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Oct
26
2018

The state legislative races on November ballots can be like the filet of sole on a steakhouse menu — not what most people are looking for. Yet, though the governor’s race, and even congressional races, will draw the greatest interest on Nov. 6, elections for the New York State Senate are unusually important this year and deserve New Yorkers’ full consideration.

Democrats are in solid control of the Assembly, but Republicans control the...read more »

Oct
24
2018

Two years ago, James F. Gaughran lost a bitterly contested State Senate race to longtime incumbent Carl L. Marcellino. The margin was small — about 1,700 votes of more than 146,000 cast.

Our judgment in 2016 was that Gaughran was the better candidate, and nothing has happened to change that assessment. If anything, it is even more true today.

Marcellino, 75, has represented his district well in his 23 years in office. His...read more »

Oct
22
2018

The left-leaning Daily Kos website last week gave a boost to the campaign of Democratic state Senate candidate Jim Gaughran, pointing to his race on Long Island as key to helping flip control of the chamber.

Gaughran’s shoutout on the website led to 4,000 individual contributions totaling more than $47,000 as a result, his campaign said.

Gaughran is running to unseat Republican Sen. Carl Marcellino.

The race was one of...read more »

Oct
17
2018

The race for the 5th Senate District seat is pitting a seasoned politician against a familiar opponent.

The district covers parts of the North Shore of Long Island in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Democratic challenger Jim Gaughan says he's been campaigning hard against 23-year veteran state Sen. Carl Marcellino in the district that covers parts of the North Shore in Nassau and Suffolk.

Gaughan says he wants to bring...read more »

Oct
16
2018

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer on Tuesday endorsed Democratic state Senate candidate Jim Gaughran 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
16
2018

Democrats have been breaking fundraising records all year. With elections just three weeks away you probably want to donate, but it’s hard to tell whether a candidate really needs your money. That’s why we want you to Give Smart.

Now, don’t get us wrong, the hundreds of thousands of small donors to candidates like Beto O’Rourke, Lauren Underwood, Sharice Davids and Amy McGrath are making a difference. But with only a month to go...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 »

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