Democrats Already Mulling Tony Avella Challenge

Tony Avella. (Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty)
Tony Avella. (Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty)

The battle for the State Senate may be shifting to eastern Queens.

Queens State Senator Tony Avella enraged Senate Democrats today by joining the Independent Democratic Conference, a coalition of breakaway Democrats who govern the Senate with the GOP, and hurting the Democratic conference’s chances of taking over the chamber in November. Continue reading “Democrats Already Mulling Tony Avella Challenge”

New Candidate to Challenge Malcolm Smith

Clyde Vanel. (Photo: Vanel Campaign)
Clyde Vanel. (Photo: Vanel Campaign)

State Senator Malcolm Smith, a Democrat charged last year in a sprawling bribery scheme to land himself on the GOP ballot for mayor, looks like he will now be fending off at least two challengers if he seeks re-election this year.

Mr. Smith, is already facing attorney Munir Avery and will now also contend with Clyde Vanel, a former candidate for City Council and the State Assembly.  Continue reading “New Candidate to Challenge Malcolm Smith”

Queens Attorney Set to Challenge Malcolm Smith

Munir Avery. (Photo: Facebook)
Munir Avery. (Photo: Avery Campaign)

An attorney with close ties to Queens County politics is planning to challenge embattled State Senator Malcolm Smith next year.

Mr. Smith, still reeling from an arrest on corruption charges earlier this year, is openly despised by his fellow Senate Democrats after caucusing briefly with a breakaway faction of Democrats that govern the Senate with Republicans and is considered a major target in 2014. Continue reading “Queens Attorney Set to Challenge Malcolm Smith”

Senator Gianaris Happy to See Mayor Bloomberg’s Money Leave Albany

Senator Michael Gianaris on YNN.
Senator Michael Gianaris on YNN.

State Senator Michael Gianaris is ready to turn the page on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s pocketbook–at least when it comes to large contributions to his political rivals.

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Senate GOP Carpet Bombs Lew Fidler

fidler hit 4 Senate GOP Carpet Bombs Lew Fidler“COUNCILMAN LEW FIDLER SUCKED YOUR MONEY INTO HIS WALLET,” one direct mail piece in southeastern Brooklyn reads.

The message, placed next to an image of Democratic Councilman Lew Fidiler — altered to dress him up as a construction worker as he’s engineering a contraption to literally steal money from a wallet labeled “your wallet” — is repeating itself over and over again in advertisements sent by the Senate Republicans in their effort to sink Mr. Fidler’s campaign in a March 20th special election for the State Senate.

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Senate GOP Far Ahead of Democratic Colleagues in Campaign Cash

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Republican Party Logo (Photo: Wikimedia)

The New York Public Interest Research Group’s Bill Mahoney took a look at campaign filings from the New York State Senate Democrats and Republicans, and found a significant gap between the competing parties.

“While a few Senators’ filings have yet to appear online, the 54 who have filed provide enough information to establish a general picture of the conferences’ fundraising success,” Mr. Mahoney said. “The Republicans’ candidates and parties have nearly five times as much money in the bank as the Democrats’ and have raised nearly three times as much.”

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Senate Democrats to Focus on Women's Rights for 2012 Campaigns

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Sen. Liz Krueger (Photo: Facebook)

The Democrats in the New York State are placing a special emphasis on issues pertaining to women as they attempt to retake the majority, insiders have suggested. “Women’s issues, from reproductive health and rights in the workplace, are something that we’ll be focusing on,” a source familiar with the Senate Democrats’ efforts said. “One thing that’s been made clear is that people who live in Democratic districts that vote for Republican Senators, don’t have a clue how conservative these guys are…on social issues.”

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