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

    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, lohud.com

    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.

    Read the original article on www.lohud.com

  • Republican candidate to challenge Maloney in next year’s House race
    Mid-Hudson News

    Posted by · April 10, 2019 4:06 PM

    Chele Farley, who ran unsuccessfully against US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in November 2018, announced on Tuesday that she will run for Congress in the 18th District of New York in next year’s election.

    Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney currently represents the district.

    The Republican said she will also seek the Conservative and other party endorsements.

    The private equity executive lives in Tuxedo. The district includes all of Orange and Putnam counties and portions of Dutchess and Westchester counties.

    She said last year’s election “marked a radical shift left with some politicians like Sean Patrick Maloney embracing socialism,” Farley said. “His agenda of government-run healthcare and the Green New Deal will result in much higher taxes and skyrocketing energy rates which will hurt families and small businesses.”

    Farley said New York needs lower property taxes and significant infrastructure improvements.

    She is a supporter of President Trump’s policies, but she will not back him blindly.

    “When his policies are good for New York, I will support them,” she said. “We have unemployment that is at all-time lows, we’ve got a stock market that is at all-time highs. I think his renegotiation of the agreement for NAFTA, is fantastic; however, when his policies aren’t good for New York like losing the state and local tax deduction, I will negotiate and make them better. Unfortunately, there is nobody who is able to negotiate that, and I want to do that,” she said.

    Maloney responded to Farley’s announced candidacy saying, “The folks I work force want someone focused on solving their problems. There will be plenty of time to worry about politics next year.”

    Read the original article on www.midhudsonnews.com

     

  • FARLEY ANNOUNCES RUN FOR CONGRESS IN NY-18
    For Immediate Release

    Posted by · March 29, 2019 12:44 PM

    Chele Chiavacci Farley announced today that she will seek the Republican, Conservative and other party nominations for Congress in New York’s 18th Congressional District in 2020. The district includes all of Orange and Putnam counties and portions of Dutchess County and Westchester County. 

    “The 2018 election marked a radical shift left with some politicians like Sean Patrick Maloney embracing socialism. His agenda of government-run healthcare and the Green New Deal will result in much higher taxes and skyrocketing energy rates which will hurt families and small businesses,” declared Farley. “I’m running for Congress to find practical and workable solutions to our needs which embrace Hudson Valley values of hard work and living within our means.”

    “For decades, New York taxpayers have gotten a raw deal from Washington. Billions of our tax dollars have gone to Washington that never made their way back home, resulting in property tax increases and crumbling infrastructure,” said Farley. “In Congress, I’ll bring our money back so that we can lower taxes, reduce energy costs, preserve the Hudson River and rebuild our transportation infrastructure.  We must improve Metro-North service, complete the transformation of NY17 into I-86 and improve I-84, I-684, the Taconic Parkway and the region’s other major thoroughfares.”

    “As the home of West Point, our region shares a unique bond with the brave men and women who defend our country and keep us safe,” Farley said.  “I will work with the President, regardless of party, to ensure the security of our nation and provide for the members of our armed forces.”

     “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,” declared Farley. “His $93 trillion plan would cost every household in the district $600,000 and make our heating and cooling costs unaffordable.”

    After graduating from Stanford University with two engineering degrees, Chele worked for UBS Capital and Goldman Sachs before founding Mistral Capital International, a private equity investment firm. She was the 2018 Republican, Conservative and Reform nominee for U.S. Senate. Chele is married to Richard Farley, a lawyer, and is helping raise his sons.