Chele Farley announces run for Congress against Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
Joseph Spector, lohud.com
Chele Chiavacci Farley, Kirsten Gillibrand's Republican opponent last year, has a new political target: a run for a Hudson Valley congressional seat.
Farley announced Tuesday she will seek the Republican nomination to run against Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, in November 2020 in the 18th Congressional District.
"The Hudson Valley needs somebody who is going to fight for them, negotiate and actually get things done that will lower our taxes and reduce our energy costs, which is what we desperately need," Farley said.
Farley in February said she changed her residency to Tuxedo, Orange County, from Manhattan, where she had served as the county GOP finance chair.
She said the move was a family decision, and she also sees an opportunity to serve the region in Congress.
Farley contended Maloney hasn't brought home enough money and resources for the district — which stretches across Orange and Putnam counties and portions of Dutchess and Westchester counties.
Farley even blasted the Republicans' tax reforms approved in 2017 that put a $10,000 cap on state and local income-tax deductions, which can hurt wealthy residents in the district.
Democrats, in particular Gov. Andrew Cuomo, have knocked the measure, and some Republicans from New York did vote against it in 2017. Maloney voted no on the tax reform bill, too.
"I will go down to Washington and make sure we negotiate a better deal," Farley said. "It's ridiculous that we have a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions when the average property tax bill in Westchester is close to $18,000 a year."
In a statement, Maloney didn't address Farley's entry into the race.
"The folks I work for want someone focused on solving their problems," he said. "There will be plenty of time to worry about politics next year."
Maloney, 52, has won election to the congressional seat three times in a district with about 28,000 more Democrats than Republicans.
Still, the district has been viewed as a swing one in New York.
Maloney won last year 55 percent to 45 percent over Republican James O'Donnell, but President Trump narrowly won the district over Hillary Clinton.
Maloney ran for re-election last year after losing in a Democratic primary for attorney general.
Farley lost statewide to Gillibrand by 67 percent to 33 percent as Democrats romped across New York in 2016.
Farley, 51, is a graduate of Stanford University with two engineering degrees, and she worked on Wall Street for UBS Capital and Goldman Sachs before founding Mistral Capital International, a private equity investment firm.
She is married to Richard Farley, a lawyer, and is helping raise his sons.
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