New district lines and the resignation of a congressman have transformed the political landscape of the Hudson Valley in the space of three weeks, sparking a wave of unexpected confrontations this fall.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from Cold Spring who has represented Orange County and all or part of three other counties over the past decade, was scheduled to face Republican challenger Colin Schmitt until the reshuffle of the New York Congress card last week sparks argument. political dominoes.
Now Maloney is running in a district with territory unfamiliar to him — no longer Orange County, but all of Rockland County instead — and two Republicans are vying for the seat.
And after a year of campaigning, Schmitt, a second-term MP for New Windsor, is no longer trying to unseat a five-term incumbent and leader of the House Democrats’ campaign arm. He is competing for a redesigned 18th Borough with Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, who announced his candidacy shortly after the new lines were released.
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The new map also opened a door for Assemblyman Mike Lawler, a Republican freshman who launched his campaign for the 17th District — the seat Maloney is seeking — on Monday. Rockland County Legislator Charles Falciglia, another Republican who filed a petition for the 17th District before the lines moved, confirmed Monday that he still intends to run. He and Lawler will enter a primary on Aug. 23 if the two remain in the race.
Maloney, it turns out, will also face a primary. State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, a Democrat from Westchester County who had applied to run for a proposed congressional district that disappeared with the new map, will announce on Tuesday that she will challenge Maloney in the 17th district, the New reported. York Times Monday evening. His new campaign website confirmed that plan.
The region’s political change began on May 3 when Governor Kathy Hochul named Rep. Antonio Delgado as her new lieutenant governor and running mate. This removed Rhinebeck’s second-term Democrat from a contest with Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro for the 19th District seat.
Molinaro, a Republican, is now considering two upcoming elections for Congress with different opponents in each.
The first is an August 23 special election to serve the final four months of Delgado’s term in Congress. Molinaro and Ryan are set to face off in this race to briefly represent a 19th district neither will live in when the new lines go into effect in January.
Molinaro next plans to run Nov. 8 for the redesigned 19th District, which spans 11 counties from the Massachusetts border to the Finger Lakes region. Dutchess County was carved out of the district, but Molinaro is not legally required to live in the district to run or hold office.
The Democrat he faces depends on a primary on Aug. 23. At least two have announced campaigns for the redesigned 19th District: Jamie Cheney, a Dutchess County cattle rancher who originally planned to run for the state Senate; and Josh Riley, an Ithaca lawyer who had campaigned for another House seat before the lines moved.
Rep. Mondaire Jones, who has represented Rockland County and part of Westchester since 2020, had to compete with a fellow Democrat for re-election after Maloney decided last week to run in the new 17th District. Jones could have run in a primary against Maloney or Rep. Jamaal Bowman for the redesigned 16th District, where Jones and Bowman live.
But he rejected both options and chose a third after a judge finalized the new lines late Friday night: He said he planned to run for New York’s redesigned 10th District.
The overhaul of New York State’s 63 Senate precincts last week also caused a shake-up in Hudson Valley politics.
Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, a Republican and retired police officer who has ruled the city since 2016, announced Monday that he will run for the redesigned 39th Senate District, which has no incumbents. The district includes parts of Dutchess and Putnam counties and three townships in Orange County.
Rolison said in an interview that the new Senate card gave him the opportunity to bring his political experience and bipartisan approach to Albany.
“I just think the time is right based on that,” he said. “It’s a unique situation we find ourselves in.”
Fellow Democrats say State Sen. James Skoufis will run for the redesigned 39th Senate District, though he has yet to announce his plans. His Cornwall home is not in the district, but he can run there under state law and is expected to move into the district by November 2023 if he wins and wishes to run again.
Cornwall is now part of the 42nd District, a Republican-leaning territory Skoufis shared with freshman Sen. Mike Martucci, a Republican from Wawayanda with $1.2 million in his campaign account. The redesigned district includes all of Orange County except for three municipalities Skoufis represents that are now in the redesigned 39th District: the City and Town of Newburgh and the City of Montgomery.
No Democrat has yet announced they will challenge Martucci.
Editors Matt Spillane and Nancy Cutler contributed to this report. Chris McKenna covers government and politics for the Times Herald-Record and USA Today Network. Contact him at [email protected]