REBNY targets state Senate elections

Landlord organization's political action committee will support three GOP candidates

Oct.October 03, 2014 12:00 PM

After dominating spending on City Council elections, the political action committee backed by the Real Estate Board of New York is looking to tip the scales in state Senate elections.

The PAC, Jobs for New York, has filed with the state to operate a new campaign committee at the state level, Crain’s reported. It plans to focus its fundraising on supporting three Republican candidates, according to the news site.

The candidates are Terrence Murphy, who is running for a district north of the city that includes Cortlandt; Sue Serino, who is campaigning in the Poughkeepsie area; and George Amedore, who is seeking to represent Schenectady and Montgomery Counties.

Records cited by Crain’s show that Jobs for New York transferred $9,000 in remaining funds from its 2013 city campaign coffer to the state fund. State Republicans are more likely to support policies that favor the real estate industry, while Democrats are pushing pro-tenant legislation, according to the news site.

REBNY opposes a bill recently introduced by Democratic state Senator Brad Hoylman that would place an annual tax on pieds-a-terre in New York City. [Crain’s] — Tom DiChristopher

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