CBS 6 Speaks with Candidates for 102nd Assembly District Special Election

CBS 6 Speaks with Candidates for 102nd Assembly District Special Election

CBS 6 Speaks with Candidates for 102nd Assembly District Special Election

SCHOHARIE & COLUMBIA COUNTY, NY - The race for the open Assembly seat in the 102nd district sees three candidates vying for the seat vacated by Peter Lopez, who is now a regional administrator for the EPA.

If there’s one thing the three candidates are connected on, ...

Election Day is Tuesday, April 24th.

Greenville Pioneer Endorses Aidan O'Connor Jr. For NY State Assembly

A Letter From the Editor - Aidan for Assembly

To our readers:

We can't have democracy without debate.  But when partisanship overwhelms, it becomes difficult for democracy to function.  The consequence of today's polarized politics is an unsettling level of social discord, unlike anything our country has seen in years.  Competing visions have led to personal hatred and incivility.

When we head to the polls and base our choices on a desire for team victory, it is ultimately the state of the union that loses.  George Washington even warned of this in his Farewell Address.

"The alternate domination of one faction over another sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism," Washington said.  The significance of his words cannot be overstated.

Voting is both a right and a responsibility.  Much focus is given to encouraging us to exercise the right, while little caution is given to whether we are adequately and independently prepared to make responsible choices.  Educating ourselves about candidates and issues is a laborious task that should not be reduced to party allegiance.

On April 24 we will head to the polls for a special election to decide who will represent us, the residents of the 102nd District, in the New York State Assembly.  Three hopefulls have emerged: Republican Chris Tague, Democrat Aidan O'Connor and Best Choice Party candidate Wesley Laraway.

As a Republican, I am embarrassed, saddened and angry by the way my own party has handled this campaign.  You never look good trying to make someone else look bad and misleading attempts to damage another candidate will not win you my vote.

This elections gives us an opportunity to vote for the kind of public leadership that inspires us rather than divides us.  It is an opportunity to vote for the kind of public leadership that inspires us rather than divides us.  It is an opportunity for representation that gives us the best chance to address the needs of the 102nd District and an opportunity to elect an assemblyman who will actually be able to accomplish the goals they set forth.

The issues facing our district could be hashed out all day long.  The reality is this: the New York State Assembly is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats.  That is not going to change anytime soon.  According to state records, in 2016 the average Assembly Democrat passed nine bills compared to Republicans' 1.5.

When it come to getting things done, at this time, sending a Republican to the New York State Assembly is like putting a horse in the Daytona 500.  That may seem unfair, but it is reality.

Any representative can oppose corruption and call for lower taxes.  Any representative can listen to the concerns of constituents with understanding and a sympathetic ear.  But if those concerns cannot effectively produce change in Albany, what is the point?

We are not simply filling a seat.  We need leadership with a voice that will actually be heard in Albany.  Aidan O'Connor can give us that leadership.

He understands the unique needs of our rural Upstate district wit the energy, enthusiasm, ethics and ability to best serve as our next representative.

I encourage you to educate yourself on the candidates, make an informed decision and exercise your responsibility to vote. I encourage you to stop thinking about politics in an "us" verses "them"mindset.  And I encourage you to vote for Aidan O'Connor.

On April 24, this Republican will be voting for the Democrat.

Andrea Macko

Publisher/editor

The Greenville Pioneer

http://www.greenvillepioneer.com/April_13_edition.pdf  - Page 7

Letters to the Editor ~ Hudson Valley 360

Aidan O’Connor only candidate worth voting for

To the editor:

I am a registered Republican and a resident of the 102nd Assembly District. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Aidan O’Connor for a number of years and regardless of party lines — this time I’m crossing over. Aidan is in my opinion the only candidate I would consider voting for. He’s proven himself to be available to his constituents 24/7 as the Town of Durham’s County Legislator.

He’s constantly getting involved with causes that are near and dear to me. Aidan is young,energetic and above all has the compassion for helping others.

There is a special election on April 24 this year.

The 102nd Assembly District needs someone who understands the problems we face. Not someone that is already spreading gossip and false information about his or her opponent. I’m urging everyone, regardless of party affiliations to cast their vote for Aidan O’Connor for the position of Assemblymen of the 102nd Assembly District.

Now is the time for change. I truly believe Aidan O’Connor is the right person at the right time to lead the 102nd AD in the coming years.

Harold Kelly

Preston Hollow

https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/aidan-o%E2%80%99connor-only-candidate-worth-voting

Thank you for clear explanation

To the editor:

Thank you to reporter Richard Moody for a clear explanation of how candidates in the upcoming Assembly District special election actually voted in regard to budget tax caps in their County legislatures. Aidan O’Connor has a stellar record of working to find common sense solutions to issues while also keeping our taxes reasonable. He understands the difference between a procedural vote to permit consideration of a matter and the vote for or against the budget.

Aidan is focused on what’s important: improving the economy with good-paying jobs and reliable healthcare. Aidan’s proven ability to work across party lines to find solutions that work is exactly what we need in the NYS Assembly. My husband and I are voting for Aidan on April 24.

Anne Mitchell

https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/thank-you-clear-explanation

 

The Mountain Eagle - NYS Comptroller Tom Dinapoli Endorses Aidan O’Connor Jr. For Assembly District 102 Special Election

The Mountain Eagle - NYS Comptroller Tom Dinapoli Endorses Aidan O’Connor Jr. For Assembly District 102 Special Election

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has endorsed Aidan O’Connor,
Jr., in his race to represent the 102nd District of the New York State
Assembly at a rally in Athens, New York, on Sunday, March 25, 2018.
The seat will be decided in a Special Election on Tuesday, April 24th.
 

Catskill Mountain News - Assembly candidates set for April 24 special election

Catskill Mountain News - Assembly candidates set for April 24 special election

Aidan O’Connor was elected to the Greene County Legislature in 2015, representing Durham. Since his election, Mr. O’Connor has served as Chair of Health Services and has been a member of Economic Development and Tourism and County Resources Committee. In January 2018, he was elected Minority Leader and is a member of every committee of the legislature.

 

Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Endorses Aidan for Assembly!

The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Aidan O’Connor Jr. in his campaign for New York State Assembly District 102 seat. O’Connor (D) is facing Schoharie town Supervisor Chris Tague (R) and Wes Laraway (Reform) in the April 24th special election.

"I'm excited to receive the endorsement of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters,” said O’Connor.  “Growing up in a union household, I know how important union values and leadership are in upstate New York.  If elected, I look forward to working with the NRCC and on behalf of their members here in Assembly District 102.”

Aidan O'Connor Jr. Announces Run for State Assembly Dristrict 102

Aidan • Flight Paramedic

7/8/14 - WGNA 107.7 • Oak Hill Flight Paramedic a ‘Hometown Hero’

This week's "Hometown Hero," Aidan O'Connor Jr., of Oak Hill, works as a flight paramedic for Lifenet of NY at the base located at the South Albany airport.

Aidan began his career volunteering for his local ambulance company and fire department when he was just a teenager. When Aidan is not working as a flight paramedic, he is the President of Greene County EMS. Greene County EMS is a "fly car" based paramedic agency that serves all of Greene County, where Aidan grew up.

Aidan works very hard to ensure that everyone in the EMS community is safe and well-educated to help his community in the best possible way.

Aidan also loves to be involved in local politics to advocate for and help others to better understand what it is that those in EMS do. He even volunteers as an advocate for a national EMS advocacy group and has gone to Washington D.C. to spread awareness. While in D.C., he helped advocate for and support bills that would affect EMS organizations not just in our community and state, but nationwide.

Because of his hard work and dedication, Aidan has been recognized at the local, county, and even regional levels for not only his compassion and medical care, but also for his leadership abilities.

As part of the “Hometown Heroes” series, we’ve partnered with County Waste, Latham Ford, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region and Awards by Walsh to celebrate local unsung heroes for their good deeds and honorable work. Thanks, Gerald, for all that you do!