Posted by · April 26, 2019 12:39 PM


    Ocasio-Cortez wants to go back to the days of secret waiting lists for veterans.

    TUXEDO, NY– Republican Congressional candidate Chele Farley called on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her band of socialists – including Sean Patrick Maloney – to leave alone the fix Congress passed in response to the Veterans Administration (VA) crisis. At a town hall event in New York City, Ocasio-Cortez said of the VA, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” She went on to call for the end of the much-needed Veterans’ Choice Program that Congress created in wake of the 2014 scandal that exposed the many veterans having to wait more than 30 days for care.  

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  • Murphy Farley Opioids

    Posted by · April 24, 2019 11:35 AM


    Chele Farley (R-Orange County), who is a candidate for New York’s 18th congressional district, met with former State Senator Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) to discuss the heroin and opioid epidemic, which was responsible for more 3,000 deaths across New York State in 2016. That was a nearly three-fold increase from 2010.

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  • Examiner News Story

    Posted by · April 18, 2019 10:47 AM

    Republican Announces Early Run Against Rep. Maloney


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    Posted by · April 16, 2019 4:18 PM


    Incumbent posts the lowest numbers since taking office

    TUXEDO, NY – Chele Farley for Congress, Inc. raised $200,000 in the first week of the campaign. This is the fastest pace for any Republican challenger in NY-18, and effectively matches what Sean Patrick Maloney raised in the first three months of this year. 

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  • Republican To Challenge Maloney Next November

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    Tuxedo, NY– New York 18 Congressional candidate Chele Farley announced today that her campaign has raised over $200,000 in the first week. 

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  • Republican Chele Farley cites Green New Deal in bid to challenge Sean Patrick Maloney
    Laura Nahmias, Politico

    Posted by · April 10, 2019 4:07 PM

    Chele Farley, a Republican private equity executive and fundraiser who mounted an unsuccessful challenge to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand last fall, has set her sights on unseating a different incumbent Democrat — Hudson Valley Rep. Sean Maloney in New York's 18th district.

    Farley, who has never held an elected office before, issued a press release today announcing the bid and tying Maloney to freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal: 

    "Sean Patrick Maloney campaigned as a centrist who would represent the needs of this district. But he broke the voters' trust when he signed onto Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal," which Farley argued would impose extra costs on taxpayers.

    Maloney's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

  • Chele Farley Announces Run for Con­gres­sional Seat
    Spectrum News Staff,

    Posted by · April 10, 2019 4:07 PM

    Former U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley announced Tuesday she is running for Congress in 2020.

    She will be competing for the 18th Congressional District seat, which has been held by Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney since 2012.

    Some of the items on her agenda for the district include lowering property taxes, reducing energy costs and improving transportation infrastructure.

    Farley, a Republican, said she supports President Donald Trump but isn't afraid to stray from party lines to protect the Hudson Valley's best interests.

    "I think my skillset and background are uniquely qualified for this district,” Farley said. “I'm an engineer, so I understand the infrastructure, but I'm a finance person and a negotiator. We've got to go down and work with D.C.”

    Farley ran for New York’s Senate seat against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2018.

    The 18th district includes all of Orange and Putnam counties, as well as parts of southern Dutchess County and northeastern Westchester County. 

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  • Republican who lost to Gillibrand is running for Congress again
    Carl Campanile,

    Posted by · April 10, 2019 4:07 PM

    Republican Chele Farley is launching another bid for public office — this time for a congressional seat in Hudson Valley to take on incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney and the Democratic Party’s lurch toward the left.

    Last year, Farley challenged Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

    Though she lost by a two-to-one margin, Farley scored points by getting Gillibrand to pledge to serve out her six-year term after accusing the senator of plotting a run for president.

    Shortly after her re-election, Gillibrand announced her candidacy for the White House — proving Farley’s claim.

    “The people of the Hudson Valley need a new voice in Washington who will fight for our values of hard work and living within our means. We need a representative who has the determination to put a stop to the wave of socialism that is sweeping Washington,” Farley said in a letter to supporters.

    Farley will run with President Trump at the top of the ticket.

    During her Senate campaign last year, Farley backed the president’s immigration crackdown but called the new federal cap on state and local tax deductions a “bad deal” for New York.

    Farley wasted no time trying to link Maloney to the left-wing politics of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    “Earlier this year my opponent, Sean Patrick Maloney, embraced Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. Their $93 trillion plan to reshape our country’s economy will wind up costing every New York family $600,000. If they get their way, they will destroy our health-care system and drive up our energy costs which are already the highest in the nation,” Farley said.

    The 18th congressional district includes all of Orange and Putnam counties and portions of Dutchess and Westchester.

    After graduating from Stanford University with two engineering degrees, Farley worked for UBS Capital and Goldman Sachs before founding Mistral Capital International, a private equity investment firm.

    But Maloney, a fourth-term incumbent, will be difficult to topple.

    A prodigious fundraiser, he won re-election last year, defeating Republican James O’Donnell 55 to 45 percent.

    A former senior adviser to Bill Clinton, he served in the administrations of Govs. Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson.

    He also ran for attorney general last year, coming in third in the Democratic primary behind Letitia James and Zephyr Teachout. He then ran for re-election to Congress.

    The first openly gay New Yorker elected to Congress, Maloney resides with his husband, Randy Flork and three children, in Cold Spring.

    Farley lives in Tuxedo, N.Y.

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  • Chele Farley announces run for Congress against Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
    Joseph Spector,

    Posted by · April 10, 2019 4:07 PM

    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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