Lawmakers have closed the doors of the state house for 2018. Local Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton spoke with The Ithaca Times about her thoughts on the year's session and what lies ahead in this election cycle.
Last week, the sun set on the statehouse in Albany as legislators left the chamber marred in partisan gridlock leaving hopes of major legislative achievements by Democrats or Republicans up in the air amid midterm elections that could change the partisan landscape of the state government.
Digital Post from Ithaca.com on June 24, 2018:
Here we are folks – Primary Day is tomorrow, June 26th. We know some Democrats around the district may still be having a difficult time deciding who they want to represent them in the midterm election against Republican incumbent, Tom Reed, this November. So we sent our embedded man in D.C., Vaughn Golden, out on a whirlwind tour of NY-23 to conduct final interviews with the candidates before the vote on June 26th.
A poll of New York’s 23rd district has been met with both criticism and praise from the various camps as they approach the three-week stretch leading up to primary day.
The landline telephone poll was private sponsored by local activist and longshot candidate for U.S. Senate, Scott Noren and conducted by Florida polling company, Gravis Marketing. The poll gathered close to 600 responses to six questions pertaining to voters in the 23rd district and their voting tendencies for the upcoming Democratic primary.
“I wasn’t promising anything magical,” Noren said rebuffing growing criticisms, namely that the poll was skewed to reflect an older population.