Responsible New York
“responsible” for Senate victories
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Today's News Wednesday,
November 12, 2008
Responsible for what?
Responsible New York,
launched by Tom Golisano to influence state election results, says it
made the difference in two races crucial to Democrats’ state
Senate takeover. It spent $700,000 for Brian Foley on Long Island and
Sen. Bill Stachowski in the Buffalo area. Both won, and Democrats
emerged with a one-seat majority.
supported Rick Dollinger against Sen. Joe Robach, David Nachbar
against Sen. Jim Alesi, Kathy Konst against Sen. Dale Volker and Joe
Mesi against Mike Ranzenhofer. The group says it made the races
competitive, which ensures that both parties will help those
communities. It vows to do the same in 2010.
There is something to be
said for making races close. Legislators at risk tend to move to the
political center and sometimes beyond it. Republican Nick Spano,
struggling to keep his Senate seat in Yonkers several years ago,
carried a bill expanding the minimum wage through his
Close races also motivate
sleepy legislators. After nearly losing to Republican Dennis Delano,
a former Buffalo detective, Stachowski is likely to be far more
visible in the next two years. A month before the election, a Siena
poll showed Delano up by 13 points. Stachowski won by 4 points after
Democratic leaders rushed resources to his campaign.
Incidentally, Stachowski will have to mend fences not only with disenchanted constituents but with Democratic colleagues. “There’s a lot of anger toward Stachowski that they had to spend any money on that race,” says an operative from the Democratic side.