Dems Exposed in Illegal Campaign Funding Scheme in NY Senate Race

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The race for the 40th NY Senate seat has become the focus of a long overdue probe. Sitting Senator Terrence Murphy was spot on two years ago when he publicly exposed the illegal fundraising scheme orchestrated by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. In that race Murphy’s challenger, Justin Wagner, continually received exorbitant and uncharacteristically large amounts of campaign donations from political parties – especially the Putnam County Democratic Party. At the time, Murphy and his team discovered de Blasio shook down major contributors to provide large donations in return for favorable status in NYC contracts.

This is called Pay-To-Play – and the Democrats are experts at it. It is their mantra – just ask Hillary. That is for another post.

Recent news articles highlighting a federal and state probe into the de Blasio scheme have totally vindicated Murphy for exposing the outrageous contributions funneled to his opponent two years ago. In just one example, the Putnam Democrats transferred $367,000 to the Wagner campaign. In fact, the Putnam Democrats collected close to $700,000 that year from outside de Blasio donors! In past elections the Putnam Democrats raised on the average of just $10,000!

Recently Murphy has correctly demanded legal action against de Blasio and his cohorts. One major donor, the Communication Workers of America Union (CWA), contributed $102,300. The CWA was a big supporter of Wagner and has close ties to the Peekskill Democrats as well. The question that will be answered in due time is if the candidates involved are also exposed to legal action. Wagner, a liberal attorney, lost his job with the environmental firm he worked for at the time but landed softly with a position in the Cuomo Administration.

Major questions now remain: How will this investigation effect this year’s District 40 Senate race? How will Costello, Falk and recently announced candidate Alison Boak react? Will they condemn what has taken place? Will they vow to not except similar contributions? Their silence is telling. The election is mostly out of reach for them to begin with but after spending most of their limited funds in a primary and not getting the back door contributions from the establishment Democrats will make the race virtually impossible to win. InsidePEEK originally predicted the 40th District voters would overwhelmingly reelect Murphy. Now you can take it to the bank.

Murphy’s latest quote should be heeded by NYS, NYC and local Democrats alike, “The Hudson Valley is not for sale.”

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Andrew Falk’s Ties to Sheldon Silver Exposed

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It seems that the Andrew Falk candidacy for NYS Senate against Terrence Murphy is not starting off well. In order to gain some attention Falk made a number of false statements to The Putnam Examiner newspaper attacking Murphy. The problem is, they were all easily dispelled as untruths and totally fabricated.

Before he goes public to gain attention with such outlandish and easily disprovable statements, Falk should probably hire a consultant or manager to help him develop a message. Maybe he hasn’t since he won’t have Shelly Silver’s money behind him this time. As InsidePEEK has mentioned in a previous post, Falk has run for State office before – twice. Both times for Assembly against Steve Katz.

One of Falk’s criticisms of Murphy is that he didn’t call for Skelos’ resignation when he was arrested. In fact, Murphy DID call for Skelos to resign. He also refused to sign a letter supported by 16 other Senators calling for Skelos to remain in office during his trial.

This was not a good strategy for Falk. Why? Because Falk himself refused to call on Sheldon Silver to resign when his pay-to-play and Assembly sex abuse scandals were exposed. He was given SIX opportunities throughout Silver’s scandals to call for his resignation, or at least criticize his actions. Falk refused. It was soon discovered why.

Andrew Falk received over $771,500 from the Silver controlled Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee (DACC) as reported by numerous public accounts, including Newsday – not good for Falk. He should have just spelled out his priorities as a candidate and not gone on the attack with such lies. Being labeled a hypocrite, especially on corruption, is not a good label for a candidate to have.

So where is he on major issues? InsidePEEK can only look back on his previous statements from his two Assembly campaigns and 2014 Patterson Supervisor race. He supports Common Core, calling it a “laudable goal” in 2012. He also supports the Dream Act that would give free college tuition to illegal aliens. These are both bad positions to have when running in the 40th Senate District.

Murphy has been a leader against Common Core and sponsored the ‘Common Core Parental Refusal Act’ allowing for opting out of the Common Core standardized tests. On top of that Murphy was able to bring over $23 million in additional funding for the schools in his district, restoring $2 million to the Peekskill City School District alone. These were critical funds that were eliminated in the proposed State budget. Murphy continues to be a leader in the fight against the Gap Elimination Agreement (GEA) hurting our school districts.

InsidePEEK predicted in an earlier post how difficult it would be for the Democrats to find a credible candidate to run against Murphy. Seeing how poorly Falk has fared so far only reinforces our prediction. The other possible candidate, Peekskill Councilwoman Cathy Talbot, is all but eliminated from running. She has too much baggage now with her involvement in local corruption scandals and participating in that illegal ‘Special’ Council Meeting and budget vote.

It is obvious that the DACC will not waste their funds on the 40th Senate District race this time around. They have no chance of winning, especially with such a poor candidate pool to pick from. They will find other races to spend their campaign contributions on.

Falk First to Challenge Murphy to Senate Seat

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The first challenger to NY State Senator Terrence Murphy in this year’s fall election has come forward. Murphy is in the second year of his first 2-year term representing New York’s 40th Senate District.

Putnam County Lawyer Andrew Falk has announced his plans to challenge Senator Murphy in November. He has a dismal track record in previous races. Falk has lost twice to NY State Assemblyman Steve Katz and, most recently, lost his bid for Patterson Supervisor in 2015.

The 40th District spans roughly from Valhalla in the southernmost portion to Beekman in the North and from the Connecticut boarder to the Hudson River. It includes Beekman and Pawling in Dutchess County; Brewster, Carmel, Patterson and Southeast in Putnam County; and Cortlandt, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Salem, Peekskill, Pound Ridge, Somers and Yorktown in Westchester County.

The Democrats have coveted this district and felt they had it in their hands two years ago when Murphy was challenged by Justin Wagner. In the previous election for the seat against incumbent Greg Ball, Wagner came close but could not pull out a victory. In 2014 Wagner and the State Democrats thought Wagner was a sure bet once Ball declared he was not running for reelection, leaving the seat open. Murphy, a Yorktown Councilman at the time, threw his hat in the ring to run for the open seat. After a 70%-30% win over former NY Assemblyman Robert Castelli in a Primary, Murphy went on to beat Wagner decisively in the General Election. It wasn’t even close. Wagner’s radical left agenda and unlikeability as a candidate was too much for him to overcome. The name recognition he gained in the previous campaign against Ball proved to not be a factor. Both the State Senate and local Democrats were stunned, especially since they poured a ton of money into the contest and had ‘professional’ political consultants heavily involved.

In the end the 40th District is a heavily Republican District and likely will remain that way. In a recent statement Falk suggested that the 40th is a “swing district” for control of the Senate. That is not the case. He did make one accurate point stating that this year is a presidential election year so Democratic voter turnout will be high. That is true. But so will the Republicans, Independents and Conservatives – voters who normally determine the outcome of this race. Plus, many voters on the Democratic side will either stay home or cross party lines due to the poor choice of candidates facing them. It has already been proven that the overwhelming majority of voters in the 40th District are not supportive of the extreme left agenda. Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton represent that philosophy. Clinton would offer an interesting twist being that she resides within the 40th District, as does Governor Cuomo. It is important to point out that a huge turnout took place during President Obama’s races and both times the Republican won the 40th District race.

InsidePEEK is curious to see if Falk is the only candidate to come forward. Others have been mentioned, including Peekskill Councilwoman Cathy Talbot. It seems that the Democrats are having a hard time finding a credible candidate. So far they only have a three-time loser and someone who barely won reelection to the Peekskill Council. They are probably conceding the race and are looking to merely convince someone to keep Murphy from being unopposed. A ‘sacrificial lamb’ as it called in politics.

The Democrats look to be making the same reoccurring mistake – that Peekskill is an important component their victory. In reality Peekskill has become less and less a factor in this race. It is a very small portion of the district and even local democratic candidates barely win despite their 3-1 registration advantage. The local party is a disaster and has been controlled by people whose questionable actions and shenanigans are finally coming to light and on virtually a daily basis.

Inside PEEK believes Murphy is just too formidable a candidate, no matter who is selected to run against him. He has been in office just 14 months and has accomplished quite a bit. He has been out in front against the widespread heroin epidemic, a champion for small business owners and has been visible and active non stop throughout the district. We believe the voters of the 40th District will overwhelmingly support his reelection. InsidePEEK will continue to follow the race and bring forward any new developments as they happen.

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