Â Â Democratic candidates running for Assembly seats and the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee had a total of $13.9 million in the bank as of late yesterday, according to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group. Republicans, who are in the minority in the Assembly, had a total of $2.4 million.Â Â
Â Â Incumbents have the advantage over challengers, NYPIRG found, with $11.9 million in their bank accountsÂ compared to $555,000 for challengers. Quite a few Democrats donâ€™t have opponents for their Assembly seats.
Â Â Here are some examples:
Â Â â€”Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, has about $392,000. Her opponent, Republican Anthony Pilla, has $700.Â Â
Â Â â€”Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, has $4,300. John Degnan, his challenger, has about $1,900.
Â Â –Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, Ulster County, has $39,700. Republican Robin Yess has about $3,000.
Â Â –Joel Miller, R-Poughkeepsie, has about $25,600. Democrat Jonathan Smith has about $13,300.
Â Â –Gary Finch, R-Union Springs, Cayuga County, has $10,600. His opponent, Democrat Barbara Abbott King, has less than $100.