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Funiciello has signatures to appear on Green Party ballot; Blankenbush pushes Assembly GOP education plan

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Green Party 21st Congressional District candidate Matt Funiciello told the Glens Falls Post Star on Tuesday that he has enough signatures on his nominating petitions to get on the ballot.

Election law requires that candidates get 5 percent of the total ballots cast on the party in the last election. Mr. Funiciello told the Post Star’s Maury Thompson that he had exceeded that figure, but would continue to seek signatures “as a safeguard against any signatures that might be challenged and to show the strength of the campaign.”

The other announced Green Party candidate in the race is Donald Hassig, Colton.

Mr. Funiciello said that the low enrollment in the Green Party across the district makes obtaining signatures more difficult than for major party candidates.

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Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-Black River, has signed on to promoting a Republican website that would “enable state residents to speak up about education in New York,”, according to a news release from the assemblyman’s office.

The release says that ChildrenBeforePolitics.com offers an online petition that people can sign that will be used to try to get enough votes to implement the Assembly Republican’s APPLE plan, which, among other things, would suspend state competency testing and the Common Core curriculum; provide “adequate” state funding for education, including phasing out the gap-elimination adjustment over three years; create a pathway to a diploma that is outside the standard Regents diploma; and revamp the state Education Department.

“My constituents and I have been voicing our concerns about education in New York, and we’re calling for reforms to ensure that Common Core testing doesn’t negatively impact our kids, that schools are given back the funding taken from them in the 2011-12 budget, and that members of the Board of Regents are elected in a fair and open process,” Mr. Blankenbush was quoted in his release. “We want parents, teachers and residents to sign the petition at ChildrenBeforePolitics.com, so Albany can’t ignore these problems any longer.”

The Assembly Republicans’ plan is online at www.bit.ly/APPLE.com.

Mr. Blankenbush, a former Jefferson County legislator whose 117th District includes all of Lewis County and parts of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Oneida counties, is to date running without opposition for re-election.

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Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa, who is facing opposition in her re-election effort in the 116th Assembly District, hosted a gathering of Fort Drum children at the Assembly Chambers Tuesday and sponsored a proclamation that names April as Month of the Military Child statewide.

The resolution recognizes and pays tribute to the military children within New York State who have made strong contributions to their communities and who serve as role models for their peers, a news release from the assemblywoman’s office said.

“Military children, youth and teens play a vital role in our communities and military families,” Assemblywoman Russell said in the release. “Faced with the unique challenges of military life, they often take on additional family responsibilities and serve as a point of hope and inspiration to their mothers and fathers while they are serving our country.”

The designation of April as a month honoring children of military members was begun in 1986, when Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger designated each April as “The Month of the Military Child.”

In recognition of the designation, Army garrisons, Army Reserve CYS services coordinators, and Operation: Military Kids state teams hold events ranging from picnics and parades to recreational fairs and fun festivals to recognize military children and families for the sacrifices they make in support of our armed forces, the release said.

Ms. Russell is being challenged by Republicans John L. Byrne III, Cape Vincent and John S. Humphrey, Brownville, and Conservative Russell A. Finley, Lisbon.

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