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December 17, 2018

NYS Senate GOP scrambling to save Marty Golden’s seat, offering free hotel rooms to volunteers

October 8, 2018
Senator Marty Golden (C) attends the 2011 Memorial Day Parade on May 30, 2011 in the Brooklyn. (Steve Mack / Getty Images)

ALBANY — With Democrats targeting veteran Sen. Martin Golden’s Brooklyn seat, the Senate GOP this past weekend to put volunteers who came to help the incumbent from outside the district up in hotels.

An email obtained by the Daily News sent from the personal account of Michael Ostrander, the special assistant to Senate secretary Francis Patience, urged people to volunteer to do door-knocking in the district this past Saturday.




“The opposition is coming after him hard so we’ll need a good turnout for the Senator,” Ostrander wrote. “Please let your volunteers know of this opportunity and the importance of having of having a lot of bodies on the ground. One month to go before Election Day and all hands on deck.”

A second email says the Senate Republican Campaign Committee “will put any volunteers interested in helping up in hotels if they wish to stay over.”

The fact the GOP is going hard to bring people into the district is proof to some that they are worried Golden, who has been in office since 2003, is vulnerable.

“So much for Marty Golden’s organic support,” said Golden’s Democratic challenger, Andrew Gounardes. “I think it’s a sign that they’re worried.”

Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif denied there was any concern over Golden’s race. He said the senator was doing a get-out-the-vote effort his past weekend and requested additional bodies “so we put out a request to our volunteers.” He said there were plenty of local volunteers.

“Sen. Golden is in great shape,” Reif said. “He’s going to be re-elected.”

Golden in his most recent campaign finance disclosure filing reported having nearly $400,000 on hand.

Gounardes’ latest filing was not yet up online Monday. He reported in his last filing on Sept. 23 having $69,243 left after winning his Democratic primary.

Gounardes has been endorsed by Gov. Cuomo.




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