21st Congressional District

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Mountain Lake PBS

The final debate between the three candidates in New York’s 21st Congressional district was taped Monday at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik represents the sprawling 21st House district of northern New York that includes all or part of 12 counties. The first-term Republican faces reelection this fall and has been travelling across the more than 16,000-square mile district during the summer break. She spoke to WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley today about a number of issues, beginning with a look at her efforts to help communities obtain federal grants.

Stefanik with school officials
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With a three-way race in Northern New York’s 21st congressional district, the candidates have been taking to the trail. Recently, the incumbent Republican and Democratic challenger held events within miles of each other.

In 2014, northern New York’s 21st Congressional District race was for an open seat as then-Democratic incumbent Bill Owens announced he would retire from his seat. Republican Elise Stefanik became the youngest women ever elected to the House by defeating two opponents: Democrat Aaron Woolf and Green Matt Funiciello. Funiciello surprised many by taking nearly 11 percent of the vote. Funiciello tells WAMC that he is excited to be running for the Congressional seat once again.

Tom Flanagin

New York Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik made national headlines in 2014 when 21st district voters elected her to the House. At 30, she was the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, replacing retiring Democrat Bill Owens. On Wednesday, she announced her reelection campaign just before sitting down with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced her plan to run for reelection on Wednesday.

Mike Derrick for Congress
Mike Derrick for Congress

Last November, Republican Elise Stefanik was elected to represent New York’s sprawling 21st Congressional district, becoming the youngest woman ever to walk the halls of Congress. Less than a year into her term, she faces a Democratic challenger. On July 1st retired Army Colonel Mike Derrick announced he was running for the seat. Derrick tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief he is encouraged about his chances as he travels the district.

Congress is in recess for the Fourth of July holiday. 21st Congressional District representative Republican Elise Stefanik has been traveling across her 12-county district attending various functions. On Saturday she helped cut the ribbon to a new elevated trail at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley caught up with Stefanik to discuss several issues, including her impression of the Wild Walk.

Mike Derrick for Congress
Mike Derrick for Congress

First-term incumbent Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has a democratic challenger. Peru, New York, native Mike Derrick has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination in the 2016 21st Congressional district race. The retired army colonel explained his decision to WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Mike Derrick says one of his priorities will be to work with the Democratic leaders of the 12 counties of the 21st Congressional district to earn the...

Woolf Passes On 2016

Jun 30, 2015

Democrat Aaron Woolf challenged Republican Elise Stefanik in November’s race for New York’s 21st Congressional district seat. It was a three-way race to fill the seat of retiring Democrat Bill Owens. A first-time candidate, Woolf lost by 20 points and Stefanik became the youngest woman elected to the U.S. House. In an e-mail blast to supporters this morning, Woolf announced he will not run again in 2016. But he tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he will stay involved and is leaving the door open for a possible future campaign.

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Representative Elise Stefanik is in Plattsburgh today. The freshman lawmaker, home from Washington during a recess, began with a “Coffee with the Congresswoman” event where she discussed a number of issues with constituents.

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First-time officeholder New York Democrat Bill Owens entered Congress after winning a special election in November 2009 when his predecessor, Republican John McHugh, was appointed Secretary of the Army. The 65-year old Owens was the first Democrat to represent the 16,000-square mile district since the Civil War era. Last January, he announced he would retire from his seat. In this first part of a two-part series, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Owens about his House experience and future plans.

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In northern New York’s 21st Congressional district, Democrat Aaron Woolf offered an emotional concession speech after losing the election to Republican Elise Stefanik last night.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

In Northern NY’s 21st Congressional District, Republican Elise Stefanik defeated Democrat Aaron Woolf and Green Matt Funiciello. Woolf appeared at his campaign headquarters in Elizabethtown Tuesday night to thank his supporters and concede the election to Stefanik.

Two of the political first-timers on the ballot to replace retiring northern New York Congressman Bill Owens were in Plattsburgh Monday pressing voters to get out to the polls. Held by Republicans from the Civil War until 2009, the seat could swing back the GOP tonight.

The Democrat and Republican Congressional candidates seeking to replace retiring Democrat Bill Owens to represent New York’s sprawling 21st district are making their last minute push to bring voters to the polls.

U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik
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With polls showing her leading the race for New York’s 21st Congressional district, Republican Elise Stefanik began a new drive to election day today with a get out the vote tour beginning in Plattsburgh. The “New Ideas, New Generation” kickoff focused on jobs and economic development.

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Third-party candidates often look to young voters to boost their campaigns. The Green Party candidate seeking New York’s 21st district U.S. House seat held by retiring Democrat Bill Owens was on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus Wednesday evening.

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A new WWNY-7 News/Siena College poll released Monday night shows Republican Elise Stefanik leading her challengers in New York’s 21st district congressional race by 18 points. With less than a week left before voting begins, Democrat Aaron Woolf spent part of Tuesday rallying his supporters in Plattsburgh, with help from retiring Congressman Bill Owens.

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Hours after the release of a new poll that shows him scuffling, the Democrat running to replace retiring incumbent Democrat Bill Owens in the 21st Congressional District spoke before a roomful of business and community leaders in Plattsburgh this morning.

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Business and community leaders from across the North Country gathered at the Holiday Inn in Plattsburgh Thursday morning to hear from one of the candidates running for the district’s congressional seat.

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The three candidates vying for New York’s 21st congressional district seat — a race getting national attention — met in a televised debate in Plattsburgh Wednesday evening. And the enmity between the Republican and Democratic candidates was obvious.

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On Monday two of the three candidates running for New York’s 21st Congressional district seat held separate events in Plattsburgh. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the hopefuls are sharpening their rhetoric with Election Day three weeks away.

On Tuesday afternoon Democrat Aaron Woolf was joined by New York 20th district Democratic Representative Paul Tonko on a conference call to discuss the race for the 21st Congressional district.

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An ad running in the northern New York Congressional race has caught the attention of a national advocacy group. And they’re not happy with what it says about Social Security.

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In January, Congressman Bill Owens of New York’s 21st district announced he would retire. That set off a scramble to find a Democratic candidate. District chairs eventually chose filmmaker Aaron Woolf to run against Republican Elise Stefanik. But the Democratic campaign has been bumpy with polls showing Woolf 10 points behind and the House Majority Political Action Committee pulling nearly $300,000 in ads. Bill Owens has supported Woolf’s campaign, making joint appearances and calls to gain support. Owens, the first Democrat to represent the district since Reconstruction, tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he’s not concerned about the challenges facing the Democratic candidate.

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New York’s 21st Congressional district includes the Fort Drum military installation, and because there once was a large air force facility in Plattsburgh, many veterans live across the region. So any military moves made by the federal government — such as the current bombing in Syria and Iraq —pique the interest of constituents. Democratic Representative Bill Owens voted in favor of the resolution that authorized the training of the Syrian opposition. He says representatives recognized that in voting in favor of that, they were actually authorizing the air strikes in Syria and Iraq.

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New York Congressman Bill Owens held a conference call this morning with fellow Democrat Aaron Woolf, who is seeking to replace the retiring Owens. The two criticized the Republican challenger in the 21st Congressional District race and called on her to support bills to enhance economic opportunity.

A new WWNY-7 News/Siena College poll assessing the race for New York’s 21st Congressional District shows Republican Elise Stefanik with a 13-point lead over her two challengers.

There’s a three-way race in the North Country to replace retiring Congressman Bill Owens. In today’s Congressional Corner, Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Democrat Aaron Woolf is a flawed candidate.

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