8.24.22 Advocacy Alert: Primary #2 Wrap-Up
August 24, 2022
Late last night, elections officials tallied results for primary and special elections.
Sempolinski Wins Special for Brief Congressional Stint
In the 23rd Congressional district, which includes Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties and the Southern Tier, Joe Sempolinski (R,C) defeated Max Della Pia (D, WF). This special election was held to fill the remainder of former Rep. Tom Reed’s term. Sempolinski will be sworn in imminently and will hold the seat until January. He is not running for reelection. The BNP looks forward to working with Rep. Sempolinski and his staff.
Langworthy Wins Heated Republican Primary
In the newly-drawn 23rd district, which includes Clarence, Lancaster, West Seneca, Orchard Park, Hamburg, the rest of rural Erie County, and much of the Southern Tier, Nick Langworthy, defeated Carl Paladino. The State Republican Chairman’s victory is notable against a candidate with better name recognition and more campaign cash. In November, Langworthy will face Democrat Max Della Pia, who lost a special election bid last night.
Rath, Ryan Poised for Closely Watched Senate Race
This year’s redistricting process resulted in two incumbent state senators – Ed Rath and Sean Ryan – being carved into the same district. The new 61st District includes Buffalo, the Tonawandas, Grand Island, and Amherst. Last night, Rath and Ryan secured their party’s nominations, making official their highly anticipated November showdown.
Incumbent Congressmembers Cruise to Victory
In his first primary since 2004, longtime Rep. Brian Higgins won handily. In November, Higgins will face Republican Steven Sams II to represent the new 26th district, which includes Buffalo, West Seneca, Cheektowaga, Amherst, the Tonawandas, Grand Island, and western Niagara County.
Incumbent Congresswoman Claudia Tenney won a 3-person primary for the Republican nomination in the sprawling new 24th district, which includes eastern Niagara County and stretches north past Watertown. The Utica-area Congresswoman will face Democrat Steven Holden in November.
With just five weeks to go until the state budget is finalized, time is running out to sound the alarm about the Governor’s energy and climate proposals.
Happy Valentine’s Day. Last week, the BNP hosted it’s annual Legislative Lunch – a chance to share what employers love and what breaks their heart in this year’s state budget.
Last night, President Joe Biden delivered his annual State of the Union address to Congress. Much of the speech was spent touting his legislative victories from the previous two years, including the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Chips and Science Act.