Political roundup: Reopening panel representation, Problem Solvers, GOP 22nd race


Candidates for state and federal offices have been busy on the virtual campaign trail. Here is a look at some of the activities this week of candidates:

Brindisi gives virtual commencement address

Rep. Anthony J. Brindisi on Friday delivered a digital commencement address to the graduating class of 2020 across New York’s 22nd Congressional District. Brindisi, a Utica native, attended Mohawk Valley Community College before graduating from Siena College and Albany Law School.

“When I graduated college, I had no idea that I would be where I am today, but I knew that I wanted to work hard, try to do the right thing, and help people. Those principles have guided me throughout my life,” said Brindisi. “We’re living a moment in history we never imagined, but if our graduates hold on to their guiding principles, there is no limit to what they can accomplish.”

Brindisi, who was on the Utica school board and whose wife is a community college professor, announced more than $42 million n coronavirus aid for area colleges and universities in federal aid packages.

Assembly candidate schedules education Zoom town hall

Corey Mosher, a Democrat running for the 12st Assembly seat, plans a Zoom town hall on education policy for 7 p.m. Wednesday. A recording will be made public in the days after. Mosher plans an introduction followed by questions from participants.

The link to join is at ttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84297546922. The ID number is 842 9754 6922.

The district includes all of Madison County, Sherrill, Vernon, Augusta, Marshall, Sangerfield, Bridgewater, and most of Otsego County. The incumbent is first-term Republican John Salka of Bridgetwater.

Blankenbush seeks more representation on state reopening board

Some elected officials in the region have expressed disappointment that a reopening advisory board Gov. Andrew Cuomo formed does not have more representation from central and northern New York.

Assembyman Ken Blankenbush, R-117, Carthage, issued this statement on the formatio nof a state pandemic reopening advisory board:

“I’m honored that we have Dr. Ty Stone representing the North Country on the New York Forward Re-opening Advisory Board, where she will advise the governor on how to restart our state and regional economy. With her on the board, I know our region is in capable hands. However, it’s extremely disappointing that the North Country only has one voice representing us during this very important process. As our farmers continue to struggle and our families remain unaware of where their next meal is coming from, we deserve more seats at the table.”

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. also expressed disappointment in the county COVID response briefing April 29. He said the panel appears heavily New York City-centric and lacking in representation from agriculture.

Phillips blasts Supreme Court ruling on withdrawn NYC gun law

Republican congressional candidate George Phillips took aim at the U.S. Supreme Court's "moot" ruling on New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. City of New York, a law that prevented gun owners from taking their weapons from home to shooting ranges, saying the court should have explored issues raised in it even though the city later withdrew the specific restriction.

The majority of the court declared the gun owners challenge moot and did not address the original law on its merits. "The fact that the United States Supreme Court failed to fully consider this case and decide in favor of clear Constitutional Second Amendment rights is simply appalling,” Phillips said in a statement. “I agreed with the dissent of Justice Alito who said considering whether or not New York City's rule is a violation of 2nd Amendment rights is ‘not a close call.’"

A Binghamton-area educator who formerly worked on a Congressional staff, Phillips is seeking the Republican nomination against former Congesswoman and Assembly member Claudia Tenney in the June 23 primary. He renewed a challenge to debate Tenney, who lost to Utica Democratic then-Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi in 2018.


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