Telephone Town Hall on Issues Impacting Older Americans, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney - New York, 18th (D), February 6, 2018
  13. Maloney Statement on Sixth Short-Term Spending Bill Since September, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney - New York, 18th (D), February 6, 2018

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9th Senate (Skelos seat)

  1. Lawmakers move to change primary day - Queens Chronicle, (Todd Kaminsky), February 9, 2018
  2. Cyberbullying task force bill introduced in State Senate - Newsday, (Todd Kaminsky), February 8, 2018
  3. Audit: FEMA lacked controls on second look at Sandy claims - Newsday, (Todd Kaminsky), February 7, 2018

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Voting Issues

  1. Commentary: State's election boss beats Trump on voting panel - Porterville Recorder, (Vote Fraud), February 8, 2018
  2. Wisconsin Justices Rule State Can Wait to Release Union Voting Records - Courthouse News Service, (Voter Intimidation), February 7, 2018
  3. The vote fraud that Democrats refuse to see - New York Post, (Vote Fraud), February 7, 2018
  4. Ward 2 Alderman motion granted in voter intimidation lawsuit - Franklin Home Page, (Voter Intimidation), February 6, 2018

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Democracy for America

  1. IVI-IPO endorse Muslim in 5th Congressional District - The Arab Daily News (blog), (Democracy for America), February 8, 2018
  2. IVI-IPO endorse Muslim in 5th Congressional District - The Arab ... - The Arab Daily News (blog), (Democracy for America), February 6, 2018



Election Law Blog

  1. Cutting-Edge Evidence and an Old-Fashioned Decision, February 9, 2018
  2. Scalia Legacy: Trump Wants Originalists, Textualists and Flamethrowers on the Federal Bench, February 9, 2018
  3. Jim Gardner Analysis of PA Redistricting Decision: “Federalism complicates the analysis as a state court opens a second front in the struggle against gerrymandering”, February 9, 2018
  4. “As deadline looms, Republicans consider new strategy for Pa. congressional maps”, February 8, 2018
  5. “Orange County, Calif. Election Academy aims to educate voters”, February 8, 2018
  6. “Cybersecurity Threats Loom, Nation’s Outdated Election Infrastructure Must Be Upgraded”, February 8, 2018
  7. Yale Law Journal Forum symposium: Five Years After Shelby County v. Holder: The Ongoing Fight for Voting Rights, February 8, 2018
  8. “Kobach sits on board of veterans group that isn’t using money to help veterans”, February 8, 2018
  9. Watch Recent Federalist Society Panel on Donor Disclosure and Donor Privacy with Judge Bea, Brad Smith and Me, February 8, 2018
  10. Watch Videos of Recent Hearings on Voting Rights in North Carolina from the USCCR, February 8, 2018
  11. “8 years later: How Citizens United changed campaign finance”, February 8, 2018
  12. Watch Video of the Panel on Justice Scalia’s Legacy at National Constitution Center with Kannon Shanmugam, Elizabeth Wydra, Jeff Rosen and Me, February 8, 2018
  13. “Group picks Alaska to challenge unlimited campaign donations”, February 8, 2018
  14. “Lawsuit Filed Over Arkansas’ Revamped Voter ID Law”, February 8, 2018
  15. Full Employment for Election Lawyers Dep’t: NC Legislature Files Emergency 4th Circuit Appeal to Reverse Trial Court Decision on Primaries for Appellate Judges, February 8, 2018
  16. “Pa. Supreme Court releases gerrymandering opinion: 2011 map violates ‘free and equal’ elections”, February 8, 2018
  17. “Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, says top U.S. official”, February 8, 2018
  18. Breaking: FEC Commissioner Goodman Resigns, Leaving FEC with Barely a Quorum and an Uncertain Future, February 7, 2018
  19. Coming Up Today: I’ll Be Part of Live Webcast of Justice Scalia’s Legacy Event at the National Constitution Center, February 7, 2018
  20. Understanding the Supreme Court’s Two Orders in the North Carolina Gerrymandering Cases, and How It Fits into the Bigger Picture, February 7, 2018
  21. “Eric Holder’s Group Targets All-G.O.P. States to Attack Gerrymandering”, February 7, 2018
  22. “Campaign Finance System Of Big Money Now Overshadows Watergate-Era Reforms”, February 7, 2018
  23. “Ohio’s proposed gerrymandering fix is not perfect, but big step (analysis)”, February 7, 2018
  24. “How the Republicans rigged Congress — new documents reveal an untold story”, February 6, 2018
  25. “Evidence of a winning-cohesion tradeoff under multi-winner ranked-choice voting”, February 6, 2018
  26. “Did Donald Trump profit from his own presidential transition?”, February 6, 2018
Daily Kos Elections

  1. This Week in Statehouse Action: I Want To Know What Law Is edition, February 8, 2018
  2. House Democrats are expanding the map in a big way, February 8, 2018
  3. Holocaust denying anti-Semite dress-up Nazi Republican candidate tells CNN he's not a Nazi, February 8, 2018
  4. Pennsylvania will soon redraw its House map to end GOP gerrymandering. How would you draw the lines?, February 8, 2018
  5. Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 2/8, February 8, 2018
  6. Morning Digest: Ann Wagner not ruling out Senate bid, but special election in her backyard's a worry, February 8, 2018
  7. Pennsylvania GOP's threat to impeach Supreme Court is real—and it's how they plan to cling to power, February 7, 2018
  8. Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 2/7, February 7, 2018
  9. Morning Digest: 'Law & Order' actress could hurt Democratic chances in vulnerable GOP House seat, February 7, 2018
  10. Show Me GOP fear: Democrats flip deep red state legislative seat in Missouri special election, February 7, 2018
  11. Missouri House special elections open thread, February 6, 2018
  12. Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 2/6, February 6, 2018
  13. Morning Digest: Supreme Court won't block ruling striking down Pennsylvania GOP's House gerrymander, February 6, 2018


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