Malpass to challenge Gillibrand

The Associated Press reports economist David Malpass announced Wednesday he would seek the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Pataki will not challenge Gillibrand

From North Country Public Radio:

State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand looks less and less vulnerable these days, and more and more like a juggernaut. The last truly viable Republican who might have taken her on, former Governor George Pataki, has formally bowed out. So have the Democrats who once threatened to challenge her in a primary. Meanwhile, Sen. Gillibrand’s war-chest has grown dramatically — she’s raised more than $8 million dollars in the year since Governor Paterson anointed her. Read the entire article from North Country Public Radio.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on DADT

New York Senator — and former U.S. Representative for Greene and Columbia counties — Kirsten Gillibrand has called for Congressional hearings this fall to allow homosexuals to join the military without the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Last night she talked about the issue on “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC. Watch clip above.

Today’s local headlines

New Department of Social Services proposal?
From The Register-Star

“There will be a press conference at 4:30 p.m. today in the Supervisors’ Chambers at the county office building on 401 State St., Hudson, on the future placement of the county Department of Social Services. Board of Supervisors Chairman Art Baer, the Board of Supervisors, the Hudson Common Council, and Mayor Richard Scalera will discuss the future of a new home for the DSS staff and facilities.”

Nonprofit’s report cites lack of slaughterhouses in New York
From The Register-Star

Andrew Amelinckx writes an excellent story based on a report by Washington D.C. based consumer watchdog group Food and Water Watch that finds not enough slaughterhouses in New York state and blames federal policies that, it says, favors larger operations. There are two USDA certified slaughterhouses in Columbia County, Van Wie in Stockport and Hilltown Pork, Inc. Robert Beckwith of Hilltown Pork says he is backed up with animals until 2010. “People want to know where their meat is coming from,” he said. “There aren’t enough USDA facilities to meet the demand.”

Murphy plans steps to help dairy farmers
From The Columbia Paper

With milk prices falling to 1979 levels and New York dairy farmers expected to lose $650 million this year, new U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy plans to introduce legislation to help. The proposed legislation would further subsidize dairy farmers, and create a herd retirement program meant to curtail supply. “This proposal works two-fold, by providing immediate relief to our struggling dairy farmers today, and stabilizing the dairy industry for tomorrow. Before more small farmers are forced out of business, we need to bring fast relief and stability to the industry.”

Lates poll: Maloney 33% Gillibrand 27%
From Rasmussen Reports

In a very early poll, New York City congresswoman Carolyn Maloney leads appointed Senator Kristen Gillibrand with 33 percent of the vote to 27 percent and nine percent preferring some other candidate. Thirty percent are undecided.