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Oct
16
2018

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer on Tuesday endorsed Democratic state Senate candidate Chuck Schumer in Long Island’s 5th Senate district.

“Jim Gaughran has proven that he is a responsible leader who is able to keep costs low while maintaining outstanding services,” said Schumer, the Senate minority leader.

“As Chair of the Suffolk County Water Authority, Jim has shown that he has the skills Long Island families need from their next...read more »

Oct
11
2018

ALBANY — After months in which both parties have hyped their chances in a slew of state Senate races, financial disclosure forms released earlier this week provided the first real look at which races they think are actually worth investing in.
Four races stand out as the ones that have attracted the most interest from the parties’ centralized accounts and super PACs in the state — those held by Democratic Sen. John Brooks and Republican...read more »

Oct
10
2018

Democratic state Senate candidate Jim Gaughran this week touted his “F” rating from the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association — a designation he says highlights his support for gun control legislation.

Gaughran is challenging Republican Sen. Carl Marcellino on Long Island, where backing of gun control is considered especially strong.

“Before today, I was never proud to receive an ‘F’ grade; but I am going to wear this...read more »

Oct
9
2018

ALBANY — If you want to know where the three most endangered incumbents in the New York Senate are, take a look at where Democratic and Republican campaign committees are funneling money.

The answer: Three Long Island races.

No other Senate incumbents are getting more help from their party's campaign committees than Sen. Elaine Phillips (R-Flower Hill), Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) and Sen. John Brooks (D-Seaford), according...read more »

Oct
5
2018

The northern Long Island state Senate seat held by Republican Carl Marcellino since 1995 was the site of the third-costliest election in the state two years ago, with Marcellino and Democrat Jim Gaughran combing to spend $4.4 million.

And as the two prepare for a rematch of a race that the incumbent won by one point, they appear to be ramping up their spending.

Marcellino's campaign committee has spent $383,000 since mid-July,...read more »

Oct
3
2018

Having resoundingly won the Democratic Party nomination for a third term last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo is now directing the enormous campaign and party machinery that propelled his victory to focus its efforts on the New York State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. In a break from past cycles when he has been criticized for doing too little for his party and its candidates, Cuomo has pledged to leverage the significant...read more »

Oct
2
2018

ALBANY — Former President Barack Obama has endorsed eight Democrats including two on Long Island who hope to help the party win majority control of the state Senate from Republicans.

Obama endorsed Sen. John Brooks (D-Seaford), who faces Republican Jeff Pravato, mayor of Massapequa Park. Senate Democrats and Republicans are making the seat a priority because of its potential to flip.

Obama also is backing Suffolk County Water...read more »

Oct
1
2018

Accusing his opponent of protecting criminals who prey on children, Democratic state senate candidate James Gaughran announced last week for the Child Victim’s Act and he proposes legislation to prohibit anyone on the state’s sex offender registry from owning a gun and requiring that convicted sex only be allowed to vote by absentee ballot.
Mr. Gaughran held a press conference September 20 which was attended by Protect by kids founder...read more »

Oct
1
2018

WOODBURY - Nassau Democrats are rallying in an effort to flip the state Senate out of Republican control.

The Democrats say they are hoping anti-Trump animus will lead to a blue wave at the ballot box in November.

“We saw in the primary that happened just a couple of weeks ago, how many Democrats came out. Three times the number of Democrats who voted in 2014, voted in 2018, so something's afoot,” says Nassau Democratic Chairman...read more »

Sep
28
2018

It’s not easy to get an endorsement from the Long Island Environmental Voters Forum, and that remains true this cycle. In more than 40 state and federal races that Long Islanders will weigh in on in November, the group has endorsed 11 candidates.

The criteria, forum president Dick Amper said, is simple.

“If you’re an incumbent, you have to have done something good for the environment. If you’re a challenger, it has to be a...read more »

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