Turning voters into votes: Campaign’s ultimate test lies in ability to get backers to the polls

Turning voters into votes: Campaign’s ultimate test lies in ability to get backers to the polls

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in Making of a Candidate on August 26, 2010 | No Comments

Once the mailers have been sent out, posters posted, ads purchased and volunteers enlisted, the focus for campaigners shifts from getting a candidate’s name out there to actually getting voters into the polling booths. “Getting out the vote” becomes the mantra as an election approaches, and a good campaigner knows that no matter how many hands a candidate shakes, how many times he or she speaks in public, how much money is spent on advertising, it all comes down to Election Day.

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Opponents slam Braunstein’s ties to Silver

Posted by Nathan Duke in Assembly, District 26 on August 26, 2010 | No Comments

State Assembly candidate Edward Braunstein came under attack this week from his opponents in the race to replace Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) after his campaign put out a flier calling for Albany reform. Braunstein’s opponents were quick to point out that the Bayside Democrat formerly worked for state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and that his campaign is being run by The Parkside Group, a political and consulting lobbying firm.

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Padavan runs on record in re-election bid

Posted by Nathan Duke in District 11, State Senate on August 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said he plans to run on his record of getting things done in Albany as he faces off against former City Councilman Tony Avella this fall, but he emphasized the need for new borough jobs as his top priority.

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Retired cop Miranda challenges Aubry

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 35 on August 26, 2010 | No Comments

As the founder of the National Latino Officers Association, a group that defends the rights of law enforcement officers and citizens, state Assembly candidate Anthony Miranda has always seen himself as a community advocate. “I’m the guy who fights for them when other people say it’s an impossible fight,” Miranda said.

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Ciafone drops out, leaving Simotas unopposed in run

Posted by Nathan Duke in Assembly, District 36 on August 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

Ciafone, 40, an attorney based in Astoria, decided to halt his bid in mid-August, leaving Simotas, a Manhattan attorney who serves on Community Board 1, as the only candidate on the ballot. Simotas also has no Republican opponents.

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Voters will weigh in on term limits in November

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Offices on August 26, 2010 | No Comments

Voters will get a third chance to make their feelings known on term limits after the City Charter Revision Commission voted this month to put the contentious issue back on the ballot in November.