Just the facts — the new campaign financial reports for state and local candidates

State and local candidates and others who maintain campaign finance accounts were required to submit their periodic reports to the State Board of Elections on July 16th for receipts, expenses and account balances through July 12th. Here are the latest campaign account balances on file, two days past the filing deadline. I will update this data for the next day or two if additional information becomes available.

There’s no analysis or discussion in this post. I’ll leave that up to the readers for now, but will be back at a later date with some commentary.

Note: most of the candidates carry one or more minor party endorsements. For simplicity sake I am only listing the Democratic and Republican candidates at this time, except in the race for governor.



Andrew Cuomo, Democrat. Incumbent: $31,122,985

Cynthia Nixon, Democrat: $657,439

Marc Molinaro, Republican: $887,239

Howie Hawkins, Green: $16,866

Stephanie Miner, Serve America Movement: $162,856

Lieutenant Governor

Kathy Hochul, Democrat. Incumbent: $1,244,516

Jumaane Williams, Democrat: $45,502

Attorney General – Democratic primary

Leecia Eve: $250,719

Letitia James: No report filed as of July 20, 2018 PM

Sean Patrick Maloney: $981,386

Zephyr Teachout: $314,059

Keith Wofford, Republican: $1,023,848

State Assembly

140th District

Robin Schimminger, Democrat. Incumbent: $416,397

Adam Ohar, Republican: No report filed as of July 20, 2018 PM

141st District

Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Democrat. Incumbent: $298,991

Ross Kostecky, Republican: No report filed as of July 20, 2018 PM

142nd District

Patrick Burke, Democrat: $29,311

Erik Bohen, Republican. Incumbent: $13,284

143rd District

Monica Wallace, Democrat. Incumbent: $55,215

Clara Wroblewski, Republican: no report filed as of July 20, 2018 PM

144th District

Joseph DiPasquale, Democrat: $3,064

Michael Norris: Republican. Incumbent: $90,536

145th District

Democrat: No candidate

Angelo Morinello, Republican. Incumbent: no report filed as of July 20, 2018 PM

146th District

Karen McMahon, Democrat: $35,147

Raymond Walter, Republican. Incumbent: $56,691

147th District

Luke Wochensky, Democrat: $15,843

David DiPietro, Republican. Incumbent: $67,262

149th District

Sean Ryan, Democrat. Incumbent: $215,031

Joseph Totaro, Republican: No report filed as of July 20, 2018 PM

State Senate

59th District

Democrat: No candidate

Patrick Gallivan, Republican. Incumbent: $89,797

60th District

Carima El Behairy, Democrat: No report filed as of July 20, 2018 PM

Christopher Jacobs, Republican. Incumbent: $454,457

61st District

Joan Seamans, Democrat: $79,540

Michael Ranzenhofer, Republican. Incumbent: $868,298

62nd District

Democrat: No candidate

Robert Ortt, Republican. Incumbent: $203,118

63rd District

Timothy Kennedy, Democrat. Incumbent: $605,737

Thomas Gaglione, Republican: No report filed as of July 20, 2018 PM

Justice of the Supreme Court

Paula Feroleto, Democrat. Incumbent: $73,653

John Curran, Republican. Incumbent: $90,433

Erie County Court Judge

Suzanne Maxwell Barnes, Democrat: $133,534

Debra Givens, Republican: $35,431

Erie County Clerk

Angela Marinucci, Democrat: $37,760

Michael Kearns, Republican. Incumbent: $31,916

Unions in 21st century politics

I began my active involvement in politics when I was in college in the late 1960’s. A lot has changed since then. Here are a few things that come to mind:

  • From what I hear from some party leaders, it is harder than it used to be to recruit members for their committees
  • In Buffalo and other places we paid attention to the local news cycle, which meant that in major campaigns in days gone by we had to have separate press releases each day for the News and the Courier
  • And last, but not least, we checked nearly everything that was going on for reaction or comment from leaders of organized labor

Things are different now. Continue reading

A couple ideas to jump-start the shutdown of the Erie County Water Authority

This blog has over the past three years commented on the excessive staffing at the Erie County Water Authority (ECWA) and its lack of openness to the public it serves. I have frequently pointed out the redundancy of Authority administrative staffing and have suggested converting the agency into a department of Erie County government. The release last week of a report by the New York State Authorities Budget Office (ABO) has now focused much greater attention on this issue. Continue reading

Schroeder’s analysis points to a return to a hard control board for Buffalo

Over many years, going back nearly 50, the finances of the City of Buffalo have had a whole lot of ups and downs. Years with major deficits, years with comfortable surpluses. Sometimes, though, years of surpluses can lull a municipal government into a sense of complacency.

In the most recent version of financial roller coastering, the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority, aka the Control Board, was created by the state in 2003 following budget difficulties magnified by the financial turmoil that followed the terrorist attacks on the country in 2001. The board was put in place in a “control” or “hard board” status right from the get-go, and immediately set about imposing serious budget controls on the City government as well as the Buffalo Board of Education, including a wage freeze that extended for several years. Continue reading

With party conventions over and primary battles set, here is a look back at the 2014 state Democratic primary, and speculation about how things might play out in 2018

So we’re off to the races. The state party conventions are over and the line-ups are set.

The Republicans, Conservatives, Greens, and Reform parties have made their designations for governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller and attorney general, although the Reform Party’s nomination of Preet Bharara for attorney general still awaits Bharara’s decision about whether he will run. It doesn’t appear that there will be any primaries in those parties. Continue reading