Kinderhook’s Gibson to challenge Murphy in U.S. 20th Congressional District

WGXC recorded the nomination speech of Kinderhook Republican Congressional hopeful Chris Gibson today at 3 p.m. at the Desmond Hotel near the Albany airport. Click here to listen to an mp3 recording of Gibson’s short speech plus four questions from the assembled media. WGXC’s Tom Roe asks Gibson what he would do to help struggling dairy farmers in rural Greene and Columbia counties. Gibson said he supported the concept of eating locally grown food, and mentioned a farm workers bill in the state legislature. Gibson will try and unseat Democratic incumbent Scott Murphy in the fall. Gibson was the point guard of the Ichabod Crane High School basketball team, and a Colonel with 24 years in the Army including four combat tours of Iraq and one tour in Kosovo, with an array of medals such as a Purple Heart and two Legions of Merit. He has a Masters in Public Administration and PhD in Government from Cornell University, and served as a Congressional Fellow with U.S. Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA).

Village of Catskill election results

(Brian Kehoe, Vincent Seeley, and Angelo Amato at the League of Women Voters/WGXC Candidate Forum, March 20, 2010 at Catskill Community Center.)

From Susan Campriello in The Daily Mail:

“Catskill voters selected Tuesday incumbent Village President Vincent Seeley and political newcomer Brian Kehoe for two Trustee positions on the Village Board. Trustees serve three-year terms. Seeley, a Republican who was endorsed by Catskill’s Republican and Democratic parties, received 258 votes, Village Clerk Carolyn Pardy announced shortly after the polls closed at 9 p.m. Kehoe, a Democrat, received 218 votes. Incumbent Trustee Angelo Amato, a Republican, received 172 votes to finish out of the running in the at-large election. [Unopposed ] incumbent Village Justice Charles Adsit was re-elected with 186 votes. Adsit has served on the bench since 1996.”

Town of Chatham cleanup

From Local ‘n Green:

Town of Chatham cleanup Monday, April 5, 4-6 p.m. or Saturday, April 10 noon-2 p.m.; longer if people want to stay and help. Particular location in Chatham to be announced. Please wear grubby clothes and gardening or work gloves if you have them. If you can’t make either date, trash bags are available free at Town Hall during regular office hours, or at the CR13 Town Highway Dept location, and you can clean up whatever Town Road you’d like to see less trash strewn! Once bags are full, drop them in the dumpster behind Town Hall.”

Barrett to challenge Saland

Democrat Didi Barrett will announce her candidacy for the District 41 New York State Senate seat now held by Republican Steve Saland on Wed. April 7 at two locations:
Dutchess County – 10 a.m., Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Hudson River Pavilion, 75 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie;
Columbia County – 1:30 p.m., Columbia County Courthouse, 401 Union Street, Hudson.

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Chris Gibson’s YouTube video

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Kinderhook’s Gibson may have Republican nomination

Leigh Hornbeck of Capitol Confidential reports:

“Asked why [Chris] Gibson [of Kinderhook] is making his announcement outside the 20th Congressional District, Gibson spokesman Rob Clark said it is because that is where the 10 county chair people are meeting and Gibson is having his event there so, ‘everyone is in one place.’ Retired Army colonel Chris Gibson has an event scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Desmond [hotel in Albany], presumably to announce he has enough votes in the 10-county 20th Congressional District to claim the Republican nomination. Gibson and Patrick Ziegler, a Burnt Hills life insurance salesman with ties to the Conservative Party and the Tea Party movement, are vying for the chance to take on Congressman Scott Murphy, a Democrat from Glens Falls.”

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Murphy coming to Hudson, Coxsackie

Congressman Scott Murphy (D-NY20) holds public meetings in Hudson and Coxsackie on April 1. Murphy will hold a meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Stageworks in Hudson, at 41 Cross St. At 2 p.m., he will be at the Coxsackie Senior Center, 127 Mansion St. (formerly the Knights of Columbus building).

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