A coalition of New York landowners that supports natural gas development has endorsed a slate of candidates — all of them Republicans — for election to state office.
The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York Inc (JLCNY) said it was endorsing candidates committed to landowner rights and allowing high-volume hydraulic fracturing to move forward. The group added that it was not recommending a candidate in every race.
“Our endorsements signal the [JLCNY]’s strong belief that we should support those candidates who stand up for our rights in the face of tremendous pressure and misinformation,” the group said on Oct. 29. “This year, local elections at the county, city, town and village levels will be more important than ever.
“Those opposed to natural gas development are actively trying to place their candidates on local boards. Electing pro gas candidates at the local level will be crucial while we wait for our courts to determine the extent of local and state control over natural gas development.”
For the New York State Assembly, the JLCNY endorsed 10 candidates, including six incumbents: Assemblymen William Barclay (124th district), Cliff Crouch (122nd district), Gary Finch (126th district), Bill Nojay (133rd district), Phil Palmesano (132nd district) and Claudia Tenney (101st district). Barclay, Crouch, Finch and Palmesano are running unopposed.
Three candidates — Julie Lewis, Gary Linton and Levi Spires — were looking to unseat their Democratic opponents, while Peter Lopez was running for the seat being vacated by Assemblyman Joel Miller (R-102nd district).
Meanwhile in the New York State Senate, the JLCNY has endorsed five incumbents: Sens. John Bonacic (42nd district), Tom Libous (52nd district), Tom O’Mara (58th district), James Seward (51st district) and Catherine Young (57th district). Bonacic, O’Mara and Young are running unopposed.
Fourteen counties are included in the state races: Allegany, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins and Yates.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, the JLCNY endorsed Richard Hanna for the 22nd district and Tom Reed for the 23rd district. Both are running for seats currently occupied by Democrats who are not seeking reelection. In the U.S. Senate race, the group endorsed Wendy Long against incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillebrand.
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