With Election Day just five days away, political campaigns in New York are required to disclose any last-minute contributions of $1,000 or more within 24 hours. Here’s a sampling of the latest:
– No surprise here: Senate Republicans are spending big in the final days of the campaign, sending significant sums to candidates in districts they hope to gain or defend.
On Wednesday, Assemblyman Sean Hanna, R-Mendon, Monroe County, reported receiving a $63,650 transfer from the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, which has spent heavily on his Senate bid. Hanna is locked in a tight race with Monroe County Legislator Ted O’Brien, D-Irondequoit, for the Rochester-based seat being vacated by retiring Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton, Monroe County.
The Senate GOP also sent $45,000 on Tuesday to Assemblyman George Amedore, a Schenectady County Republican running for a newly created district in the Capital Region and Ulster County. He’s facing Cecelia Tkaczyk, a Democratic school-board member from Duanesburg, Schenectady County.
The GOP currently holds a slim 33-29 majority in the Senate, with a 63rd seat added for 2013.
– Time Warner Cable’s political action conference sent $25,000 to the Assembly Democrats’ campaign committee on Wednesday, while Assemblyman Robin Schimminger of the Buffalo area transferred $25,000 to the conference on Tuesday.
The PAC for the New York State United Teachers Union — which has been spending heavily on Democratic candidates — sent $18,800 to the Assembly Democrats on Tuesday.
Another cable provider, Cablevision of Rockland/Ramapo, contributed a total of $60,000 to Senate Republicans on Tuesday.