Jan 16, 2021

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Churchill: Stefanik welcomes a ‘friend’ to Fort Drum

By Chris Churchill
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  • Just a few weeks ago, prior to the attack on the Capitol and before Pence had refused to overturn the election on Trump’s behalf, Stefanik's simple words wouldn't have been a provocation.
  • That’s when Pence put country ahead of career, reality ahead of fantasy, law ahead of tyranny, and rebuffed Trump’s insistence that he reject millions of votes to overturn a fair election.
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Stewart’s pauses political giving after outcry over Stefanik donations

By By Emilie Munson
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  • In the 2019-2020 election cycle, these companies collectively gave $99,643 to Stefanik’s campaign committee or her leadership PAC, which supports Republican women running for Congress, an Albany Times Union analysis found.
  • Stefanik may take another fundraising hit after at least 14 major companies that gave nearly $100,000 to her in 2020 announced this week they will suspend giving to Republicans who objected to certifying the election results.
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New York National Guard troops in D.C. for inauguration

By Jay Silver
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  • WASHINGTON — The nearly 1,100 members of the New York National Guard deployed to Washington on Friday began their mission patrolling the Capitol building and its grounds, and working on traffic control ahead of Wednesday's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Col. Jamey Barcomb, the senior officer on the ground for the New York National Guard, said his unit has been stationed in the Capitol and were being relocated to the Library of Congress to “provide security to key infrastructure in the area.”
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After errant email, Stefanik calls for election commissioner’s resignation

By Chris Bragg
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  • According to a statement issued Friday by a senior Stefanik advisor, Alex deGrasse, the Democratic elections commissioner sent out a rough draft of a political press release attacking Stefanik to the entire New York State Election Commissioners Association during work hours and from a government computer.
  • But in a statement, Bacon told WWNY on Friday that the “email sent on behalf of the NYS Election Commissioners Association inadvertently had the wrong attachment from an email I had recently received.”
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PEF sues New York for inadequate paid sick leave for coronavirus

By Amanda Fries
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  • ALBANY — Public Employees Federation President Wayne Pence on Friday filed a lawsuit against New York for its failure to provide adequate paid sick leave for state employees who have had to quarantine or isolate beyond the 14 days allotted to them.
  • The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in Albany on Friday, lists four petitioners, all PEF members, who had to quarantine multiple times and use accrued time off to cover time beyond the 14 days.
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