March 20, 2012

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Schreibman beats Tyner 4-1 at Ulster Democratic nominating convention

KINGSTON – Julian Schreibman was the clear winner at Monday night’s Democratic nominating convention, where party delegates throughout Ulster County made their recommendation for a candidate to replace Congressman Maurice Hinchey.

In January, Hinchey announced plans to retire from the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served for 18 years.

Final district lines were approved Monday creating a new 19th District, encompassing Ulster, Sullivan and a number of other counties north and west of the Catskills. New York lost two congressional seats in the 2010 census.

Schriebman concedes it is going to be "very tough. This is a Republican-leaning district, and I have to beat a Republican incumbent,” he said. Incumbent Republican Christopher Gibson Monday evening officially announced he would seek re-election.

But, Schreibman has a message. "The voices of the real honest people of Upstate New York are being drowned out by lobbyists, special interests and the well connected in Washington,” he said. “I’m going to Washington to fight for the people here to give them a fair deal and make sure their voices are heard.”

Tyner - heading for a primary

Schreibman beat Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner, who vowed to force a primary against Schreibman. Tyner expressed doubt about Schreibman’s clarity on issues, and concern about his history working for the Central Intelligence Agency.

“Chris Gibson, the guy who we’re running against, he voted for indefinite detention,” Tyner said. “I’m 100 percent against indefinite detention,” said Tyner, noting that 43 percent of the House Republican majority also voted against that measure.

Meanwhile, Orange County Democrats selected Richard Becker to run in the new 18th Congressional District. There will no doubt be a primary in June to select a candidate to run against incumbent Republican Nan Hayworth.


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