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Grisanti in TV ads, Amodeo looking for contributions

Republican Mark J. Grisanti’s campaign to retain the 60th Senate district seat includes a new TV ad that draws heavily on the working relationship between Grisanti and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat.

The ad, called “Independent,” first aired last night, during 5 p.m. news broadcasts on local network affiliates.

It begins with a clip of Cuomo standing at a podium during a 2011 event, praising Grisanti for his support. The ad goes on to tout UB 2020 as “one example of what good things can happen” with Grisanti in office.

After a few shots of Grisanti talking to constituents, the ad ends with Cuomo’s voice saying, “Mark Grisanti, thank you for your leadership.”

The not-spelled-out-overtly subtext of the ad? Grisanti’s key role in supporting the same-sex marriage legislation that Cuomo advanced – legislation that was controversial with many voters.

It was produced by Cookfair Media at David Collins Productions in Williamsville, campaign sources said.

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In the campaign of Mike Amodeo, the Democratic challenger for Grisanti’s seat, there are no TV ads currently in the works.

That will come soon, campaign sources said, but right now Amodeo is working on raising money to pay for the TV spots and mailers he hopes to start putting out in the near future.

“Right now, we’re just in the collecting money stage,” said Amodeo, an attorney who lives in Lake View and who has never held political office, but who defeated Charles M. Swanick and Alfred Coppola for the Democratic line in November. “We’re trying to raise as much money as we can.”

--Charity Vogel

60th Senate race developments

A few campaign moments from around the 60th Senate district race:

Incumbent Republican Senator Mark J. Grisanti will attend a kickoff celebration this evening for the new season of Buffalo Niagara Partnership 360, the young professionals arm of the group. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Hotel Lafayette.

Also, on Saturday, Grisanti will serve as the honorary race starter for a race that will be a major fundraiser for area snowmobiling enthusiasts. The race will be held at the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company on Lockport Road in Sanborn. Snowmobilers locally and around the state say they are suffering for trail-upkeep funds in the wake of last year’s tough snow-less winter. They are hoping to raise sizable funds with Saturday’s event.

Mike Amodeo, the Hamburg attorney who is challenging Grisanti in November’s election on the Democratic line, released a statement on Wednesday critical of spending by Albany politicians on mailings from their elective offices. Amodeo, in the statement, said he would use social media and email to reach constituents, if elected. “Frankly, this is a slap in the face to the taxpayers of his district,” Amodeo stated in the released statement. “That money could have been spent on historic rehabilitation projects, waterfront development or supporting cancer research.”

-- Charity Vogel

 

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