Murphy ranks 370th in bringing home pork

U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy, the Democrat from Glens Falls who represents Columbia and Greene counties, ranked 370 of 435 with $6.09 million federal pork-barrel funds for local projects, according to the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste’s annual “Pig Book,” William J. Kemble reports in The Daily Freeman. In comparison, longtime U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, who represents an area just south of Murphy’s district, ranked 50th with $54.96 million in projects. Murphy has served less then one full term. Murphy recently posted his appropriations requests online. Murphy is facing Republican Chris Gibson this fall.

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Chris Gibson opens campaign headquarters in Kinderhook

Chris Gibson opens his campaign headquarters in Kinderhook May 12, 2010.

Republican Congressional candidate Chris Gibson opened his campaign headquarters in his hometown of Kinderhook Thursday, May 12, packing the small space with loyal supporters down the street from Ichabod Crane High School, where Gibson was the point guard and co-captain of the basketball team. The candidate sat down for a few minutes with WGXC to talk about the issues he is hearing about from residents of Greene and Columbia counties, and you can listen to the mp3 file here or paste this url into your computer’s media player:
http://archive.free103point9.org/2010/05
/ChrisGibson_WGXC_051210.mp3

Gibson opens Kinderhook campaign headquarters

The Chris Gibson for Congress Campaign has opened its headquarters at 12 Broad Street directly across from Bagel Tyme cafe in the village of Kinderhook. The campaign invites neighbors and friends from Columbia County to meet the candidate on May 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. Kinderhook-native Gibson is the Republican nominee to challenge incumbent Democrat Scott Murphy to represent New York’s 20th District.

Murphy in Greene County Monday

Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20) will visit several Greene County fire stations, present a USDA infrastructure grant to the Town of Ashland, and host a town meeting in Windham on Monday, May 10. Details:

  • Murphy at Prattsville Hose Company, Main Sreet, Prattsville, 11:15 a.m.
  • Congressman Murphy and USDA officials to present a grant to Ashland for improved water and sewer systems at Ashland Town Hall, 12094 Route 23 Ashland, noon.
  • Rep. Murphy hosts town meeting at Windham Center Church, Windham, 12:45 p.m.
  • Murphy tours the Leeds Hose Company, Route 23 B, Leeds, 2:15 p.m.
  • Murphy tours Athens Volunteer Fire Department, Third St., Athens, 3 p.m.
  • All events are free and open to the public. Murphy faces Republican Chris Gibson in an election this fall.

    Gibson says stimulus didn’t; would abolish Homeland Security

    The Republican Congressional candidate Chris Gibson would abolish the Department of Homeland Security, and says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was “a loser for our country, but especially for our area,” in an interview with Jimmy Vielkind in the Albany Times-Union. He writes: “[Gibson] said that the regional management of the conflict is good — he even said that President Barack Obama has made “good choices” in managing the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan — but the separation between military efforts and civil defense, or homeland security measures, must be improved.” The Kinderhook conservative is challenging incumbent Democrat Scott Murphy for New York’s 20th Congressional District seat. Read the entire story in the Times-Union.

    Murphy hires a campaign manager, Gibson meets volunteers

    From Jimmy Vielkind in Capitol Confidential:

    Rep. Scott Murphy’s re-election campaign buried a tidbit in two e-mails they sent soliciting campaign cash before a deadline: Murphy has brought on Mitch Wallace as his campaign manager. A Wisconsin native, Wallace has been involved in several campaigns there and in other states. Also this weekend, Murphy’s Republican opponent Chris Gibson met with over 200 volunteers at West Mountain. A narrative account written… by Gibson’s press aide Rob Clark is reproduced in the link below. Read the entire story at Capitol Confidential.

    Murphy votes against Congressional pay raise

    From Maury Thompson in the Post-Star:

    U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy, D-Glens Falls, voted to reject a congressional pay raise for the coming federal fiscal year….Members of Congress receive an automatic annual cost-of-living adjustment, unless Congress votes specifically to reject it, as the House did overwhelmingly this week….Salary for House members would remain at $174,000 annually. Read the entire story in the Post-Star.

    Murphy, who represents Greene and Columbia counties in NY-20, is running for re-election against Republican Chris Gibson.